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Tanit Mendes

Tanit Mendes

October 4, 1958 - October 31, 2012

Ryerson Theatre School: Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Theatre Production Program.

Tanit initially trained as a dancer but chose set and costume design as her career, working in theatre and film. Noted theatres included the Shaw Festival, Red Barn, Sudbury, and Magnus Theatre. She was a member of I.A.T.S.E., the Directors Guild of Canada, the Associated Designers of Canada, and Theatre Ontario. A graduate of York University’s Theatre Department, she completed her Masters of Arts at the University of Toronto.

Tanit began teaching in 1998 at the Ryerson Theatre School. Her teaching portfolio included: technical drawing and model making, AutoCAD, scenic painting, fabric painting and dyeing, jewelry, and costume and set design, as well as mentoring students on various productions and projects.

Tanit’s passion for teaching was fueled by her own eagerness to learn and experiment with new skills, materials, and techniques. She had high expectations of her students and their commitment to their own learning, skills, and professionalism. Her legacy of training and education carries on in her current students and the graduates from the Theatre School who work across Canada and around the world. Nothing gave her greater pleasure than knowing that skills learned at Ryerson allowed students to successfully get work. Teaching was a source of inspiration in her life and a part of what kept her motivated in her final fight against cancer. Tanit loved life to its fullest and her laughter filled the halls of the Theatre School. She will be greatly missed.

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