Dana Pinkston

Associate ProfessorDana Pinkston
Resident Costume Designer

208 Nichols Hall


M.F.A., Penn State University, Costume Design; M.A., Kansas State University, Costume Design; B.S., Kansas State University, Theatre-Design Emphasis

Courses taught

Fundamentals of Theatrical Design, Costume Design, Design Studio, Stage Make-up, Dyeing and Painting for the Stage, Millinery, Environmental Costume Design

Job description

Dana is responsible for the costume design of all main-stage productions, either directly, or in a supervisory capacity.


Dana has designed costumes for theatres across the country, including North Shore Music Theatre in Massachusetts, Theatre by the Sea in Rhode Island, and The Virginia Shakespeare Festival in Virginia. In 2018, Dana won The BroadwayWorld Best Costume Design-Rhode Island for the smash "Mamma Mia!" Dana is also the recipient of the prestigious ACTF/ Kennedy Center National Award for Excellence in Costume Design for her design of "Our Country's Good." Dana is the happy “mom” to alumni working all over the country in academics and the profession (currently four on Broadway, YAY!). Dana is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

Favorite quote

"Dare to be Silly"