James Lavoie holds a Masters Degree from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London, UK) in “Scenography: performance design and practice”. Working in both set and costume design for the last fifteen years, James is most recognized for his work as a production designer in Canada.
His career has been marked by his involvement in the creation of many new Canadian works, including premiere productions by playwrights Bryden Macdonald, (With Bated Breath) Michael Mackenzie, (Instructions To Any Future Socialist Government Wishing to Abolish Christmas) Colleen Curan, (True Nature), Steve Galluccio (In Piazza San Domenico) and Colleen Wagner (Down from Heaven).
In Montreal his work has been recognized five times by the Montreal English critics circle award for best design. Internationally, he has collaborated with students from the Jerusalem school of Visual theatre, the Cape Town Theatre Laboratory in South Africa and Bios in Athens, Greece.
Among many others, James production designed Cirque du Soleil’s Les Chemins Invisibles, Chapitre 4: La Frontière de Pixels (Quebec City, 2012), and created the costumes for Cirque’s Les Chemins Invisibles, Chapitre 5: Le hangar des oubliés (Quebec city, 2013). James also completed the costumes of Cirque du Soleil’s Joyà in Cancún (México), he is part of the Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan as costumes and props designer for the show Reflekt and for Bazzar, a touring show presented for the first time in India in 2018.
In 2013, he won the META award (Montreal English Theatre Awards) for “Outstanding Costume Design” for his costumes of Andrew Shaver’s adaptation of Sherlock, featuring Jay Baruchel, at the Segal Center.
In 2015, James signs the set and costumes for the music hall Grease in Montreal (Just for Laughs) as well as the set, props and costumes for Circo Jumbo, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018’s editions in Chile and Colombia.
In 2019, he signs the costumes for The Last Chapter show, by Les 7 Doigts de la main, presented in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates).
To learn more about James Lavoie’s work, in Theatre, Cirque and Variety shows, we invite you to read the long version of his biography and cv using this link. Curriculum Vitae Biography – long version