Sherry Linnell

Resident Designer and Emerita Professor of Theatre
With Pomona Since: 1975
  • Expertise


    Sherry Linnell has designed costumes for more than one hundred productions in the Southern California area. Her costume designs have been seen at Boston Court, Open Fist, Syzygy Theatre Group, Lewis Family Playhouse, the Blank Theatre Company, International City Theatre, Fullerton Civic Light Opera, West Coast Jewish Theatre, Theatre 40, Los Angeles Theatre Center, and many other places. She has designed costumes for dance in Southern California, Guatemala, and Germany.

    Research Interests

    • Costume design
    • Costume history
    • Design for Dance
    • Balinese Dance
    • Makeup and Prop design
    • Visual arts of the theatre

    Areas of Expertise

    • Costume Design
    • Make up for the Theatre
    • Visual Arts of the Theatre
  • Work


    Syzygy Theatre Group, Los Angeles, Ca. 2006-present. Costume Designs: SMUDGE, LOVE'S OLD SWEET SONG, MY THING OF LOVE, GOBLIN MARKET (critics pick,) TALLY'S FOLLY (critic's pick)

    Open Fist Theatre Company, Los Angeles, CA, 2007 Costume Designs: SEVEN SANTAS (world premiere)

    Interact Theatre Company, 2007 Costume Designs: THE BOARDINGHOUSE, (west coast premiere)

    The Blank Theatre, Los Angeles, CA. 2005-present. Costume Designs: HEADS (world Premiere, critic's pick,) HOTEL C'est L'AMOUR (west coast premiere), A HOLE IN THE DARK(critic's pick)

    RITUAL FOR A BOP SOLO (world premiere), Black Theatre Workshop, Los Angeles, 1996 Costume Design

    International City Theatre, Long Beach, 1994-2007. Costume Designs: CHRISTMAS CAROL, LOOT, NOISES OFF! (critic's pick,) WORLD GOES ROUND, FRANKENSTEIN (world premiere musical) LEND ME A TENOR, CORPSE, BEAST ON THE MOON, 2 (critic's pick), TAPESTY (critic's pick)

    Fullerton Civic Light Opera, 1993 and 2007. Costume Designs: PHANTOM, THE MOST HAPPY FELLA.

  • Education


    Master of Fine Arts
    University of California, Irvine

    Bachelor of Arts
    University of California, Irvine

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Costume Design
    • Independent Study: Theatre
    • Lab, Costume Design
    • Make-up
    • Senior Project in Design
    • Theatre Production
    • Theatre Production
  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Pomona College, Faculty Travel Grant for United States Institute of Theatre Technology Annual Conference, Houston 2008, Louisville 2006, Toronto 2005 and 1999 and Denver 2000

    Freeman Grant for research into textile and dress development for dance in Bali 2006

    Wig Curriculum Grant 1998, 2003

    Pomona College, Faculty Travel Grant for Costume Symposium, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Summer 1998