Elise Kulovany serves as the costume shop manager where she both mentors students and designs for School of Music, Theatre, and Dance productions and is head of the theatre mentorship program. Elise received her B.S. in Theatre Education from the University of Evansville where she served various roles in the costume shop while also designing hair and makeup for shows. She also taught high school and middle school theatre classes in the Evansville area and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2011.
Elise earned her M.F.A in Costume Design from Southern Illinois University in 2014. While at SIU, she worked as a draper, stitcher, and craftsperson in the costume shop in addition to teaching Introduction to Costume Construction and Makeup.
After graduation, Elise served as a costume shop apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera for two seasons. She worked as the draper and costume shop manager at The Arkansas Repertory Theater before joining the faculty and staff at Los Rios Community College where she taught scenic construction and designed sets for Raisin in the Sun and The Velveteen Rabbit.
Selected credits include: Ragtime, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Radio Golf, RENT The Little Mermaid, Macbeth, Bridges of Madison County (Regional Premiere), Mary Poppins, Elf the Musical, and Memphis the Musical. Her passion lies in creating art and working with students. Elise thoroughly enjoys being at CSU and sharing her knowledge of pattern-making, dyeing, tailoring and more with anyone wanting to learn.
You can view Elise’s work at elisekulovany.com
M.F.A. Costume Design