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Northwestern School of Communication

Raquel Adorno

Mancosh Postdoctoral Fellow


Raquel Adorno

I am a costume designer and visual artist based in Chicago and Puerto Rico. Artistic Collaboration in the service of story is what brings me to the blank page everyday. Stories allow us to reflect upon our own humanity, critique our darker selves, rejoice in our beauty, and celebrate our successes and failures as we create. Costumes are a vital visual representation of the human experience in this process.

Selected credits: CHICAGO: Intimate Apparel (Northlight Theatre); Wife of a Salesman (Writers Theatre); The Tragedy Of Othello, The Moor of Venice (Court Theatre); I, Banquo (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre); Intimate Apparel (Northlight Theatre); Plano (First Floor Theater); Top Girls (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company); Mies Julie (Victory Gardens Theater); Unelectable You (The Second City); D.O.A., The Long Christmas Ride Home, Desperate Dolls (Strawdog Theatre Company); Murder Ballad, Princess Mary Demands Your Attention, CARRIE: The Musical (Bailiwick Chicago); Angry Fags (Steppenwolf Garage) The Submission, Songs from an Unmade Bed (Pride Films and Plays); Barefoot in the Park, Crimes of the Heart, Dead Accounts (Step Up Productions); A Number, Scenes from an Execution (Runcible Theatre). REGIONAL: The Tempest, Intimate Apparel (Utah Shakespeare Festival); A Raisin in the Sun, The Taming of the Shrew, Cymbeline, A Doll’s House, A Doll’s House, Part 2 ( American Players Theatre); Small Mouth Sounds (UCCS Theatreworks). FILM: Limerence. NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY: The Flick, The Cherry Orchard, Jane Eyre, The Orange Garden, Vinegar Tom EDUCATION: MFA in Stage Design, Northwestern University MM in Opera Performance, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, BM in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy. AWARDS: The Michael Maggio Award 2022, The Michael Merritt Academic Achievement Prize for Collaborative Design 2019.


  • The Michael Maggio Award 2022
  • The Michael Merritt Academic Achievement Prize for Collaborative Design 2019