DESIGNERS

BRUCE ALCOCK

ANIMATION

Bruce Alcock Newfoundland-born, Vancouver-based Bruce Alcock is an award-winning multimedia filmmaker and creative director. He studied Music Performance then Literary Studies at the University of Toronto, but in the end returned to his true love, animation. In addition to films like Impromptu, 54 Hours and At the Quinte Hotel, Alcock has directed more than 500 commercials and co-founded three animation studios: Cuppa Coffee (Toronto), Tricky Pictures (Chicago), and Global Mechanic (Vancouver). Working in a mix of all physical and digital techniques, Alcock is above all an experimental artist. He loves to mix commercial and artistic streams of production, combining professional rigour and creative abandon to make truly original work.

TREVOR SCHWELLNUS

SET DESIGN

Trevor Schwellnus is an Interdisciplinary artist and Scenographer who designs sets, lights, and video for performances with independent artists and companies since 2002. He was born on unceded Algonquin land. One of his chief obsessions is the intersection of design, dramaturgy, and cross-cultural art-making. Recent work includes: White Girls in Moccassins (Buddies in Bad Times), The House of Bernarda Alba (Modern Times), Our Fathers…(Tarragon), Here are the Fragments (Theatre Centre), Out the Window (Luminato), Nohayquiensepa (No one knows) (Aluna Theatre), Alien Creature (Theatre Passe Muraille), and dozens more. He redesigned Toronto’s Dora Award statuette in 2019, and has 6 Dora Awards.

KARA PANKIW

SET DESIGN

Kara is a Canadian theatrical set designer and architectural drafter in film. Her passion is to explore the emotional relationship one has to the physical space around them, and how this relationship influences their experience. She is excited by new work and immersive productions that push the boundaries between the audience and performers. She continues to use this as the foundation when collaborating with other creatives.

A graduate of the University of Winnipeg, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Film (set design), as well as a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from the University of Manitoba. With her diverse education in design, she approaches each project with a unique perspective. She has been a member of IATSE (ADC659) since 2018.

ALLIE MARSHALL

COSTUME DESIGNER

Allie Marshall (she/her) is a costume designer and coordinator. Select design credits include: The Cave (Cave Collective), Paolozzapedia (Bad New Days), Italian Mime Suicide (Bad New Days); Stag and Doe, Garrison’s Garage (Blyth Festival). Assistant design: Swan Lake (National Ballet of Canada), Wizard of Oz (Ross Petty Productions), Comedy of Errors, Guys and Dolls, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Alchemist, The Physicists (Stratford Festival), The Road to Paradise (Crows/Human Cargo). As a Head of Wardrobe Allie has worked with for Ross Petty Productions, Canadian Stage, Buddies in Bad Times, LemonTree Creations, Blyth Festival, Obsidian Theatre, Theatre Francais De Toronto, and Factory Theatre. Currently, Allie works as the Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor at the National Ballet.

CHRISTOPHER ROSS-EWART

SOUND DESIGNER

Chris Ross-Ewart (he/him) is a sound designer, composer, and performer. Working across Canada, the US and the world, he designs for theatre, musical theatre, dance, film, podcasts and installations. He also works as a mental health worker at Insite, a safe consumption site, and would love to talk with you about legalising drugs and supporting your local harm reduction organisation. Credits, portfolio and contact info at
chrisross-ewart.com

ANDRE DU TOIT

LIGHTING DESIGNER

André du Toit is a lighting designer for live performance based in Toronto, although his designs have been seen across Canada and beyond. He has received three Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Lighting Design and has been nominated for twelve. He has also received a Toronto Theatre Critics Award and a My Theatre Award for best design and been nominated for a Capital Critic’s Circle Award. His recent designs include Prince Hamlet (Why Not Theatre); R+J (Stratford Festival of Canada) Getting Married, The Orchard (Shaw Festival); Now You See Her,Mouthpiece (Quote Unquote Collective); The Cave, Le Grand Continental (Luminato); Jerusalem (Outside the March/Company Theatre); Animal Farm, A Delicate Balance, Vimy, The 39 Steps, (Soulpepper); This Was the World,Guarded Girls, Harlem Duet (Tarragon Theatre); Italian Mime Suicide, Paolozzapedia, The Double (Bad New Days);Oraltorio (Obsidian/Soulpepper); Love and Information (Canadian Stage); The Assholes, As I Lay Dying (Theatre Smith-Gilmour); and on air (adelheid).

