By Ashley Dillard
Hello internet land! Ashley here again, this time coming to you with some great news from our faculty! The faculty and staff here in the Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance work very hard to ensure the highest quality education for their students (and we really appreciate it!). Today I want to highlight Linda Pisano. Linda, Professor of Costume Design and Head of Design & Technology, has had a very busy 2016!
Linda taught a London Study Abroad course again in May and brought 16 IU students along for the ride. Highlights include seeing productions of Doctor Faustus at the Duke of York’s Theatre, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom at the National Theatre, and Madam Butterfly at the English National Opera. The group also did a lot of sightseeing around town and visited multiple museums and exhibits including seeing the Vogue 100 showcase at the National Portrait Gallery and a trip to Angels Costumes!
Linda is very active in the professional design world as well. Her costume design work was a National Jury winner at the National Design Expo in the spring and subsequently published in Theatre Design & Technology magazine. Her work was also featured at the China Institute of Stage Design in Beijing in July and August.
On top of her teaching and design work, Linda is also a published author. (When does she ever sleep?!) In August of 2016, The Art & Practice of Costume Design, was published in which Linda was a co-author along with colleague Heather Milam, head of the Costume Technology MFA program (which will see it’s first graduates this spring)!
She designed seven productions in 2016 including Florencia en el Amazonas with director Candace Evans and Madama Butterfly with director Leslie Koenig. She also designed To Kill A Mockingbird at IRT with Artistic Director Janet Allen in the spring.
In December, Linda was notified that her work had been selected as a finalist in the World Stage Design 2017 exhibition in Taipei where it will be on exhibition in July and compete for honors; Linda was the only American costume designer selected by the WSD curators!
As if she wasn’t busy enough, a few weeks ago Linda found time to mentor Costume Design MFA students Emmie Phelps and Courtney Foxworthy in New York City where they shopped for The Tempest (designed by Foxworthy) and The Duchess of Malfi (designed by Phelps). Both productions can be seen at IU in the spring of 2017.
Linda continues to serve as an elected member of the Board of Directors for USITT and member of USA Local 829. She is currently working on a new play, Miranda, by James Still at IRT with director Henry Godinez. Upcoming work also includes The Music Man and L’Etoile at IU Opera & Ballet Theatre.
Look out for more updates soon on what’s happening in our department!
Ashley Dillard is a 3rd year MFA actor at Indiana University. She has been seen most recently as Kate in Dancing at Lughnasa at IU, Katherine in Home at the BPP, Marianne in Sense and Sensibility and Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream both for IU Summer Theater. Though she calls beautiful Bloomington home now, she originally hails from Highland, IN.