Program Books/DEDE AYITE


costume designer

DEDE AYITE | she/her (costume designer) is a two-time Tony Award-nominated cos­tume designer working in theater, opera, and film. She recently designed X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X for Detroit Opera. Her most recent Broadway credits include Top­dog Underdog, American Buffalo, How I Learned to Drive, A Soldier’s Play, Slave Play, and American Son. Her select Off-Broadway credits include Richard III, Merry Wives (The Public Theater); Seven Deadly Sins (Tec­tonic); By The Way, Meet Vera Stark, (Signa­ture); Nollywood Dreams, School Girls… (MCC); Bella: An American Tall Tale (Play­wrights Horizons); Toni Stone (Round­about). Regionally, Ayite’s work has appeared at venues including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Steppen­wolf, and Arena Stage. She has worked in television with Netflix, Com­edy Central, and FOX Shortcoms. Ayite earned her MFA at the Yale School of Drama and has received a TDF/Kitty Leech Young Master Award, Obie, Drama Desk, Henry Hewes, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Theatre Bay Area, and Jeff a­wards.