Asa Benally

Asa Benally, Yale

My childhood was spent on the Navajo Reservation. I was raised in a family of artists, weavers, and silversmiths. My grandmother wove traditional Navajo rugs, and some of her designs took up to six months to complete. She taught me my first lessons in color theory and composition. The quality of her work was dependent on her ability to be patient. These early lessons laid the foundation for my work as a costume designer.”

ASA BENALLY (COSTUME DESIGNER) is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include Coriolanus and The Seagull and Cymbeline at the Yale Repertory Theater. Other design credits include Tricks the Devil Taught Me (Minetta Lane Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s DreamMeasure for MeasureThe Taming of the Shrew (West End Theater); Far AwayPlatonov (Columbia University); The Crazy Shepherds of Rebellion, The Secretaries, Roberto Zucco, Trouble in Tahiti (Yale Cabaret). Musical theatre credits include ChicagoBeauty and the BeastAnything GoesCinderellaHello Dolly!Miss SaigonGuys and Dolls, and at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, Zapata! The Musical. Opera credits include The Marriage of Figaro and La Bohème. Asa received his BFA in fashion design from Parsons School of Design.  He is originally from the Navajo Nation in northern Arizona.

Coriolanus | Asa Benally

Coriolanus
Yale School of Drama
By William Shakespeare 
Director: Yagil Eliraz 
Set Design: Jungah Han
Lighting Design: Caitlin Smith-Rapoport

THE SEAGULL, by Anton Chekhov, translated by Paul Schmidt, directed by Jessica Holt. Photo by T. Charles Erickson, 2014.

The Seagull
Yale School of Drama
By Anton Chekov
Director: Jessica Holt
Set Design: Jean Kim
Lighting Design: Elizabeth Mak

Miriam A. Hyman and Sheria Irving in CYMBELINE by William Shakespeare, directed by Evan Yionoulis. Photo © Carol Rosegg, 2016.

Cymbeline
Yale Repertory Theater
By William Shakespeare
Director: Evan Yionoulis
Set Design: Jean Kim
Lighting Design: Elizabeth Mak

THE SEAGULL, by Anton Chekhov, translated by Paul Schmidt, directed by Jessica Holt. Photo by T. Charles Erickson, 2014.

The Seagull
Yale School of Drama
By Anton Chekov
Director: Jessica Holt
Set Design: Jean Kim
Lighting Design: Elizabeth Mak