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Robert Thomson

13th season: Lighting designer of The Beaux' Stratagem. Stratford: His designs for 29 productions include The Merchant of Venice, Cymbeline, Much Ado About Nothing, The Homecoming, Dangerous Liaisons, Rice Boy, Zastrozzi, Krapp’s Last Tape, Hughie, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Caesar and Cleopatra, Into the Woods, King Lear, Twelfth Night, King John and The Swanne (all three parts). His numerous Stratford collaborators include directors Jonathan Miller, Jennifer Tarver, Peter Hinton, Christopher Newton, Des McAnuff and Antoni Cimolino. Elsewhere: Mr. Thomson is widely recognized as one of Canada’s most prolific and versatile lighting designers for theatre, opera and dance. Resident Lighting Designer for the National Ballet of Canada for 12 seasons. His company projects with choreographer James Kudelka include Swan Lake, Désir, Spring Awakening, The Miraculous Mandarin and Washington Square. His numerous other company designs include The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Manon and Don Quixote. He designed more than 55 productions for the Shaw Festival over 25 seasons. His credits there include a 10-year term as Head of Lighting Design, Picnic, St. Joan, Man and Superman, Lulu, Pygmalion, Cavalcade, Peter Pan and Cyrano de Bergerac. He began his professional career in the late 1970s at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, working extensively with founding Artistic Director Bill Glassco. Since then he has worked with a diverse range of Canadian companies, including the National Arts Centre, Canadian Stage, Citadel Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Charlottetown Festival, Theatre Calgary, Belfry Theatre, Globe Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, Pleiades Theatre and Montreal’s Centaur Theatre, Imago Theatre and Segal Centre. Internationally, his designs have been featured at Lincoln Center Theater in N.Y.C., Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, American Ballet Theatre, San Francisco Ballet and Stuttgart Ballet. Seattle Opera recently presented his designs for Robert Lepage’s award-winning first opera, Bluebeard’s Castle/Erwartung. This Canadian Opera Company program has been performed by numerous companies in Canada and around the world, including Brooklyn Academy of Music, Edinburgh Festival, Geneva Opera, Hong Kong Arts Festival and the Melbourne Festival in Australia. His other Canadian Opera Company credits include the world première of Mario and the Magician and Katya Kabanova. Other opera credits include l’Opéra de Montréal, Pacific Opera Victoria, Calgary Opera, Tapestry New Opera, Opéra de Québec, Vancouver Opera and Opera Lyra. Recent credits include Shelter (Tapestry New Opera); Red and The Seagull (Segal Theatre); The Marriage of Figaro (Pacific Opera Victoria); If We Were Birds (Imago Theatre); A Tender Thing (Belfry Theatre); The Cosmonaut’s Last Message… (Canadian Stage); Macbeth (National Arts Centre); Hedda Gabler (Hartford Stage); Krapp’s Last Tape and Hughie (Goodman Theatre, Chicago); Private Lives, August: Osage County and the 14th season of A Christmas Carol (Citadel Theatre); and Billy Bishop Goes to War (Globe Theatre). Awards: His work is noted for its precision, visual poetry, psychological insight and dramaturgical impact, and his acclaimed designs have garnered a Sterling Award for Edmonton Opera’s mounting of the globally acclaimed Bluebeard’s Castle and Erwartung, directed by Robert Lepage, and four Dora Mavor Moore Awards. He was recently presented with the prestigious Siminovitch Prize in Theatre for 2012. Training: Mr. Thomson trained at The Studio and Forum of Stage Design in N.Y.C., and has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, the National Theatre School of Canada, Ryerson University and Sheridan College. Et cetera: Member of Associated Designers of Canada and L’Association des professionnels des arts de la scène du Québec.