Team 2022

Meet our people making WSD 2022 and Scenofest happen.

Organizing Committee

April ViczkoOrganizing Committee - Project 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 ViczkoOrganizing Committee - Project 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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Lisa RussellOrganizing Committee - Project Manager

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 RussellOrganizing Committee - Project Manager

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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Amethyst First RiderOrganizing Committee - Indigenous Consultant

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 RiderOrganizing Committee - Indigenous Consultant

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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Autumn SaliOrganizing Committee - Assistant Coordinator

Autumn Sali is a settler who resides on the Treaty 7 land Mohkínstsis (known colonially as Calgary) where she creates theatre and visual art. She has a BFA from the University of Calgary with a major in Drama and a minor in Anthropology. Autumn has worked on productions as an Actor and Assistant Stage Manager mainly within the University, including their productions of The Fairy Queen (Actor), Mauser (Actor), Rhinoceros (Actor), Crave (Assistant Stage Manager), and more.

Autumn SaliOrganizing Committee - Assistant Coordinator

Autumn Sali is a settler who resides on the Treaty 7 land Mohkínstsis (known colonially as Calgary) where she creates theatre and visual art. She has a BFA from the University of Calgary with a major in Drama and a minor in Anthropology. Autumn has worked on productions as an Actor and Assistant Stage Manager mainly within the University, including their productions of The Fairy Queen (Actor), Mauser (Actor), Rhinoceros (Actor), Crave (Assistant Stage Manager), and more.

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Davis ShewchukAssistant Coordinator

Davis Shewchuk (He/They) is an Edmonton-based emerging stage manager. He graduated from MacEwan University’s Theatre Production program
in April 2021 and recently took time away from theatre to participate in the Katimavik National Experience. They are excited to be back in Alberta and working in theatre again. Select credits include: Tune to A (Expanse Festival), Off the Beaten Path (The Musicals
of Tory Doctor), and Urinetown: The Musical (MacEwan).

Davis ShewchukAssistant Coordinator

Davis Shewchuk (He/They) is an Edmonton-based emerging stage manager. He graduated from MacEwan University’s Theatre Production program
in April 2021 and recently took time away from theatre to participate in the Katimavik National Experience. They are excited to be back in Alberta and working in theatre again. Select credits include: Tune to A (Expanse Festival), Off the Beaten Path (The Musicals
of Tory Doctor), and Urinetown: The Musical (MacEwan).

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Ian GarrettOrganizing Committee - WSD Exhibition Designer & EcoScenography Coordinator

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. His practice is focused on ecology, technology and scenography. Through Toasterlab’s Mixed Reality Performance Atelier, recent work includes The Stranger 2.0 with DLT Experience; Groundworks with Rulan Tangen and collaborating artists from Pomo, Wappo, and Ohlone communities; The locative audio project TrailOff with Philadelphia’s Swim Pony; and Transmission (FuturePlay/Edinburgh and Future of Storytelling Festival/New York). 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 GarrettOrganizing Committee - WSD Exhibition Designer & EcoScenography Coordinator

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. His practice is focused on ecology, technology and scenography. Through Toasterlab’s Mixed Reality Performance Atelier, recent work includes The Stranger 2.0 with DLT Experience; Groundworks with Rulan Tangen and collaborating artists from Pomo, Wappo, and Ohlone communities; The locative audio project TrailOff with Philadelphia’s Swim Pony; and Transmission (FuturePlay/Edinburgh and Future of Storytelling Festival/New York). 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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John RaymondOrganizing Committee - CITT/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 2004 John was the Director of Production at the Citadel Theatre (Edmonton). He was on the CITT/ ICTS Board of Directors from 2014 to 2020.

John RaymondOrganizing Committee - CITT/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 2004 John was the Director of Production at the Citadel Theatre (Edmonton). He was on the CITT/ ICTS Board of Directors from 2014 to 2020.

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Monique CorbeilOrganizing Committee - 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 holds since 2005.

Monique CorbeilOrganizing Committee - 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 holds since 2005.

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Patrick RizzottiOrganizing Committee - WSD Exhibition Designer & Multiple Realities Coordinator

Patrick Rizzotti is a scenic designer working in theatre, television, and virtual/augmented reality. He has a strong interest in new works and highly collaborative projects that explore how space is used to enhance an experience.

