David is a set and costume designer working across Australia with leading theatre, dance and opera companies. His designs have been produced by Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Dance Company, Opera Australia, Sydney Chamber Opera, Pinchgut Opera, Melbourne Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre, Malthouse Theatre, Darlinghurst Theatre, The New Theatre, Milkcrate Theatre, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Dark MOFO and Brisbane Festival, among others. He was co-resident designer for Sydney Theatre Company through 2012-2013, was the recipient of the 2016 Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship, as well as teaches as an associate lecturer for the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA).
David’s extensive work in theatre includes The Harp in the South, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, The Deep Blue Sea, Saint Joan, Top Girls, Chimerica, Speed The Plow, The Golden Age, Children of The Sun, Travelling North, Romeo and Juliet, Australian Graffiti, Machinal and many more for Sydney Theatre Company; Love and Information, Calpurnia Descending for Malthouse Theatre; Myth for Melbourne Theatre Company (Neon), A Room of One's Own, Hedda Gabler, Woyzeck for Belvoir St Theatre; The Brothers Size, Between Two Waves, The Sea Project for Griffin Theatre; Scenes from a Marriage and Hedda for Queensland Theatre.
His opera credits include Aida (Verdi) for Opera Australia (Opera on the Beach with Bleached Festival); The Rape of Lucretia (Britten) for Sydney Chamber Opera, which was also performed as part of Dark MOFO in Tasmania; Griselda (Vivaldi) and L’Amant Jaloux (Grétry) for Pinchgut Opera.
David’s work in dance includes multiple production for Sydney Dance Company choreographed by Rafael Bonachela including Impermanence,Ocho and Ab[intra] – the latter of which having toured across Europe including performing in the Kupio Dance Festival in Finland, the Lodz Dance Biennale in Poland, and the Grec Festival de Barcelona in Spain. Other credits include Sydney Dance Company's New Breed season’s Pictures of a One Night Stand as well as Safety in Numbers for FORM Dance Projects.
His credits in music theatre include Fangirls for Belvoir St Theatre and Queensland Theatre, Boundary St (as associate designer) for Black Swan and Brisbane Festival; Der Gelbe Stern at the New York Musical Theatre Festival; and Kiss of The Spiderwoman, and No Way to Treat a Lady for Darlinghurst Theatre.
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