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Elaine Kauffman

Festival Playhouse Company Costumer, Instructor for Costuming and Make-Up 

Elaine has a B.S. degree from Western Michigan University in Fashion Design, including design classes at the American College of London, England. After taking a job in college managing the costume shop for the WMU Theatre Department, she began an unexpected career in costume design that led to working for almost every theatre in Kalamazoo and several others in the Midwest including a company that toured did Broadway musicals nationally. She has costumed over 200 shows in the last 14 years with a few of her favorites being Chicago, Gigi, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She has begun a clothing design business with a growing clientele in the area creating everything from custom-made kilts to wedding dresses. She will always have a great love for the theatre and is enjoying teaching and working with students here at K.