2013 IGNITE! Stage Design Mentorship (Set and Costume)
This brand new mentorship program in costume and set design is intended for aspiring young stage designers wishing to pursue a career in the arts. In the inaugural year of this program, two designers will be chosen to build the visual worlds of the one-act plays showcased in the IGNITE! Theatre Festival. With one-on-one mentorship from professional stage designers, participants will go through all steps of the creation process starting with concept generation, pre-production, production and ultimately they will bring their original designs to the stage!
Along the way, participants will have workshops in grant writing, media relations, and career planning for contract theatre workers. This is an unprecedented opportunity to work with other creators and top artists in The Cultch’s state-of-the-art facilities. Designers will be given the chance to take theoretical designs to practical fruition, and develop their professional portfolios.
Eligible applicants should have a strong foundation in design. Though not mandatory, the strongest applicants will be in their later years of post-secondary education or graduates.
Applicants will be required to establish their own workspace, whether it’s a studio, a classroom or a living room. They will have access to a shared rehearsal hall once production begins, but will need an alternative workshop as well.
The deadline to apply is January 15, 2013
About the Mentors
Marina Szijarto is a Visual and Celebration Artist. Originally from England, now living in Vancouver Canada, Marina designs and builds Costumes, Sets and Props for Theatre, Dance, celebrations events, parades and personal ceremonies. Marina Has worked with numerous Professional theatre and dance companies in B.C.: Leaky Heaven Circus - Neworld Theatre - The Caravan Farm Theatre - The Electric Company- Mortal Coil Performance Society - Vancouver Moving Theatre - Headlines Theatre -Touchstone Theatre - Jennifer Mascal Dance - Karen Jamieson Dance - Shamless Hussy Theatre - Studio 58 and Public Dreams Society.
She is a six-time Jessie nominee, and winner of the 2002 and 2004 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards for outstanding costume design for small theatre (The Electric Company - The One That Got Away and NeWorld Theatre - Asylum of the Universe). Marina also works with different communities to envision and then produce both public art (murals, mosaics, banners) and community celebrations (lantern festivals, puppet shows, The Down town Eastside Community play). She is continuing her research of Rites of Passage, in particular funerals, death and mourning.
Marina Szijarto is the 'Costume Diva', a stilt walking bellydancer who plays a little with fire, and has a degree in Embroidery!
Marina Szijarto answers six questions about creativity
Alice Mansell has exhibited multi-media, paintings, drawings and installation works in public galleries across Canada, in the US, UK, Germany, Austria, and China.
In roles as professor, department chair, vice president, academic, and president, she developed, delivered and led innovative education programs and universities in BC, Alberta, Ontario and Nova Scotia. She continues to provide coaching, mentoring and consulting services to public and non-profit organisations and their leaders though the Mansell Design Group.
Alice’s art practice is focused on exploring the ways we learn to ‘be in the world’- how the arts form and reflect culture; and how differences in identity and experience are expressed in the ways we present ourselves on stage and in life. Her recent work involving the creation of costume/installations designed to transform during performance continues a career-long history of exciting collaboration with choreographers, dancers, musicians, media and other visual artists.