Judith Bowden

Judith Bowden, Designer

Pacific Opera Victoria
Set and Costume Designer, A Midsummer Night's Dream

April, 2016

Judith Bowden made her Pacific Opera Victoria debut as designer for the 2010 production of Rossini's Cinderella. She returns in 2016 to design POV's production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Ms. Bowden has designed for numerous theatres across Canada. Her work has been seen at the Shaw Festival, as well as at CanStage, the National Arts Centre, the Globe Theatre, the Grand Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People, Soulpepper, Tarragon, Manitoba Theatre Centre and Great Canadian Theatre Company. She was resident costume designer at Alberta Theatre Projects from 1996 to 1999. While living in Calgary she also designed for Theatre Calgary, Quest Theatre, Decidedly Jazz Dance Co., Red Deer College, the Citadel Theatre and the Neptune.

Judith's costume designs have been awarded a Sterling, the 2007 Virginia & Myrtle Cooper Award, and four Betty Mitchell Awards. She won a Dora Award for Set Design (Blue Planet, Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People) and was short listed for the 2006 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.

Recent and upcoming credits include Sweeney Todd (Shaw Festival); The Other Place, London Road (Canadian Stage); The Mountaintop, and (Obsidian Theatre Company and The Shaw Festival)

Judith Bowden was born in London, England and moved to Canada at the age of eleven. She has an undergraduate degree in Clothing and Textile Design from the University of Manitoba and a Masters in Theatre Design from the University of Alberta.


[Director Tom] Diamond and designer Judith Bowden seemed a match made in heaven.Bowden s whimsical sets - which included an inkwell fireplace the fountain pen is the chimney) and a pop-up carriage that, while it was neither made out of a pumpkin nor pulled by mice, still managed to be magical – and her mostly 18th-century costumes ... enhanced the pantomine feel but were beautiful enough to sigh over.
Robin J. Miller, Opera Canada, Review of Pacific Opera Victoria's Cinderella, 2010


March, 2016