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What You Will Learn

Through the leadership of highly regarded professionals in the backstage world of theatre, the PAL Canada "Backstage in Stratford" masterclass presented by PAL Stratford and Off The Wall, will provide participants with information about:


  • Props building
  • Costume design
  • Set design
  • Hats and head dress crafting and generating
  • Various aspects of what goes on behind the scenes to produce a stage production

Jeremy Cox

Jeremy launched his theatre production career at the Stratford Festival where he apprenticed in prop building for eight seasons before leaving to attend Sheridan College to study furniture design.

He has since worked at OCAD University; Cuppa Coffee Animation studios in Toronto (building miniature stop-motion props and sets); and at Toronto's TIFF Bell Lightbox, building shows such as “Tim Burton”, “Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style” and “X-Men Master: Gordon Smith.”  He also appeared in H2's invention show Thingamabob (U.S.).

Recently, Jeremy worked for five seasons as head of stage carpentry at the Grand Theatre in London.

He currently maintains a very busy freelance career building for theatrical productions, exhibits and displays.

His teaching has taken him from Toronto to Suchitoto, El Salvador and back to Stratford, where he has taught Stage Carpentry at Off the Wall for four seasons.


Michelle Jamieson

Michelle has been a prop builder and scenic artist on hundreds of productions of Shakespeare, Canadian work, musicals and new plays.

She has been a professional prop builder since 2004, creating props first for the Blyth Festival and, for many years now, at the Stratford Festival. She began her career at York University studying theatre production with an emphasis on design and new play creation.

Studying mask performance has led to creating masks for many years both professionally and for her own curiosity. Her teaching career began with Off the Wall and has taken her to El Salvador, all across Ontario and to First Nations communities.

Her passion for masks, props and puppets is contagious and she loves to share the joy of creation with her students.

Michelle Jamieson teaches Prop Making, Mask Making and Setting the Scene for Off the Wall.


Tamara Marie Kucheran

Tamara has had the privilege of working with some of the world's top theatre professionals on stages across Canada including the Stratford Festival and The Shaw Festival.

Select design credits include Costume for Aéroportée (Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario), Gypsy (cancelled due to Covid-19), How He Lied to Her Husband and Man of Destiny (Shaw Festival), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Stratford Festival); Set for Serving Elizabeth (Stratford Festival), Honour Beat (The Grand Theatre), Peter Pan (Neptune Theatre); and Set & Costume for Elf the Musical, The Color Purple (Neptune Theatre), Salt Baby (The Belfry Theatre), The Penelopiad and Cabaret (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), Intimate Apparel (Obsidian Theatre Company, Canadian Stage, Citadel Theatre), and Fanny Kemble (Stratford Festival). Up next: Set & Costume design for Escape to Margaritaville for Theatre Calgary.

Tamara is a recipient of the prestigious Virginia and Myrtle Cooper Award in Costume Design (2017). Other awards include a Robert Merritt Award for Outstanding Costume Design (nomination for Outstanding Set Design), a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Costume Design (multiple nominations for Set and Costume), a Tyrone Guthrie Award (Stratford Festival), and the Ian and Molly Lindsay Young Design Fellowship (Stratford Festival).

Tamara's teaching credits include Sessional, Lecturer, and Guest Artist Instructor positions at The National Theatre School of Canada, the University of Winnipeg, the University of Victoria, Off the Wall Stratford Artists Alliance, and Michigan State University.

Tamara is a graduate of the University of Victoria (BFA with Distinction) and the National Theatre School of Canada. Tamara is currently completing her MA at the University of Guelph.

Tamara is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada | IATSE Local ADC659.


Monica Viani

Monica has been a professional theatrical millinery artist for the entertainment industry since 1995.


Since then, she has crafted and generated countless hats, headdresses and accessories for live theatre, ballet, film and television production. Notable Canadian companies include The Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Mirvish Productions, The National Ballet of Canada, Ballet Jörgen Canada, The Canadian Opera Company, The Citadel (Edmonton) and The Globe Theatre (Regina). Monica has prototyped and led the build for various film/television productions, including Hulu’s original A Handmaid’s Tale (Season 1) and most recently Netflix’s film, Slumberland.


In 2006 Ms Viani formed and opened her own bespoke millinery satellite studio in Toronto.  She expanded her client base to U.S. clients, including Kinky Boots the Broadway Musical (Toronto and Broadway tour), Something Rotten! A very New Musical (Original Broadway build and U.S. National Tour), Aladdin the Broadway Musical (Original Broadway build and U.S. National tour), The Lion King Broadway Musical (Toronto, Broadway, Mexico City, Shanghai, Australia, Las Vegas, and North American Tour), Fela! The Broadway Musical (original Broadway build), Spiderman Turn off the Dark (original Broadway build), Hairspray-The Broadway Musical (Toronto), Radio City Musical Hall presents the Rockettes – A Christmas Spectacular! (New York and North American National Tour), Priscilla! The Musical (Toronto and Brazil) and Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Broadway Production).


Teaching Credits include the creation and delivery of curricula at Fanshawe College (Theatre costume program) and at the newly renamed, Toronto Metropolitan University, (Formerly) RU Fashion School, RU Theatre school, RU Chang School of Continuing Education - as well as numerous engagements with Stratford Off the Wall, and various private tutorials – on and off Zoom.


Monica Viani gratefully acknowledges The Stratford Festival as being a solid training ground and an absolute inspiration during the early years of this wonderful and unique career path.  


After spending more than a decade in Toronto, Monica now resides and operates her bespoke theatre studio from Stratford, Ontario.