Patricia L. (Pat) Hart Papers

Dates: 1974-1989
Size: .25 linear feet in one folder, includes 161 slides
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605
Collection Number: Spe.t00164
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Ms. Hart donated slides of costumes and costume renderings to the Chicago Theater Collection in 1990.
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Conditions governing access: Materials are open without restrictions
Preferred Citation: When quoting material from this collection the preferred citation is: Patricia L. (Pat) Hart Papers, [Slide #], Special Collections, Chicago Public Library
Finding aid author: Original author unknown. Updated and ingested into ArchivesSpace by Sarah Zimmerman, 2021.


Pat Hart, a costume designer, studied costume design at the Goodman School of Drama. She designed for productions at Touchstone Theatre, Pary Production Company and Victory Gardens.


Patricia Hart (1946-2011) began her theatrical career as a ballet dancer in St. Louis. In the summer of 1967 she appeared with the California Shakespeare Festival. Ms. Hart went on to study theatre and dance at the University of Denver and costume design at the Goodman Theatre.

From 1976-1983, Ms. Hart was the resident designer for Pary Production Company, a company she co-founded with her husband Larry Hart and Chicago actor and director Gary Houston. In 1981 she won a Joseph Jefferson citation award for excellence in costume design for Pary’s Josephine, the Mouse Singer.

Ms. Hart has designed costumes for the Chicago Theatre Strategy, Chateau Louise, Next Theatre and Victory Gardens, where her masks for the 1984 production of The Fifth Sun were nominated for a Jeff award. She has also worked extensively with Touchstone and the New Tuners Theatre, winning a Jeff citation for Nightingale. She also has designed costumes for the Martha Lynda Dance Company and was a costumer for John McNaughton’s cult film Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.

Scope and Content

Slides of costumes and costume renderings by Patricia L. Hart.


Original order has been maintained. Slides are arranged by number, originally assigned by donor.

Related Materials

For additional production information on many of these shows, see also:

  • Body Politic Theatre Collection
  • F. Lawrence (Larry) Hart Collection
  • Gary Houston Papers
  • Nicholas A. Patricca Papers
  • Theatre Building Collection
  • Victory Gardens Theater Collection
  • Theater Collection – Pary Production Company and Touchstone Theatre

Subject Headings

  • Hart, Patricia, 1946-2011
  • Pary Productions Company
  • Victory Gardens Theater
  • Lynda Martha Dance Company
  • Costume design – Illinois – Chicago – Slides
  • Costume design – Illinois – Chicago – History Sources
  • Theater – Illinois – Chicago

Collection Inventory

Folder 1 Slide 1-16 The Wicked Cooks, Pary Production, 1976
Folder 1 Slide 17-24 Josephine, the Mouse Singer, Pary Production, 1981
Folder 1 Slide 25-33 Frankenstein, Pary Production, 1981
Folder 1 Slide 34-43 The Velvet Rose, Victory Gardens, 1974
Folder 1 Slide 44-48 Drums, Pary Production, 1982
Folder 1 Slide 49-51 Change, Pary Production, 1983
Folder 1 Slide 52-56 Wild Indian, Victory Gardens, 1985
Folder 1 Slide 57-74 The Little Prince, Touchstone, 1989
Folder 1 Slide 75-79 Johns, Pary Production, 1982
Folder 1 Slide 80-83 The Phone Room, Pary Production, 1978
Folder 1 Slide 84-100 A Change in the Heir, New Tuners, 1988
Folder 1 Slide 101-111 Thespis, Pary Productions, 1982
Folder 1 Slide 112 The Irish Hebrew Lesson, Pary Production, 1981
Folder 1 Slide 113 Sunday Dinner, Pary Production, 1976
Folder 1 Slide 114 Nightpiece, Pary Production, 1980
Folder 1 Slide 115-129 The Nightingale, New Tuners, 1987
Folder 1 Slide 130-134 They Used to Star in Movies, Pary Production, 1977
Folder 1 Slide 135-136 The Beard, Peripetic Task Force, 1975
Folder 1 Slide 137-138 Expectations of the Strange One, Pary Productions, 1981
Folder 1 Slide 139-149 The Fifth Sun, Victory Gardens, 1984
Folder 1 Slide 150-157 Doonesbury, New Tuners, 1987
Folder 1 Slide 158-161 The Little Tailor, Martha Lynda Dance Co, 1986
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