Ecoscenography as Design Practice: A Roundtable Conversation – April 5th

The UN has named this the Decade of Action, our last chance to create the transformation to a livable future. What does it mean to align our design practices with a 1.5 degree Celsius global temperature rise? This event focuses on the aesthetics of climate-friendly sustainable design in theatre, as a core design practice, and as part of a larger equitable green recovery. Join the teams from the Sustainable Production Toolkit, and the Canada Council for Arts funded “Old Dogs, New Tricks” project to explore strategies for engaging with sustainable design between PACT Theatres and ADC Designers to discuss how the field is changing, needs to change, and how you can participate in those changes.

Amplifying Practice Workshop Series

The Associated Designers of Canada (ADC) is providing a comprehensive and wide-ranging program of online workshops and conversations designed for live performance designers to amplify their practice. Workshops will roll out from November 2022 through March 2023, and are open to everyone.

Both members and non-members can attend free of charge.
Advance registration is required as spaces are limited.


Apr 05 2023


 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm EDT



About Our Facilitators

Ken Mackenzie is a set, lighting and costume designer based between Saskatoon, SK and Toronto ON. He has been a resident artist at Soulpepper Theatre Company since 2011 and has occasionally found himself onstage as an actor there. Ken is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan in the department of Drama and has been the President of the Associated Designers of Canada.

Edward T. Morris is a set and projection designer and sustainability advocate. Along with Elizabeth Mak, Lauran Gaston, Sandra Goldmark and Michael Banta he’s a co-author of the Sustainable Production Toolkit. Edward is a member of United Scenic Artists Local #829, Wingspace Theatrical Design, and United Auto Workers local 8092. He teaches design and dramaturgy at The New School in New York City. He has long been a participant in initiatives by the Broadway Green Alliance and incorporates sustainable practices into most of his designs.

Ian Garrett is a designer, producer, educator, and researcher in the field of sustainability in arts and culture. He is producer for Toasterlab, a mixed reality performance collective. He is the director of the Centre for Sustainable Practice in the Arts and Associate Professor of Ecological Design for Performance at York University, where he is Graduate Program Director for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies. He serves on the board of the ADC and IATSE ADC659 as a proud founding member and labour advocate for emerging designers. He maintains a design practice focused on ecology, accessible technologies and scenography. / /

Lauren Gaston is a costume designer and artisan working in theater and TV. Some of her recent and current credits include working as the head Craftsperson/Milliner on season 1 of Fallout, assistant designing at The Metropolitan Opera and serving on the Steering Committee of the Broadway Green Alliance. She is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local #829 and Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 764 IATSE.

Michelle Tracey is a scenographer based in Tkaronto working mostly in theatre and opera. She is a founding member of Triga Creative, a collective of designers committed to exploring ecoscenography and sustainable working models. Michelle is also a trained wardrobe technician and has constructed costumes for numerous professional productions.