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Clark, Patrick

Patrick Clark
Patrick Clark

Scenic and costume designer for forty-seven years, whose work was closely associated with the Stratford Festival (where he worked for sixteen seasons). Patrick Clark had a B.A. from the University of New Brunswick, and taught at the University of Victoria and Dalhousie University, among others.

His designs for Stratford included the 1997 productions of Juno and the Paycock, Richard III, and Coriolanus. He also designed King Lear, The Boyfriend, Pericles, Homeward Bound, Oklahoma (2007), The Music Man (2008), Krapp's Last Tape (2008), and costumes for H.M.S. Pinafore and An Ideal Husband (2018).

His many other credits include Cuckoo in the Nest, Hit the Deck, and Mrs. Warren's Profession (Shaw Festival, 2016); Dear Liar, Hans Christian Anderson, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Neptune Theatre); The Common Pursuit and Windfall (Theatre Plus); To Grandmother's House We Go and Hay Fever (Canadian Stage); set and costumes for Cats (2012), The Audience (2017), and A Christmas Carol (2016 and 2018) for Theatre Calgary. He has also designed for the Banff Centre for the Arts, Theatre New Brunswick, Theatre Aquarius, and Soulpepper Theatre Company (A Delicate Balance 2018).

A Christmas Carol. Photo by Trudi Lee.

In the United States, he designed productions for Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Goodman Theatre in Chicago.

Patrick Clark was a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and the Associated Designers of Canada. He was awarded three Merritt Awards and a Jessie Richardson Award for his scenic and costume designs. These were typically highly imaginative, detailed, and colourful.

He died June 10, 2023.

Profile by Gaetan Charlebois and Anne Nothof

Last updated 2023-06-14