Mr. Trenaman has established himself as one of Canada’s most versatile Lighting Designers with over 150 designs for live theatre, dance, music, opera, corporate events and television. His regular clients include a wide range of companies in genres as diverse as Modern Dance, Theatre for Young Audiences and Magic.
Following a brief stint as Assistant Lighting Designer for the CBC, 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 he sold 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 the Northern Lights Dance Theatre Foundation and also served two terms on the Board for Associated Designers of Canada (ADC). He is a frequent contributor to Professional Lighting and Production Magazine and has written over 30 features for the publication.
Mr. Trenaman has a long affiliation with Toronto’s South Asian community and is known for his innovative lighting for several East Indian dance companies. In 2000 Mr. Trenaman was invited to lecture in Ahmedabad, India on his methods and experience and, when a massive earthquake struck that region a year later, he co-produced a fundraiser to raise funds for aid organizations in the area.
This past spring, he designed new lighting for Shawn Byfield and Florence Gibson’s award winning musical "i think i can" at Young People’s Theatre and the National Arts Centre. Brad’s other regular clients include Ballet Creole, Canada Dance Festival, Highlands Opera Studio, Janak Khendry Dance Company, magicians Ted and Marion Outerbridge and The Stepcrew. Brad consulted for the renowned blacklight theatre troupe Famous PEOPLE Players on their new Toronto venue and has been retained by the company as they explore new techniques and technology. The Las Vegas production of Menopause the Musical, featuring Brad’s lighting, recently celebrated its 1300th performance at the Luxor Hotel.
Brad lives in Toronto with his wife, Stage Manager Giselle Clarke-Trenaman, and their daughter Brianna.