Patricia Ruel graduated in Set Design from Collège Lionel-Groulx in 1998. She has since then worked on countless theatre productions, television shows, awards ceremonies, festivals and special events as a props designer and set designer, both in Québec and abroad.
Patricia has received two Théâtre Denise-Pelletier prizes, for her sets for Révizor directed by Reynald Robinson in 2003 and Edmond Dantes directed by Robert Bellefeuille in 2004. That same year, she created the props for the Cirque du Soleil show KÀ in Las Vegas, directed by Robert Lepage, with whom she subsequently worked on the operas 1984, presented in London in 2005, and The Rake's Progress, produced in Brussels in 2007.
Patricia continues her collaboration with Cirque du Soleil under Dominic Champagne's direction in The Beatles LOVE for which she designed the props. Wintuk (set and props, R. Blackburn and F. Rainville, 2007), Viva Elvis! (props, V. Paterson, 2009), Banana Shpeel (set and props, D. Shiner, 2010) and Amaluna (props, D. Paulus, 2012), followed. She also designed the props for Reflections in Blue, a show presented as part of the opening ceremonies of the FINA World Aquatic Championships in 2005,, and for the 2007 XLI Super Bowl pre-game show.
Over the last ten years, in Montreal, she has designed props and sets for nearly fifty theatrical productions with many renowned directors such as René-Richard Cyr, Serge Denoncourt, Brigitte Haentjens and Lorraine Pintal. Other achievements include many productions for Just for Laughs.
For television, among others, she worked as Artistic Director for the canadian production of Dragon's Den, and for the two latest end-of-the-year specials, Bye Bye 2010 and Bye Bye 2011, aired on SRC for which she received two Gémeau awards in the "Best Set Design: all variety categories, magazines, public affairs, sports" category.
Sandra Woodall has contributed scenic and costume designs to San Francisco Ballet, Frankfurt Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, the Bolshoi Ballet, the Norwegian National Ballet, the State Opera Ballet of Austria, Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Houston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Project, Singapore Dance Theatre and many other companies around the world.
Ms. Woodall has also recently completed scenic designs for the 100th celebration of Taiwan National Day, scenic and costume designs for Incantations, choreographed by Val Canifparoli for the Joffrey Ballet, costume designs for Francesca da Rimini, choreographed by Yuri Possokhov for San Francisco Ballet and for Scoreched!, directed by Carey Perloff at American Conservatory Theater.
Other recent designs include scenic and costume designs for A Midsummer Night's Dream, choreographed by Jorma Elo for the Austria State Opera Ballet, costume designs for Bells, choreographed by Yuri Possokhov at the Joffrey Ballet, and scenic and costume designs for Don Quixote and for Sleeping Beauty for the Norwegian National Ballet, scenic and costume designs for Ibsen's Women and for the Lambarena, both choreographed byVal Caniparoli for San Francisco Ballet, costume designs for Cinderella at the Bolshoi Ballet, scenic and costume designs for Yuri Possokob's Classical Symphony and Helgi Tomassson's On Common Ground at San Francisco Ballet, and Jaialdi and Oh, Inverted World!, choreographed by Trey McIntyre.
Among her numerous productions designed for San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre and Magic Theatre are The Doll's House, St Joan, The Duchess of Maalfi, and Joseph Chaikin's revival of Tongues/Savage Love. In 1991, Ms. Woodall designed costumes for the Eureka Theatre's world premiere of Tony Kushner's Angels in America.
Ms. Woodall's artwork and designs have been shown in solo exhibitions at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut and the San Francisco Museum of Performance and Design, and in numerous group exhibitions, including the 2001 Wearable Art exhibit in Hong Kong. In 1999 and 2000, she was a Fulbright scholar teaching at what is now the Taiwan National University of the Arts (TNUA); she has contributed designs and visual consultation to many productions in Taiwans, including 2009's stadium scale opening pageant for the Deaf Olympics.
Jack Gaughan has a career spanning classical music and Broadway. He has conducted concerts at Lincoln Center, the White House and the Kennedy Center. He has conducted world premieres at Minnesota Opera, (From The Towers of the Moon) New York Encompass (Only Heaven), and continues to be involved in developing new musical theater pieces.
His Broadway credits include Evita, 42nd Street, Cats, The Phantom of the Opera and Chicago. He was most recently Music Director for Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular. Ballets have included The Nutcracker, Les Sylphides and Stravinsky's Agon all in the New York City metropolitan area. Film and movie credits include Evita, The Shadow Seeker and Green Plaid Shirt.