Linda Martin Moore died on November 5 at her home in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.
Ms. Martin Moore was educated in the fine and performing arts from an early age and held two MFA’s 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.
Ms. Martin Moore brought a wealth of experience to the stage, and worked professionally as an actor, director, costume designer and theater educator. Growing up in Santa Monica, California, 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 distinguished herself 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.
Linda Martin Moore 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 Mr. Moore’s work. They had two sons and in 1975 returned to the US to settle in Stevens Point where Mr. Moore assumed a Professorship with University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. As a faculty member there, Ms. Martin Moore taught acting classes, and directed fourteen 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 thirty productions at UWSP and designed ballets for American Ballet Theater and the Mid-American Dance Theater in Milwaukee. Local audiences are familiar with her directing work at the Central Wisconsin Community Theater, including “Death of a Salesman,” “Noises Off,” and most recently, “Private Lives,” which featured a delightful performance by her son, Christopher Moore in the lead role.
Ms. Martin Moore owned, with local artist Mark Brueggeman, Atelier Vermeil Studios. The studio produced large, stained-glass panels for ecclesiastical, residential and corporate structures. They created art glass, paintings, fine art prints, and designs for theater, costumes and sets.
Linda Martin Moore is survived by her sons, Eric and Christopher, her sister Erin Martin, and seven grandchildren; Rayne, Zoë, Saffron, Emma, Violet, Maveric and Stryder and two great grandchildren Liam James and Aria. She is also missed by a myriad of students, actors, directors, designers and audiences.