Photo by Bridget Elliot

CHARLES DAVIS, designer

 

Charles is a Sydney-based production designer and a recent graduate of the NIDA design course. Prior to attending NIDA, he studied architectural design at Monash University in Melbourne and travelled extensively through Europe. In 2014, during his final year at NIDA, Charles was thrilled to be a recipient of the William Fletcher Foundation Award for emerging artists. In the same year he designed the original productions of Stephen Sewell's Kandahar Gate and Michael Gow’s Writing for Performance. He was delighted to continue collaborating with Michael in 2015 on a new opera production of Hansel and Gretel at the Queensland Conservatorium Theatre for which he designed the set and costumes. Also in 2015 Charles worked alongside Nick Schlieper and Simon Phillips designing miniatures for Melbourne Theatre Company's original production of Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest.

Charles begun 2016 costume designing Oh Mensch! for the Sydney Chamber Opera directed by Sarah Giles and designing the set and costumes for Samuel Hunter’s The Whale at the Old Fitzroy Theatre, directed by Shane Anthony. He has recently split his time designing Unfinished Works at the Seymour Centre with director Clemence Williams and assisting designer Michael Hankin on The Great Fire at Belvoir, The Peasant Prince for Monkey Baa and Lake Disappointment at Carriageworks. He continued working alongside Michael Scott-Mitchell in 2016 as the Associate Designer for John Bell's new production of Carmen for Opera Australia.

 

Charles is the designer for our 2017 production of Monteverdi's Coronation of Poppea