Debra Hanson

Debra Hanson, Set and Costume Designer

Pacific Opera Victoria
Set and Costume Designer, Jenůfa

October, 2017

Debra Hanson was the designer for Pacific Opera Victoria's 2000 production of Erewhon. She returns in 2017 to design Janáček's Jenůfa.

Previously Head of Design at the Stratford Festival (1990-94), Debra has received a Pauline McGibbon Award, A Dora Award, and two Geminis, along with multiple nominations. Opera and theatre credits include Atom Egoyan's Così fan tutte (Canadian Opera Company), A Little Night Music (Stratford), Venus in Fur, Cruel and Tender (Canadian Stage), and productions for the National Arts Centre, Shaw Festival, CentreStage, and Banff Centre.

Film and TV credits include Orphan Black, Schitt's Creek, Combat Hospital, Adoration, Away from Her, Chloe, Outlander, Childstar, Bomb Girls, The Firm.

Debra has served as Resident Designer for the Manitoba Theatre Centre and Theatre New Brunswick, and taught at McGill, Queen's, and Bishop's University, Humber College, and the University of Victoria.


The design by Debra Hanson is also gorgeous. Most scenes have a backdrop of a giant painting, allowing for each scene to look like it has come right out of the painting itself. A stunning and ornate metal gate opens for us at the beginning of the second Act, letting us into the 'glamourous life', and the furniture and overall design, along with truly breathtaking costumes, allows the audience to effortlessly be transported to Sweden in the 1900's.
Lauren Gienow, Broadway World, Review of A Little Night Music at the Stratford Festival, 2016.

Debra Hanson's designs are very attractive indeed. The butterflies (there are two separate sets of them, one of which lights up) are stunning, and the garden scene early in Act II has especially beautiful projections.
Michael Johnson,, Review of Così fan tutte at the Canadian Opera Company, 2014

Debra Hanson's often whimsical and boldly symbolic designs were overwhelmingly successful and sophisticated.
Opera Canada. Review of Erewhon at Pacific Opera Victoria, 2000.


October 2017