Select New York Designs Include: The Assignment (A.R.T./NY), Snow Orchid and Money Grubbin’ Whores (Theatre Row), Jasper in Deadland (Prospect Theater), Party In The USA, Victor Frange Presents: Gas (Incubator Arts), Dukus (Target Margin Lab), Dancing Lessons, Sex and Education, The Fabulous Lipitones, Asher Lev (Penguin Rep), Titanic (Westchester Broadway). Additional credits include: Pittsburgh Opera, Flat Rock Playhouse, Florida Repertory, Creede Repertory Theatre, North Carolina Stage Company. Television Design Credits Include: "America's Got Talent", "The TODAY Show", "The Mysteries of Laura" (NBC), "The Dr. Oz Show" (ZoCo Productions), "Sneaky Pete" (Amazon).

Patrick has received the USITT Scenic Design Award, is a winner of the OPERA America Director-Designer Showcase, and is an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. Patrick has presented his work internationally and his designs appear in several notable theatrical design books. He sits on the USITT International Committee and has chaired or been a panelist on sessions including: collaboration between designers/shops, the challenges of creating sight specific theatre, careers beyond the theatre.

He currently, splits time between Vancouver Canada, where he is an Assistant Professor of Scenic and Production Design at University of British Columbia, and New York City where he maintain an active design practice.

M.F.A: Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Memberships: Wingspace Theatrical Design Collective, Associated Designers of Canada, and USA 829. http://patrickrizzotti.com/

Patrick RizzottiOrganizing Committee - WSD Exhibition Designer & Multiple Realities Coordinator

Patrick Rizzotti is a scenic designer working in theatre, television, and virtual/augmented reality. He has a strong interest in new works and highly collaborative projects that explore how space is used to enhance an experience.

Select New York Designs Include: The Assignment (A.R.T./NY), Snow Orchid and Money Grubbin’ Whores (Theatre Row), Jasper in Deadland (Prospect Theater), Party In The USA, Victor Frange Presents: Gas (Incubator Arts), Dukus (Target Margin Lab), Dancing Lessons, Sex and Education, The Fabulous Lipitones, Asher Lev (Penguin Rep), Titanic (Westchester Broadway). Additional credits include: Pittsburgh Opera, Flat Rock Playhouse, Florida Repertory, Creede Repertory Theatre, North Carolina Stage Company. Television Design Credits Include: "America's Got Talent", "The TODAY Show", "The Mysteries of Laura" (NBC), "The Dr. Oz Show" (ZoCo Productions), "Sneaky Pete" (Amazon).

Patrick has received the USITT Scenic Design Award, is a winner of the OPERA America Director-Designer Showcase, and is an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. Patrick has presented his work internationally and his designs appear in several notable theatrical design books. He sits on the USITT International Committee and has chaired or been a panelist on sessions including: collaboration between designers/shops, the challenges of creating sight specific theatre, careers beyond the theatre.

He currently, splits time between Vancouver Canada, where he is an Assistant Professor of Scenic and Production Design at University of British Columbia, and New York City where he maintain an active design practice.

M.F.A: Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Memberships: Wingspace Theatrical Design Collective, Associated Designers of Canada, and USA 829. http://patrickrizzotti.com/

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Saa'kokotoOrganizing Committee - Elder and Knowledge Keeper

Saa’kokoto

Randy Bottle is recognized and honoured as an Elder among local community leaders and agencies. He originates from the Blood Tribe First Nation and is from the Tall People Clan. After serving the Blood Tribe Council for 24 consecutive year, he has become a staple in the Calgary community. Randy’s primary goal is to promote traditional spirituality through ceremony, storytelling, and sharing personal experiences. His primary work now focuses on urban Aboriginal youth and helping them to better understand their identity and develop a better sense of belonging. As a fluent Blackfoot speaker, he plays a key role in preserving and passing on the language to urban Aboriginal youth and the larger Blackfoot speaking community.

Saa'kokotoOrganizing Committee - Elder and Knowledge Keeper

Saa’kokoto

Randy Bottle is recognized and honoured as an Elder among local community leaders and agencies. He originates from the Blood Tribe First Nation and is from the Tall People Clan. After serving the Blood Tribe Council for 24 consecutive year, he has become a staple in the Calgary community. Randy’s primary goal is to promote traditional spirituality through ceremony, storytelling, and sharing personal experiences. His primary work now focuses on urban Aboriginal youth and helping them to better understand their identity and develop a better sense of belonging. As a fluent Blackfoot speaker, he plays a key role in preserving and passing on the language to urban Aboriginal youth and the larger Blackfoot speaking community.

