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Collette Pollard

Associate Professor


Courses Taught

  • THTR 155: Scenography – Introduction to Principles of Theatrical Design
  • THTR 250: Scenic Design I
  • THTR 255: Scenic Design II


Master of Fine Arts, Northwestern University


Collette Pollard designs scenery locally, regionally and internationally with recent and upcoming Chicago credits including Hir, The Fundamentals, Between Riverside and Crazy, 1984 (Steppenwolf Theatre), The Hunter and the Bear (Co-production with Pigpen Theatre and Writers’ Theatre), Arcadia (Writers’ Theatre), One Man Two Guvnors, The Illusion (Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination for Best Scenic Design, Court Theatre), and The Happiest Song Plays Last and Fish Men (Goodman Theatre). Recent and upcoming regional credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet (Santa Cruz Shakespeare), Hannah and the Dread Gazebo, Great Expectations (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), How I Learned to Drive (Cleveland Playhouse and Syracuse Stage), The Oldest Boy (Marin Theatre Company), Geller Girls, Good People, and The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Alliance Theatre, all receiving Suzi Bass Award and Atlanta Fan Award Nominations), A Minister’s Wife (San Jose Repertory Theatre), The Hammer Trinity, Rose and the Rime, The Donkey Show, Death and Harry Houdini, The Nutcracker, and The Sparrow (Adrienne Arsht Center of Performing Arts Miami), A Streetcar Named Desire (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Harriet Jacobs and The Glass Menagerie (Kansas City Repertory Theatre).

Collette has designed several operas: Don Giovanni (Castleton Theatre Festival), The Grapes of Wrath (Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. Evanston, IL), Falstaff (University of Illinois School of Music, Champaign Urbana, IL), and Sour Angelica and Gianni Schicchi (DePaul University School of Music, Chicago, IL). International credits include Joan D’Arc (Co-production Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, and Linz09, Linz, Austria) and Maria Stewart (Linz09, Linz, Austria).

Collette was the Scenic Design Jeff Award recipient for In the Garden at Lookingglass Theatre where she recently designed Thaddeus and Slocum. Recently she became an Artistic Associate at Timeline Theatre in Chicago where she designed Danny Casalaro, The How and the Why, Blood and Gifts, and The Front Page, for which she received a Joseph Jefferson Award for Scenic Design. Collette is a Company Member at the House Theatre Company of Chicago where she has designed 20 plus productions, including The Hammer Trinity, Dorian, Rose and the Rime, Death and Harry Houdini, The Nutcracker, The Sparrow, and The Magnificents. Collette was the recipient of the Michael Merritt Maggio Emerging Designer Award in 2010 and received her MFA from Northwestern University.