Jamie Nesbitt made his Pacific Opera Victoria debut as Projection Designer for POV's 2012 production of Verdi's Macbeth, returning in 2015 for Verdi's Otello. In 2016 he takes on the lighting for another Verdi masterpiece: Simon Boccanegra
Since graduating from the acclaimed theatre school Studio 58, Jamie Nesbitt has fast become one of Canada’s leading projections designers. His skills as a designer are wide ranging, and his repertoire of talents are constantly evolving. Jamie treats every show as a new opportunity to explore projection design, and how he can best support the play at hand.
Based out of Vancouver, Jamie designs across North America and Europe. His resume includes Canadian Stage, NAC, Soulpepper, Vancouver Playhouse, Citadel, Theatre Calgary, Palazzo Circus (Berlin), Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show, Bard on the Beach, Arts Club, Charlottetown Festival, Electric Company, Kidd Pivot (Germany/Canada), Pacific Opera Victoria, Opéra de Québec, Company 14 (New York), Vancouver Opera, Why Not, Neptune, The Belfry, Old Trouts, ARC, Cahoots, PTE, Touchstone, Vertigo, Pi Theatre, Theatre Network, Birdland, Rumble Productions, Gateway, Greenthumb, Yukon Arts Centre, and many more.
His work has received national acclaim. He is the recipient of eight Jessie Richardson Award Nominations, a 2009 Jessie Richardson award, a Capital Critics Award, two Calgary Critics Awards, one Critter award, a Sterling nomination, a Betty Mitchell Award, the 2008 Mayor Arts award, the 2007 Sam Payne award, and the 2006 Earl Klein Memorial Scholarship.
Otello opens with the roar of a storm at sea. Winds blow, thunder and lightning crack, huge breakers roll and crash both through the orchestra playing at full strength and projected on stage. It is a visceral experience and an expression of the forces at work in the opera.
Elizabeth Paterson, Review Vancouver, review of Pacific Opera Victoria's Otello, 2015