Congratulations to Susan Benson on receiving the Order of Canada. Susan Benson’s infinite scope of imagination has dazzled theatre audiences worldwide.

The celebrated designs of this leading set and costume designer have been featured, remounted and recreated by major theatre, dance and opera companies around the world. Following her illustrious 35-year career with the Stratford Festival, she became a devoted teacher and mentor to the next generation of designers in the Canadian theatre community. In retirement on Salt Spring Island, she has renewed her passion for painting and successfully exhibits her inspiring artwork. Susan was also the recipient of the 2021/22 Parallel Art Show Viewers Choice Award for her piece ‘The Meaning of Symbols: The Meaning of Memories’.

Susan Benson Order of Canada medal

Photos: @gordonnicholas MCpl Matthieu Racette