Arthur Penson


Originally from Creston, British Columbia, Arthur Penson became involved in theatre in the mid-1960s at the University of Victoria where he was studying to be an art and music historian. He became involved in the then-amateur community theatre company Bastion Theatre. Relishing work in the theatre, he continued his studies at the Kootenay School of Art. While there he won a scholarship to the Pasadena Playhouse in California. He has a long-standing connection to Neptune Theatre in Halifax, the Stratford Festival, and the Great Canadian Theatre Company and has designed for theatres across the country as well as theatres in England (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield and Belgrade Theatre, Coventry) and Ireland (Abbey Theatre, Dublin). Branching out from theatre, Penson has also designed for opera companies such as Opera Lyra Ottawa and dance troupes such Le Groupe de la Place Royal in Montreal.


1,574 set and costume designs

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Call numbers XZ1 MS B037 and XZ3 MS B037. Contact our reference staff for a detailed inventory.