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Class Notes May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Paloma Young, M.F.A. ’06

Flying High. Who was young Peter before he appeared in Peter Pan? Or more importantly, what was he wearing? Paloma Young, M.F.A. ’06, must have gotten it right—she was recently recognized for her work in Peter and the Starcatcher at the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Costume Design of a Play.

UC San Diego’s prestigious theater program has produced a tremendous amount of talent over the years. Young studied under Professor Judith Dolan, a Tony Award winning costume designer herself.

Young started her career by chance in high school. When the art classes offered were full, she took a theater class instead, and that jump-started her interest in costume design.

“I never thought I’d be a costume designer. I thought I’d be a researcher, or something like that,” says Young, who majored in social history at UC Berkeley. “I liked that UCSD has a very intellectual approach to costume design.”

Peter and the Starcatcher, a loose prequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy, features her characteristic intricacy and attention to detail.

“My costume designs aren’t always what you expect characters to wear, but the end result works out,” says Young.

And it obviously did work out very well this time. The night of the awards in June, moments after her big win, Young spoke with BroadwayWorld.com—“Every girl dreams of being a princess,” she said, “but I think this is a very close second.”