Assistant Professor, LTA, Theatre
Cathia Pagotto is a director/designer working in theatre, dance, film and visual arts. She has designed lights, sets, and costumes for numerous dance, theatre, and film productions that have been shown in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Istanbul, Toronto, Turin, Paris, and Montreal, among others.
Pagotto earned her BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, in Specialization in Design for the Theatre. She taught performance theory and design at Oregon State University, USA from 2003-2006, and now teaches at Concordia University in Montreal since 2008, and The National Theatre School of Canada since 2015. She has also lectured and given workshops at the modern dance conservatory of the Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul, Turkey and at Wesleyan University, USA.
Pagotto received a development grant from the Canada Council for the Arts for the second part of theatre company Landed2’s The Suspension of Wait trilogy, as well as a production grant from the Quebec Council of Arts and Literature (CALQ) for the first part of the trilogy.
Pagotto’s costumes for Geordie Production’s Robin Hood were nominated for a 2013 META for Outstanding Costume Design. Pagotto received a META nomination for Outstanding Contribution to the Theatre for Video Design in 2016 for Sidewalk Chalk, and again for both Best Costume Design and Best Set Design for Waterweight, in 2017. In 2018, Instant, for which she designed Set, Costumes and internal Lighting, won a DORA award for Outstanding TYA Production. Her costume design for Yev, by Scapegoat Carnivale, in 2019, was also nominated for a META. Her work with Toronto's Public Recordings has been shown at the Féstivale TransAmérique, The Harbourfront Center, The National Arts Centre of Canada, the WorldStage Festival and throughout Europe.