Team 2022

Meet our people making WSD2022 and Scenofest happen.

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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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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Ian GarrettOrganizing Committee - WSD Exhibition Designer & EcoScenography Coordinator
Ian GarrettOrganizing Committee - WSD Exhibition Designer & EcoScenography Coordinator
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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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Saa'kokotoElder and Knowledge Keeper
Saa'kokotoElder and Knowledge Keeper
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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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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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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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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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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. Autumn will graduate from the University of Calgary in November 2021 with a BFA. She majored in Drama and minored in Anthropology. Autumn has worked on productions as an Actor and Assistant Stage Manager mainly within the University of Calgary, 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. Autumn will graduate from the University of Calgary in November 2021 with a BFA. She majored in Drama and minored in Anthropology. Autumn has worked on productions as an Actor and Assistant Stage Manager mainly within the University of Calgary, including their productions of The Fairy Queen (Actor), Mauser (Actor), Rhinoceros (Actor), Crave (Assistant Stage Manager), and more.

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Peter MollerGraphic Designer
Peter MollerGraphic Designer
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Wes PearceEditor
Wes PearceEditor
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Bonnie GarlandGraduate Student Coordinator - Sustainability
Bonnie GarlandGraduate Student Coordinator - Sustainability
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Gal MinnesGraduate Student Coordinator - WSD Exhibition
Gal MinnesGraduate Student Coordinator - WSD Exhibition
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Cassie HolmesGraduate Student Coordinator - Digital Events
Cassie HolmesGraduate Student Coordinator - Digital Events
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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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Trevor McDonaldOrganizing Committee - Technical Supervisor
Trevor McDonaldOrganizing Committee - Technical Supervisor
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John RaymondOrganizing Committee - CITT/ICTS & Board Liaison
John RaymondOrganizing Committee - CITT/ICTS & Board Liaison
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Aby Cohen

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 Cohen

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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