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Guinand, Louise

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Louise Guinand

Lighting designer for over 500 productions across Canada and in the U.S. over three decades. Louise Guinand was raised in Peterborough, Ontario, and studied at Queen's University (B.A. in Drama 1978) and the National Theatre School of Canada (where she now guest-teaches).

She has worked with the Stratford Festival for 28 seasons, lighting over 60 productions, including: (The Winter’s Tale, Do Not Go Gentle, A Man for All Seasons, The Cherry Orchard, Romeo and Juliet, Merchant of Venice, King John, Long Day's Journey into Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Elizabeth Rex).

She has also worked with Manitoba Theatre Centre (the premiere of 101 Miracles of Hope Chance by Allan Stratton); Citadel Theatre (Three Tall Women, Music Man, Richard III, Cyrano de Bergerac); Tarragon Theatre (Toronto Mississippi (1987), The Glass Menagerie, The Chairs 2006); Theatre Aquarius (Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, Colours in the Storm, The Last Romance, Time Stands Still); Grand Theatre, London (The Great Gatsby, Cinderella, To Master the Art, Calendar Girls, Miracle on 34th Street); Globe Theatre (The Drowning Girls, Much Ado About Nothing, Sleeping Beauty, Pride and Prejudice, The 39 Steps, Honk! [2010, 2002], Marion Bridge, Peter Pan, Sexy Laundry, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, A Christmas Carol, Just So, Cinderella, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Proof; National Arts Centre (King Lear and Thirsty).

For the Shaw Festival she has designed lighting for The Charity That Began at Home, When We Are Married and A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (2014); Lady Windermere’s Fan, Trifles (2013); A Man and Some Women (2012); Drama at Inish – A Comedy (2011), On the Rocks (2011), John Bull’s Other Island (2011); Harvey, Play, Orchestra, Play, Ways of the Heart, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Wonderful Town, The Stepmother, Getting Married, The Philanderer, The Circle, Arms and The Man, The Heiress, The Magic Fire, Journey’s End, The Autumn Garden, Three Men on a Horse, Rutherford and Son, Geneva, The Voysey Inheritance, and The Waltz of the Toreadors.

She has also designed lighting for Canadian Stage (A Meeting Of Minds: Leslie Arden And Friends 1999); Théâtre Français de Toronto, Vancouver Playhouse, Soulpepper Theatre Company (White Biting Dog, Zoo Story, Dumb Waiter, Twelfth Night 2000, Present Laughter 2001, and Hamlet 2003); and for the Canadian Opera Company. In 2000 she lit Morris Panych's Vigil for the River Run Centre, Guelph, Ontario. In 2018, Guinand designed lights for The Monument at Factory Theatre.

Lighting co-productions include: Romeo & Juliet, I Am My Own Wife, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale, Indian Ink (National Arts Centre/Canadian Stage); An Enemy of the People (National Arts Centre/Citadel Theatre); Larry’s Party (National Arts Centre/Canadian Stage/Manitoba Theatre Centre).

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Louise Guinand's lighting design for the Citadel Theatre production of Aspects of Love, directed by Robin Phillips, set by Phillip Silver, 1991

She also designed the Elgin Theatre and U.S. Tour for Aspects of Love for which she won the Dora Mavor Moore Award, and she has also been nominated for nine other Doras, five Sterling Awards and one Jessie Richardson Award.

She lives in Stratford with her husband, actor David Kirby. They have a son and a daughter--Andrew and Kate.

Last updated 2021-01-18