ALIA STEPHEN

LIGHTING AND PROJECTIONS ASSOCIATE

Originally from Vancouver and currently based out of Toronto, Alia designed for dozens of professional, community, and educational productions in Vancouver before moving to the UK to pursue her Masters Degree. On returning to Canada, she completed a thesis focusing on the role of integral lighting design in the development of productions and how lighting designers can work more closely with artistic teams as co-collaborators. She has worked the past three seasons with the Stratford Festival as an assistant lighting designer.

While Alia’s background is primarily in lighting, she also has experience in set and video design, with a focus on how those aspects integrate cohesively with lighting. While attending university, Alia participated in several projects experimenting with the use of video as a light source in theatre. She is also particularly interested in designing for dance, and musical theatre. Her style often involves bold colour choices and striking geometry.

Alia holds a diploma in Technical Theatre from Capilano University, a BFA in Theatre Production and Design from the University of British Columbia, and an MA in Design for Performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

YESIM TOSUNER

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, Yesim has been working as a graphic designer, illustrator, and a multimedia designer for close to 20 years. She is best known for her unusual and elegant design work for CD packaging for which she won an Applied Arts Magazine Award in 2011.

As a multimedia artist Yesim worked in collaboration with John Southworth, Jane Bunnett, Ensemble Meduse and David Buchbinder. Her work has been shown in festivals and venues such as MA Scène Nationale (Montbéliard, France), the Sound Symposium (Newfoundland), Festival of the Sound (Parry Sound), IdeaCity, AGO, the Music Gallery (Toronto) and McGill University (Montreal).
www.backyarddesign.ca

PRODUCTION TEAM

REMINGTON NORTH

PRODUCTION MANAGER AND TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

As the founding Technical Director for The Theatre Centre and for Crow’s Theatre’s new facilities in Toronto, Remington North approaches his specialty in Production Technology as a responsibility originally expressed in the Latin concept of facilitator, namely one who makes an action or a process easy or easier. And so he strives to find answers where making art becomes an easier process among the many collaborators involved in every creative process where he plays a role. Remington has had the pleasure of managing productions for Aluna Theatre, Crow’s Theatre, The Theatre Centre, Theatre Sheridan, Human Cargo Theatre, YES! Theatre and several other Toronto companies including JMAR Electric where he has been a facilitator in the touring technical aspects of this run of The Cave.

KEVIN OLSON

STAGE MANAGER

evin Olson (he/ him) – Kevin is beyond thrilled to be a part of The Cave! He has called many theatres home, including The Charlottetown Festival, Lighthouse FT, Port Stanley FT, Theatre Orangeville, Theatre Aquarius, Vancouver Playhouse, Carousel Players, Young Peoples Theatre, Canadian Rep Theatre, Black Theatre Workshop and Smile Theatre. He has also toured internationally with Mermaid Theatre and Geordie Theatre. He has most recently worked on world premieres at Gale Force Theatre and The Kitchen Party Theatre Festival. Kevin is excited to be returning to theatre full-time. He will continue to pursue ways to make the theatre process accessible, inclusive and enjoyable for everyone involved!

NICOLE EUN-JU BELL

PROJECTION PROGRAMMER

Nicole Eun-Ju Bell is a Toronto based, mixed-race, multidisciplinary artist with a passion for performance and technology. She works mainly as a projection designer, stage manager, and XR artist. This past year she’s been the Assistant Production Manager at Theatre Passe Muraille. Other companies she’s worked with include Factory Theatre, Single Thread Theatre Company, CanadianStage, Safeword, The A.M.Y Project, and b current. Her work has been presented at international and local festivals including: Prague Quadrennial, Next Stage, Summerworks and Toronto Fringe. She is also a member of the curation team for Canada’s Student Exhibit for Prague Quadrennial 2023.