World Stage Design

The International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians (OISTAT) has chosen Calgary, Alberta, Canada as the next destination for World Stage Design (WSD2022). From August 6th to 16th, 2022 the University of Calgary’s School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) with the Canadian Institute for Theatre Technology/Institut canadien des technologies scénographiques (CITT/ICTS), Canada’s OISTAT Centre, will host WSD2022. World Stage Design is an OISTAT event held every four years that is comprised of four distinct components that are presented simultaneously: International Design Exhibition and Competition, Scenofest Conference, Theatre Architecture Competition (TAC), and Technical Invention Prize (TIP). In addition to the four components of WSD, the OISTAT World Congress Meetings and the CITT/ICTS annual trade show and conference, Rendez-vous will be on the UCalgary campus.

WSD2022 will be the fifth iteration of this OISTAT event which is held every four years on a different continent. Originating in Toronto, Canada, WSD has been to Seoul, South Korea; Cardiff, Wales; and Taipei, Taiwan. At WSD2017 in Taipei, 168 designs from 35 countries were on display, and 121 performances of 35 different productions were presented selling 5,000 tickets. The conference included panels, keynote speakers, and workshops. WSD2017 hosted more than 15,000 visitors from 71 countries over 10 days, exchanging and sharing ideas.

 

The Events

Scenofest

TAC

TIP

World Congress

Rendez-vous

Arena

Trade Show

Arena

Registration will open on August 5, 2021. Registration and tickets for Scenofest workshops, master classes, and performances  will open in September 2021.

Our Team

Meet our Advisory Committee and WSD Jury Directors.

April ViczkoProject Lead

April Viczko is a performance designer with 25 years of professional theatre experience. She worked at theatres in Ontario and across Western Canada and her over 100 designs include 20 world premieres. She has been nominated for both a Dora Award and Jessie Award for her outstanding work in Costume Design. April received the Siminovitch Protégé Prize in 2006. In 2012 she received a Distinguished Researcher (Emerging) Award and in 2017 received an Excellence in Teaching (Established) Award from the University of Calgary. April is a Full Member of the Associated Designers of Canada and one of few who is accomplished in 4 disciplines: set, costumes, lighting, projection design. http://aprilviczko.com

April ViczkoProject Lead

April Viczko is a performance designer with 25 years of professional theatre experience. She worked at theatres in Ontario and across Western Canada and her over 100 designs include 20 world premieres. She has been nominated for both a Dora Award and Jessie Award for her outstanding work in Costume Design. April received the Siminovitch Protégé Prize in 2006. In 2012 she received a Distinguished Researcher (Emerging) Award and in 2017 received an Excellence in Teaching (Established) Award from the University of Calgary. April is a Full Member of the Associated Designers of Canada and one of few who is accomplished in 4 disciplines: set, costumes, lighting, projection design. http://aprilviczko.com

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Monique CorbeilNational Coordinator - CITT/ICTS

A plastic arts graduate and a former theatre production student, Monique Corbeil has been involved in the performing arts industry in Québec and Canada for the past 38 years. Working mostly as a freelance stage manager on numerous productions in Montréal and on tour throughout France and Quebec, she was also the Executive Director of l’APASQ (Association des professionnels des arts de la scène du Québec) for 8 years in the 1990’s. As an independent consultant for the arts services, she served on numerous boards of directors and advisory committees. She is currently the National Coordinator for CITT/ICTS, a position she has held since 2005.

Monique CorbeilNational Coordinator - CITT/ICTS

A plastic arts graduate and a former theatre production student, Monique Corbeil has been involved in the performing arts industry in Québec and Canada for the past 38 years. Working mostly as a freelance stage manager on numerous productions in Montréal and on tour throughout France and Quebec, she was also the Executive Director of l’APASQ (Association des professionnels des arts de la scène du Québec) for 8 years in the 1990’s. As an independent consultant for the arts services, she served on numerous boards of directors and advisory committees. She is currently the National Coordinator for CITT/ICTS, a position she has held since 2005.

