Dana Osborne made her Pacific Opera Victoria debut as costume designer for the October 2012 production of Verdi's Macbeth. She returns in 2016 for The Barber of Seville.
Originally from Duncan, BC, Dana is a graduate of York University's Theatre Design program. She has designed for the Stratford Festival, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Canadian Stage, Young People's Theatre, Factory Theatre, the Grand Theatre, The National Arts Centre and The Globe Theatre. She is the 2012 recipient of the Virginia and Myrtle Award In Costume Design.
Costume design credits include 15 productions with the Stratford Festival; Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Dora Award), Speed The Plow, Parfumerie, Glengarry Glen Ross, Ghosts, Antigone, The Time of Your Life (Soulpepper); The God that Comes (Hawksley Workman/2b Theatre Company); The Importance of Being Earnest, Boeing Boeing (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Tribes, The Mill Part 1,2,3 (Dora Award), Return (Theatrefront).
Dana Osborne's costumes were restrained in palette and conveyed information with minimal effort. Black kilted tunics both evoked Scotland and contributed to the dark atmosphere. The witches' twiggy head-dresses re-appeared in Birnam Wood. Like a recurring figure in music, props, gestures and visual patterns repeated with variations throughout, reminding the audience of the beginnings of the tragedy and how far the protagonists have travelled down the primrose path.
Elizabeth Paterson, Review Vancouver, Review ofMacbeth at Pacific Opera Victoria, 2012