About linda

LINDA ROETHKE  is a master of costume design who has worked throughout the United States in many different theatrical forms – be it original works, modern plays, or the classic – any of which were either musical or nonmusical in form. 

She has had the privilege of collaborating with extraordinary actors such as John Mahoney (I Never Sang for My Father at Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Giulia Pagano (Spinning into Butter at Repertory Theatre of St. Louis) and Mariann Mayberry (How I Learned to Drive at Alliance Theatre)

Upcoming designs for productions in the 2017-18 season include Hand to God at Alliance Theatre (where she has also designed The Geller Girls, Managing Maxine, The Underpants, and Shadowlands), Sweeney Todd  at KC Rep (where she also designed Sunday in The Park With George), and a brand new, non-traditional production of Oklahoma! for Oregon Shakespeare Festival (a company for which she has returned to design many extraordinary productions).

Other credits include Miss Saigon, (The Paramount Theatre); Richard III (The Public Theatre, Off-Broadway); The Game’s Afoot (Cleveland Play House); Gem of the Ocean, The Good BookWater by the Spoonful, The Dead, Orlando (Court Theatre); Stage Kiss, The Clean House (Goodman Theatre); Motherf**ker with the Hat, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, and Intimate Apparel (Steppenwolf Theatre Company). 

She has also designed at Cincinnati Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, Center Stage, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, and the American Players Theatre.  Linda was recently selected to exhibit as part of “Costume Design at the Turn on the Century” in Moscow.

Her awards include a Joseph Jefferson Award for An Ideal Husband at the Court Theatre, a Suzi Bass nomination (The Geller Girls, The Underpants, Alliance Theatre), and Connecticut Circle Nomination (A Little Night Music, Connecticut Rep).

She received her MFA from the University of Iowa and currently teaches costume design at Northwestern University.  She takes great pride in drawing to discover.  To see.  To understand.  It is vitally important for her to keep her head and heart in hand.  For further information and designs, please visit