What’s good everyone, I’m Linda. I was born and raised in New York, but right now am living in the greater DC area. Currently I’m serving as the Prop Shop Assistant at the Clarice Performing Arts Center for the University of Maryland.
In 2017 I graduated from Ohio University with an MFA in Theatre Production and a focus on Props Construction. I attended Hamilton College as an undergraduate Art Major with a concentration in Sculpture and created my own Technical Theatre minor. After graduation, I moved to DC and freelanced as a carpenter, painter, prop artisan, and all around stagehand for many DC area theatres. Highlights include Shakespeare Theatre Company and Imagination Stage, but most memorably I spent several summers with the Smithsonian Institute’s annual Folklife Festival, and also served as Master Carpenter and Assistant Technical Director for GALA Hispanic Theatre before returning to grad school to focus on Props. Since making the switch, I spent 3 summers propping at the Glimmerglass Festival, 2 summers working with IATSE Local 18 at Summerfest (the world’s largest music festival) and was the Prop Crafts Artisan at Milwaukee Repertory Theater for 2 seasons.
Outside of props, my personal art consists of making paper cut illustrations of stories and poems I’ve written, as well as handmade cards. My themes lean towards that of enchanted forests and the secret lives of the creatures who live in them, and an exploration of the myths, legends and real history of botanical symbolism around the world! Follow my Instagram magicwood.workshop to see more of that!
Short shout out to myself!
While in grad school I received several accolades for my work in Props including USITT’s Peggy Ezekiel Awards Board’s Choice Winner (2014, 2015, 2016), an Award of Outstanding Achievement (2014, 2015) and was the winner of the USITT National Conference Registration (2014).