Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Marian Wihak’s early training was in theatre design and visual art. Having studied painting and art history in Florence, Italy she holds a BFA Honours in Theatre, and recently acquired an MFA in Interdiscipliinary Art, Media and Design from OCAD University.
Toronto-based, she has enjoyed a long career as an award winning multi-disciplinary designer-artist working in film, television, theatre and visual art. She has twice won Gemini Awards for Best Production Design, as well as the Gold Medal for Best Production Design at the New York International Television Festival, and has been nominated numerous times for both Gemini and Directors Guild of Canada Best Production Design awards.
While acquiring her MFA Marian designed four of the highly popular Good Witch movies for the Hallmark network and upon completion of her degree went on to design the Good Witch series. She has enjoyed collaborating frequently with Rhombus Media on a range of inventive and novel projects: September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weil, co-designed with opera designer Michael Levine (Gemini Award for Best Production Design); Dido and Aeneas, a collaboration with the exhilarating Mark Morris Dance Company; Burnt Toast; and Mulroney: The Opera.
Other selected film credits include Gordon Pinsent’s Heyday (Gemini nomination for Best Production Design), Julie Walking Home, and A Girl Like Me both directed by Polish Director Agnieszka Holland (House of Cards, the Wire, Washington Square, The Secret Garden…), Pit Pony (Gemini Award for Best Production Design), Milgaard, The Zack Files, Road to Avonlea, Squamish Five (Gemini Design nomination), and also her inaugural effort as a Production Designer – Francis Mankiewicz’s gritty And Then You Die
Marian thrives on collaborating with the entire creative team to devise environments full of evocative detail and texture that support and advance the visual story telling. Whether the story is epic and far reaching, or intimate and contemporary, her approach is fueled by passionate engagement and inventive abilities built upon fulsome research, supported by an impressive range of skills and knowledge, matched by a strong sense of organization and fiscal responsibility.
As a visual artist Marian Wihak devises experiential and immersive installations. She has been supported by both the Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council, was a finalist in the prestigious RBC Painting Competition, and has work in many private and corporate collections across Canada and in the United States.