Julia Tribe is a freelance set & costume designer based in Toronto, Canada, with over 25 years’ experience designing for Theatre, Opera and Dance. She has received recognition in major companies across Canada, some of her most innovative work has been showcased in the following productions: The Real McCoy (4th Line Theatre): Obeah Opera (b current/Theatre Archipelago); Opera to Go (Tapestry New Opera Works); Tono (Red Sky Productions, Banff Centre/ Luminato/ Beijing & Vancouver Olympics); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Canadian Stage Company); da Kink in my Hair (Mirvish Productions, Princess of Wales Theatre/ Hackney Empire in London); In the Freedom of Dreams (Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People); Belle (Factory Theatre & National Arts Centre); The School for Wives (Soulpepper); and Ariadne auf Naxos (Canadian Opera Company). Julia has received seven Dora nominations, shared two Dora Awards for Outstanding Production, and has been nominated for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre and the Virginia & Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design.
As a theatre artist interested in collaborative voice, Julia actively explores new play development, seeing design as a crucial part of the fundamental play development practice. She is a founding member of Contrary Theatre Company and an on going educator of Theatre design and communication, presently teaching part-time at York University’s Theatre Department.
Work in development: HER 2, Maja Ardal’s most recent play exploring women and cancer (Nightwood Theatre 2014/15, Native Women in the Arts 2014); Baby Theatre, a research project exploring infants’ sensory awareness with artist Maja Ardal, Fides Krucker, Jani Lauzon (YPT/NAC & Contrary Theatre Company). Set & costume designer for Something Old Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, writer & performer by Gloria Miguel, directed by Jill Carter (Native Women in the Arts).