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Trevor McDonaldOrganizing Committee - Technical Supervisor

Trevor has over 25 years of experience working in the entertainment industry. His career spans over theatrical productions, festivals, touring, entertainment control installation, sales, and a varied background in project management. You can now find him in his most coveted role mentoring students and providing technical guidance as the Technical Supervisor at the University of Calgary's School of Creative and Performing Arts.

Trevor McDonaldOrganizing Committee - Technical Supervisor

Trevor has over 25 years of experience working in the entertainment industry. His career spans over theatrical productions, festivals, touring, entertainment control installation, sales, and a varied background in project management. You can now find him in his most coveted role mentoring students and providing technical guidance as the Technical Supervisor at the University of Calgary's School of Creative and Performing Arts.

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Troy HourieOrganizing Committee - Living Legends Coordinator

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 HourieOrganizing Committee - Living Legends Coordinator

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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Jury Directors

Alexandra BondsJury Director - WSD Exhibition 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 Exhibition 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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Sabrina NotarfranciscoAssociate Director - WSD Exhibition 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 Exhibition 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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Digital Events

Aby CohenDigital Events Manager

Aby is a Brazilian scenographer, artistic director, exhibition designer and curator. Internationally recognized for her work in Theatre, Exhibition, Film and Live Events, with projects realized in the United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Suriname, Taiwan, Japan, Brazil and Argentina. PhD in Theatre Theory and Practice, with research on the intersection between Scenography - Art Installation - Expography and Performance.

PQ2011 Golden Triga awarded as designer and curator of Brazil's National Exhibition. PQ2015 International curator of SharedSpace / Politics. PQ2019 Brazil`s National Curator. Co-founder of CenografiaBrasil in 2001. Founder of PQBrasil Platform, in 2017.

Other international awards include the IDCA2013 Exhibition Layout (International Design Communication Awards) was awarded for a project at the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam.

She comes from a diverse multicultural, multilingual family and religious beliefs of immigrants from Europe and the Middle East, who moved to Brazil in the 1950s., where she was born and developed her education and most of her career before she moved to UK, in 2019. Currently living and working in UK as the Head of Postgraduate Department at Backstage Academy/ Production Park.

Aby is an active collaborator member of OISTAT since 2003, participating in various projects: OISTAT/PQ Scenofest Team in 2007 (Birds` Critique) and 2011 (Digital Dramaturgies). WSD2013 Exhibition Jury, Design as Performance Curator and Programme Coordinator (Cardiff/UK). E-Scapes 2014 - OISTAT International Conference Creator and Curator (Brazil). WSD2017 Executive Member (Taipei/TW). SENA 2020 Online Forum/Festival Coordinator.

Former OISTAT Vice -President 2013-2017. OISTAT President 2021-2025

Aby CohenDigital Events Manager

Aby is a Brazilian scenographer, artistic director, exhibition designer and curator. Internationally recognized for her work in Theatre, Exhibition, Film and Live Events, with projects realized in the United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Suriname, Taiwan, Japan, Brazil and Argentina. PhD in Theatre Theory and Practice, with research on the intersection between Scenography - Art Installation - Expography and Performance.

PQ2011 Golden Triga awarded as designer and curator of Brazil's National Exhibition. PQ2015 International curator of SharedSpace / Politics. PQ2019 Brazil`s National Curator. Co-founder of CenografiaBrasil in 2001. Founder of PQBrasil Platform, in 2017.

Other international awards include the IDCA2013 Exhibition Layout (International Design Communication Awards) was awarded for a project at the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam.

She comes from a diverse multicultural, multilingual family and religious beliefs of immigrants from Europe and the Middle East, who moved to Brazil in the 1950s., where she was born and developed her education and most of her career before she moved to UK, in 2019. Currently living and working in UK as the Head of Postgraduate Department at Backstage Academy/ Production Park.

