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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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Linda heads the Costume Program and is Head of the Design & Technology Area at IU Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance.  She directs the Theatre and Drama Department’s Study Abroad Program in London. Linda 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, the Bakhrushin Museum in Moscow 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, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Opera San Antonio, Indiana Repertory Theatre, BalletMet, regional co-productions throughout the country, 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 is in her second term as an elected member of the Board of Directors for The United States Institute for Theatre Technology.  She holds membership in and The Costume Societies of America and Great Britain and has presented papers and sessions in the U.S. and internationally with USITT, CSA and ATINER. Linda’s area of research in the construction of masks of 17th century Italian Commedia Del Arte and18th-century Venetian dress for which she has received various grants and fellowships. At IU Theatre and Drama and IFT Linda has designed As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Chicago, Hamlet, Seussical, The Birthday Party, Sweeney Todd, Betty’s Summer Vacation, The Bacchai and She Stoops to Conquer among others.  At IU Opera and Ballet Theatre she has designed the world premiers of Vincent, The Tale of Thi Khin along with many others including most recently La Traviata, South Pacific, La Rondine, Der Rosenkavalier and the upcoming Dead Man Walking and Oklahoma!.