MONTREAL, Feb. 26, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The National Theatre School of Canada (NTS) is pleased to announce that internationally renowned costume designer and 1984 NTS Set and Costume Design graduate, François St-Aubin, has been named Director of the only bilingual program at the School: Set and Costume Design/Scénographie. Mr. St-Aubin will assume his position at the beginning of August 2014. He thus becomes the 8th director of this program and replaces Danièle Lévesque, who will leave at the end of the current semester after 12 years of solid leadership.
The distinguished 7-person Selection Committee considered that Mr. St-Aubin's eloquent and distinct vision for the future of the program, combined with his tremendous creative experience with Robert Lepage (most recently as costume designer of Lepage's Ring Cycle at New York's Metropolitan Opera), the Stratford Festival, a who's who list of Québec theatres, and his reputation as a teacher, make him the ideal person to lead the Set and Costume Design program into the 21st century.
Simon Brault, NTS's CEO and chair of the Selection Committee, said that François St-Aubin's "profoundly humanistic approach to his craft will serve him well to bring out creative excellence in his students. We look forward to his arrival in August and to the transition period starting today."
François St-Aubin has had an illustrious career in theatre design for the past 25 years. He has designed costumes for more than 80 theatre productions, a dozen operas as well as modern dance pieces. Based in Montreal, QC, he has been under contract with all of its major theatre and dance companies. In the summer of 2004, he made his debut at Canada's prestigious Stratford Festival; he returned in 2006 and 2007. His work has been seen in Canada, the United States, France and Mexico. He has had the honour of collaborating with such brilliant talents as Ben Barnes, Dominic Champagne, René Richard Cyr, Robert Lepage, Denis Marleau, Richard Monette, and Andrey Tarasiuk. Mr. St-Aubin also finds time to teach costume design and costume rendering at Collège Lionel-Groulx and has coached costume design at the National Theatre School.
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