Astrid Janson – A production / set and costume designer, Ms. Janson’s work has been seen on most stages across Canada as well as in the U.S. and in Europe. She is an Assistant Professor in the University College Drama Program at the University of Toronto where she has taught for twelve years. Ms. Janson has designed theatre, opera, dance and film projects for companies such as Soulpepper Theatre, The Shaw and Stratford Festivals, Canadian Stage, The National Arts Centre, Videocabaret and CBC Television. Recently she was the designer for the Mirvish / Obsidian production of The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God and for the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Dido and Aeneas. She won a Gemini Award in 2004 for her production design of Shadow Pleasures, a dance film written by Michael Ondaatje and directed by Veronica Tennant. Ms. Janson’s work has also been recognized with 11 Dora Mavor Moore Awards and the 2001 Silver Ticket Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.