Kates, Beth

Freelance Designer (Lighting, Projection, Set & Costume)

Beth is a self-taught, award-winning Lighting, Projection, Set, and Costume designer who started working in rock and roll at 14. She is the co-creative director of Playground Studios, whose interactive installations include LightSpan (Nuit Blanche North), Night Light Travels (NuitBlanche Toronto); and The ToyBox. They also created projections for Ragtime, Pygmalion, Light up the Sky, and Peter Hinton’s Alice in Wonderland at the Shaw Festival, and for all the Ross Petty Pantomimes since 2011, including 2016’s  Sleeping Beauty.  At The Blyth Festival in 2016, Beth co-created The Last Donnelly Standing with Gil Garratt & Paul Thompson, for which she also was the production designer. Other Highlights: Truth Be Told, SEEDS (Blyth), MacHomer, Bigger Than Jesus, (Wyrd), The Road to Mecca (Soulpepper), SPIN (Buddies in Bad Times); Vigilante (Catalyst); Dora the Explorer (Koba); Yichud (Theatre Passe Muraille); Brimful of Asha (Tarragon).  Upcoming: Mr. New Year’s Eve (Blyth), Silence (The Grand). Her best production to date is her 4 ½ year-old son Aaron. Visit and

Courses: Working with QLab