I first got to know Susan Benson over the many years I reviewed the Stratford Festival, starting in 1976 (during the long-vanished golden era of Robin Phillips). The celebrated British designer was already putting her stamp on Canadian theatre, opera, and ballet, and my admiration for herRead more →
The world around us is regarded evermore superficially through portals – through the restricted vision of a cell phone lens or through the narrow rectangular shape of a car windscreen – this does not encourage us to look further than the frame. I have used the whiteRead more →
These are a few pictures of the lovely time we had in Stratford to celebrate Patricia Flood’s new book on my work. The Common restaurant in Stratford provided a lovely setting and a delicious meal. Many thanks to all of you who attended and special thanks toRead more →
Book launches for Patricia Flood’s book on my work were held in June. There will be another launch in the Yukon at the Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology’s 2019 Trade Show and Conference in Whitehorse, which will be held the week of August 13th. Patricia and I will be signing her book about my work and giving a TEC talk.Read more →
Susan Benson, C.M. On June 27th, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, announced 83 new appointments to the Order of Canada, recipients to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date. The announcement of Susan’s appointment as Member ofRead more →
On Salt Spring Island, it’s easy to feel haunted by the ghosts of personalities past. You constantly spot people who look like they used to be someone, or perhaps still are. Faces in local stores seem familiar, like a new photo of an aging relativeRead more →
I’m excited to announce a forthcoming exhibition of my latest work featuring Salt Spring Island. I will be delighted to see you at the opening reception on Sunday June 9, from 5 – 7 pm at the duthiegallery, Salt Spring Island.Read more →
The book is now in the book stores with book launches in Toronto, Guelph and Stratford followed by Salt Spring in June. Patricia Flood is a theater, film and television designer. Her credits include set design for the films Ararat and Where the Truth Lies.Read more →
A compelling exploration of the career of one of theater’s most outstanding theatrical designers.
This book is a detailed and lavishly illustrated look at the work and career of the renowned stage and costume designer Susan Benson, whose work has been seen on some of the world’s most influential stages but is most identified with the Stratford Festival.