The Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship


Applications for this program are not being accepted at this time.
Future cycles of funding have not been announced.



TCG is pleased to honor costume designer Willa Kim’s legacy and her life’s work as a pioneer, legend and inspiration for many of today’s theatre artists. Willa cared deeply about developing the next generation of artists and The Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship provides exceptionally talented costume designers who are enrolled in a university or professional training program with the opportunity to supplement their fine arts training in hand-drawing and painting.

Because costume designers’ ideas and choices are communicated visually to artistic collaborators, Willa hoped to encourage the studio and graphic skills necessary for better communication of their artistic vision.

Recipients of The Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship receive up to $7,500 to be used towards tuition, registration fees, supplies and/or travel expenses over a one-year period. International study is allowable, but the scholarship will only cover tuition, registration fees, supplies and/or travel expenses to participate in extracurricular (non-credit) training in hand-drawing and/or painting.

Each recipient’s curriculum will be hand-tailored to meet their individual goals and needs. While the scholarship does not require a minimum length of coursework, applicants are strongly encouraged to propose a curriculum that will have the maximum positive impact on the development of their technical skills in hand-drawing and painting.

The recipients’ scholarship activities may take place while they are on break from their university, college or training program.

Program Support

The Willa Kim Costume Design Scholarship program is designed and administered by TCG with support from The Estate of Willa Kim.

WILLA KIM was a costume designer for ballet, theatre, opera, and television. Among many honors were Tony Awards for Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies and Tommy Tune’s The Will Rogers Follies, and Tony nominations for Peter Allen’s Legs Diamond, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song & Dance, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, and Joel Grey’s Goodtime Charley. She won Drama Desk Awards for Jean Genet’s The Screens, Irene Fornes’ Promenade, and Sam Shepard’s Operation Sidewinder; Obie Awards for Robert Lowell’s The Old Glory and Lanie Robertson’s Woman Before A Glass; and Emmy Awards for the PBS broadcasts of Michael Smuin’s ballets The Tempest and A Song For Dead Warriors.

Ms. Kim received lifetime achievement awards from the Fashion Institute of Technology and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. The Theatre Development Fund honored her with the Irene Sharaff Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2007 she was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.