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Beth Kates is an award winning Theatrical Lighting, Set, Costume and Projection Designer, Production Manager, and project consultant.  She is the co-Creative Director/Designer of Playground Studios a design firm she started with partner Ben Chaisson that is dedicated to creating new spaces, re-inventing the use of traditional and non-traditional theatre spaces, as well as producing original work and offering a full spectrum of design and project management services. 

Her work in rock and roll, dance, theatre, opera, and photography has taken her across Canada, the US, UK, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.  Career highlights include Lighting Design: Spurt of Blood and Miinigoowezewin (Banff Arts Festival), Anaconda (Tangent Montreal), the Dora Award winning Music For Contortionist (Shaw Festival and Tarragon Theatre), and numerous works by choreographer Learie McNicols.  Set Design for the award winning production of Assassins directed by Adam Brazier; Production Design for: the world premiere of Judith Thompsons’s Such Creatures directed by Brian Quirt, LuminaTO/Tapestry New Opera Works’ epic oratorio Dark Star Requiem directed by Tom Diamond, and Julie Tepperman’s Yichud (Seclusion).   Yichud was an extensive design that required re-imagining the use of the traditional theatre space to allow the whole building to be converted into a realistic Orthodox Jewish Synagogue.

Beth’s work as a Projection Designer began in 1995, and over the years she has become a self taught Video Editor, Videographer, Photographer, Graphic Designer, and Animator in order to facilitate the creation of various projects. As the Resident Production Designer for WYRD Productions, she has created designs for Slightly Bent, MacHomer, Into The Ring, Bigger Than Jesus, and HARDSELLBigger Than Jesus earned Beth the 2005 Dora Award for Outstanding Lighting Design. In 2009 she, along with husband Ben Chaisson, was nominated for the prestigious Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. Beth and Ben were also recently cited as one of Toronto’s Top Ten Theatre Artists by NOW Magazine.

Beth leads masterclasses and workshops in Projection and Theatrical Design and is currently in development with Playground Studios and Playwrights Workshop Montreal to create a series of in-depth projection workshops geared towards established theatre artists. As a photographer, Beth’s work has been published internationally, and in February 2011 her photographs were exhibited for the first time in the gallery show Refracted at the Ben Navaee Gallery in Toronto.

The ToyBox, created with Ben Chaisson and originally commissioned by the SummerWorks Festival, is an immersive environment filled with projections, lighting, music, costumes, games, drawing materials & building blocks.  Designed to encourage interactivity, The ToyBox is currently in further development with a variety of arts and community organizations, including Theatre Passe Muraille as part of the 2012 Beyond Walls project. Playground Studios will also produce a new work called Untangled Headphones, a site-specific intimate audio performance, as well as Night Light Travels for Nuit Blanche Toronto.

Beth is also works with funk band The ElastoCitizens creating a epic projections designs, and has also been collaborating with Ninja Funk Orchestra, creating costumes and an elaborate original projection design, as well as acting as their Executive Producer.

The 2010-2011 season has included the Broadway production of Beth’s Set Design for Max & Ruby, as well as remounts of both Assassins and Yichud (which meant converting Theatre Passe Muraille again as well Academic Hall in Ottawa)Other productions include: Set and Costume Design for the world premiere of Shadow Cutter by Pierre Brault; Set and Lighting Design for Aisha n’ Ben by Anita Majumdar – both directed by Brian Quirt; Set, Lighting, Costume and Projection Design for: SPIN by Evalyn Parry and directed by Ruth Madoc-Jones, War of the Worlds for The Art of Time Ensemble, and as well for The Grace Project: SICK created & directed by Judith Thompson.  Future projects include another collaboration with Adam Brazier; The Synesthesia Project a co-creation with Steven McCarthy; Malaria Lullaby with McCarthy, Monica Dottor and Charlotte Corbeil-Coleman; Whispering Pines by Richard Sanger & directed by Brian Quirt; Giant by Rob Kempson; Brimful of Asha for Ravi Jain, a planetarium production with Gordon Hyland; and continued collaborations with Melissa D’agostino, The Sydney Theatre Company (Australia), percussionist Ed Reifel, g27 Orchestra, and others.