This marks Ian's sixth season with Pacific Opera Victoria, and the culmination of three years collaboration with the exceptional artists who have created Mary's Wedding. Mary's Wedding Is his first mainstage opera design.
Ian's designs have played at a number of Canadian stages including the Belfry Theatre, Arts Club Theatre, the Vancouver Playhouse, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Calgary, Canadian Stage, Neptune Theatre and the Manitoba Theatre Centre. He studied theatre production and design at Ryerson and the Banff Centre for the Arts.
Ian Rye is one of those local artists whose work we all know, but probably don't know we know. ... if you've been to the Belfry [Theatre] at all over the past few years, odds are good you've seen at least some of his many memorable sets standing there behind the actors: Corker, Flying Blind, Garage Sale, Ingenious Speculations, Sylvia, Sincerely A Friend, Ethan Claymore . . . if there's a room on stage you'd like to take home with you, odds are good Ian Rye designed it.
John Threlfall, The Threl-file, 2005