ABOUT INA

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Ina Mayhew, a native New Yorker, has designed more than 20 feature films, a dozen television shows, and commercials and music videos almost too numerous to count. Along the way she has worked with such directors as Spike Lee, Tyler Perry, Allen Hughes, Bryan Singer, Doug Lyman, Paul Hunter, James Lapine, Jeff Pollack, Orlando Bagwell, and Charles Lane. She has long associations with such producers as Reuben Cannon, Jon Kilik, Joe Genier, and Roger Bobb, as well as having designed for Lionsgate Films, BET, New Line Cinema, HBO, 40 Acres and a Mule, MTV, Universal Studios, Island Pictures, and PBS.

Most recently Ms. Mayhew has designed a season of the BET series SECOND GENERATION WAYANS, a season on the dark MTV series TEEN WOLF; and 2 seasons of the TV One comedy THE RICKY SMILEY SHOW.

Ina is currently designing the independent feature film 32-21-42 with new director Shari Carpenter, produced by Preston Holmes and Dwight Williams. The production company is called KHEPRI and MEE Productions, with its stated goal to make more Independent films by African American filmmakers.

Her association with Tyler Perry began with his first movie, DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN, and spanned 6 years and 11 films that included FOR COLORED GIRLS (an NAACP Image Award Best Picture), GOOD DEEDS, THE FAMILY THAT PREYS, and WHY DID I GET MARRIED? I & II. Concurrently, she was designing TP Studios television productions, 7 seasons of HOUSE OF PAYNE (NAACP Image Award Best Comedy); 6 seasons of MEET THE BROWNS; as well as THE TYLER PERRY TALK SHOW, and shared design duties for the pilot FOR BETTER OR WORSE. Along the way, she also designed Tyler Perry theatrical productions, as well as Mr. Perry’s sound stages, and a studio street-scene backlot at what is currently Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta.  She designed his multi-million dollar studio opening weekend featuring Oprah Winfrey and many more celebrities.

Prior to all that, Ina was Production Designer on several projects for Spike Lee in New York, Los Angeles, and the Caribbean.  She first designed the Spike Lee-produced  DROP SQUAD, featuring Ving Rhames and Eric LaSalle.  That connection to Mr. Lee led to an Art Director’s credit on CLOCKERS.  She went on to become Mr. Lee’s Production Designer for GET ON THE BUS and for GIRL 6.  She also designed numerous television commercials and music videos for Spike Lee and 40 Acres, including the historic Michael Jackson video THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT US.

Ms. Mayhew has done extensive commercial work for directors such as Allen Hughes, Paul Hunter, Doug Lyman and Brian Singer.  Notable spots have included Best Buy with the Black Eyed Peas; Nike with Michael Jordan; Verizon with James Earl Jones; BET Wrap-Arounds with Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee; a whole series of humorous Snickers ads recognizable even today, and many more.  She designed numerous music videos which have featured Chaka Khan, Branford Marsalis, Bruce Hornsby and Michael Jackson. Ina also designed the original HBO feature film EARTHLY POSSESSIONS, with Susan Sarandon and Stephen Dorff, and directed by James Lapine. In addition, she created a unique design concept for PBS’s A HYMN FOR ALVIN AILEY, Directed by Orlando Bagwell, and choreographed by Judith Jameson, HYMN won an Emmy Award. Ina’s talents even showed up on the Food Network, where she designed innovative kitchen sets for HOW TO BOIL WATER, GOOD FOOD FAST, and LOW CARBS AND LOVING IT.

Ina’s first film was SIDEWALK STORIES for Island pictures and director Charles Lane, a black-and-white silent film that won 12 awards, including the Audience Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1990.  Her next film project was as designer of the cult classic RAIN WITHOUT THUNDER, followed by the basketball movie ABOVE THE RIM, starring Tupac Shakur and directed by Jeff Pollack.

Ina is a graduate of SUNY Purchase College, where she was a contemporary of such alumni as Edie Falco, Stanley Tucci, Hal Hartley, Wesley Snipes and Charles Lane.  Ina is the daughter of the renowned impressionist painter Richard Mayhew, and her mother, Dorothy, is also an artist, a china designer and illustrator. She began her studies majoring in Painting, and later transitioned to a focus in Theatre Set and Costume Design.  She gained valuable experience through years of assisting noted set designer Franco Colavecchia in creating Grand Opera and Off-Broadway sets.  She later designed several theatre productions for The Women’s Project, Woodie King Jr.’s National Black Touring Circuit and his Henry Street Settlement Theatre, most notably the touring production of I HAVE A DREAM. Her most recent stage design was for the The Delaware Theatre Company’s production of August Wilson’s THE PIANO LESSON, directed by Kevin Ramsey in 2010.

Ina currently teaches Production Design at her alma mater, SUNY-Purchase, whenever her schedule permits.  She divides her time between New York and Atlanta, and likes to relax at her home in the woods outside Woodstock, New York, where she recently completed construction of a beautiful one-thousand square foot artist’s studio, which she designed.

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