Set Designer

Andy McDonell began working on theatre and film in 1999, setting about gathering broad experiences in props and model making, set building, sculpting and special effects before disappearing for a year to help build a straw bale house somewhere.

In 2005 he began the Bachelor of Theatre Design course at NIDA, graduating with the William Fletcher Trust Grant in 2007.

Andy has gone on to production design for The Bee (dir. Hideki Noda, Darlinghurst Theatre), You Can’t Buy My Soul (Kev Carmody and Brendan Fletcher, State Theatre for Sydney Festival), My Name is Rachel Corrie (Rachel Corrie, Belvoir Downstairs), Altar Boyz (Gary Adler and M.P. Walker, Sydney and Melbourne for Precedent Productions), the feature film Mad Bastards (Brendan Fletcher, selected for the Sundance Festival), Woman Before a Glass and The Seagull (Kate Gaul), and As The World Tipped (Nigel Jamieson, touring Europe and Australia).

Beyond the Black Box, he also designs for nightclubs, restaurants, food trucks, retail and fine artists.

Andy was the set designer for Castor & Pollux (2012).

This bio taken from the last program in which Andy appeared.

Andy McDonell

Photo by Bridget Elliot

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