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Romeo and Juliet, UVic 1998

Mary Kerr--Costume Designer

Mary Kerr has had a wide ranging career in Canadian Production Design. Her sets and costumes have been seen at the Shaw, Stratford, Banff and Guelph Festivals, most Toronto theatres and the major Canadian regionals.

She has designed operas for the Canadian, Vancouver, Banff and New Zealand opera companies. Her designs for dance include sets and costumes for the Paris Opera Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, the Ottawa Ballet, the Canadian Native Arts Foundation and she is the company designer for the Danny Grossman Dance Theatre.

Outside theatre, she has extensive production design credits in film, television and video working with such characters as Donald Sutherland, John Candy, Tony Perkins, Tommy Hunter, Sharon, Lois and Bram, the Dalai Lama, Robert Bly and Marion Woodman. Mary was also the production designer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1994 Commonwealth Games and the Canada Pavilion at Expo 86.

Mary has been the recipient of numerous theatre, film and television design awards and has represented Canada at the Prague Quadrennial. She was recently elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts and her work is housed in the Mary Kerr Collection at the Metro Toronto Library.

As well as designing for the Phoenix for the past three seasons, her recent work includes the critically acclaimed costumes for the Banff Festival's 1998 "Opera of the 20th Century," Zurich 1916, plus the sets and costumes for the award winning new musical, Still the Night, currently on tour across Canada.