2012 Laureate, Designer
Robert Thomson is one of Canada’s most versatile and active freelance theatre, opera and dance lighting designers. He designed Much Ado About Nothing and Cymbeline this year for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Over eleven consecutive seasons, his 27 Stratford projects include Caesar and Cleopatra and King Lear both starring Christopher Plummer, The Homecoming and Krapp’s Last Tape starring Brian Dennehy, Dangerous Liaisons, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet and Into the Woods. Robert served as Resident Lighting Designer for The National Ballet of Canada for twelve seasons. His company projects include Swan Lake, The Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet. He has also designed for the Shaw Festival Theatre for twenty-four seasons, including a ten-year term as Head of Lighting Design for St. Joan, Man and Superman, Cavalcade and Cyrano de Bergerac. He designed the lighting for Robert Lepage’s award winning, first opera Bluebeard’s Castle and Erwartung, which has been performed by numerous companies in Canada and around the world. He has designed for numerous companies including ABT at The MET; Lincoln Center Theatre; The Goodman Theatre, Chicago; Stuttgart Ballet; Canadian Stage; NAC; Citadel Theatre; Manitoba Theatre Centre; Centaur Theatre and the Segal Theatre. Over his 35-year career Robert has received numerous awards including a Sterling Award for Edmonton Opera’s mounting of the Bluebeard’s Castle and four of Canada’s coveted Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Mr. Thomson is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada and L’Association des professionnels des arts de la scène du Québec.