Zelma H. Weisfeld

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DOB:1932 Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DOD:4/11/2018 Location: Dexter, Michigan

Zelma Weisfeld presenting her 2015 awartd

Inducted as a Fellow: 1994

Your connections to the Institute?

  • Board of Directors member
  • Extremely active with the Costume Design & Technology Commission
  • Mentoring Programs
  • Portfolio Reviewer
  • Human Issues project (now the Human Issues Caucus)
  • Chair of the Publications Available committee of the Publications Committee
  • USITT liaison to the Costume Society of Great Britain
  • Established the Zelma H. Weisfeld Award for Costume Design & Technology, including review of applications and presenting the award annually

Short list of career highlights:

  • Professor Emeritus of Theatre with the University of Michigan  --taught from 1960 to 1988, costume designer for 130 productions including 25 Shakespeare plays, served as Acting Chair of Theatre and Director of University Players, department Affirmative Action representative and Executive Committee
  • Life Member of United Scenic ArtistsZelmaL
  • Resident designer for the Michigan Ensemble Theater
  • Designed costumes professionally both before and since University of Michigan
  • Founding Member of Academic Women's Caucus
  • Past President and Secretary of Women's Research Club
  • Lectured internationally, including a three-day symposium at Durham University, College of the Venerable Bede
  • Twice named delegate to China

Encouraging Emerging Professionals:

In addition to the Zelma H. Weisfeld Award for USITT,  I have also established a scholarships in Costume Design and Technology at Temple University and the Yale School of Drama.  And a scholarship in my name was created at the University of Michigan’s Department of Theatre.

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