Kevin Lamotte

Kevin Lamotte, Lighting Designer

Pacific Opera Victoria
La traviata

February 2019

Kevin Lamotte made his Pacific Opera Victoria debut in 2009 as lighting designer for La traviata. He returned in 2011 for Wagner's The Flying Dutchman , in 2013 for POV's 100th production, Verdi's Falstaff, in 2014 for Das Rheingold, and in 2016 for Simon Boccanegra. He was lighting designer for POV's 2018 production of Puccini's La Bohème, and returned in 2018 for Fidelio. He is also the lighting designer for an historic five-company co-production of La traviata, playing at Manitoba Opera and Edmonton Opera (2018), Pacific Opera Victoria (February 2019), Vancouver Opera (2019), and Opéra de Montréal (2020).

Mr. Lamotte is one of Canada's leading lighting designers and has created lighting designs for most of the country's theatre, dance and opera companies. He is Director of Lighting Design for the Shaw Festival and has ongoing associations with the National Ballet of Canada and Toronto's Soulpepper Theatre Company.

Kevin has been with the Shaw Festival for over two decades as a lighting designer. Recent and upcoming designs include The Magician's Nephew, Mythos (with Stephen Fry), The Baroness and the Pig, Henry V, Me and My Girl, Saint Joan, Middletown, A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland, A Woman of No Importance and "Master Harold" …and the Boys.

In addition to his work at The Shaw, Kevin has created lighting designs for most of Canada's theatre, dance and opera companies, including Domesticated and John (Canadian Stage); A Doll's House, Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts I, II, III), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Royal Comedians, Endgame, Waiting for Godot (Soulpepper Theatre Company); I Send You This Cadmium Red (Art of Time Ensemble); Marilyn Forever (Aventa Ensemble); The Barber of Seville (Vancouver Opera); Belle Moral (National Arts Centre), A Raisin in the Sun (Theatre Calgary and Soulpepper Theatre), Additional lighting credits include Democracy (Tarragon Theatre), A Clean House and Of Mice and Men (Canadian Stage Company), An Italian Straw Hat and The Contract (National Ballet of Canada), and A Christmas Carol, Enron, To Kill a Mockingbird, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Theatre Calgary); Uncle Vanya (Vigszinhaz, Budapest).

Kevin is the recipient of the Province of Ontario's Pauline McGibbon Award, a nominee for the 2006 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, as well as other national awards and nominations including the Jessie Richardson Theatre Award (Vancouver), a Dora Mavor Moore Award (Toronto), the Betty Mitchell Award (Calgary) and Prix de la Masque (Montreal).

Mr. Lamotte is a member of The Associated Designers of Canada.


Kevin Lamotte’s lighting was at times stunning, as in the reverse searchlight-and-mist effect of the third act, looking for all the world as though the gods were mercilessly probing the spectacle of human treachery and suffering below.
Harvey De Roo, Vancouver Classical Music, review of Pacific Opera Victoria's Simon Boccanegra, 2016

Stichbury's set works best in conjunction with lighting designer Kevin Lamotte's vivid crimson washes, which spill through the implied sails and out of concealed sliding doors like a flashlight from Hell, while visual punctuations of narrow bright white and pulsing strobes effectively simulate storms.
John Threlfall, Culture Vulture, review of Pacific Opera Victoria's The Flying Dutchman, 2011

As the castle by the sea literally unfolds on stage, the audience gasps. Designer William Schmuck wraps the courtyard and columns in flowers and greenery; lighting designer Kevin Lamotte paints it with healing sun and cooling shadow.
Buffalo News, review of the Shaw Festival's Enchanted April, 2013

January 2019