Itai Erdal

Itai Erdal is an award winning lighting designer, producer, writer, performer and the Artistic Director of The Elbow Theatre in Vancouver.

He has designed over 200 shows for theatre and dance companies in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Tel Aviv, Berlin, London and New York.

Itai’s one-man show How to Disappear Completely was first produced by the Chop Theatre in Vancouver in 2010 for the Chutzpah! Festival and has since toured to Toronto (Factory), Burnaby (Shadbolt), Seattle (On the Boards), Victoria (Uno Festival), Toronto (Summerworks) and to the Stratford Festival Studio Theatre. It was nominated for Jessie and Dora awards and continues to tour nationally and internationally.

Itai has won the Sam Payne Award for Most Promising Newcomer in ‘03, the ADC’s Jack King award in ‘05, a Dora Mavor Moore award in ‘07, the best design award in the Dublin Fringe in 2008, Jessie Richardson awards in 2009 & 2011 and Victoria’s Critics’ Choice Spotlight Award in 2012. He was selected as the Most Theatrical Canadian for the 2013 Canada Day issue of the Globe & Mail.

Some of the companies he worked with include: Stratford Festival, Vancouver Playhouse, Arts Club Theatre, Bard on the Beach, National Arts Centre, Citadel, Theatre for the New City, ATP, Volcano, Factory Theatre, Actor’s Repertory Company, PTE, Neworld, Electric Company, Theatre Replacement, Touchstone, Leaky Heaven Circus, Rumble, Ruby Slippers, Carousel, Studio 58, Radix, The Gateway, The Jerusalem Lab, Haifa Theatre, Tamasha, Box Clever and Teatro Villa Velha in Savador, Brazil.

He worked with such choreographers as: Nigel Charnock, Noam Gagnon, Robert Hylton, Serge Bennathan, Kate Alton, Chick Snipper, Noa Dar, Susan Elliot and Toru Shimazaki.