Michelle Tracey is a scenographer and designer based in Toronto, Ontario. She specializes in set and costume design, but she also enjoys working with lighting and projections. Her work spans the fields of theatre, opera, dance, film, live events & installation art. She earned her BFA Spec. Hon. from York University in Theatre Production & Design, where she received the 2013 Herman Geiger-Torel Award for excellence in design. At York, Michelle was also trained as a wardrobe technician, and has constructed costumes for numerous professional productions.
In 2013, Michelle received a Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Internship Grant to complete a season-long internship in design with Tarragon Theatre. Michelle was a nominee for the 2017 Pauline McGibbon Award, and is a graduate of the 2016 - 2018 Soulpepper Academy.
Michelle's design experience has led her to several outdoor and site-specific projects, including the world premiere of M'dea Undone at the Evergreen Brickworks with Tapestry Opera, multiple seasons with Canadian Stage's Shakespeare in High Park, two productions of Convergence Theatre's The Unending, and a performance residency at the Art Gallery of Ontario with Soulpepper Theatre.
Michelle is a founding member of Triga Creative, a collective of designers committed to artistic exchange and developing new sustainable working models. Michelle is also a member of Associated Designers of Canada (ADC).
Michelle has designed for such companies as Soulpepper Theatre, Canadian Stage, Tarragon Theatre, Tapestry Opera, Theatre 20, U of T Opera, Theatre Smith-Gilmour, Binocular Theatre, the red light district, and Convergence Theatre. Her work on Susanna Fournier’s Empire Trilogy with Triga Creative is ongoing and can be seen at Luminato 2019. More upcoming projects include Wedding at Aulis at Soulpepper Theatre, and Nathan the Wise at the Stratford Festival.