When she was a kid, Ksenia Broda-Milian loved creating scenes with her dolls, posing them in dramatic ways to tell stories.

Who knew that those days of playing with Barbies and Polly Pockets would lay the groundwork for where she is today: designing costumes and life sized “playhouses” for the cast of The Lady from the Sea, the final production of the 2016-17 Studio Theatre season.

Now about to graduate from the MFA Theatre Design program at the University of Alberta, Broda-Milian is the Production Designer for The Lady from the Sea. As her thesis show, Broda-Milian designed the set, costumes and lights for this classic Norwegian tale by famed playwright Henrik Ibsen, adapted to modern times by director and MFA Directing student Michael Bradley.

In this episode of Origin Stories, Broda-Milian talks about her unusual journey from actress to scientist to theatre designer.

Stay tuned for more video interviews with Broda-Milian as she gives a behind-the-scenes look at the art and inspiration behind her designs for The Lady from the Sea.


The Lady from the Sea

By Henrik Ibsen, adapted by Michael Bradley
May 18-27, 2017
Timms Centre for the Arts

Director – Michael Bradley
Production Designer – Ksenia Broda-Milian
Sound Designer – Matthew Skopyk


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