An accomplished complement of theatre designers enables the department to focus on total production design. Lee Livingstone’s research centers on innovation in lighting design and integration of video within theatrical performance. She contributes many designs to Studio Theatre. Robert Shannon joined the department after an extensive career as a theatre, dance, and opera designer; he is a board member for the Associated Designers of Canada and co-editor of the Association’s Standards and Procedures for Designers guide. Guido Tondino was awarded the Faculty of Arts Research Award in 2005. He has design credits from all over the world; notably with the Abbey Theatre (Ireland), Stratford Festival, Centaur, National Theatre of Romania, Soulpepper, and many other major theatres.
Emphasis on innovation in lighting design and integration of video within theatrical performance.
Primary Teaching Areas: Theatre Design, Lighting Design, Technical Drawing in BFA and MFA Theatre Design. Graduate Supervision.
Research is dedicated to the concept of total production design. Integrates architecture, silhouette, textural surface and projections to support performance.
Primary Teaching Areas: BFA and MFA Theatre Design, Dress and Decor, Costume Techniques. Graduate Supervision.
Defines theatrical spaces as an extension of the inner meanings of text (and recently dance) in contrast to a practice which sets out to define theatrical space as a reflection of a play’s givens and a play’s narrative necessities. The setting of a play becomes a metaphor for the play itself. The architecture of the space is driven by the play’s themes.
Primary Teaching Areas: BFA and MFA Theatre Design, Studio Techniques for Theatre Design, 3D CAD for the Theatre. Graduate Supervision.