Participants in Design Lab receive hands-on experience and mentorship in lighting, sound, and video design. The program is geared towards emerging designers looking to develop their craft and collaborate with other emerging artists. Participants receive mentorship and masterclasses from professional theatre designers, work with emerging directors and creators, and have their work showcased at the festival. This year, we asked our Design Lab participants to prepare design pitches for one or more of the Directors Lab projects in order to practice putting together that type of presentation when you’re hired on to a production!



Steph Raposo

Design Lab Facilitator

Steph Raposo is a lighting and sound designer, as well as an amateur composer.

Lighting Design: Retreat (Hart House Theatre), A Bear Awake In Winter (Next Stage Theatre Festival), Penelopiad (Hart House Theatre), Gray (Theatre Inamorata), The Clean House (Alumnae Theatre).

Sound Design & Composition: Ga Ting (Next Stage Theatre Festival), Katherine Is Not A Communist (epigraph collective), IMP (Filament Theatre and epigraph collective).

Video Design: Four Sisters (Paradigm Productions)

Miquelon Rodriguez

Design Lab Facilitator

Miquelon Rodriguez is an arts leader-in-training, sound designer, musician/composer, actor, and director based in Toronto. He trained at York University, and has worked professionally with numerous theatre artists, collectives, and companies across Canada, including Soulpepper Theatre Company, Tarragon Theatre, Chromatic Theatre, Neptune Theatre, and Factory Theatre. He co-curated both the Tiger Bamboo Festival and the Shen Development Series & Festival at Soulpepper and was most recently the Apprentice Artistic Director at Factory Theatre for two seasons (2017-2019). He is currently one of the newest Artistic Leadership Residents with the National Theatre School of Canada.

Miquelon Rodriguez