William Mackwood

William Mackwood
BFA, MFA Design (UVic)
Associate Professor
Department of Dance
Director, Graduate Programs in Dance (MFA)

William Mackwood is a founder and Co-Artistic Director of Out of the Box Productions. Over the last five years he has lead the design team for productions of Opera Erotique, The Third Taboo, Prior Engagement, Sound in Silence, and most recently Bugzzz, a cautionary tale. The heart of his research lies in developing meaningful stories told through a ‘performance fusion’ supported by sustainable ‘design on demand’.

As a Professional Lighting Designer he has designed for, among others, Ballet Victoria (Court of Miracles, Peter Pan, Alice a Wonderland of Dance), Kaleidoscope Theatre (Little Women, Disney’s Aladdin Jr.), and Chemainus Theatre (Lost in Yonkers, South Pacific, Saint Joan). Last summer, William designed lighting for the dance creations of Holly Small, Susan Cash and Keiko Kitano at the World Dance Alliance in New York City. He was also pleased to design lighting for Krystal Cook’s Emergence at the recent Impact 11 Festival.

On faculty in the Department of Dance at York University, William teaches Dance Production, Lighting Design, Dance Video and The Interactive Stage. In addition to teaching, he serves as Director of Design and Production Manager for the Department’s curricular performances.

William currently holds the position of Vice-President with the Associated Designers of Canada.

Areas of Academic Specialty: Dance Production, Lighting Design, Dance Video and The Interactive Stage.

Performance and Research

William Mackwood’s work:

1. Out of the Box – The Third Taboo