by Estelle Rosen
John C. Dinning is an award-winning designer. He has designed at Centaur Theatre (Schwartz's: The Musical), Segal Centre (Lies My Father Told Me, for which he won the Montreal English Critics' Circle Award), Neptune Theatre (The Producers), ATP and Arena Stage in Washington, DC, among many, many others.
CHARPO: Set designer being akin to an artist, the process must be similar. As a well known set designer, people are going to have high expectations which could result in additional stress. Are such expectations helpful or harmful to the process?
DINNING: Stress is stress no matter where it comes from. The act of just creating any sort of design for a play in the theatre is stressful enough let alone expectations.