Kimberly Purtell

Kimberly Purtell, Lighting Designer

Pacific Opera Victoria
Countess Maritza

April 2019

Kim Purtell made her Pacific Opera Victoria debut as lighting designer for the 2014 production of Ariadne auf Naxos. She returned in 2016 to design the lighting for The Barber of Seville, and in 2019 is lighting designer for Countess Maritza.

Kimberly is a Toronto-based lighting designer for theatre and dance. Her designs have been critically acclaimed both on the national and international stage, having been seen across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdon, the Netherlands, Prague, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mongolia and Russia.

She has designed for the Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage Company, National Arts Centre, Opéra de Québec, Opera Philadelphia, Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Soulpepper Theatre Company, and many others. She is a recipient of the Pauline McGibbon Award, three Dora Awards and Montreal English Theatre Award (META).


Arguably, the most unforgettable component of this Barber of Seville is its jaw-dropping set. Designed by Ken MacDonald, ... it is inspired by the organic architecture of Antoni Gaudí. Beautifully lit, itís like a fantastic confection, both modern and timeless.
Adrian Chamberlain, Times Colonist, review of Pacific Opera's The Barber of Seville, 2016

In particular, Kimberly Purtellís lighting in a scene where MacIvor re-enacts a loverís spat about coming to bed is so perfectly present and dramatic that it really should be given a co-starring role.
Jessica Goldman, Applause!Meter, This is What Happens Next


April 2019