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Elsa Hiltner

Elsa Hiltner (she/her) is a costume designer and a writer and organizer on labor and pay equity issues in theatrical design.

Elsa Hiltner (she/her) is a costume designer and a writer and organizer on labor and pay equity issues in theatrical design based in Chicago. She is a co-founder of On Our Team. Theatrical design credits include Collaboraction, Silk Road Rising, Teatro Vista, Signal Ensemble, American Blues Theater, Steppenwolf, First Folio Theatre, Next Act Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Walkabout Theater Company, Windy City Playhouse, and American Theater Company among others. She holds a BA from Western Washington University. For more information, visit www.elsahiltner.com

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Inequity by Design
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Inequity by Design

13 July 2020

Elsa Hiltner discusses equity issues for designers in the theatre industry and offers tips for how artists can work together to change the system.

A Call for Equal Support in Theatrical Design
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A Call for Equal Support in Theatrical Design

23 November 2016

Chicago-based costume designer, textile designer, and wardrobe stylist Elsa Hiltner considers the division of labor and allocation of technical support within theatrical design.