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2019 Distinguished Alumni Award: Ina Mayhew ’81

Acclaimed production designer who has designed more than 25 feature films, a dozen television shows, many commercials, music videos, industrial presentations, a movie musical, and permanent studio backlots.

Along the way she has worked with many notable directors and producers such as Spike and Malcolm Lee, Ava DuVernay, and Tyler Perry; and she has designed for Netflix, Warner Brothers, MGM, Lionsgate, New Line, 40 Acres and A Mule, BET, HBO, MTV, Universal, PBS, and Island Pictures.

Most recently, she designed the soon-to-air Dolly Parton Heartstrings on Netflix, an 8-episode anthology, due to air in November. In production now, Ina is currently working on her third season of Queen Sugar in New Orleans, airing on Oprah Winfrey’s Network, and Executive Produced by Ava DuVernay. She designed the Emmy Award-nominated TV movie Christmas of Many Colors for Dolly Parton and NBC; the TV series Second Generation Wayans and two seasons of The Quad on BET; The Renee Fleming Christmas Special for PBS; the dark MTV series Teen Wolf, and the comedy film Barbershop: In the Cut. She also recently designed a music video, directed by DuVernay and starring Beyonce and Jay-Z, for their song “Family Feud.”

Ina currently sits as a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. She has been teaching an annual class in Production Design at Purchase College since 2005, as her schedule permits.