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Alexandra BondsJury Director - WSD Jury

Alexandra Bonds is Professor Emerita of Costume Design for the University of Oregon. An award-winning designer, her costumes have been included in the USITT USA PQ national exhibits four times, the WSD in Korea and Cardiff, and Costume Design at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015 in Moscow, Russia in 2015. She was the commissioner for the USA exhibitions to PQ 2003, 2007, and 2011, a curator for the USA entries for Costume Design at the Turn of the Century and Innovative Costume: The Next Generation, and the Jury Director for selections and awards for the original WSD in Toronto in 2005. A Fellow of USITT, she recently received the Joel E. Rubin Founder’s Award.

Alexandra BondsJury Director - WSD Jury

Alexandra Bonds is Professor Emerita of Costume Design for the University of Oregon. An award-winning designer, her costumes have been included in the USITT USA PQ national exhibits four times, the WSD in Korea and Cardiff, and Costume Design at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015 in Moscow, Russia in 2015. She was the commissioner for the USA exhibitions to PQ 2003, 2007, and 2011, a curator for the USA entries for Costume Design at the Turn of the Century and Innovative Costume: The Next Generation, and the Jury Director for selections and awards for the original WSD in Toronto in 2005. A Fellow of USITT, she recently received the Joel E. Rubin Founder’s Award.

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Amethyst First RiderIndigenous Committee Advisor

Amethyst First Rider is a member of the Kainai Nation, Blackfoot Confederacy, Alberta, Canada and married to Leroy Little Bear. She is a leader in the performing arts community for more that 20 years, producing and directing plays depicting Aboriginal stories and culture. Her experience in the arts has included dance productions, consulting for the University of California, Berkeley’s planetarium, as well as narration and production in the National Film Board’s documentary: Kainayssini Imanistaiswa, The People Go On. She co-conceived Iniskim an immersive puppet lantern performance celebrating the reintegration of Bison into the natural ecosystem of Banff National Park. She is central to the development and success of The Buffalo: A Treaty of Cooperation, Renewal and Restoration signed by over 30 First Nations and Tribes in Canada and the USA. It is the biggest modern Treaty amongst First Nations. Its purpose is to “one again welcome the Buffalo to live among us” and it recognizes “Buffalo as a wild free-ranging animal and as an important of the ecological ecosystem.” She is also a founding-advisor to the Kainai Ecosystem Protection Association.

Amethyst First RiderIndigenous Committee Advisor

Amethyst First Rider is a member of the Kainai Nation, Blackfoot Confederacy, Alberta, Canada and married to Leroy Little Bear. She is a leader in the performing arts community for more that 20 years, producing and directing plays depicting Aboriginal stories and culture. Her experience in the arts has included dance productions, consulting for the University of California, Berkeley’s planetarium, as well as narration and production in the National Film Board’s documentary: Kainayssini Imanistaiswa, The People Go On. She co-conceived Iniskim an immersive puppet lantern performance celebrating the reintegration of Bison into the natural ecosystem of Banff National Park. She is central to the development and success of The Buffalo: A Treaty of Cooperation, Renewal and Restoration signed by over 30 First Nations and Tribes in Canada and the USA. It is the biggest modern Treaty amongst First Nations. Its purpose is to “one again welcome the Buffalo to live among us” and it recognizes “Buffalo as a wild free-ranging animal and as an important of the ecological ecosystem.” She is also a founding-advisor to the Kainai Ecosystem Protection Association.

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Sadaf GanjiAssistant Coordinator

Sadaf is a Calgary based apprentice Stage Manager and Assistant Producer. She is currently an Assistant Producer for The Shakespeare Company. Sadaf will graduate in June with a BFA from the University of Calgary, with a major in Drama and a minor in Anthropology. Recent stage management credits include: Actually (Alberta Theatre Projects), The Merchant of Venice (University of Calgary and The Shakespeare Company co-production), The Key of T (University of Calgary), antigone lives* (University of Calgary).

