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Linda Pisano

Linda Pisano

Professor of Costume Design

M.F.A. in Costume Design & Technology from The Ohio State University in 1996
M.A. in theatre and B.F.A. in acting, Utah State University
Appointed to IU in 2002

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An IU Theatre & Drama faculty since 2002, Linda heads the Costume Design Program and directs the Theatre and Drama Department’s Study Abroad Program in London. She has served on the faculties of Iowa State University and Kenyon College. A member of the United Scenic Artists Local 829, Linda’s work has covered a broad range of theatre, dance, musical theatre, ballet and opera. Her work has been featured in the Quadrennial World Design Expo in Prague and the World Stage Design exhibition. She is a four-time winner of the Peggy Ezekiel Award for Excellence in Design, a three-time jury winner in the National Design Expo and a two-time recipient of the Kennedy Center /ACTF Meritorious Achievement in Costume Design Award. Linda regularly designs with such companies as the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, BalletMet, Phoenix Theatre, Lyric Repertory Theatre, Contemporary American Theatre Company, Brown County Playhouse, IU Opera Theatre at the Jacobs School of Music and others. Several of her ballet designs continue to tour through Canada, England and the U.S.

She received her MFA in Costume Design & Technology from The Ohio State University, an MA in Theatre with an emphasis in theory and criticism and a BFA in Acting and Directing from Utah State University. Linda has served as an Associate Editor for the Costume Research Journal and she holds membership in The United States Institute for Theatre Technology and The Costume Society of America and the Costume Society of Great Britain. Linda is developing specialty research in the masks of commedia dell’arte and 18th-century Venetian dress for which she has received various grants and fellowships. At IU Theatre and Drama Linda has designed Hamlet, Seussical, The Birthday Party, Sweeney Todd, Betty’s Summer Vacation, The Bacchai and She Stoops to Conquer.