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Scott McKowen

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Scott McKowen has combined his skills as a graphic designer and illustrator with a longtime theatre background to establish a career specializing in theatre posters and graphics for the performing arts. He trained at The University of Michigan School of Art, and now lives in Stratford, Ontario.

Scott has designed publications for the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake for more than twenty seasons – including an award-winning series of handbook brochures and house programmes during the Christopher Newton years, and presently for Jackie Maxwell. He has worked extensively for The National Ballet of Canada, The National Arts Centre, The Canadian Stage Company, and Theatre Calgary.

Scott has created over fifty theatre posters for the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York. He designs the marketing materials for Yale Repertory Theatre and the Yale School of Drama in New Haven, and has created theatre posters for regional theatres across the U.S. including Denver Center Theatre Company, The Acting Company, The Pearl Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, and Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles.

As a book illustrator, Scott is working on a series of children’s classics for Sterling Publishing. He has illustrated books for Harper Collins, Viking Penguin, Random House, Farrar Straus and Giroux, and St. Martin’s Press. He created the covers for 1602, an eight-part graphic novel by Neil Gaiman for Marvel Comics.

In 2002, he curated Worth a Thousand Words, an exhibition of theatre posters from around the world, which was seen at Gallery Stratford, the Design Exchange in downtown Toronto, and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Scott McKowen was commissioned by the Royal Canadian Mint to design Canada’s 2001 silver dollar, commemorating The National Ballet of Canada’s fiftieth Anniversary.