Michael Gianfrancesco is a Toronto based set and costume designer whose work has been seen across Canada in productions of theatre, opera and dance.
Throughout seven seasons at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, he has designed productions at the Festival, Studio and Avon theatres including the sets and costumes for Much Ado About Nothing; Edward II; The Triumph of Love; The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead; and the sets for The Comedy of Errors and An Ideal Husband. Recently at the Shaw Festival, Michael designed the costumes for In Good King Charles’s Golden Days and One Touch of Venus.
Recent work includes: A View From the Bridge – set (Segal Theatre); Parade (Studio 180/Acting Up Stage); Blackbird, Stuff Happens (Studio 180); White Christmas – set, Fiddler on the Roof – costumes, Looking Back West, It’s A Wonderful Life (MTC); The Drowsy Chaperone (MTC/Theatre Calgary); Rock ‘n’ Roll (Canadian Stage/Citadel); Seussical – set, The Wizard of Oz (LKTYP); Little Shop of Horrors – set (Canadian Stage); The Rocky Horror Show –set (MTC/Canadian Stage); The Spitfire Grill – costumes (Grand Theatre); Annie Get Your Gun (Massey Hall); Beauty Dissolves in a Brief Hour (Queen of Puddings Music Theatre); La Voix Humaine (Opera Ontario); In Colour – world premiere (National Ballet of Canada); Kaleidoscope – set (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens); the production design for the film Christmas Dreams (CBC). In 2006 he designed the world premiere of The Midnight Court for Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, which toured to the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Michael has also designed productions for The Canadian Opera Company, Neptune Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, Theatre Passe Muraille, Theatre Aquarius, Pleiades Theatre, Festival of Classics, Opera McGill and The University of Toronto Opera Division.
In 2008, Michael received the Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design from the Ontario Arts Foundation. He is the recipient of a Tyrone Guthrie Award and the Brian Jackson Award from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.