College of Arts and Humanities Spotlight
College Faculty Recognized by Provost as Promising New Faculty
Elizabeth Payne is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at California State University, Fresno where she teaches costume design, costume history, theatrical makeup, and theatrical design. Additionally, she designs costumes and makeup for several productions at the University Theatre each season. She received her B.A. in Theatre and Art from Morehead State University and her M.F.A. in Design for the Stage and Film from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Before joining the Theatre Arts Department at Fresno State, she worked as a costume designer both regionally and off-Broadway where she collaborated on 4 world premieres for the NYC based theatrical company Waterwell. Professor Payne is a member of United Scenic Artists and most recently designed costumes for "Bronte," "The Tempest," and "Assassins" for Fresno State. This past Spring, Professor Payne was awarded the Fresno County of Education's Artist in Residence Grant where she was placed with 4-6th graders at William Saroyan Elementary and Edison-Bethune Charter Academy. The work was centered around collaborating with the students as they wrote, improv-ed, and directed their own one-act plays, culminating with a performance for their schools and the public.
Since coming to Fresno, Professor Payne has also become a skater and member of the Board of Director's for NOtown Roller Derby and Offensive Tackle for The War Angels, the Central Valley's only women's full tackle football team.
Programs in the College of Arts and Humanities
Programs in the College of Arts and Humanities provide you with the base of humanistic studies and creative expression essential to the understanding of contemporary civilization. Reflect critically on questions of belief, values, and the nature of human existence. Expand your imagination and creativity. Develop an appreciation and understanding of the great works of human imagination.
Message from the Dean
Is an education in the Arts and Humanities worth anything? At times I run across this question — perhaps less bluntly put — in conversations with parents or students. It actually might be more appropriate to ask... read more