SONJA RAINEY is a Dora nominated set and costume designer as well as a community based artist. She has designed for theatre, puppetry, opera, film and spectacle events and has had work produced in Canada, the U.S and as part of the Prague Quadrennial. Her approach is tactile and experiential, responding to the ideas and themes at hand to create objects, immersive environments that blend forms and materials to move towards the questions and stories that lie below the surface.
Collaborations have included working with the Bicycle Opera Project, urbanvessel, the Canadian Opera Company, Jumblies Theatre as well as Making Room Community Arts, MABELLEarts and the Community Arts Guild. Her work with these companies has encompassed set and costume design; puppet, projection and mask work; illustration and sculpture as well as the creation of short narrative films. Sonja has an MFA in Theatrical Design from the University of Texas at Austin, a BFA specialization in Design for the Theatre from Concordia University and has most recently studied at the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance.