Costume Designer Elizabeth Payne Joins the Faculty of Music Conservatory at the University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music Dean Stanley E. Romanstein has announced the addition of Elizabeth Payne to the list of distinguished members of the college’s faculty of performing and media arts. As a costume designer with more than 20 years of experience designing theater, dance and television, Payne’s appointment as assistant professor of costume design begins on August 15, 2021.

In her most recent position as Professor of Theater Arts and Faculty Costume Designer at California State University Fresno, Payne designed costumes and make-up for productions such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Assassins, Heathers the Musical, The Maids and Servant of Two Meister. She previously worked as a visiting professor of costumes at Susquehanna University and as an associate faculty member at Ohio University-Southern in painting.

Prior to her appointment to CSU Fresno, Payne worked as a costume designer both locally and off Broadway, where she appeared in four world premieres for the New York-based theater company Waterwell. Her off-Broadway credits include The / King / Operetta, Marco Millions (Based on Lies), Bushwars and The Persians … A Comedy About War with 5 Songs.

In addition, her work has been featured at the American Dance Festival, Joyce Soho, New York University, New York Musical Festival, Clubbed Thumb, and the Flea Theater. Most recently, she worked as assistant costume designer for the late-night talk show Conan on TBS for two years.

Payne received her BA in Theater and Art from Morehead State University in Kentucky in 2000 and her MFA in Stage and Film Design from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts in 2004. She is a member of United Scenic Artists ( Local 829.). ) and the costume designers’ guild (Local 892).

“Elizabeth Payne’s expertise as both an artist and an educator makes her an ideal addition to our faculty. Our students will benefit from the knowledge she has acquired in her diverse careers,” said Romanstein. “I would like to acknowledge the excellent work of our search committee, chaired by Regina Truhart, which included faculty members Michele Kay, Denton Yockey, Shauna Steele, Laura Molander, Tom Umfrid and Kelly Yurko.”

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