Brad Trenaman has established himself as one of Canada’s most versatile Lighting Designers with over 200 designs for live theatre, dance, music, opera, corporate events and television.
Following a brief stint as Assistant Lighting Designer for the CBC in the early 90’s, Brad helped found Radiant Concepts Inc. which, over the course of a decade, he helped build into Canada’s leading manufacturer of custom lighting templates (gobos) until selling the company in 2005.
In addition to his design work, Brad takes an active role in promoting and supporting the performing arts in Canada. He is currently President of New Works Dance (Vancouver) and previously served as President for Northern Lights Dance Theatre Foundation (Toronto) and on the Board for Associated Designers of Canada (IATSE ADC659). Brad is also a frequent contributor to Professional Lighting and Production Magazine and has written over 30 features for the publication.
Brad puts particular emphasis on storytelling thorough light and takes a dramaturgical approach to his designs across all genres. He also enjoys working with and mentoring young designers and has been a guest artist with Studio 58 (Langara College) and Arts Umbrella.
Recent highlights include Pawâkan MacBeth (Akpik Theatre/Neptune Theatre), Woman in Black (Classical ACT Collective), Take Form (Ballet BC) and the 2nd edition of F*ck Cancer – a fundraising concert featuring an impressive array of Canadian music talent from Colin James to Trooper to Lee Aaron.
Mr. Trenaman has been nominated twice for Vancouver’s Jessie Awards, winning for Raven Spirit Dance’s production of Salmon Girl (along with fellow designers Shizuka Kai and Jessica Oostergo). His lighting design for Redpatch (Hardline Productions) was selected for exhibition at the 2022 World Stage Design Exhibition in Calgary.
Brad lives in Vancouver with his wife, Stage Manager Giselle Clarke-Trenaman, and their daughter Brianna.