Elizabeth Wislar

Elizabeth Wislar


B.A., Washington University in St. Louis

M.F.A., Pennsylvania State University

Contact Information:

(570) 321-4132
Campus Post Office Box 73

Theatre: Costume Shop Manager and Costume Designer

Elizabeth Wislar has designed more than 200 shows and built more than 150 productions in the Chicago area and nationally in collaboration with many of the prevailing theaters, opera companies and Chicago area universities.

She spent five years (1996-1999, 2002) as the assistant designer and lead draper to Bonnie Kruger for the annual Baroque Handel Opera Festival in Göttingen, Germany. The operas were directed by Drew Minter and conducted by Artistic Director, Nicholas McGegan.

Elizabeth is the 2004 recipient of the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award, as well as multiple other awards and nominations. She earned her M.F.A. in Costume Design and Technology.

In 2011, Elizabeth founded Chicago Custom Costumes, a private build house serving the local and international costume needs of theatre, film, dance, opera, and more.

She’s designed costumes for these notable productions 

  • A world premier of The Houdini Box, written by Brian Selznick and directed by Blair Thomas
  • Multiple co-productions with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Children's Theatre
  • Arnie the Donut, directed by Adam Arian for the New York New Musical Festival
  • La Traviata with Rogue Opera Company and The Magic Flute with Tacoma Opera, both directed by Noel Koran
  • The world premier of Neverwhere with Lifeline Theatre, based on the book by Neil Gaiman, and directed by Paul Holmquist
  • Multiple productions with The Actor's Gymnasium, a circus-training arts ensemble, under the direction of Larry and Sylvia DiStasi
  • The world premier of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a new musical written by Dennis DeYoung, directed by David Zak
  • Were the World Mine, a major motion picture and romantic musical fantasy film (2008) directed by Tom Gustafson

She’s built costumes for these notable productions

  • Lookingglass Theatre's production of Metamorphosis by Mary Zimmerman
  • Several pieces for the Broadway touring production of A Christmas Story designed by Elizabeth Hope Clancy
  • Multiple stage costumes for the internationally famous electronic dance musician Savant
  • Several large-scale touring event installations for Hendrick's Gin
  • Costumes for Dee Snyder's Rockin' Christmas Tale, designed by Suzette Snyder
  • Insect, bird, and bat costumes with matching large-scale fabric installation pieces for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • A reboot of Snowden, the Lycoming College Library mascot