Aesop’s Fables – An Interview with Drew Facey

          January 10th, 2012

          We chased down (the very busy) Set and Costume Designer Drew Facey to ask him about his upcoming designs for Carousel Theatre’s Aesop’s Fables. (Like many professional designers, Drew works on multiple projects at the same time. He is also designing a set for Arts Club Theatre Company for the upcoming Calendar Girls! )

          First, a bit about Carousel Theatre’s production of Aesop’s Fables

          Meet Wolfie, Syd, Barry, and Harriet, a rag-tag bunch of players who use their magic, shape-shifting wagon, musical instruments and their imaginations to tell stories and teach lessons to our young audiences. Join us as our four friends take you on a wild ride through Aesop’s Fables, including fable favourites like The Tortoise and the Hare and The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Our talented players will dazzle you with storytelling, dance, and original music played live on stage! These classic fables are brought to quirky new life by British playwright Mike Kenny’s new adaptation. Through song, storytelling, and plenty of imagination, our four friends will take audiences on a wild journey – and learn important life lessons on the way.

          On to the man of the hour- Drew Facey!

          Designer Drew Facey

          How did you become a designer and why?

          I was raised in a theatre family and I’ve been working on plays since I was 9 years old. I’ve always loved stage design and it just made sense for me to build a career as a designer. I spent a lot of time training in the visual arts and then combined that with theatre training and started working professionally about 5 years ago.

          Costume Rendering for 'Harriet' by Drew Facey

          Costume Rendering for 'Wolfie' by Drew Facey

          Costume Rendering for 'Syd' by Drew Facey

           What is the biggest show you have ever worked one?

          The biggest show I’ve ever worked on was my set design for the Mainstage at Bard on the Beach in 2010. I designed sets for Much Ado About Nothing and Antony & Cleopatra.

          Bard on the Beach's Much Ado about Nothing. Photo by David Blue, 2010. Set design by Drew Facey

           How long does it take you from the design meetings to the finish product?

          It totally depends on the show but it’s usually about six months from my first design meeting to opening night.

          Aesop's Fables Set Design Model by Drew Facey

          What are the challenges you face designing this show?

          One of the challenges with this play was finding creative ways for people to play animals. I’ve designed head pieces that show the various animals. It’s also tricky to figure out where the play should take place. The director and I have come up with a concept that there is a troupe of performers travelling around in a caravan. This caravan pops open to become a little portable stage.

          A mask design for the character 'Hare' in Aesop's Fables. Rendering by Drew Facey

          What was your favourite fable as a child?

          The Tortoise and the Hare was my favourite. It always made me laugh that the Tortoise snuck in there and grabbed the win from the Hare.

          The child version of designer Drew Facey.

          Thanks Drew!

          Stay tuned here for more information, photos and videos for our upcoming production of Aesop’s Fables.

          Drew is a three time Jessie Award winning designer and seven time nominee. Recently Drew designed the sets and costumes for True Love Lies (Touchstone), Hansel & Gretel (Vancouver Opera), and sets for Calendar Girls (Arts Club), 1984 (Virtual Stage), Much Ado About Nothing (Bard on the Beach), The Sound of Music, Steel Magnolias, Brighton Beach Memoirs and Annie (Gateway). Since graduating from Studio 58 four years ago, he’s designed over 70 shows. Visit for more info.

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