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WSD2017|The Last Five Years
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Professional Designers


Pavlo Bosyy

The Last Five Years

Category: Set Design

Design Statement

The show’s storytelling is very unusual as for most of the typical musicals; it is structured as two soliloquies told by Jamie in the chronological order and by Cathy, in the reverse chronological order. Thus, the show asks for a highly stylized design approach. The director of the show, Carl Pucl and I found inspiration in the image of a broken mirror. The set consisted of black and white abstracted platforms – some of them were cantilevered to resemble the river piers – and off-white translucent “shards”, the symbolic representation of mirror or ice. Since the set was intentionally monochromatic, the costumes, props and lighting featured carefully selected bold colors connected to the development of characters and their stories.

Pavlo Bosyy

Assistant Professor of Theatre Production at Ryerson Theatre School, Ryerson University, Toronto (Ontario, Canada) Pavlo Bosyy has taught Theatre Arts, History, and Humanities for more than 25 years at the college and university level. Pavlo also worked as Principal Resident Designer (Scenographer) at Kirovohrad State Puppet Theatre and Kropyvnytsky State Theatre, both in Kirovohrad (Ukraine). He designed, directed or performed for about 200 projects at regional and academic theatres in Canada, Ukraine and the USA and at the Off-Broadway companies. Pavlo’s work has been featured in the Southeastern Theatre Conference, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology’s Young Designers’ Forum, and in other numerous international conferences in the United States and Western Europe. He has participated in theatre design exhibits such as World Stage Design and Prague Quadrennial as well as at the Ming’s Clambake portfolio review. Professional credits include Volyn State Puppet Theatre, Odessa Theatre for the Young Audiences, Poltava State Puppet Theatre (all in Ukraine), Le Ballet du Siècle de Taipei (Taipei, Taiwan), New York Fringe Festival, Equity Showcases at Take Wing and Soar company, Yangtze Repertory Company and The Billie Holiday Theatre (NYC), Michigan’s Meadowbrook Theatre, Plowshares Theatre Company and Jewish Ensemble Theatre, Texas Shakespeare Festival and Daemon Theatre (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). Pavlo holds an MFA degree in Production Design and Technology from Ohio University (USA); he is a member of UNIMA and ADC. Pavlo’s work is available at his web site https://sites.google.com/site/pavlobosyy/

Email Address: pavlobosy@yahoo.com

Theatre Company Daemon Theatre Production, Toronto (Ontario, Canada

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-03-19

The Premiere Space of Production SMCS Centre for the Arts

Author Script and Music by Jason Robert Brown

Director/ Choreographer Directed by Carl Pucl

Set Designer Pavlo Bosyy

Lighting Designer Nic Vincent

Costume Designer Julia Lee

Sound Designer Michael Laird

Other Creative Collaborator/s Musical Director: Doug Price