Fonds UBCA-ARC-1413 - Ken MacDonald fonds

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Ken MacDonald fonds

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5 cm of textual records

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Ken MacDonald is an award-winning Vancouver art director, set designer, and playwright. After receiving a Bachelor of Education in 1972 from the University of British Columbia, Ken began his career as a set designer. He has designed for all of the major theatre companies in Vancouver, such as Arts Club Theatre, The Vancouver Playhouse, The Vancouver Opera, and for many productions at the Tarragon Theatre, the Canadian Stage in Toronto, the Shaw in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and an opera at the Banff Centre. MacDonald is a frequent collaborator with director Morris Panych and has designed the premieres of the plays 7 Stories, Vigil, Ends of the Earth, Lawrence and Holloman, Earshot, The Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, and other plays written by Panych. Other selected credits include Hysteria, Amadeus and Sweeney Todd (CanStage) and Hamlet, Art and Arsenic and Old Lace (Arts Club in Vancouver). His opera credits include Susannah, The Rake's Progress and The Threepenny Opera at the Vancouver Opera. MacDonald is a recipient of 14 Jessie Richardson Awards, a Gemini, and two Dora Mavor Moore Awards.

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The fonds consists of sketches, photocopies, and paintings of costume and set designs relating to plays that MacDonald has been the principal art director or set designer, as well as, correspondence and press coverage for The Overcoat.

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The fonds was donated to the University Archives by Ken MacDonald on February 15, 2007.


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