Alison Helmer is a multidisciplinary artist who has been deeply and continuously influenced by her studies and experience working on the east coast of Newfoundland. She began her studies in the Technical Theatre Production program at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. While there, she worked for two seasons as Head of Design with Beyond the Overpass Theatre Company, and as the costume and set designer for Rising Tide Theatre’s 2019 season. With in depth knowledge and an interest in historical costuming and costume construction, she approaches the world of both set and costume design through a lens of fantasy, history, and the tradition of storytelling. She is excited by theatre that pushes the boundaries between conventional and experimental, and that seeks to fulfil our human search for truth, escape, and shared connection.
In her final year of the Scenography program at the National Theatre School of Canada, she has been able to explore restoration costumes with a contemporary twist on Nell Gwynn directed by Krista Jackson, as well as work on the costumes for NTS’s 2019 creation project with directors Zack Fraser and Ariana Bardesono.