Message from Steven Schipper, Artistic Director
I first worked with Brian Perchaluk in 1984 at Prairie Theatre Exchange, when he designed the sets and costumes for After Baba’s Funeral/Sweet and Sour Pickles. I was so impressed with his work that he became my go-to designer, literally. I asked him to join me when I became Artistic Director of the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend, Ontario, where he designed all the shows during my tenure, including an amazing production of Carousel.
One of his drawings from Carousel still hangs in my office. In fact, almost all the drawings in my office are Perchaluk’s. That’s because they’re beautiful works of art in their own right, but also because they remind me of the wonderful productions that sprang from his imagination and craft. He is the genius of our collaboration. His vision inspires consistently, and he’s designed more than 70 plays for our theatre.
His long record at Royal MTC alone could constitute a lifetime body of work for any artist, but Perchaluk has also designed extensively for every other theatre in Winnipeg. Some designers have a particular style, but Perchaluk’s style is simply summed up as quality and excellence. He doesn’t impose a single vision on all the plays he designs. Instead he adapts his sublime aesthetic to the needs of each play, a signature that is in keeping with his modesty.
We accept that our work in the theatre is ephemeral, but we’re glad to have this opportunity to pull from our archives some examples of Brian Perchaluk’s enduring work and to celebrate his achievements.
About Brian Perchaluk
Brian Perchaluk is a set and costume designer based in Winnipeg. His work has been featured on stages across Canada, the US, and Europe. He has worked for Neptune Theatre, Canadian Stage, Theatre Plus, Blyth Festival, the Huron Country Playhouse, the Stratford Festival, the Shaw Festival, Magnus Theatre, the Globe Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, the Citadel Theatre, the Arts Club Theatre, the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre, and the Belfry Theatre. Locally, he has designed for Prairie Theatre Exchange, Théâtre Cercle Molière, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Rainbow Stage, Theatre Projects Manitoba, Dry Cold Productions, the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre and the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre.
As well as theatre, he has designed for dance and opera companies including Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada, Manitoba Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria. Brian is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg and the National Theatre School of Canada, and a member of Associated Designers of Canada. He is the recipient of a Gemini Award for Best Production Design, a Jessie Richardson Award (Vancouver) for Outstanding Set Design and a Prix Rideau Award (Ottawa) for Outstanding Set Design.
Website design: Relish New Brand Experience Inc.
Archivist: Mary Horodyski
Digital Media Assistant: Will Bazan
IT support: Brian Adolph, Jennifer Skelly and Rony Joseph
Special thanks to Brian Perchaluk, Steven Schipper, Camilla Holland, Laurie Lam, Russell Martin, Katie Inverarity, Susan Groff, Kari Hagness, Lorraine O’Leary, Ben Ross, Melinda Tallin, Daphne MacMillan, Rick MacPherson, Sue Caughlin, Savannah Lillies, Chris Fletcher and Leif Norman.
We are also grateful for the cooperation and assistance of the Archives of Manitoba.
Thanks also to the Association of Manitoba Archives for providing us with the expertise of Jane Dalley, Archival Conservator.
This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada with the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Young Canada Works program.
Mary Horodyski’s position is funded by the Royal MTC Foundation.
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