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Guido Tondino was born in Montreal Canada in 1951. The son of Canadian artist Gentile Tondino, he studied design at the National Theatre School of Canada graduating in 1977. He began his career in Montreal working in both the Anglophone theatre (The Saidye Bronfman Centre, Centaur Theatre, Festival Lennoxville) as well as in the Francophone theatre (Le d’Aujourd’hui, Le Théâtre Populaire du Québec) and Montreal Theatre Lab. Some notable productions from his early career include Forever Yours Marie Lou, directed by André Brassard, the first English language production of a Michel Tremblay play in English in Québec. In 1978, he designed Le temps d’une vie for André Page and the Théâtre Populaire du Québec. This production went on to play Belgium, Switzerland, France, and was featured at the Avignon Festival.

Between 1977 and 1980, he was appointed Lecturer at Bishops University, and resident designer for Bishops Drama Department designing a number of plays and teaching design to undergraduates majoring in Drama. While in Lennoxville, he designed Eighteen Wheels, and Herringbone among many other plays for Festival Lennoxville.

In 1980, and 1981, Guido designed four productions for The Shaw Festival, including a noteworthy and controversial production of A Respectable Wedding as well as Tons of Money. After designing some thirty five productions in theatres from Neptune to The Manitoba Theatre Centre, he moved to New York City residing there from 1981-1985. While in the U.S., he became a member of United Scenic Artists 829, and designed off Broadway and at The Hartman Theatre for Ed Sherin. Other design credits included The Time of Your Life and They Knew What They Wanted for The Denver Centre.

In 1987, he moved to Calgary to become Associate Director and Resident Designer of Theatre Calgary then under the direction of Martin Kinch. He remained Theatre Calgary’s Resident Designer until 1991, after which he continued to design there as well as across Canada. While at Theatre Calgary he designed numerous productions.

Some notable productions after 1995 included: The Little Foxes, Filumena, The Diary of Anne Frank, Much Ado about Nothing, as well as an acclaimed production of Death of a Salesman at the Stratford Festival. In 1998, he designed the set for Tieble and her Demon for the National Theatre of Romania. In 2004, he returned to Stratford to design The Count of Monte Cristo.

He became Director of Scenography at The National Theatre of Canada and served until 2002. In 2003, Guido he became Coordinator of the Theatre Design Program at the University of Alberta and currently resides in Alberta, and continues to teach and design across the country as well as in Europe.

Other Canadian productions include The Cripple of Inishmann, Copenhagen, Life after George and Long Days Journey into Night for Centaur Theatre, and Shakespeare’s Will for the Citadel. For Soulpepper, he designed Present Laughter, A Winter’s Tale, and A Chorus of Disapproval.

He has designed Playboy of the Western World for Dublin’s Abbey Theatre Centenary for Ben Barnes. The play toured Ireland as well as New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston. Other recent international credits include Athenee Palace for The National Theatre of Timisoara.

Recent credits in Edmonton, include Le Cadeau d’Einstein, (Set and Lighting Design), Lentement la beauté for La Seizeieme (Vancouver) and L Uni Théâtre, Set Design for Mile Zero’s Ki, and Set and Lighting Design for Public Domain also with Mile Zero Dance. Upcoming work includes: Set and Lighting Design for Les fraises en janvier, as well as directing L’ homme du hasard.