Set Design Through the Gingerbread House

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Set Design Through the Gingerbread House

The deadline for this opportunity has passed.

From the first sketch to the final product, Kathryn Smith will walk workshop participants through the process of scenic design via a virtual process. How do we create the world of our show? How do you communicate with your director and fellow designers? What are some tips and tricks when designing a set on any budget?

In this workshop, we will cover the early design process and work towards a ‘final’ set model. With winter and the holiday season upon us, participants will be invited to use a gingerbread house kit to build their final set model!*

This workshop is open to anyone, regardless of set design background. Whether you’ve worked as a theatre designer for many years, or if you’re just learning what a set designer does, all are welcome.

Participants will have to provide their own gingerbread houses. If this component is a barrier, folks are welcome to use paper, cardboard, or other household items.

Participants will receive a Zoom link for each of the three online classes, November 24, 26, and December 1, 2020, 6:30 to 8:30pm.

Suggested Price: $60
Pay What You Can pricing available.

For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit

This workshop is sponsored by Theatre Alberta with funding from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts as part of the Workshops by Request: Hometown Series.

Instructor Bio

Kathryn Smith (they/them or she/her) is a designer, director, and creator who has worked across western Canada in puppetry, music, and clown. They are an Artistic Associate at Vertigo Theatre, and last year was Lunchbox Theatres RBC Emerging Director. Kathryn considers themself a multi-tool artist, jumping from design to technician, to director, to producer, working under a variety of budgets, time constraints, and production teams. They are currently invested in projects for social change within communities and is investing time in 2020 to become an artistic leader within Calgary.

Select design/directing credits: inVISIBLE, A Chitenge Story, Between Us (Handsome Alice Theatre); Benefit, Safe Site Sessions, Bottle Picker Monologues (Downstage Theatre); A Beautiful View (Sage Theatre); Brave Girl, Care Takers, Pink Unicorn, In Flanders Fields (Lunchbox Theatre); Million Dollar Quartet, Hit Parade, Divine (New West Theatre); Amahl & the Night Visitors (Calgary Opera); Secret Garden (Theatre Calgary: Design Mentee); The Democratic Set (Inside Out Theatre); GIANT (Ghost River Theatre).

Apart from theatre, they are also an award-winning singer-songwriter under the name KP Smith.

Kathryn Smith (they/them or she/her) is a designer, director, and creator

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