Brian Clinnin is a Scenographer who teaches and designs in several areas at TCU: scenery, lighting, costumes, and makeup. Prior to his recent move to Texas with his wife Mikki, Brian worked at Chicago Scenic Studios, building and painting scenery for projects such as: ABC-7 Chicago State Street Studio Set; CBS Sports Set, New York, NY; “Late Night With Conan O’Brien in Chicago”; “ The Oprah Winfrey Show”; The Chicago Field Museum; The Adler Planetarium; The Museum of Science and Industry; Chicago Shakespeare; and “The Radio City Christmas Spectacular”.
He was raised in Chicago and began his university career studying Industrial Design on scholarship at the University of Illinois. His love of drawing and painting took him to the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, where he completed his BFA in Illustration/Design. He then returned to Chicago to study painting at The Art Institute of Chicago and began work as a professional mural painter and union carpenter. Ultimately, he created a business with his family, which created custom children’s furniture, and fully realized children’s rooms featuring bunk beds, dressers, bookshelves and floor to ceiling murals. Brian returned to the University of Kansas to work on his MFA in Scenography and teach scenic production. He earned his MFA from KU with Honors in addition to winning First Place awards in regional scenic design scholarship programs for 3 consecutive years from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his scenic designs.
This past year, Brian was honored for his scenic and costume designs for Romeo and Juliet as part of the Trinity Shakespeare Festival Design Team winning a Dallas-Fort Worth Theatre Critics Award for Outstanding Creative Contribution. As a member of The United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Brian continually looks forward to creating exciting, new, design work in Fort Worth and abroad.