A Tribute to Costume Designer Reggie Ray – An Interview at The Helen Hayes and Videos of His Work

Costume Designer Reggie Ray died in his sleep yesterday and what a loss it is to the local theatre community. Personally, Reggie had always been so kind to me and as a regular Facebook friend we’d catch up on all his new projects and colorful designs. I will miss this so much.

Reggie Ray. Photo by Tony Powell.
Reggie Ray. Photo by Tony Powell.

I always enjoyed interviewing and schmoozing with Reggie at The Helen Hayes Awards and here is an interview I did with Reggie at the 2011 Helen Hayes Awards. You can see his bubbly personality shining through.

Reggie has been nominated six times for Helen Hayes Awards He won for Spunk (1994) and Souvenir, A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins (2008), both done for Studio Theatre.

To send condolences to Reggie’s family, send them to Reggie Ray; PO Box 1811; Greenbelt, MD 20770. Rest in peace my friend. You will be sorely missed.
Look at some of Reggie’s amazing costumes:

Reggie Ray’s website.

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Joel Markowitz
Joel Markowitz is the Publisher and Editor of DCMetroTheaterArts. He founded the site with his brother Bruce to help promote the vast riches of theatre and the arts in the DC Metro area that includes Maryland, Virginia, and DC theater and music venues, universities, schools, Children's theaters, professional, and community theatres. Joel is an advocate for promoting the 'stars of the future' in his popular 'Scene Stealers' articles. He wrote a column for 5 years called ‘Theatre Schmooze’ and recorded podcast interviews for DC Theatre Scene. His work can also be seen and read on BroadwayStars. Joel also wrote a monthly preview of what was about to open in DC area theatres for BroadwayWorld. He is an avid film and theater goer, and a suffering Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. Joel was a regular guest on 'The Lunch and Judy Show' radio program starring Judy Stadt in NYC. Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Group in the DC area in 1990, which had a 25-year run when it took its final curtain call last year. Joel is a proud member of The American Critics Association.


  1. Joel…

    Thanks for sharing such a moving and beautiful tribute to Reggie’s life and career. Loved seeing that smile of his in the interview and the samples of his work. Reggie was truly a one of a kind talent AND person. He will be sorely missed.


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