Sadaf GanjiAssistant Coordinator

Sadaf is a Calgary based apprentice Stage Manager and Assistant Producer. She is currently an Assistant Producer for The Shakespeare Company. Sadaf will graduate in June with a BFA from the University of Calgary, with a major in Drama and a minor in Anthropology. Recent stage management credits include: Actually (Alberta Theatre Projects), The Merchant of Venice (University of Calgary and The Shakespeare Company co-production), The Key of T (University of Calgary), antigone lives* (University of Calgary).

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Ian GarrettAdvisory Committee - WSD Exhibition Designer

Ian Garrett is designer, producer, educator, and researcher in the field of sustainability in arts and culture. He is the director of the Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts; Associate Professor of Ecological Design for Performance at York University. (Toronto); and Producer for Toasterlab. He maintains a design practice focused on ecology, technology and scenography. With Chantal Bilodeau, he co-directs the Climate Change Theatre Action. He serves on the Board of Directors for Associated Designers of Canada and was the Curator for the US for the 2019 Prague Quadrennial.

Ian GarrettAdvisory Committee - WSD Exhibition Designer

Ian Garrett is designer, producer, educator, and researcher in the field of sustainability in arts and culture. He is the director of the Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts; Associate Professor of Ecological Design for Performance at York University. (Toronto); and Producer for Toasterlab. He maintains a design practice focused on ecology, technology and scenography. With Chantal Bilodeau, he co-directs the Climate Change Theatre Action. He serves on the Board of Directors for Associated Designers of Canada and was the Curator for the US for the 2019 Prague Quadrennial.

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Troy HourieLiving Legends Coordinator

Troy Hourie, Planning Committee - Living Legends and TAC
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Troy is an installation artist and scenographer. Art Installations include: Freaks | A Performative Installation, Ei! Marionettas (2020), Porto Portugal, Escape to Beira, (2014) ARTErra Portugal, Apparitions Attic (2015) Arteles Finland and Aurora ON (2018), and Static Apnea, Performance Arcade, NZ (2016) and American Vicarious NYC (2020) , Paracosms (2018), Lee Contemporary Art. Art commissions: The Wisdom Tree (2015),Glimmerglass Festival and Espreitar Tondela (2016), Arterra, Tondela, Portugal. His work has been exhibited internationally including Toronto, London, Prague, Netherlands, New York, His artworks have been supported by Ontario Arts Council and Canada Arts Council grants. Scenographer for 300+ productions for various off-Broadway, regional and opera companies across the USA, Canada and internationally; including Glimmerglass Festival, The New Victory, New York Theatre Workshop, Cherry Lane Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Guthrie and Classical Theatre of Harlem. Troy directed and designed the digital scenography for Philip Glass’ opera, The Fall of the House of Usher, Mannes, NYC in 2018. Teaching or guest artist at New York University, Juilliard, Cornell University, Duke University, Williams College and Dalhousie Universities Awards: AUDELCO Award and nominations for Helen Hayes Award, Joseph Jefferson Award, Henry Hewes Award, Drama Desk Award, International Opera Award, seven AUDELCO nominations and Ford Foundation Artist Grant. He is a professor at the University of Guelph, College of Arts. www.troyhourie.com

Troy HourieLiving Legends Coordinator

Troy Hourie, Planning Committee - Living Legends and TAC
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Troy is an installation artist and scenographer. Art Installations include: Freaks | A Performative Installation, Ei! Marionettas (2020), Porto Portugal, Escape to Beira, (2014) ARTErra Portugal, Apparitions Attic (2015) Arteles Finland and Aurora ON (2018), and Static Apnea, Performance Arcade, NZ (2016) and American Vicarious NYC (2020) , Paracosms (2018), Lee Contemporary Art. Art commissions: The Wisdom Tree (2015),Glimmerglass Festival and Espreitar Tondela (2016), Arterra, Tondela, Portugal. His work has been exhibited internationally including Toronto, London, Prague, Netherlands, New York, His artworks have been supported by Ontario Arts Council and Canada Arts Council grants. Scenographer for 300+ productions for various off-Broadway, regional and opera companies across the USA, Canada and internationally; including Glimmerglass Festival, The New Victory, New York Theatre Workshop, Cherry Lane Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Guthrie and Classical Theatre of Harlem. Troy directed and designed the digital scenography for Philip Glass’ opera, The Fall of the House of Usher, Mannes, NYC in 2018. Teaching or guest artist at New York University, Juilliard, Cornell University, Duke University, Williams College and Dalhousie Universities Awards: AUDELCO Award and nominations for Helen Hayes Award, Joseph Jefferson Award, Henry Hewes Award, Drama Desk Award, International Opera Award, seven AUDELCO nominations and Ford Foundation Artist Grant. He is a professor at the University of Guelph, College of Arts. www.troyhourie.com

