Andrew Alexander takes the most romantic photos of me. Sigh!
Jessica Ruano, Ottawa writer


Taking photographs of theatrical productions is surprisingly challenging. Usually done in a tight time frame, working with sets, costumes and lighting that aren't necessarily complete, it can be difficult to make photographs that either enticingly sell, or faithfully document, the show in question.

Theatre photography generally takes two forms: Promotional photography, where the photographs are made in advance of the production for publicity purposes, and Archival photography, where photographs are made during the run of the show to document what it actually looked like.

Promotional photography tends to create photographs which capture the look and feel of the show, and are not necessarily 100% accurate to actual presentation. These photographs are meant to encourage a feeling, and make people want to go see the show. Archival photography needs to be a bit stricter in terms of what is captured, as the photographs can be used for grant applications or reports.

Hamlet, Ottawa Shakespeare Company (2011)

Bread (2012)

Little Martyrs, Evolution Theatre (2011)

Ridergirl (2012)

The Brad MacNeil (2012)

This is a Recording, Ditto Productions (2009)

Noises Off, Gladstone Theatre (2009)

The Crucible, CCLA/GCTC (2011)

The Final Twist, Gladstone Theatre (2009)

The Shadow Cutter, GCTC (2011)

La Boheme, Opera Lyra (2012)

Shadows, Queen Mab/Parry Riposte (2010)

The Film Noire, Algonquin College (2012)

How It Works, Plosive Productions (2012)

Stones in his Pockets, Seven-Thirty Productions (2012)

Ottawa Stilt Union, Rideau Awards (2011)

Speed-the-plow, Plosive Productions (2011)

Vimy, GCTC/NAC (2010)

His Girl Friday, CCLA/GCTC (2012)

Cyrano de Bergerac, Plosive Productions (2012)

The Suicide, OTS (2012)

Extremely Short Play Festival, New Theatre of Ottawa (2012)

The Walk, Ottawa Fringe Festival (2011)

Under Milkwood, OTS (2011)

The Secret Mask, GCTC (2012)

Zastrozzi, Algonquin Theatre (2011)

Circle Mirror Transformation, GCTC (2012)

Ottawa Theatre Challenge (2011)

Strawberries in January, GCTC (2011)

November, Seven-Thirty Productions (2012)

East of Berlin, GCTC (2012)

Roller Derby Saved My Soul (2011)

That Summer, Algonquin Theatre (2011)

Fly Me To The Moon, GCTC (2012)

Snapshot, Gruppo Rubato (2012)

Mary Magdalene, Evolution Theatre (2012)

Blue Box, nightswimming theatre (2012)

A Midwinter's Dream Tale, Company of Fools (2011)

The Fireweavers, Lumiere Festival (2012)

We Want Life!, Ottawa Theatre School (2012)

The Lavender Railroad, Evolution Theatre (2011)

Airport Security, Gruppo Rubato (2010)

Antony and Cleopatra, Company of Fools (2011)

Live From the Belly of a Whale, Micasa Theatre (2011)

The Curse of the Pekinese Peregrine, Eddie May Murder Mysteries (2012)

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Algonquin Theatre (2011)

Christopher Durang one-acts, Algonquin Theatre (2012)