Bonnie D.

“I am a Costumer Designer, Artist, and Educator. I graduated from The Costume Studies Program in 1980. I had met the program's founder, Robert Doyle, years earlier, when he was designing at Neptune Theatre. I was awed at his creative mind and the innovative projects he invented. When I heard that he had started a program, I jumped at enrolling. I have said many times, that attending The Costume Studies program, and my studies with Robert Doyle, changed the course of my life, for the better. He was generous with his knowledge, and he pushed for excellence at all times. His knowledge of design, theatre, dance, and the arts in general, was unparalleled. The harder I worked, the higher the bar. He never accepted that I would not achieve what was set before me. He expected me to think for myself, and always celebrated my successes. I learned at such a pace that it was heady. He introduced us to the world of theatre and art, through his experiences and showed us how to create our own. He encouraged extracurricular experimentation in topics we had not enough class time to develop. We were fortunate to be learning from a very current designer, and one of Canada's most creative. I was taught to research every job, come prepared, and meet deadlines. That it is better to have an idea on paper, even if it gets changed later. That making choices in your work does not mean you should be rigid, when a better idea surfaces. That collaboration is the way it gets better. These, and that research and history, colour, form and motion, are paramount to every design concept. I also learned a work ethic from him, that has carried me through so many challenging projects. He deservedly has received The Order of Canada and to this day, he assists when I ask.”

Bonnie D.

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