Kimberly Purtell

Kimberly Purtell, Lighting Designer

Pacific Opera Victoria
Ariadne auf Naxos

February, 2014


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.

She has received 11 Dora Award nominations, winning once, and is a recipient of the Pauline McGibbon Award.

Design credits include The Drowsy Chaperone (MTC and Theatre Calgary); Stuff Happens (Mirvish/Studio 18); Rock 'n' Roll (Canadian Stage/The Citadel); It's a Wonderful Life, Palace of the End, A Number (Canadian Stage); The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, Man of La Mancha, Alice Through the Looking-Glass and Christina, The Girl King (Stratford), Parade (Studio 180 & Acting Up Stage); The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Hamilton); Blasted (Buddies in Bad Times); Tono (Luminato / Beijing Olympics / Vancouver Cultural Olympiad); This Is What Happens Next (Necessary Angel); The Overwhelming, Blackbird (Studio 180); Glengarry Glen Ross, Faith Healer (Soulpepper); Ines, Beauty Dissolves in a Brief Hour (Queen of Puddings); Opera To Go 2009 & 2010 (Tapestry New Opera); Stitch (World Stage / Urbanvessel); 60 Minutes in 60 Minutes, Bloodletting (Dancemakers); Communion, If We Were Birds, How It Works, The Fall (Tarragon Theatre); The List, That Face, Crave, Wild Dogs, Age of Arousal (Nightwood); In On It, Cul-de-sac, A Beautiful View, House (da da kamera).

In particular, Kimberly Purtellís lighting in a scene where MacIvor re-enacts a loverís 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

December 2013