Abigail Mansfield Coleman

Design and Production Arts Faculty, Costume Design

Number of Years in Industry

10 years


Abigail Mansfield Coleman is a costume designer and lover of all things textiles currently based out of Iowa City, Iowa. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from The University of Iowa in Theatre Design. Her areas of expertise include costume design, makeup design, and mask and puppetry crafts/design.

She has costume designed over 50 theatrical productions from large musicals, to intimate new works. Some favorites include Into the Woods (3 times!); Carousel; String; My Favorite Year; Anything Goes; Tuck Everlasting, The Musical (2018 KCATCF Region IV Faculty Costume Design Nomination); Exit the King (2017 KCATCF Region IV Faculty Costume Design nomination); Annie Get Your Gun; Shrek: The Musical; Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Henry V, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, and many more.

Her work has taken her from the Carolinas all the way to London, U.K, where she spent part of her summer in 2022 working on costumes, large structural elements, and walking in the Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Parade in partnership with Mahogany Carnival Designs.

She had the privilege to work on productions with the following:
University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts, Riverside Theatre, Mahogany Carnival Design (London, UK), Nolte Academy, Mirrobox Theatre, Sigmon Theatrical, The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Cornell College, Shorter University Theatre, Shorter University Opera, Rome Shakespeare Festival, Rome Little Theatre, Gaston School of the Arts, Encore Theatre Guild, The Abbey Players, and of course, Iowa Conservatory.

Abigail is excited to add ICON to this list: “I love collaboration within the art of theatre. Working with a director and other designers to craft the visual representation of a show is a very humbling and unique experience. And now I get to do that collaborative act with other teaching artists, using those same principles to create a dynamic performance curriculum and environment for students to thrive in the arts!”

In her limited spare time, she loves cooking new dishes from around the world with her husband Kyle, traveling, moving furniture around her house, making music, knitting, & reading the mountain of books she continues to accumulate from local bookshops. Check out her work at abigailmansfieldcoleman.com

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