Ines Ortner (BA Theatre/ Art History) is in the second year of her MFA program for costume design in the Department of Theatre and Film at UBC. She is excited to have the chance of displaying her thesis design project under her own creative direction.

She has been involved with theatre, music performance and visual art for all of her professional career. Her previous design experience encompasses a costume design business and dressmaking and costume painting/dyeing for the musical “Cats” in Hamburg, Germany. She also worked as a milliner for Eleanor Mack Hats in West Vancouver. Ines was the resident costume designer at AIM Language Learning for four years and at the UBC Opera for three years. Works include “La Boheme”, “Rusalka”, “Gianni Schicchi”, “Cendrillon”, “La Vita Grande”, “Sweet Charity”, “Waiting for the Parade” and the Western Canadian premier of “Louis Riel”.

Ines is the founder and artistic director of the independent theatre society “Du Garfst – Chancenspektakel” in Hamburg, Germany (1996-99). There, she collaborated with artists from a variety of disciplines, including puppeteers, circus performers, musicians, dancers, actors and slam poets in the creation of the original devised play “Es ist Trull for Garf” (It is trull before Garf). Under her direction, an annual Fairytale Horror Festival became the main fundraiser for the group. Ines also played in several avant-garde bands, punk and experimental projects and released music on vinyl and CD with independent labels. 

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