Photograph: Liisa Hannus


Lighting designer Itai Erdal has designed over 170 shows for theatre and dance companies in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Tel Aviv, Berlin, London and New York.

Some of the companies he worked with include: Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Vancouver Playhouse, Arts Club Theatre, Bard on the Beach, National Arts Centre, The Citadel, Theatre for the New City, Alberta Theatre Project, Volcano Productions, Factory Theatre, Actor's Repertory Company, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Neworld Theatre, Electric Company, Theatre Replacement, Touchstone, Leaky Heaven Circus, Rumble Productions, Modern Baroque Opera, Carousel Theatre, Studio 58, Radix, The Gateway Theatre, The Jerusalem Lab, Haifa Theatre, Tamasha Theatre and Box Clever.

He worked with such choreographers as: Nigel Charnock, Noam Gagnon, Robert Hylton, Roberta Baseggio, Serge Bennathan, Kate Alton, Chick Snipper, Noa Dar, Susan Elliot, Peter Bingham and Toru Shimazaki

Itai has been nominated for numerous theatre awards, winning Jessie Richardson Awards in 2003, 2009 and 2011, the ADC's Jack King award in 2005, a Dora Mavor Moore award in 2007, the best design award in the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2008 and Victoria's Critics' Choice Spotlight Award in 2011. He was nominated to the Siminovizt Prize in 2006

As a theatre photographer Itai worked for such companies as: Vancouver Playhouse, Rumble Productions, Theatre Replacement, Radix, Anatomica Dance, The Holy Body Tattoo, Western Canada Theatre, Caravan Farm Theatre, Theatre Skam and Theatre for the New City.

His photos have appeared in the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Sun, the Vancouver Sun, the Georgia Straight and in several newspapers and magazines in Israel

Itai is the artistic director of the elbow theatre: