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Live action characters from Mike the Knight live.
⇩ Mike the Knight design model.
This set design was for the live action version of the kids show: Mike the Knight. The special parameters included recycling an existing set for another show and the very carefully controlled asset package from the UK Production company. Produced by the Paquin Entertainment Group.
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Live action characters from Mike the Knight live.
⇩ Mike the Knight live action show.
Live action version of the kids show: Mike the Knight. Produced by the Paquin Entertainment Group.
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Plan drawing for the Tragically Hip's Trouble at the Henhouse tour.
⇩ The Tragically Hip's Trouble at the Henhouse tour - Construction Design.
As a subconsult contracted by Westsun Winnipeg, I had the opportunity to design the components for the Tragically Hip's Trouble at the Henhouse tour in 1996. The stage carts carried equipment as well as supporting the stage decking. The points of the stars folded closed for travel with their lights pre-rigged.
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The Tragically Hip's Trouble at the Henhouse tour.
⇩ The Tragically Hip's Trouble at the Henhouse tour.
The Tragically Hip's Trouble at the Henhouse tour live (with roadies in this case). Photo by: John B. Webster the set painter and set designer for future shows.
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Sketchup rendering of stage set for Distance from Here
⇩ The Distance from Here - Rendering
The play is designed be be a familiar residential construction in a typical residential setting, but it's unclear who is observing who. In the play there's a zoo enclosure, but as audience members, it becomes clear that the human characters are also part of the exhibit. If we're watching them, who's watching us?
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A man and woman onstage.
⇩ The Distance from Here - Live
The actors on stage. Lighting design by Tim Babcock.

Experiential / Set Design

Not your typical architecture.


The world of set & experiential design is only limited by your imagination, time, and budget. However... unlike typical architecture, set & experiential design is not limited by the building code, materiality, or sometimes even gravity!

Check out the presentation I gave to the RAIC Conference in 2015: Set Design for Sole Practitioners (46 MB). It provides some theatre types and history of set design for anyone wanting to expand their practice.
Here's the script outline.

We now interrupt this program with a little bit of theory...

Plato did not like theatre or poetry. He was all about the physical ideal. However, the physical construction of the idea was forever 1 step removed from the perfection of the idea, so the ideal is impossible to achieve and therefore derivative. Art is an imitation of a construction, it is 2 steps away from the idea, and so it is crude and ugly.

Aristotle, a student of Plato, disagreed. He thought highly of the poet & the artist. Aristotle argued that art is actually closer to the idea than the construction of the idea, and is therefore more pure. A platonic construction is simply a physical version of the idea. Aristotle’s poetics are a version of the idea that could be, should be, might be, etc.

Where do you sit on the Platonic and Aristotelian spectrum?


Relevant Experience

Sega Playdium, Toronto (Westsun International)
Draft detail drawings for architectural elements containing theatrical lighting.

The Tragically Hip: Trouble at the Henhouse Tour (Westsun Winnipeg)
Develop staging components and elements based on the Howard Ungerleider schematic design and lighting plot. The stage was assembled at one end of the arena and rolled into place once the lighting was rigged. All units were modular and built around simple erection.

Show Boat, Sunset Boulevard (Westsun Winnipeg Show Systems)
Design and develop lighting and audio truss for the touring productions of Show Boat & Sunset Boulevard, including Front of House truss and focus rails, and flying spotlight platforms.

set design


JC ROBBINS ARCHITECTURE principal Jason Robbins trained in set and lighting design at the University of Winnipeg. Set design experience ranges from the fantastical to the technical. Contact JC ROBBINS ARCHITECTURE office@jcrobbinsarchitecture.com with any questions you may have about set & experiential design.