- MFA – Northwestern University
- BA with Honors – Buffalo State College, SUNY
Lynne Koscielniak’s designs have represented the United States at the Prague Quadrennial of Stage Design and at World Stage Design Exposition.
She has designed in such venues as: Steppenwolf, Virginia Stage, Studio Arena Theatre, Irish Classical Theatre (Buffalo), ArtPark (Lewiston, NY) and Victory Gardens (Chicago). Her work includes: the Chicago premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s EURYDICE (Piven Theatre,Chicago), Naomi Izuka’s TATTOO GIRL (The Viaduct, Chicago), designs for dance: Lehrer Dance, Bill Evans and Jump Rhythm Jazz Project; lighting for musicals including: MARY POPPINS, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAM COAT, GRAND HOTEL, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, WEST SIDE STORY, and CHILDREN OF EDEN amongst others; and set, light, and costume design for the world premiere of the musical, PARALLEL LIVES (Riverside Opera Ensemble, Theatre for the New City, NYC). She has designed the environment for the New York Premiere of Catherine Eaton’s one woman show CORSETLESS at The LAB (for installation and performance art) at the Roger Smith Hotel, sets and lights for Neglia Ballet Artists THE NUTCRACKER, featuring the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and performed at historic Shea’s Performing Arts Center, ALL SHOOK UP featuring Sally Struthers, and SOMETHING SO RIGHT, a world premiere music, dance and theatre experience told through the words and music of Paul Simon.
Current research in the use of ephemeral mediums to communicate historical narratives has resulted in performative installations for both Torn Space Theater and Buffalo’s City of Night.
Based in Buffalo, NY, she is a Professor of Scenography and the Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University at Buffalo. She is a faculty fellow of UB’s Techne Institute for Arts and Emerging Technologies. She has held office in the USITT Upstate New York Regional Section and in Region II of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. She holds a BA with Honors in Theater/French Language and Literature from Buffalo State College, SUNY and a MFA in Stage Design from Northwestern University.
Lynne’s work has earned her an Emerging Designer Residency (Steppenwolf), a Design Fellowship at the Kennedy Center (Intensive in Scenic & Costume Design: The Collaborative Process with Ming Cho Lee and Constance Hoffman), a Joseph Jefferson Citation Nomination, The Michael Merritt Scholarship for Excellence in Design and Collaboration and the UB Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. Lynne is a member of United Scenic Artists – Local 829.