Alan Brodie made his Pacific Opera Victoria debut as lighting designer for the Canadian première of Marc Blitzstein’s Regina in 2008. He returned in February 2010 as lighting designer for Capriccio, and in 2011 for La Bohème. He was lighting designer for the company’s 2011 world première of Mary’s Wedding¸ and his work was seen again in productions of Verdi’s Macbeth (2012) and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly (2015). He returns to Pacific Opera in 2020 to design the lighting for yet another Canadian première: Jonathan Dove’s Flight.
Regarded as one of Canada’s top theatrical lighting designers, the Vancouver native has worked across Canada for companies that include Neptune Theatre (Halifax), Canadian Opera Company (Toronto), National Ballet of Canada, Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Canadian Stage Co. (Toronto), Soulpepper Theatre Co. (Toronto), Prairie Theatre Exchange (Winnipeg), Globe Theatre (Regina), Theatre Calgary, The Citadel (Edmonton), Playhouse (Vancouver), Arts Club, Vancouver Opera, and Victoria’s Belfry Theatre.
On the international stage, his work has been seen in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Hartford, Louisville, London, Adelaide, Wellington, Bergen, Glasgow, Zurich, and The Hague.
His body of work includes designs for new plays and operas, classical and contemporary drama, musical theatre and dance. Opera credits include Norma, The Italian Girl in Algiers, The Magic Flute, Madama Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Threepenny Opera, The Daughter of the Regiment, La traviata, The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville, (Vancouver Opera); Ino, The Diana Cantata, 120 Songs For the Marquis de Sade, and The Choice of Hercules (Modern Baroque Opera); The Coronation of Poppea, Game Misconduct, and L’Orfeo (Festival Vancouver); The Turn of the Screw (Canadian Opera Company); Acteon and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (Opera Atelier).
Brodie has received 10 Jessie Richardson awards, a Sterling Award, a Betty Mitchell Award, an Ovation Award, a Dora Award, a Victoria Critic’s Choice Spotlight Award and a Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Award. In 2012 he was shortlisted for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, Canada’s most prestigious theatre award.
Brodie’s lighting has been described as notably assured, razor-sharp, stunning, subtle, seamless, starkly dramatic, exceptional, striking, and ingenious. A member of the Associated Designers of Canada, Brodie holds a BFA in theatre studies from the University of British Columbia and an MFA in directing from the University of Victoria. He has served on faculty at UBC, the Banff Centre, Langara College (Studio 58) and the National Theatre School of Canada.