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Trevor McDonaldTechnical Supervisor

Trevor has been working in the entertainment industry for over 20 years with a career that has seen him involved in various aspects of technical innovation and creation for live performance. His work has been on stages across Alberta, on tour, and in remote northern parts of the province; and most recently as the Technical Director for the Canadian Professional Exhibit at PQ19. Trevor is known in the theatre scene in the province as a person of integrity and forthright communication skills. He is a member of the CITT/ICTS Alberta Section Board and a member of the national organization. Trevor is excited to be bringing his expertise to World Stage Design and sharing the international stage with this great team of players.

Trevor McDonaldTechnical Supervisor

Trevor has been working in the entertainment industry for over 20 years with a career that has seen him involved in various aspects of technical innovation and creation for live performance. His work has been on stages across Alberta, on tour, and in remote northern parts of the province; and most recently as the Technical Director for the Canadian Professional Exhibit at PQ19. Trevor is known in the theatre scene in the province as a person of integrity and forthright communication skills. He is a member of the CITT/ICTS Alberta Section Board and a member of the national organization. Trevor is excited to be bringing his expertise to World Stage Design and sharing the international stage with this great team of players.

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Peter MollerGraphic Designer - www.eggpress.ca

In 1958, at the age of 3, my family moved from Denmark to Calgary. Not long after we settled, my father opened a sign and silk-screen shop named City Signs. Thus began my fascination with all things printed.
In 1974, after almost graduating from the Alberta College of Art, I got sidetracked when my brother and I decided to try and learn how to run an old offset press sitting idle at the back of City Signs. At the end of that summer my brother returned to his studies but I stayed to start a print shop; Egg Press Co. More than 40 years later – and having made the jump from analog to digital in 1998 – I’m still at it.
In the early years Egg Press supplied el-cheapo posters and other printed materials for various art, dance, theatre and music groups in the burgeoning Calgary arts scene of the late 70s and early 80s (see graphic design). Since going digital, Egg Press has incorporated sound design (see sound design).
Throughout the history of my company I have also been a working musician; from early days of improvisational experimentation at Calgary’s Parachute Centre for Cultural Affairs, through the punk heyday of the 1980s continuing on to today.

Peter MollerGraphic Designer - www.eggpress.ca

In 1958, at the age of 3, my family moved from Denmark to Calgary. Not long after we settled, my father opened a sign and silk-screen shop named City Signs. Thus began my fascination with all things printed.
In 1974, after almost graduating from the Alberta College of Art, I got sidetracked when my brother and I decided to try and learn how to run an old offset press sitting idle at the back of City Signs. At the end of that summer my brother returned to his studies but I stayed to start a print shop; Egg Press Co. More than 40 years later – and having made the jump from analog to digital in 1998 – I’m still at it.
In the early years Egg Press supplied el-cheapo posters and other printed materials for various art, dance, theatre and music groups in the burgeoning Calgary arts scene of the late 70s and early 80s (see graphic design). Since going digital, Egg Press has incorporated sound design (see sound design).
Throughout the history of my company I have also been a working musician; from early days of improvisational experimentation at Calgary’s Parachute Centre for Cultural Affairs, through the punk heyday of the 1980s continuing on to today.

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Sabrina NotarfranciscoAssociate Director - WSD Jury

Sabrina Notarfrancisco is an Associate Professor of Theater at Connecticut College specializing in costume history and design. Her latest article, “Costume Roars Back” published by Theater Design & Technology, chronicles the costume-related events at the Prague Quadrennial in 2019. Sabrina has exhibited designs in the Costume Design at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015 exhibit in Moscow and in 2020 she received the John S. King Memorial Teaching Award from Connecticut College. In addition to her research and design work, Sabrina also serves as USITT’s international costume delegate for OISTAT and is the international associate editor for TD&T.

