Beth Kates is an award-winning theatrical Lighting, Set, Costume and Projection Designer, and project consultant. She is the co-Creative Director/Designer of Playground Studios a design firm she started with Ben Chaisson that is dedicated to creating new spaces, re-inventing the use of traditional and non-traditional theatre spaces, as well as producing original work and offering a full spectrum of design and project management services. Beth has also taught and lectured across Canada and internationally and at many major training institutions, including The Prague Quadrennial, The National Theatre School and The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She is a mom, and is also the Multiple Reality Iitomo (the one who walks in front) for World Stage Design 2021 in Calgary, where she will be overseeing the curation of the different realities being engaged with in international stage design.


DACL gratefully acknowledges the significant contribution of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Digital Strategy Fund in the creation of Module 1 and the founding of DACL. CCA’s Digital Strategy Fund encourages an overall approach that helps support Canadian artists, groups and arts organizations in understanding the digital world, engaging with it, and responding to the cultural and social changes it produces. Between 2017 and 2021, the Canada Council will invest $88.5M through this Fund.