Costume Design

Jason Orlenko, visiting professor of Costume Design

Jason Orlenko’s costume design work has been seen across the midwest on the stages of the Milwaukee Rep, the Rep of St. Louis, Indiana Festival Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Skylight Music Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theater, Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, In Tandem Theatre, Next Act Theatre, Children’s Theatre of Madison, Marquette University, Juniata College, University of Alaska-Anchorage and the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he has also served as an adjunct lecturer.

 An experienced wardrobe supervisor and costume technician, Jason has also been fortunate to work in the costume departments of American Players Theatre, the Hangar Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival and the Florentine Opera. A proud member of United Scenic Artists – Local 829, Jason earned his BA in Theatre from the Peck School of the Arts at UW-Milwaukee and is thrilled to be back at Indiana University where he earned his MFA in Costume Design in 2012.

Linda Pisano, professor and chair of IU Theatre & Dance

Linda Pisano is an award-winning costume designer who heads the Costume M.F.A. Program and directs our department’s study abroad program in London. 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 throughout the United States. Her work has been featured in the Quadrennial World Design Expo in Prague and the World Stage Design exhibition.

Several of Pisano’s ballet designs continue to tour through Canada, England and the U.S. She serves on the Board of Directors of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, regularly presents and publishes, and holds membership in USITT, ATINER, The Costume Society of America, and the Costume Society of Great Britain.


You are admitted to the program after proving competency as shown by your portfolio, statement of goals, and required interview. The Design and Technology Faculty Committee selects candidates based on judgments of portfolio, writing quality, and professional potential.

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