With great sadness, USITT notes the death of Zelma H. Weisfeld. A member of the Institute for more than 40 years and an Honorary Lifetime Member, she was also a USITT Fellow and the recipient of the Joel E. Rubin Founder’s Award. The Zelma H. Weisfeld Costume Design and Technology Award was established by USITT in 1997.
Weisfeld was a professor of theatre and drama at the University of Michigan for nearly 30 years and a renowned costume designer.
When she received the Honorary Lifetime Member Award from USITT, it was noted that Weisfeld “was recognized for her indomitable spirit and generous contributions of expertise, time, energy, and treasure through countless years as a Director at Large, an active Fellow of the Institute, Costume Commission volunteer, supporter of young artists, a strong advocate for women’s rights, and a model citizen of the Institute and the world.”