Sabrina NotarfranciscoAssociate Director - WSD Jury

Sabrina Notarfrancisco is an Associate Professor of Theater at Connecticut College specializing in costume history and design. Her latest article, “Costume Roars Back” published by Theater Design & Technology, chronicles the costume-related events at the Prague Quadrennial in 2019. Sabrina has exhibited designs in the Costume Design at the Turn of the Century 1990-2015 exhibit in Moscow and in 2020 she received the John S. King Memorial Teaching Award from Connecticut College. In addition to her research and design work, Sabrina also serves as USITT’s international costume delegate for OISTAT and is the international associate editor for TD&T.

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Wes PearceEditor

Wes D Pearce (MFA University of Calgary) is grateful for the opportunity to continue to live and work in and on Treaty 4 territory, the traditional lands of the Nêhiyawak, Anihšināpēk, Dakota, Nakoda, Lakota, and the homeland of the Métis/Michif Nation. He is currently Professor of Theatre at the University of Regina where he teaches a variety of courses in theatre, scenography, and pop culture. He has published on a wide range of topics including homophobia and theatre departments, same-sex celebrity gossip, visual dramaturgy, prairie gothic and several pieces on Sharon Pollock. Current research is focused on the connections between Come From Away and Canada’s history of collective creation, investigating and articulating the relationship between how a musical looks and how it sounds, and the interconnections between summer Shakespeare festivals, tourism and ‘the civic good’. He is also a scenographer with dozens of credits across Western Canada including over twenty for Regina’s Globe Theatre, a dozen for Stage West Calgary and nearly thirty productions for the University of Regina. He has sat on the boards of Associated Designers of Canada, Canadian Association of Theatre Research, Mid America Theatre Conference, Saskatchewan Drama Association and currently sits on the board of directors for Globe Theatre.

Wes PearceEditor

Wes D Pearce (MFA University of Calgary) is grateful for the opportunity to continue to live and work in and on Treaty 4 territory, the traditional lands of the Nêhiyawak, Anihšināpēk, Dakota, Nakoda, Lakota, and the homeland of the Métis/Michif Nation. He is currently Professor of Theatre at the University of Regina where he teaches a variety of courses in theatre, scenography, and pop culture. He has published on a wide range of topics including homophobia and theatre departments, same-sex celebrity gossip, visual dramaturgy, prairie gothic and several pieces on Sharon Pollock. Current research is focused on the connections between Come From Away and Canada’s history of collective creation, investigating and articulating the relationship between how a musical looks and how it sounds, and the interconnections between summer Shakespeare festivals, tourism and ‘the civic good’. He is also a scenographer with dozens of credits across Western Canada including over twenty for Regina’s Globe Theatre, a dozen for Stage West Calgary and nearly thirty productions for the University of Regina. He has sat on the boards of Associated Designers of Canada, Canadian Association of Theatre Research, Mid America Theatre Conference, Saskatchewan Drama Association and currently sits on the board of directors for Globe Theatre.

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John RaymondCITT/ICTS - Board Liaison

John is a Full Professor in the University of Alberta’s Drama Department where he leads Canada’s only specialized BFA in stage management. He has worked as a professional stage manager for 35 years and has worked for the Citadel Theatre, Mayfield Dinner Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Calgary, Canadian Stage, Centaur Theatre, The Banff Centre for the Arts and Edmonton Opera. Since 2007 he has stage managed Catalyst Theatre’s following productions: The Invisible – Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare, Vigilante, Nevermore, Hunchback, The Soul Collector, Frankenstein, Blue Orphan, Elephant Wake, Sticky Shoes and Songs for Sinners & Saints, and has toured Catalyst Theatre (Edmonton) shows to Toronto, London, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Fort McMurray, New York City and London, England. From 1998 to 2020. John was the Director of Production at the Citadel Theatre (Edmonton). He has been a Director on CITT’s Board of Directors since 2014.

