While studying a bachelor's degree in art history in my former life in Mexico City, Carmen fell in love both with theatre and its visual elements as well as the context of historic garments.
This sparked a lifelong curiosity about the creative and sculptural potential of textiles and other materials. Soon she found herself exploring several drawing, painting and sculpting workshops while developing a small silversmithing atelier. These unrelated skills, put together, made great sense in the imagery of the theatre arts making, so Carmen eventually decided to devote herself to the theatre design world, in which she finds myself constantly inspired, motivated and at home.
Having worked in over 70 productions, Carmen has been a Vancouver based designer since 2006, where she earned an MFA in theatre design from the University of British Columbia.
Carmen is the recipient of three Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for Outstanding Costume Design in the Large Theatre Category and an Applause Musicals Society Ovation Award for Outstanding Costume Design.
Her latest design credits include: Stickboy (Vancouver Opera); The Winter’s Tale and As you like it (Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival); Mustard (Arts Club Theatre Co.).
Mishelle is a composer, sound designer, music director and actor/musician based in Vancouver. She completed an MFA in Musical Theatre Composition at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2017, and holds a BFA in Acting from UBC, where she is currently a sound design advisor.
Mishelle has worked with numerous professional theatre companies in and around Vancouver, including Bard on the Beach, Arts Club Theatre, Rumble Theatre, Pi Theatre, Théâtre la Seizième, Ruby Slippers, and ITSAZOO Productions.
Some professional highlights include composing and performing onstage in Lysistrata at Bard on the Beach, conducting and accompanying 12 different community choirs for The Events with Pi Theatre, and composing and performing in STATIONARY: a recession-era musical. STATIONARY has seen three productions since its inception in 2012, including an award-winning run at The Cultch in Vancouver. Mishelle is a multiple Jessie Award winner and recipient of a Horace W. Goldsmith Fellowship at NYU.
Christopher David Gauthier
Christopher David Gauthier is a Vancouver based Designer (Costumes/Props/Set) and Instructor who has designed for such companies as The Arts Club, Citadel, Shaw Festival, Touchstone Theatre, Honest Fishmongers and many others. He especially enjoys projects designing for and working with students where all parties are involved in the learning & creative process.
Costume: Cabaret (RCMT); King Charles III (Arts Club); The Madness of George III (Shaw Festival); Creeps* (Realwheels Theatre); Troilus and Cressida (Studio 58); Treasure Island (Capilano University); Wit, Gruesome Playground Injuries (Pacific Theatre); A Doll’s House (Slamming Door); Redpatch*, Bright Blue Future*(Hardline Productions); King Lear*, Hamlet, Measure for Measure (Honest Fishmongers).
Production Design: The Pillowman (Reality Curve Theatre); Ga Ting (Frank Theatre/VACT); Cold Comfort* (Yogurt Theatre Company); The Winter’s Tale (Studio 58).
Other: Instructor (Vancouver Film School);Wardrobe (Douglas College); Production Graduate – Studio 58; Member – ADC; Six-time Jessie nominee*.
Conor Moore is a lighting/set/video designer and proud core member of the Vancouver Design Forum. He completed his undergraduate Theatre degree at Queen's University, followed by an MFA in Theatre Design at UBC.
Select credits include: The Competition is Fierce, The Pipeline Project, and Wet (ITSAZOO), Peter and the Starcatcher, Me and You, Bakersfield Mist, In a Blue Moon, 4000 Miles,Armstrong's War, and The Patron Saint of Stanley Park (Arts Club Theatre), La Bohème(Vancouver Opera), Senora Carrara's Rifles and Fourplay (Shaw Festival), Hamlet, Falstaff, Henry VI,Richard III, and The Merchant of Venice(Bard on the Beach), Gunmetal Blues(Vancouver Playhouse), Penelope,Indian Arm, and Tremors (Rumble Theatre), and Baby Fat Act I (La Mama).
He is a board member of the Associated Designers of Canada and is currently completing an MA in Labour Studies through the Sociology Department at SFU with the intention of writing a thesis about the process of organizing Canadian theatre designers.
Jessica Oostergo is an artist who explores set and costume design, puppetry, mask and hat building, painting, and more. She is most passionate about experimental and devised theatre.
