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about me

Brianna is an emerging set, costume, lighting and projection designer based in ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwacîwâskahikan, Treaty 6 Territory) or Edmonton, Alberta Canada. Designing for theatre, opera and film, she specializes in visual storytelling from stage to film set. An ever-morphing artist of the occasion, Brianna brings her passion for world-building through visual story support. From overall broad-sweeping colour schemes, to the smallest button on a blazer, Brianna brings an acute attention to detail to every aspect of her design. She is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with Distinction, in Theatre Design from the University of Alberta, 2019. Brianna works as a freelancer in Edmonton and beyond.

While still in university, Brianna was nominated for two design awards in Toronto and Edmonton. Her work as costume designer on the national tour of Bears (Alberta Aboriginal Arts & Punctuate Theatre) in 2018 earned her a Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination for 'Outstanding Costume Design'. In 2019, her work on Lake of The Strangers (Naheyawin & Fringe Theatre) received an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award Nomination for 'Outstanding Multi-Media Design'. She has also since Won an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for 'Outstanding Set Design' in 2020 for Mr. Burns, A Post Electric Play (You Are Here Theatre & Blarney    Productions).   

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In her final year of university Brianna made the Dean's List (2018/2019), and was invited to be the first Undergraduate student to design for the U of A's main stage- usually designated exclusively for Professors, Graduate students, and visiting professionals. 


She believes in fostering a strong collaboration to create a clear concept and bold aesthetic. In addition to theatre design, she frequently works in theatre production, doing model making, scenic painting, prop creation, art department and set decoration. 


Select credits include; scenic design for The Marriage of Figaro (Edmonton Opera),  set & costume design for Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play (You Are Here & Blarney Productions), set and projection design for Tell Us What Happened (Theatre YES & Azimuth Theatre), costume design for The Drowsy Chaperone and After Juliet (Citadel Young Companies), co-costume design for national tours (2018 & 2019) of Bears (Punctuate! Theatre), and projection design for Lake of The Strangers (Naheyawin & Fringe Theatre). Upcoming: set & costume design for Macbeth and As You Like It (Freewill Shakespeare Festival).


The Marriage of Figaro, Edmonton Opera, 2020

                     "[Brianna Kolybaba] deserves much acclaim for presenting this Opera's environment... you will appreciate her focus on                                presenting thoughtful, yet unabashedly bold backdrops"

-Dustin Jussila, The Wanderer (Edmonton)



The Marriage of Figaro, Edmonton Opera, 2020

                      "[The production} quite a lot going for it. First, it has a splendid set... the lack of obvious period matching the                                            director's vision of a timeless setting. The set is versatile, visually pleasing, very well judged in its playing areas and its                              multiple doors, and morphs magically... in the last act"

-Mark Morris, The Edmonton Journal

Les Belles-Soeurs, L'Unithéâtre, 2020

                      «Du yéyé flyé aux sobres habits beiges, une attention toute particulière a été portée aux costumes, le travail magistral de                          Brianna Kolybaba.»                  
                      "From funky mod to bland beige clothes,
very special attention was paid to the costumes, the masterful work of Brianna                            Kolybaba.

-Simon-Pierre Poulin, Le Franco

training & accreditation


University of Alberta

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama with Distinction

Major in Theatre Design


TC Mentors Program

Costume Design Mentorship with Theatre Calgary 

Costume design and wardrobe mentee to designer Cory Sincennes


Citadel Young Companies

Young Production Company

Theatre production/design workshops & shadowing 


Vertigo Theatre Field Training         

Career mentorship and training program at Vertigo Theatre

Set & lighting design assistant to designer Narda McCarroll   2019-2020 


-Drivers licence (class 5) 

-Vehicle owner

-Standard First Aid

-CPR Level C

-Fall arrest certification

-Bilingual Diploma

-Speaks fluent French, basic Spanish 


Associated Designers of Canada Member


Available upon request



2020               Award                       The Sterlings                Outstanding Set Design                                  Mr. Burns, A Post Electric Play    

2019               Nomination              The Sterlings                Outstanding Multi-Media Design                  Lake of The Strangers 

2018               Nomination              Dora Awards                 Outstanding Co-Costume Design                Bears                                                                                                                                                                                                   Independent Theatre Division  



-Rendering & illustration

-Photoshop & Adobe Illustrator

-Scale model making


-AutoCAD (2D & 3D)

-3D Printing

-Scenic painting

-Prop sourcing & construction

-Basic re-upolstry

-Basic carpentry



-Rendering & illustration

-Hand and machine sewing

-Knowledge of textiles



-Hair & stage makeup

-Wardrobe maintenance

-Dresser experience



-Lighting design

-Board programming and


-Basic video/projection editing 

-Photoshop & Adobe Illustrator

-Projection mapping


-Resolume Arena 6 & ArKaos

-Basic Ableton

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