Murell Horton

Assistant Professor

Murell Horton is Head of Costume Design and  Technology  and Assistant Professor of  Costume Design at the University of Southern Mississippi. Mr. Horton is a nationally recognized professional Costume Designer. He has worked in theatre, television, opera, film and fashion.

Career Highlights include many world and National premieres:

The Opera Lysistrata by Mark Adamo, Eurydice By Sarah Ruhl, The Liar and Heir Apparent by David Ives. 

Venues include: The Guthrie Theatre, The New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre Co. (DC), The Juilliard School, Denver Center Theatre Company, Baltimore’s Center Stage, The Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Berkshire Theatre Festival and many more.

His early career includes assistant work: Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast (Designed by Tony Award winner Ann Hould-Ward). Illustration: Ringling Brother’s Barnum and Bailey Circus (Designer Gail Brassard), L.L. Bean, Izod, and Liz Claiborne. Technical supervision and millinery for  Broadway and television through Lynne Mackey Studio N.Y.C: WickedTabooSpamalotThe Crucible.

Awards:  2007 Irene Sharaff Young Master Award for outstanding costume design (alongside Bob Mackie and Santo Laquasto).  Helen Hayes nominations for outstanding Costume Design: 2014 Wallenstein (current) world premiere, 2013 The Government Inspector, 2011 The Liar world premiere, 2008 Edward II,  2006 Lorenzaccio, 2002 Hedda Gabbler, 2001 Camino Real. 2014 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region IV Faculty Nomination for RENT The Musical.

Mr. Horton is honored to have worked directly with many brilliant Theatre Professionals including:

Directors: Michael Kahn (The Shakespeare Theatre Co. Artistic Director), Gale Edwards (Director ), Ethan Mc Sweeney (Director), John Rando (Director,Tony Award Urintown), Richard Corley.

Designers: Ming Cho-Lee (Set Designer and head of Design at Yale University, Derek McLane, Walt Spangler, Howell Binkley.

Actors: Eli Wallach, John Glover, Judith Light, Michael Crawford, Marlo Thomas, Robert Cuccioli

Mr. Horton is a member of Costume Design Professional Union (IATSE/United Scenic Artists 829) Eastern Region.