Aby is an active collaborator member of OISTAT since 2003, participating in various projects: OISTAT/PQ Scenofest Team in 2007 (Birds` Critique) and 2011 (Digital Dramaturgies). WSD2013 Exhibition Jury, Design as Performance Curator and Programme Coordinator (Cardiff/UK). E-Scapes 2014 - OISTAT International Conference Creator and Curator (Brazil). WSD2017 Executive Member (Taipei/TW). SENA 2020 Online Forum/Festival Coordinator.

Former OISTAT Vice -President 2013-2017. OISTAT President 2021-2025

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Exhibitions

Jacob SunderlandVirtual Reality Coordinator

Jacob C Sunderland is an Architecture Student, Emerging Scenographer, and Overall Creative. Currently finishing up his BFA in Drama Jacob is hoping to finalize a transition into the Master of Architecture program at SAPL in Calgary. Jacob’s work has focused on disruption of social norms, redefining normativity, and juxtaposing our Carbon Culture. He has designed productions such as Modern Prometheus (LX/Sound Design ND 2019), The Bus Stop (Sound Design/Composer SCPA 2021), and is currently working on Formations (Sound Design/Composer SCPA 2022).

Jacob SunderlandVirtual Reality Coordinator

Jacob C Sunderland is an Architecture Student, Emerging Scenographer, and Overall Creative. Currently finishing up his BFA in Drama Jacob is hoping to finalize a transition into the Master of Architecture program at SAPL in Calgary. Jacob’s work has focused on disruption of social norms, redefining normativity, and juxtaposing our Carbon Culture. He has designed productions such as Modern Prometheus (LX/Sound Design ND 2019), The Bus Stop (Sound Design/Composer SCPA 2021), and is currently working on Formations (Sound Design/Composer SCPA 2022).

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Jennifer Lee ArsenaultExhibition Coordinator

Jennifer Lee Arsenault has worked with Theatres across Canada including Theatre Calgary, Lunchbox Theatre, Fire Exit Theatre, the Stratford Festival, Handsome Alice Theatre, The Shakespeare Company, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre NorthWest, Vertigo Theatre, Chromatic Theatre, Cowtown Opera, the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, Eye Eye Eye and L'île Imagin'air. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Arts in Scenography from the École Supérieure de Théâtre of the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.

Jennifer Lee ArsenaultExhibition Coordinator

Jennifer Lee Arsenault has worked with Theatres across Canada including Theatre Calgary, Lunchbox Theatre, Fire Exit Theatre, the Stratford Festival, Handsome Alice Theatre, The Shakespeare Company, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre NorthWest, Vertigo Theatre, Chromatic Theatre, Cowtown Opera, the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, Eye Eye Eye and L'île Imagin'air. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Arts in Scenography from the École Supérieure de Théâtre of the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.

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Naomi EsauExhibition Coordinator

Naomi is a Calgary based Stage Manager, Actor and Musician. In the summer of 2021, in addition to her work as a stage manager, she helped produce 75 outdoor pop-up concerts with Arts Commons, ArtsXpeditions series. She also has been fortunate to facilitate drama classes with Inside Out Theatre, her favourite being the VIA Improv for Alzheimer’s program. Some of her favorite Stage Management credits include: Heaven (Lunchbox Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (CYPT),Men Express Their Feelings (Downstage), A Christmas Story, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, The Christians, (Rosebud Theatre), [titleofshow] (Birnton Theatricals), Junie B. Jones; The Musical (Storybook Theatre). She is also a seamstress, part-time Princess and baker of many cupcakes.

Naomi EsauExhibition Coordinator

Naomi is a Calgary based Stage Manager, Actor and Musician. In the summer of 2021, in addition to her work as a stage manager, she helped produce 75 outdoor pop-up concerts with Arts Commons, ArtsXpeditions series. She also has been fortunate to facilitate drama classes with Inside Out Theatre, her favourite being the VIA Improv for Alzheimer’s program. Some of her favorite Stage Management credits include: Heaven (Lunchbox Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (CYPT),Men Express Their Feelings (Downstage), A Christmas Story, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol, The Christians, (Rosebud Theatre), [titleofshow] (Birnton Theatricals), Junie B. Jones; The Musical (Storybook Theatre). She is also a seamstress, part-time Princess and baker of many cupcakes.

