Linda Martin Moore
Linda Martin Moore died Sunday, Nov. 5 at her home in Stevens Point.
She was educated in the fine and performing arts from an early age and held two masters degrees in directing and costume design from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She studied drawing and painting at the ABS School of the Arts, Stockholm, Sweden, and attended the New York Seven Arts Theatre School, as well as the Art Students League of New York, on a Ford Foundation scholarship.
She worked professionally as an actor, director, costume designer and theater educator. Growing up in Santa Monica, Calif., she worked in film, TV and theater as a child performer, studying acting at the Desilu Workshop in Hollywood and then at the HB Studio in New York.
She performed in numerous Off-Broadway productions including the Circle-in-the-Square production of Euripides “The Trojan Women,” which won the NY Drama Critics Award. With national touring companies, she performed a wide variety of roles from Anita in “Westside Story” to Lady Macbeth in “Macbeth.”
She played Titania in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Kiev, Ukraine, in a musical version of the play with the music of Cole Porter, the first American production to tour there. In regional theater, she was in dramatic productions such as “Wings,” which opened the University of Wisconsin’s Noel Theater. She worked with actors Goldie Hawn, Mildred Dunnock, Dan Dailey, Natalie Wood and James Whitmore.
She was married in 1966 to James S. Moore, choreographer, dancer and ballet-master for American Ballet Theater in New York. Together they traveled to Paris and Stockholm for several years for his work. In 1975, they returned to the U.S. to settle in Stevens Point, where he was a professor with University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP).
As a faculty member there, she taught acting classes, and directed 14 diverse productions at the university, from “I Do! I Do!” to “The Little Foxes.”
A seasoned and talented costume and scenic designer, she undertook more than 30 productions at UWSP and designed ballets for American Ballet Theater and the Mid-American Dance Theater in Milwaukee. She also directed work at the Central Wisconsin Community Theater, including “Death of a Salesman,” “Noises Off” and most recently, “Private Lives.”
She owned, with local artist Mark Brueggeman, Atelier Vermeil Studios. They created art glass, paintings, fine art prints and designs for theater, costumes and sets.
She is survived by her sons, Eric and Christopher; one sister, Erin Martin; seven grandchildren, Rayne, Zoë, Saffron, Emma, Violet, Maveric and Stryder; and two great-grandchildren, Liam James and Aria.
Private services will be held. Online condolences may be offered at www.shudafuneral.com.