Gender: Female

NYC-based maker of masks, puppets and set pieces.

Recent Work: Masks, Puppets & Visuals for Faux-Real Theatre Company performances of The Bacchae (LaMama 2016), Lysistrata (Nuyorican Poets Cafe 2015), Oedipus Rex (Ohio 2010, Summerstage NYC 2010-2011, LaMama 2013), Seven Against Thebes (Summerstage NYC 2011), Jason & The Argonauts (Summerstage NYC 2012); masks, puppets and visuals for St. Ann's production of The Bacchae (2014); antler headpiece for Rob Roth's "Craig's Dream" piece at The Wild Project (2012).

12 years of puppet and mask design and execution for Chicago theater, opera and dance companies including: Chicago Chamber Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Hedwig Dance Company, Bailiwick Theater, Lifeline theater, National Jewish Theater, City Lit, Chicago Black Ensemble, Blue Rider theater, Oak Park Shakespeare festival, and Court theater.

Select projects include: Erotic shadow puppets for SexFest at Blue Rider Theater; Designed and directed “Ferdinand” a shadow puppet play in Portuguese; Collaboration with Hedwig Dance Company; Cirqua – Rivera Dance company; designed and built fifteen masks for experimental mask improvisation for the Olympic Improv “Strap Heads” by Rick Talarico with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler; designed masks for Second City’s “ Piñata Full of Bees”; conceived and executed “Steal this Print” a printmakers’ and actors’ performance piece for the Abbie Hoffman Festival.

Organized and taught puppet and mask-making classes for a ten day conference with over one hundred participants from North and Central America which culminated in three street theater events involving over sixty giant puppets and masks and several hundred people.


(2016) New York Innovative Theater Awards (NYITA) nominee for Outstanding Innovative Design (Masks - "The Bacchae")

(2013) New York Innovative Theater Awards Winner for Outstanding Innovative Design (Masks/Sets - "Oedipus Rex XX/XY")

(1998) Jeff Nomination for puppets & masks in “Dark of the Moon”

(1998) Jeff Nomination for puppets & masks in “Lizard Music”

(1996) Nomination for Theater Arts Festival in Paris, France

(1995) Grant from City of Chicago to teach puppets and masks in Theater-By-The-Lake program

(1994) Travel Grant from the Theater Communications Group for observer-ship of traditional mask art in Mexico

(1992) After Dark award for outstanding achievement in costume design for masks

Lynda White Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

IT Awards - 2013 - Outstanding Innovative Design
Lynda WhiteOedipus Rex XX/XY