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Graphic Design & Catalog Editing

Peter MollerGraphic Designer

Peter Moller has run Egg Press Co., a Calgary-based graphic and sound design establishment, since 1976. He is the recipient of a number of Betty Mitchell and Elizabeth Sterling Haynes awards and nominations for his theatre sound designs. Recent designs: The Merchant of Venice (The Shakespeare Co/Hit & Myth); In Wonderland, Disgraced, The New Canadian Curling Club (ATP); Waiting For Godot (Black Radish); Modern Times REDUX (The GRAND); Hamlet (Vertigo Theatre); All The Little Animals I Have Eaten (One Yellow Rabbit); Tales O’ Calg’ry & S’roundin’ Reejuns, an exhibition of artworks at cSpace King Edward, and 1958, a sound design presented at Arts Commons. He will be presenting The Gold Rush REDUX at The GRAND as part of One Yellow Rabbit’s 2022 High Performance Rodeo.

Peter MollerGraphic Designer

Peter Moller has run Egg Press Co., a Calgary-based graphic and sound design establishment, since 1976. He is the recipient of a number of Betty Mitchell and Elizabeth Sterling Haynes awards and nominations for his theatre sound designs. Recent designs: The Merchant of Venice (The Shakespeare Co/Hit & Myth); In Wonderland, Disgraced, The New Canadian Curling Club (ATP); Waiting For Godot (Black Radish); Modern Times REDUX (The GRAND); Hamlet (Vertigo Theatre); All The Little Animals I Have Eaten (One Yellow Rabbit); Tales O’ Calg’ry & S’roundin’ Reejuns, an exhibition of artworks at cSpace King Edward, and 1958, a sound design presented at Arts Commons. He will be presenting The Gold Rush REDUX at The GRAND as part of One Yellow Rabbit’s 2022 High Performance Rodeo.

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Becky ScottEditor

Becky wears multiple hats. In addition to writing and editing for over thirty years, with her partner Leo, she owns and operates Bleeding Art Industries, an award-winning company in the creative industries, and sits on the boards of the Calgary International Film Festival, Nanton & District Chamber of Commerce, and the Foothills Tourism Association. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Alberta, an Arts Administration Certificate from the Banff Centre, and a Certificate in Entertainment Law from Toronto’s Osgoode Hall Law School.

Becky ScottEditor

Becky wears multiple hats. In addition to writing and editing for over thirty years, with her partner Leo, she owns and operates Bleeding Art Industries, an award-winning company in the creative industries, and sits on the boards of the Calgary International Film Festival, Nanton & District Chamber of Commerce, and the Foothills Tourism Association. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Alberta, an Arts Administration Certificate from the Banff Centre, and a Certificate in Entertainment Law from Toronto’s Osgoode Hall Law School.

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Eden MiddletonProduction Assistant & Editorial Coordinator

Eden Middleton is an emerging Mohkínstsis theatre artist and writer. They recently graduated from the University of Calgary with a BFA with Distinction in Drama,a BA Honours in English, and a certificate in Creative Writing. Their practice includes dramaturgy, stage management, playwriting, and research-creation with a passion for new work, queer work, and work centered on mental illness. Theatre credits include work produced at the University of Calgary Mainstages, the IGNITE! Festival, Newmarket National Ten Minute Play Festival, TC Outloud!, and the Alchemy Festival of Student Work.

Eden MiddletonProduction Assistant & Editorial Coordinator

Eden Middleton is an emerging Mohkínstsis theatre artist and writer. They recently graduated from the University of Calgary with a BFA with Distinction in Drama,a BA Honours in English, and a certificate in Creative Writing. Their practice includes dramaturgy, stage management, playwriting, and research-creation with a passion for new work, queer work, and work centered on mental illness. Theatre credits include work produced at the University of Calgary Mainstages, the IGNITE! Festival, Newmarket National Ten Minute Play Festival, TC Outloud!, and the Alchemy Festival of Student Work.

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Graduate Students

Bonnie GarlandGraduate Student Coordinator - Sustainability

Bonnie Garland is currently an MFA student at the University of Calgary as a Design/Technical specialization candidate and she is a recent graduate of Ryerson University with a degree in Performance Production. She has a love for costume design but her interest in sustainability has also led her to delve into the world of ecoscenography. Bonnie is collaborating on several ecoscenography projects in between theatrical performances here in Calgary and will be acting as World Stage Design’s Sustainability Liaison for 2022.

