Hiram College
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Elizabeth Bauman, M.F.A.

Associate Professor
Performing Arts

Elizabeth Bauman has been teaching at Hiram College since 1999. She holds an M.F.A. in Design from Kent State University, an M.A. in Theatre from The University of Akron, and a B.A. in Theatre from SUNY Brockport. Here at Hiram Betsy designs costumes for the Theatre Department productions, teaches costume and makeup design, and works with students in the building of the costumes. She also teaches acting and has directed plays and musicals at Hiram. Ms. Bauman is also a quilt artist whose works have been juried into national exhibitions. In fall 2016 she had a solo show of her work at the Gelbke Gallery entitled “Fabrications.” She also lectures on Quilt History and other quilt-related topics.


  • M.F.A., Kent State University
  • M.A., The University of Akron
  • B.A., State University of New York


Vencl-Carr Award for Excellence in Teaching

Research Interests

Elizabeth is interested in costume history and the things that can be learned about a particular culture or era by the study of its dress.
She is a collector of antique quilts, and studies quilt history to learn about regional differences, women’s history, patterns of migration, and how fabrics were made and printed. Textile history and conservation are also areas of her study. She is a contemporary quilt artist and shows her work in national shows.

Selected Publications

  • “Fabrications,” a solo show of original quilt art, Gelbke Gallery, 2016
  • Costume designs for theatre productions from 1999 till the present:
    • Representative work:
    • The Triumph of Love
    • The Learned Ladies
    • Measure for Measure
    • Arms and the Man
    • Cloud Nine

Fun Facts

  • Elizabeth loves puppets and the art of puppetry. She occasionally offers her puppetry class in the 3-week format.
  • She knows all the musicals from the history of musical theatre, and will sing any song that seems appropriate to her at the drop of a hat.
  • Betsy enjoys attending Renaissance Festivals, and is always a member of the fun in one of her several Renaissance costumes.