PQ 2019 National Exhibit Curator - Snezana Pesic
We received many high calibre applications for the curator position for the Canada exhibit as part of PQ 2019. After a series of interviews and heated debate by the PQ Committee, the Board of Directors is pleased to confirm the selection of ADC member Snezana Pesic for Curator.
Based in Toronto, Snezana works across Canada as a set, costume and lighting designer, as well as a performance design educator. Some of her recent theatre credits include: Laurier (Confederation Centre of the Arts, Theatre New Brunswick), A Little Too Cozy (Against the Grain, The Banff Centre, COC); Coram Boy, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Rimers of Eldritch (Dalhousie University); Clever Little Lies (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre); Arms and the Man, The Game of Love and Chance, The Fan (Odyssey Theatre); One (Ghost River Theatre); Fornes x 2 (Theatre Asylum); Nightmare Dream (IFT/ Obsidian Theatre).
Snezana is frequent guest designer and faculty member in educational institutions across the country She is a recipient of the Betty Mitchell Award for outstanding lighting design, a Prix Rideau Award nominee for outstanding design, and was shortlisted for the Pauline McGibbon Award for emerging theatre artist (Ontario, 2014).
She has presented work in numerous international exhibitions, including the Prague Quadrennial in 2015 (Canadian National Exhibit) and 2007, and World Stage Design in 2013 and 2009.
The focus for the 2019 Exhibition of Countries and Regions is Transformation. Snezana’s curatorial concept looks at the transformation of Canada’s consciousness to include a greater awareness and appreciation of our country’s diversity.
Snezana states “It appears that, more than in previous years, diverse theatrical voices and culturally diverse artists are opening doors to mainstream theatre stages, rather than being presented only in their own cultural enclaves. I believe that it is very important to address this change in Canadian national and cultural consciousness, especially in this moment when many other countries are showing a rise of opposite political trends.”
More information about PQ 2019 will be available over the coming months.
PQ 2019 Student/Emerging Designer Exhibit Curator - Karyn McCallum
The Board of Directors is pleased to confirm the selection of ADC member Karyn McCallum as the Curator for the Student/Emerging Designer Exhibit at PQ 2019.
Karyn is Assistant Professor in Set and Costume Design at Dalhousie University's Fountain School of the Performing Arts. A major focus of Karyn’s work has been design for new plays in development as well as on site responsive design, this combination has led her to work internationally with the Digital Dramaturgy Lab where her role has been to adapt found space and interactive media in the role of story telling. She also continues to explore the designers role in devised theatre which has led her too participate in internships on projects with the Wooster Group in New York as well as with Micheal Levine on a production of The Rakes Progress with Complicité Theatre.
In recent years Karyn has designed in Toronto at the Tarragon Theatre,The Theatre Centre Theatre, Canadian Stage as well as many independent productions in found-
space environments. Across Canada she has designed at the National Art Centre in Ottawa and in Vancouver for The Gateway Theatre, the Cultch and Presentation House as well as for numerous regional theatres and TYA companies. She was head Scenic Artist at the Shaw Festival Theatre for over 10 years. Karyn holds an MFA in Theatre Design from the University of Victoria and is a past board member of the Associated Designers of Canada.
She is a 2015 recipient of a SATAward for outstanding set design and of the 2014 Pauline McGibbon award for design. Karyn exhibited at the Prague Quadrennial ’07 in a juried showcase of Graduating Designers that represented the work of designers from 40 countries.