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Stagecraft Studio: Theatre Set Design

5 August 2023

In the Centre for Creativity


Participate in a workshop to develop a process for designing theatre. Learn how to create dynamic spaces and build for live performance, while creating a space for imagination for your audience.

Surrealism works because there's reality

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Experience the creative process behind the curtain

Step into the captivating world of theatrical design and scenography alongside designer Isabel Hudson. Join her as she shares her unique approach and insights, guiding you through the intricate journey from the page to the stage. Through real-life examples of her work, Isabel will unveil the secrets of her creative process, offering invaluable backstage insights into how ideas are meticulously crafted into tangible realities. Whether you're an aspiring designer or a curious observer, this experience promises to ignite your imagination and deepen your appreciation for the magic of theatre. 

Presented by Sydney Opera House

Meet the artist

Isabel Hudson

Isabel Hudson is an award-winning set and costume designer. Isabel holds a Bachelor of Design from NIDA and a Bachelor of Arts (Screen and Sound) from the University of New South Wales.  She is a lecturer at NIDA in Design for Performance.

Design credits include: A Fool In Love, Constellations, Hubris And Humiliation (Sydney Theatre Company); The Mousetrap Costume (Crossroads Live); Jailbaby, Pony (Griffin Theatre Company); Torch The Place Set (Melbourne Theatre Company); Blessed Union, Winyanboga Yurringa, Every Brilliant Thing (Belvoir); Maureen: Harbinger Of Death (Sydney Festival/Rising Festival); Young Frankenstein Set, American Psycho Set, Cry-Baby Set (Hayes Theatre Co); Farnace (Pinchgut Opera); Son (Circa); Rise And Fall Of Little Voice (Darlinghurst Theatre Co.); The Shifting Heart, Blackrock (Seymour Centre); Edward The Emu (Monkey Baa Theatre); Dry Land Set, She Rode Horses Like The Stock Exchange (Kings Cross Theatre); King Of Pigs, Eurydice (Old Fitz); Jess & Joe Forever, (Belvoir 25a); Little Borders Costume (Old 505 Theatre); Chamber Pot Opera (Sydney Opera House, Edinburgh Festival, St Petersburg Season); Intersection, Journey’s End (Atyp); The Rolling Stone (Outhouse Theatre Co); Hurt (Hothouse Theatre & Downstairs Belvoir).

For Global Creatures Isabel is associate set designer for MOULIN ROUGE Australia, Korea and Japan; for Opera Australia, Isabel was assistant designer for MERRY WIDOW and MY FAIR LADY; and for Sydney Theatre Company, she was associate designer on FUN HOME directed by Dean Bryant.

Isabel has won four Sydney Theatre Awards for her outstanding designs; best set design for CONSTELLATIONS, AMERICAN PSYCHO, and CRY-BABY, and best costume design for HUBRIS AND HUMILIATION. She also won an APDG award for best set design for AMERICAN PSYCHO.  Nominations include: an APDG Award for best set design, and two more Sydney Theatre Award nominations for best set design. She was awarded the Kristian Fredrikison Scholarship in 2022 and The Thelma Afford Award for Costume Design in Stage and Screen in 2022.

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