Artist Bio

Linda Buchanan

Linda Buchanan

(Bio as of March 2018)

Linda Buchanan has designed hundreds of stage productions in her 30-year career, including the Goodman productions of the American premiere of House and Garden (also at the Alley Theatre), Black Snow, the musical adaptation of Wings (also at The Public Theater) and the world premiere production of Marvin’s Room (with 10 subsequent regional productions and commercial productions in New York and London). Additional Goodman credits include Two Trains Running, Race, Boleros for the Disenchanted and the world premiere of Ghostwritten. Other recent work includes Lombardi and Ten Chimneys at Milwaukee Repertory Theater and The 39 Steps at Cleveland Play House, Syracuse Stage and Indiana Repertory Theatre. Ms Buchanan has received the Michael Merritt Award for Design and Collaboration, Jeff Awards for Scenic Design for the Goodman productions of House and Black Snow and I Hate Hamlet (Royal George Theatre) and a Helen Hayes Award for Dancing at Lughnasa (Arena Stage). She was resident designer at Court Theatre from 1976 to 1984 and was design director of R.D. Design Associates from 1985 to 1989 where her work included the State of Illinois Center dedication ceremony and more than 100 environments for corporate theater and special events. She is an associate dean and head of the Scenic Design Program at The Theatre School at DePaul University, and has taught at the University of Chicago and Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been published in Interior Design, Contract, Exhibit Builder, American TheatreTheatre Crafts International and Entertainment Design.

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  • Lobby Hero Production Photos
  • Crumbs from the Table of Joy Production Photos
  • Crumbs from the Table of Joy Production Photos
  • Ghostwritten Production Photos

With Goodman Theatre

  • Race Race
    1112 Season
    Play by David Mamet
    Directed by Chuck Smith
  • Boleros for the Disenchanted Boleros for the Disenchanted
    0809 Season
    Play by José Rivera
    Directed by Henry Godinez
  • Ghostwritten Ghostwritten
    0809 Season
    Play by Naomi Iizuka
    Directed by Lisa Portes
  • Aint Misbehavin Aint Misbehavin
    0708 Season
    Play by Thomas "Fats" Waller et al.
    Directed by Chuck Smith
  • Crumbs from the Table of Joy Crumbs from the Table of Joy
    0506 Season
    Play by Lynn Nottage
    Directed by Chuck Smith
  • Lobby Hero Lobby Hero
    0203 Season
    Play by Kenneth Lonergan
    Directed by Robert Falls
  • House House
    0001 Season
    Play by Alan Ayckbourn
    Directed by Robert Falls
  • Garden Garden
    0001 Season
    Play by Alan Ayckbourn
    Directed by Robert Falls
  • Two Trains Two Trains
    1415 Season
    Play by August Wilson
    Directed by Chuck Smith
  • Having Our Say Having Our Say
    1718 Season
    Play by Emily Mann, Adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth
    Directed by Chuck Smith