Christina Poddubiuk

Christina Poddubiuk: Set and Costume Designer

Pacific Opera Victoria
La traviata

February 2019

Christina Poddubiuk has designed for Pacific Opera Victoria's productions of Richard Strauss' Capriccio (2011), Tosca (2013), and Lucia di Lammermoor (2015). In February 2019 she returns as designer of the five-company co-production of La traviata, being presented by Manitoba Opera, Edmonton Opera, Pacific Opera Victoria, Vancouver Opera, and Opéra de Montréal.

Christina has over 25 years experience as a set and costume designer, mostly in classical theatre for companies such as the Shaw and Stratford Festivals, Soulpepper, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Recent designs include Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, and John Gabriel Borkman for the Stratford Festival, with Private Lives coming up in 2019. For the Belfry she recently designed A Doll's House Part 2, as well as A Tender Thing and Venus in Fur. She designed The Audience for Manitoba Theatre Centre and Mirvish Productions; The Light in the Piazza at Theatre Calgary; Pygmalionat the Shaw Festival; and Love's Labour's Lost, Othello, and Much Ado About Nothing for Chicago Shakespeare. Other opera engagements include Don Quichotte and Béatrice et Bénédict for the Canadian Opera Company.

Ms Poddubiuk is the recipient of several awards including the New York Drama Desk Award, the American Theatre Wing Design Award, Stratford's Tyrone Guthrie and Tom Patterson Awards, Edmonton’s Sterling Award, and the Capital Critics Circle Award.

Born in England, Ms Poddubiuk grew up in Montreal and trained at the National Theatre School of Canada, having graduated from McGill University with an honours degree in English Literature.


Christina Poddubiuk’s expertly lighted set is jaw-droppingly beautiful: a strange, silvery room that seems to exist in a shadowy limbo.
Adrian Chamberlain, Times Colonist, 2013, review of A Tender Thing

...let me simply say that when I die, I don't want to go to heaven, unless they promise me it will be designed by Christina Poddubiuk...
Toronto Star


January 2019