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  Last Updated - Monday, January 26, 2015

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Watch videos featuring Ms. Hynes' works and other projects.

olly Hynes is an accomplished costume designer with over 200 ballets to her credit, including more than 70 at the New York City Ballet. Ms. Hynes' designs are performed in companies around the world, including: American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Kirov Ballet, Royal Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, La Scala Theatre Ballet, Koninklijk Ballet van Vlaanderen, Houston Ballet, BalletMet,  Pennsylvania Ballet,  Ballet Vancouver, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, American Repertory Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Alberta Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and the Suzanne Farrell Ballet at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she currently serves as the resident costume designer.

One of Ms. Hynes' latest dance projects is The Enchanted Toy Shop, by Various for Richmond Ballet, opening in 2015.

Ballet Costume Consulting

For 21 years Ms. Hynes served as the Director of Costumes for New York City Ballet. Recognized as a leading authority in the reproduction of important ballet works, the Jerome Robbins Estate and the George Balanchine Trust have entrusted her to represent all parties, as the primary authority for original costume reproduction. This has involved many companies both here and abroad including: the Royal Danish Ballet, Ballet de l'Opéra National de Paris, Théâtre du Capitole, Bavarian State Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal Ballet, Miami City Ballet, La Scala Theatre Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Staatsballett Berlin, and Mariinsky Ballet.

Theatrical and Opera Design

Ms. Hynes' theatrical designs include two Broadway productions at Circle in the Square Theatre: "On Borrowed Time," directed by George C. Scott, and George Bernard Shaw's "Getting Married," as well as a dozen plays and musicals at the off-Broadway York Theatre. Her opera designs include La Gioconda and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, including Christopher Wheeldon's Dance of the Hours; and The Music Master, Gerard Schwarz, conducting. She has designed several productions for Theater for Young Audiences, based at The John F. Kennedy Center, including the national tour of Quiara Alegria Hudes' Barrio Grrrl!

Art Work and Publications

DANCE magazine cover - June 2007

  DANCE Magazine - June, 2007 - cover: female principal costume from Peter Quanz's Kaleidoscope for ABT.

Four of Ms. Hynes' costume renderings are included in the permanent collection of the Theatre Wing of the Museum of the City of New York.

She has exhibited renderings and watercolors in two gallery shows at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and has had six of her costumes featured on covers of the 1994-95 New York State Theater Playbills, also at Lincoln Center.

Ms. Hynes' designs for six miniature ballerina dolls were featured in the 1996 Christmas decorations at the White House and will remain in the permanent collection of the President William Jefferson Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas.

In 1997, she was honored with a one-woman show of her costumes, sketches and photographs at the Marvin Cone Galleries, at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, her alma mater.

From 2008 to 2009, three of her costumes for dance were featured in "CURTAIN CALL: Celebrating a Century of Women Designing for Live Performance," an exhibition shown at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, New York, NY.

Lectures and Appearances

In May, 2007, her thoughts on designing for the ballet were archived in a video titled, "Speaking of Dancing" for the Jerome Robbins dance division of the New York Public Library Library for the Performing Arts in New York City.

In fall of 2010, Ms. Hynes was invited with another colleague to give a presentation entitled, "See the Music - Hear the Dance" in Florence, Italy at the Second Costume Colloquium celebrating dress for dance.

In October, 2014, Ms. Hynes was a guest Skype lecturer for the "Behind the Scenes with Artists: Life Long Learning" lecture series, on Hilton Head Island, SC. Ms. Hynes and her husband produced three videos in which she talks about her inspiration, collaboration and research process in conceiving ballet costume designs for upcoming projects. for the seminar.

Personal Life

She resides in New Jersey with her husband, Jim Zulakis, their son Christopher Zulakis, who earned his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in Illustration and Cartooning, and a painted box turtle named "Scardey." Their daughter Katina Zulakis, also living in New Jersey, is a professional graphic designer and artist.
Ms. Hynes was featured on San Francisco Ballet's Meet the Artist Interview Podcasts before the premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's "Number Nine."
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