Ken MacDonald

Ken MacDonald, Set Designer

Pacific Opera Victoria

October, 2012

Ken MacDonald makes his debut with Pacific Opera Victoria as set designer for the October 2012 production of Macbeth.

An award-winning set designer based in Toronto and Vancouver. Ken MacDonald designs for all of the major theatre companies in Canada. His career has long been associated with that of playwright and director Morris Panych , as actor, and director, but primarily as designer. Together, they have completed over 100 theatre projects.

Recent credits include Wanderlust, The Trespassers, and Moby Dick for the Stratford Festival; seven seasons with the Shaw Festival, including My Fair Lady, The Admirable Crichton, The Doctor's Dilemma, and Hotel Peccadillo; Vigil (Canadian Stage and Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles); The Overcoat (ACT San Francisco); Art, 7 Stories, The Overcoat (national tour); Ghosts, Parfumerie (2009, 2011), Glengarry Glen Ross (2009, 2010), 'Night Mother, Blithe Spirit, The Government Inspector (Soulpepper Theatre Company); Benevolence, The Dishwashers (Tarragon); Hamlet, Art (Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver).

His opera credits include The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat (Banff Centre) and Susannah, The Rake's Progress, and The Threepenny Opera, all for Vancouver Opera.

Upcoming productions include The Amorous Adventures of Anatol (Tarragon Theatre) and The Arsonists (Canadian Stage).

Ken MacDonald's designs are visually arresting, surrealistic, and highly metaphoric. He uses trompe l'oeil effects to manipulate perspective and composition through strong geometrical shapes and intense colour.

Ken was educated in Vancouver where he graduated from the Art Education Department at UBC in 1972 and received his teaching certificate. He taught high school art for five years before leaving the profession and setting off on his own, beginning as resident designer for Victoria's Belfry Theatre from 1977 to 1980.

The recipient of a Gemini, 16 Jessie Richardson Awards and two Dora Mavor Moore Awards, Ken has served as an art director for music video and a designer for film. His design for The Overcoat was featured at the Prague Quadrenniel in 1999.

Visit the website of Ken MacDonald and Morris Panych to see commentary, design images, and photos for Pacific Opera's production of Macbeth.

September 2012

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