Set & Costume Design

Set and costume design draws on the worlds of visual art, architecture, carpentry, fashion, sewing, textiles, and more. This workshop is led by a professional designer who will lead students through a crash course in the design process for creating sets and costumes for a theatre production. From research, to sketching and drafting, to building, to opening night — this workshop promises a ‘behind-the-scenes’ pass to the intricate and wonderful world of theatre design.

This workshop is chock full of visual elements, including:

● Designs from recent productions that the designer has worked on, ie: research ‘mood boards’, drafting, maquettes, production photos, and more;
● Video tours of the Playhouse’s production facilities so students can see what our carpentry, wardrobe, props, and scenic paint shops look like;
● Time lapse video of a set being installed at the Playhouse!

Curricular take-aways include:

● An understanding of different design roles and what each job entails;
● A step-by-step exploration of a designer’s process;
● An emphasis on how design is visual storytelling and how the designer uses different elements (colour, architecture, texture, etc.) to express the story;
● We’ll wrap up the conversation with a candid Q&A facilitated by Playhouse staff to get the students asking questions and speaking directly with the designer.


● 90-minute workshop which delves into the process of designing from a set and costume perspective, facilitated by a professional theatre designer
● PDF of Assignment Suggestions that can be executed post-workshop

PRICE — $150 + HST


Sarah Dennison, Education Coordinator
CALL: (613) 382-7086 x33

Ring of Fire‘ by Richard Maltby. Photography by Randy deKleine-Stimpson.