Stephanie Bahniuk is a set, lighting and costume designer from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She is currently a student in the Master of Fine Arts in Design program at Yale School of Drama in New Haven, Connecticut. She is pursing a costume design focus and her anticipated graduation is Spring of 2020.
Stephanie previously studied at the University of Alberta in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design program where she earned her degree with distinction in the Spring of 2015. After completing her studies, Stephanie began a freelance career that resulted in many exciting projects both locally and beyond. She was awarded the 2017 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Outstanding Set Design for her work on Stupid Fucking Bird (Edmonton Actors Theatre). She was also nominated in the Outstanding Artistic Achievement, Theatre for Young Audiences category that year for her lighting and set design of Alberta Opera's Hansel and Gretel.
Stephanie had the opportunity spend three seasons at Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. During her last summer there, she took on the role of Lead Assistant Costume Designer and assisted Jane Greenwood. In addition to her assistant work, Stephanie also designed multiple Fellowship Plays and Musicals.
Stephanie began her theatre career as a dancer and was a member of the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers for seven years. She toured both locally and internationally with the company before her retirement. In February of 2018, Stephanie was named one of Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts' Top 30 Under 30 Artists for her work within the Edmonton community.
Upcoming credits include lighting design for The Importance of Being Earnest (Teatro La Quindicina), production design for Wasp (Edmonton Fringe Festival) and Blood of Our Soil in Toronto (Pyretic Productions) and costume design for Trouble in Mind (Yale School of Drama).
Favorite credits include production design for Stupid Fucking Bird (Edmonton Actors Theatre), costume design for Jesus Christ Superstar (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), Twelfth Night (Studio Theatre) and The Light Is...(Yale Cabaret) and lighting design for The Moon at Midnight (Prairie Dance Circuit).