Patrick Clark

Patrick Clark, Set and Costume Designer

Pacific Opera Victoria
Set and Costume Designer for Madama Butterfly

April, 2015

Patrick Clark made his Pacific Opera Victoria debut as Set and Costume Designer for the 2013 production of Britten's Albert Herring, a co-production between POV and Vancouver Opera, which was presented at Victoria's Royal Theatre in February 2013 and at Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Theatre the following November. He also designed the sets and costumes for POV's co-production with the Belfry Theatre of Let's Make an Opera / The Little Sweep. He returns in 2015 as designer for a gorgeous new period production of Madama Butterfly

New Brunswick-based set and costume designer Patrick Clark has worked in theatres and taught in schools across Canada for the past twenty-five years. His designs have been seen onstage at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Shaw Festival, Guthrie Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, Neptune Theatre, Soulpepper Theatre Company and Theatre Aquarius. He is Theatre New Brunswick's Resident Set and Costume Designer and is one of the most sought after set and costume designers in Canada. He has also worked extensively in the U.S. and in Europe.

Patrick received the 2011 New Brunswick Lieutenant-Governor's Award for High Achievement in the Arts. He has also won five Robert Merritt Awards for outstanding set and costume design.  The Patrick Clark Award for Production & Design has recently been established in his name by Theatre New Brunswick, to be given to a promising student training in production or design. He is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada and The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.


Reviews of Patrick Clark's design for Albert Herring, a 2013 co-production staged at Victoria's Royal Theatre and at Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Theatre. This co-production between Canada's second largest professional opera company and its smallest was a first. Just building a set that would work on both stages was a complex undertaking. The equivalent of four Royal Theatre sets could fit on the Queen Elizabeth's stage.

Glynis Leyshon has cleverly updated the action to the 1950's, allowing crinolined dresses and over-blown roses from the costume department and a shop selling Swan Vestas and Colman's mustard from the set design to take half the audience back to their youth. Patrick Clark's designs are a delight
Elizabeth Paterson, Review Vancouver, Review of the Royal Theatre staging

The production – as noted above, co-produced by Vancouver Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria – is gorgeous. Moved from its original Edwardian setting, the current production is set in the 1950s (both periods in which England attempted to control both sexuality and morality); the sets are just beautiful to watch as are the costumes, both designed by Patrick Clark.
British Theatre Guide, Review of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre staging

Part of the genuine charm of this staging comes from a fashionable update of the setting from the turn of the last century to the early 1950s ... The sets, which first saw the light of day in Victoria's bijoux Royal Theatre, made the transition to the wide open spaces of the Queen Elizabeth surprisingly well.
Vancouver Sun, Review of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre staging


Below: Patrick Clark's design for Herring's Greengrocer for the 2013 co-production of Albert Herring

Herring's Greengrocer

February, 2015