Kim Purtell made her Pacific Opera Victoria debut as lighting designer for the 2014 production of Ariadne auf Naxos. She returns in 2016 to design the lighting for The Barber of Seville.
Kimberly is a Toronto-based lighting designer for theatre and dance. Her designs have been critically acclaimed both on the national and international stage, having been seen across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdon, the Netherlands, Prague, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Russia.Most recently she designed Peter Pan (Ross Petty Productions); Alice Through the Looking Glass (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, National Arts Centre, Charlottetown Festival, Stratford Festival); The Watershed (Pan Am Games); The Taming of the Shrew, Possible Worlds, Last Wife (Stratford Festival); You Never Can Tell (Shaw Festival); Sextet, A God in Need of Help, Lungs, Soliciting Temptation (Tarragon).
Upcoming productions include Breath of Kings (Stratford Festival), Alice Through The Looking Glass (Citadel Theatre), Our Town (Shaw Festival). She is a recipient of the Pauline McGibbon Award, three Dora Awards and a META.
In particular, Kimberly Purtell’s lighting in a scene where MacIvor re-enacts a lover’s spat about coming to bed is so perfectly present and dramatic that it really should be given a co-starring role.
Jessica Goldman, Applause!Meter, This is What Happens Next