Bonnie GarlandGraduate Student Coordinator - Sustainability

Bonnie Garland is currently an MFA student at the University of Calgary as a Design/Technical specialization candidate and she is a recent graduate of Ryerson University with a degree in Performance Production. She has a love for costume design but her interest in sustainability has also led her to delve into the world of ecoscenography. Bonnie is collaborating on several ecoscenography projects in between theatrical performances here in Calgary and will be acting as World Stage Design’s Sustainability Liaison for 2022.

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Cassie HolmesGraduate Student Coordinator - Digital Events

Cassie Holmes is a theatre artist, designer, stage manager, creator and collaborator. She graduated from the University of Victoria, with distinction, in Theatre Production and Management. While at the University of Victoria her groups design was chosen for the 2021 PQ STUDIO: Common Design Project Special Edition. She is currently taking her MFA at the University of Calgary in Design and Technical Theatre. Her research primarily focuses on accessibility in theatre and live performance. While attending the University of Calgary Cassie was recognized with the Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship.

Cassie HolmesGraduate Student Coordinator - Digital Events

Cassie Holmes is a theatre artist, designer, stage manager, creator and collaborator. She graduated from the University of Victoria, with distinction, in Theatre Production and Management. While at the University of Victoria her groups design was chosen for the 2021 PQ STUDIO: Common Design Project Special Edition. She is currently taking her MFA at the University of Calgary in Design and Technical Theatre. Her research primarily focuses on accessibility in theatre and live performance. While attending the University of Calgary Cassie was recognized with the Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship.

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Gal MinnesGraduate Student Coordinator - WSD Exhibition

Gal Minnes is a Technical Director, Production Manager, Designer and Theatrical Educator, who has worked in various capacities across Canada. Currently working towards an MFA at the University of Calgary, Gal continues to work professionally at the Citadel Theatre (Edmonton) and MacEwan University (Edmonton). As an alumnus of the National Theatre School of Canada (Montreal), Gal is excited to welcome many friends, both old and new, to Calgary for World Stage Design 2022.

Gal MinnesGraduate Student Coordinator - WSD Exhibition

Gal Minnes is a Technical Director, Production Manager, Designer and Theatrical Educator, who has worked in various capacities across Canada. Currently working towards an MFA at the University of Calgary, Gal continues to work professionally at the Citadel Theatre (Edmonton) and MacEwan University (Edmonton). As an alumnus of the National Theatre School of Canada (Montreal), Gal is excited to welcome many friends, both old and new, to Calgary for World Stage Design 2022.

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Jared RashckeGraduate Student Coordinator - Venue Packages

Jared Raschke is a production manager, as well as set, projection, and lighting designer working out of Western Canada. Over the past ten years, Jared has produced over 50 designs in theatres across BC, Alberta, and Europe. He has been nominated for multiple Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and won one for Outstanding Production in 2018. Jared is currently taking his MFA in Design and Technical Theatre at the University of Calgary.

Jared RashckeGraduate Student Coordinator - Venue Packages

Jared Raschke is a production manager, as well as set, projection, and lighting designer working out of Western Canada. Over the past ten years, Jared has produced over 50 designs in theatres across BC, Alberta, and Europe. He has been nominated for multiple Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards and won one for Outstanding Production in 2018. Jared is currently taking his MFA in Design and Technical Theatre at the University of Calgary.

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Cosmo ChristoffersenGraduate Student Assistant - Exhibitions & Administration

Cosmo Christoffersen is an Alberta-based queer artist who is deeply invested in exploring the intersection of art and social justice. Their work has been featured at Downstage Theatre, Sage Theatre's IGNITE! Festival, FreeFall Magazine, and Labyrinth Anthologies. They hold a BA in English (Honours) from Mount Royal University and are currently obtaining their MFA at the University of Calgary.

Cosmo ChristoffersenGraduate Student Assistant - Exhibitions & Administration

Cosmo Christoffersen is an Alberta-based queer artist who is deeply invested in exploring the intersection of art and social justice. Their work has been featured at Downstage Theatre, Sage Theatre's IGNITE! Festival, FreeFall Magazine, and Labyrinth Anthologies. They hold a BA in English (Honours) from Mount Royal University and are currently obtaining their MFA at the University of Calgary.

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