One of the country's top designers, he has been working professionally since graduating from the National Theatre School of Canada/NTS. He also studied at Tulane University.
For Centaur Theatre - with whom he has had a long relationship - he designed the premieres of Vittorio Rossi's The Chain and Paradise by the River; David Fennario's Moving; Kit Brennan's Having (1999); as well as Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, David French's Salt-Water Moon, and Paul Ledoux and David Young's Fire.
From 1986-91 he was the associate director and resident designer for Theatre Calgary where he designed, among other works, Hamlet and Waiting for Godot. He has worked extensively at the Stratford Festival, drawing critical raves in 1997 for his design for the company's Death of a Salesman. For the company he also designed Much Ado About Nothing, The Night of the Iguana, Filumena and The Little Foxes (among others).
More recently, he designed productions of Present Laughter (Soulpepper Theatre Company 2001); Lenin's Embalmers by Vern Thiessen (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre and Harold Green Jewish Theatre 2010); La Peau d'Elisa by Carole Fréchette (2011), L'Homme du hasard, Grace & Gloria by Tom Ziegler (trans Michel Tremblay (2011), and Porc-épic by David Paquet (2012) at UniThéâtre. He has also designed in the United States, where he lived from 1980 to 1986, for the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, and the National Theatre of Romania.
From 1998 to 2002, he was the director of design at the National Theatre School of Canada. He is now in the faculty of the University of Alberta Drama Department.
He has said of theatre, "I've always had the feeling it's an interpretative art, the theatre, and in fact doesn't really exist until it gets on stage."
Profile by Gaetan Charlebois and Anne Nothof. Additional information provided by Christopher Hoile.
Last updated 2020-01-14