Recent credits for Jessica include designs for All My Friends are Animals (Babelle Theatre), Kim’s Convenience(Pacific Theatre), Once (Chemainus Theatre Festival), Baking Time (Presentation House Theatre), The Crowd(Studio 58), and Talley’s Folley (Chemainus Theatre Festival). Jessica has also worked as a mask and costume builder on the tv show, The Magicians (NBC/Universal), for various episodes from seasons 2-4.
Jessica holds a Jessie Richardson Award for Significant Artistic Achievement in TYA, and has designed over 2 dozen shows for young audiences in her short career. She is the Assistant Head of Wardrobe at Bard on the Beach, a member of the Associated Designers of Canada, and a graduate of Studio 58.
Andrew Pye is a lighting and scenic designer. He is a member of the Associated Designer of Canada and attended VIU for the Technical Theatre Diploma and UBC for Design and Production. He is pleased to be a part of the Vancouver Design Forum and always looks forward to assisting all theatrical designers.
Select credits include: Incognito Mode (Studio 58), Tell Me What It’s Called (Riser Project), Mr.Truth (Lester Trips), Misery (Arts Club Theatre), Marble (Lamondance), Wilderness (Studio 58), Light Breaking Broken (Karen Jamieson Dance), Flare Path (Slamming Door Collective), Lion in Winter (United Players), Spark (Lamondance), Triumph of Love (UBC Theatre) Rivulets (Babelle Theatre).
Andrew’s design work can be found across Canada ranging from found space theatre to grand opera stages. He has been nominated for two Jessie Richardson Awards and one Dora award.
Patrick Rizzotti is an assistant professor at UBC and maintains an active design practice working in live performance, film and television, and virtual/augmented/mixed reality. His process is highly collaborative and he aims to build experiences that visually explore the relationship between the stories and the context in which they are told.
Theatre work includes over 100 production throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Select companies: Pi Theatre, Pittsburgh Opera, Chicago Fringe Opera, Premiere Stages, Florida Rep, and various Off Broadway production in NYC. TV credits include Art Direction for America’s Got Talent, The Dr. Oz Show, and The Today Show.
Patrick has received the USITT Scenic Design Award, is a winner of the OPERA America Director-Designer Showcase, and a Lincoln Center Director’s Lab Alumni. M.F.A: Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Memberships: Wingspace Theatrical Design Collective, Associated Designers of Canada, and USA 829.
Jenn Stewart is a Set and Props Designer. She has also spent five seasons backstage at Bard on the Beach and a season as the Production Manager at Caravan Farm Theatre. Jenn trained at Studio 58 and holds a BA in History, having studied at UBC and the University of Edinburgh.
Selected credits include: Studies in Motion (Wardrobe, Electric Company), Of Mice and Men (Set, Hardline), Hamlet (Set & Props, Honest Fishmongers), The Competition is Fierce (Set, Itsazoo, Jessie Nomination), Selfie (Set, Seizieme), Carry On (Set, Awkward Stage, Pick of the Fringe), Wet (Set, Itsazoo), The Whipping Man (Props, Pacific), Little Brother, Little Sister (Props, Caravan Farm), The Invisible Hand (Props, Pi), Statu Quo (SM, Seizieme) and The East Van Panto (ASM, Theatre Replacement). Film credits include Edward (Motion 58) and Adventures in Public School (Motion 58).
Jenn has several Jessie nominations for her work and was the delightfully surprised recipient of the Sam Payne Award in 2013.
Ryan is a Vancouver based lighting designer and technical director who has been involved in theatre production since an early age. He holds a Diploma in Stagecraft from Douglas College, and is currently completing his final year of his BFA in Theatre Design and Production in UBC.
Selected design credits include: Bad Jews (Famous Artist), Viva (Aenigma Theatre), Red Light Winter (Vagrant Players), and The Crucible (UBC Theatre).
A recent member of Associated Designers of Canada and a proud member the Vancouver Design Forum, Ryan is looking forward to creating a community with his fellow designers, and especially in guiding those who are up and coming.
Photo Credits: Dukus by Alter Kacyzne at Target Margin Theatre NYC / 2012. Scenic Design by Patrick Rizzotti, Lighting Design by Bradley King, Costume Design by Kerry Gibbons, Sound Design by Kate Marvin, Directed by Joshua William Gelb. Actor in photo: Joshua William Gelb. Photo by Patrick Rizzotti.