Amy Shackleton, Toronto-based gravity artist, demonstrating her technique to CCM students.

Amy Shackleton, Toronto-based gravity artist, demonstrating her technique to CCM students.

To ignite its 2012-13 Mainstage Season, CCM will be presenting one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, from Oct. 3 (preview) – 7 in UC’s Patricia Corbett Theater.

The play takes us on a wistful journey with four lovers and a weaver as they interact with some Puck-ish pranks in the wood. Director Michael Burnham and fellow designers add a spin to this version of the show as we find ourselves in the summer of 1963, right before the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Learn more about how this spin influenced the show’s costume design here.

As previously reported, international artist Amy Shackleton joins the design team of CCM’s  A Midsummer Night’s Dream to engage in a unique collaboration, creating an original piece of art. Amy’s process was documented and will set the backdrop for this production.

Amy paints representational works with a drip technique normally reserved for abstraction. She applies the paint with squeeze bottles and rotates her canvas to guide each drip as it falls down the stretched surface. Thorough planning, measuring and layering is involved, but she’s at the mercy of gravity.

Amy Shackleton, gravity artist, beginning her original piece of art for 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.'

Amy Shackleton, gravity artist, beginning her original piece of art for ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’

This collaboration allowed students to interact with a renowned artist and engage with her while she created the work of art. Amy was able to share her experiences with the students as a freelance artist and give a unique perspective to art. You can view more of Shackleton’s art at aimartistry.com.

Learn more about A Midsummer Night’s Dream here.

Written by A Midsummer Night’s Dream Scenic Designer and third-year graduate student Ryan Howell.

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