Bretta Gerecke makes her Pacific Opera Victoria debut in February 2012 as set and costume designer for Bizet's Carmen.
Bretta grew up in Winnipeg and has resided in Edmonton for the past fifteen years. She graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Interior Design in 1992, and from the University of Alberta with a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design in 1996.
Bretta is the resident designer at Catalyst Theatre, where she has designed world premieres, which have toured internationally to Great Britain, Australia, and the U.S. and across Canada. Bretta also works at The Citadel Theatre, Canadian Stage, Workshop West Theatre, Edmonton Opera, Calgary Opera,, Theatre Calgary and The Globe Theatre.
She is the recipient of over twenty Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, Jessie Richardson Awards and Betty Mitchell Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Set, Lighting and Costume Design; The Enbridge Award for Best Emerging Artist; The Global Women of Vision Award; Edmonton's Top 40 Under 40 and was short-listed twice for the Siminovitch Prize. Bretta designed a summer home on Devil's Lake, Alberta, and continues her work as an archaeological illustrator.