• Month: September 2020


We can safely say now that the performing arts and entertainment sector has been pretty well usurped for 2020. Not just in Australia, of course, but world-over. We know it too well; no one reading this can be unaffected. And if you are at all like me, you may have been wondering why the national […]


On and off stage Background Oscar Wilde’s immortal tale of The Happy Prince has become a significant part of my career’s trajectory since 1992. As the founder and Artistic Director of Theatre of Image The Happy Prince was suggested to me as a potential theatre piece by my partner, Neil Hunt. It became our second […]

Vale Murray ‘Muz’ Gosson

Just wanted to say a few words about Murray. Murray ‘Muz’ Gosson passed away recently due to cancer. Murray was a very well known standby in Sydney for a long period of time. He did television and of course dominated the film side of it for many years doing the ‘big ones’, as I like […]

Vale Sally Jacobs: Illuminating designer and director

Sally Jacobs designed and directed for the stage since 1960. She worked for many years with UK director Peter Brook, designing some of his most influential productions and created set and costume designs for the Royal Opera House, The English National Opera, The Royal Court Theatre, Paines Plough, The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, Joseph Papp’s Public […]

Interview with Rennie Watson

How did you begin your career in Production Design?  I started as an actor and when I was going through acting school (Theatre Studies at NMIT) was always the student that preferred to be building the sets and making puppets for my class. It’s funny how you don’t see what is right in front of […]

Emerging Designers Spring Update

APDG Emerging Designers’ Committee was formed as a way to give a formal voice to the already active and dedicated community of up-and-coming designers. The committee seeks to enhance the representation of emerging designers within our industry, advocate for their issues, encourage opportunities through our guild and create a strong support network of emerging designers. […]

2020 MENTORAPDG Update

After much deliberation, MENTORAPDG has offered places to fourteen emerging practitioners to be mentored in 2020/21. We received applications from a pool of emerging practitioners who demonstrated excellence in their work, and commitment to developing their skills, networks and professionalism. The selection is based on the mentee’s level of experience in the industry (with a requirement of […]

Life in Covid times – Postcards from isolation

In Postcards from Isolation, six next-generation designers from the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne answer the question: where would you like to see performance design heading when it wakes from hibernation?  Contributors: Daniella A Esposito, Ikshvak Sobti, Arielle Vlahiotis, Max Bowyer, Sophie Davis, Luc Bohn and Anna Cordingley.

Life in Covid times – Alice Lanagan

As a member of the film, televsion and wider Arts community, I feel lucky to be employed on a TV series that has begun during the Coronavirus pandemic.  We are on day 9 of 70 day shoot and, so far, so good. While there has been a number of changes implemented around safety and ensuring […]

President’s Letter – Spring 2020

It’s been a tough year with the Covid shutdown for the live performance and screen industries, but as we welcome spring we can see the green shoots of new productions. In the screen industry’s case, these green shoots have taken on a rather vigorous grow with many projects in production or about to start, and […]

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