Renate is a professional theatre and visual artist, writer and instructor. She holds an MFA in Theatre Design from the University of Alberta, and is one of only a handful of professional artists to have graduated from International Space University and become a member of the “Space Mafia.” She has worked on over a hundred theatrical productions, as a performer, director, facilitator, playwright, and designer in Canada, the UK, and the US. She is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada and the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. She has taught a variety of classes in theatre at the university level through University of Alberta and Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Renate currently writes “Breathing Space”, a newspaper column about the space industry from a humanities perspective, for theindependent.ca. In 2012 Her short story “Phase One” was chosen as CBC Canada Writes “Pick of the Day”. Her academic writing on the role of art and space within STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education has been published in Space Times, the magazine of the American Astronautical Society. Last year, through International Space University, she was voted to facilitate a group of 34 space professionals from 17 countries in the team project SPACE: One Giant Leap For Education.
Renate’s passion for light is one of the main connectors between her work in theatre, visual art, and space science. Her work in all three disciplines crosses over in her theatrical lighting designs, stained glass art, and space art workshops. Her artistic work has been described by the press as “gorgeously elegant” and “subtly influential”. Renate created Artspaceport as a place to help other creative, optimistic, adventurous spirits bring together art and space. She is devoted to ensuring that humanity puts the creative best of itself into the future of space exploration.