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Joanne Dente: Costume and Set Designer

Recently Joanne has designed costumes for Nightwood Theatre’s The Danish Play, six new plays produced at The Stratford Festival’s new Studio Theatre: High Gravel Blind, Eternal Hydra, The Fellini Radio Plays, B’reaved of Light, Shadows  and Walk Right Up adapted Lori Hickling’s original costume design for Carousel Player’s touring production of The Hobbit, designed costumes for Theatre Direct’s 2002 Buncha’ Young Artists Festival, Theatre Asylum’s Walking to Russia, Jack in the Black Theatre’s The Qualities of Zero,  and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s Peepshow (with Associate Designer MichelleTurpin).

Recent Set and Costume design credits include Grendelmaus, for Eldritch Theatre and Useful Music: a Weill Night, for Theatre Humber College.

This spring she has undertaken the establishment of a costume co-op with three other members of the Toronto community- Nina Okens, Barbara Rowe and Michelle Turpin.  Christened The Spindle Collective, the 4 women have created a studio for themselves, pooling resources and strengths together to better support the needs of the independent theatre and dance communities and their own personal projects.

Joanne is a graduate of The National Theatre School’s Scenography Program.  She has been nominated for 3 Doras for her design work on Easy Lenny Lazmon and the Great Western Ascension and A Midsummer’s Night Dream.

Upcoming Projects include designing costumes for Tarragon Theatre and Jack in the Black’s Production of The Domino Heart, a new play by Matthew Edison and acting as associate designer to Phillip Silver on Pacific Opera of Victoria’s spring production of The Marriage of Figaro.

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