John RaymondCITT/ICTS - Board Liaison

John is a Full Professor in the University of Alberta’s Drama Department where he leads Canada’s only specialized BFA in stage management. He has worked as a professional stage manager for 35 years and has worked for the Citadel Theatre, Mayfield Dinner Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Calgary, Canadian Stage, Centaur Theatre, The Banff Centre for the Arts and Edmonton Opera. Since 2007 he has stage managed Catalyst Theatre’s following productions: The Invisible – Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare, Vigilante, Nevermore, Hunchback, The Soul Collector, Frankenstein, Blue Orphan, Elephant Wake, Sticky Shoes and Songs for Sinners & Saints, and has toured Catalyst Theatre (Edmonton) shows to Toronto, London, Ottawa, Saskatoon, Fort McMurray, New York City and London, England. From 1998 to 2020. John was the Director of Production at the Citadel Theatre (Edmonton). He has been a Director on CITT’s Board of Directors since 2014.

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Patrick RizzottiAdvisory Committee - WSD Exhibition Designer

Patrick Rizzotti is an assistant professor at UBC and maintains an active design practice working in live performance, film and television, and virtual/augmented/mixed reality. His process is highly collaborative and he aims to build experiences that visually explore the relationship between the stories and the context in which they are told. Design credits include numerous world premieres, Off-Broadway productions, and designs throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. TV credits include Art Direction for America’s Got Talent, The Dr. Oz Show, and The Today Show. Special Recognitions include: receiving the USITT Scenic Design Award, winning the OPERA America Director-Designer Showcase, and a being a Lincoln Center Director’s Lab Alumni. M.F.A: Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Memberships: Wingspace Theatrical Design Collective, Associated Designers of Canada, and USA 829. www.patrickrizzotti.com

Patrick RizzottiAdvisory Committee - WSD Exhibition Designer

Patrick Rizzotti is an assistant professor at UBC and maintains an active design practice working in live performance, film and television, and virtual/augmented/mixed reality. His process is highly collaborative and he aims to build experiences that visually explore the relationship between the stories and the context in which they are told. Design credits include numerous world premieres, Off-Broadway productions, and designs throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. TV credits include Art Direction for America’s Got Talent, The Dr. Oz Show, and The Today Show. Special Recognitions include: receiving the USITT Scenic Design Award, winning the OPERA America Director-Designer Showcase, and a being a Lincoln Center Director’s Lab Alumni. M.F.A: Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Memberships: Wingspace Theatrical Design Collective, Associated Designers of Canada, and USA 829. www.patrickrizzotti.com

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Lisa RussellCoordinator

Lisa Russell is a Calgary based stage and event manager and an alumna of the University of Calgary. She works primarily in theatre and musical theatre and also in dance, opera, film festivals and special events. Notable positions and events include: Midsummer Ball Gala Fundraiser and Production Stage Manager for the Summer Arts Festival (Banff Centre), Interim Production Manager and Onsite Producer for Opera in the Village (Calgary Opera). Selected Stage Management credits include: The Unnatural and Accidental Women (Indigenous Theatre, National Arts Centre), Hadestown and Six (Citadel Theatre); Fidelio (Pacific Opera Victoria); and the New Canadian Curling Club (Alberta Theatre Projects) as well as seven seasons at the Stratford Festival.

Lisa RussellCoordinator

Lisa Russell is a Calgary based stage and event manager and an alumna of the University of Calgary. She works primarily in theatre and musical theatre and also in dance, opera, film festivals and special events. Notable positions and events include: Midsummer Ball Gala Fundraiser and Production Stage Manager for the Summer Arts Festival (Banff Centre), Interim Production Manager and Onsite Producer for Opera in the Village (Calgary Opera). Selected Stage Management credits include: The Unnatural and Accidental Women (Indigenous Theatre, National Arts Centre), Hadestown and Six (Citadel Theatre); Fidelio (Pacific Opera Victoria); and the New Canadian Curling Club (Alberta Theatre Projects) as well as seven seasons at the Stratford Festival.

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