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William Mackwood

BFA, MFA Design (UVic)

Associate Professor, Department of Dance

Associate Professor William Mackwood is Co-Artistic Director of the innovative, multi-disciplinary company, Out of the Box Productions. Over the last ten years he has co-created and lead the design team for productions of Opera Erotique, The Third Taboo, Prior Engagement, Sound in Silence, and Bugzzz~ a cautionary tale.

As a Professional Lighting Designer he has designed for many West Coast companies, including: Ballet Victoria, Kaleidoscope Theatre and the Chemainus Theatre Festival. In Toronto, William focuses on lighting design for dance, including the dance creations of Holly Small, Julia Sasso, John Ottman and many others. Most recently William designed lighting and projections for Rite-Redux, a York University remount inspired by the iconic ballet Le Sacre du printemps, and lighting for Bella: the Colour of Love, and new musical presented at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.

Currently, William is developing ‘Butterfly, a study interactive’ with co-creator Gwen Dobie. It will be presented at the IUGTE Conference in Carrara, Tuscany, Italy in December of this year.

On faculty in the Department of Dance at York University, he teaches ‘Dance Production’, ‘Dance Video’, ‘Lighting Design for Dance’ and ‘The Interactive Stage: explorations in electronically mediated performance’.

William is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.

William Mackwood's work:

1. Out of the Box - The Third Taboo