Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
Professor

Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell

Arts, Design & Architecture (ADA)
School of Art & Design

As one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed production designers, Michael Scott-Mitchell has worked with the country’s leading-edge performing arts institutions to develop designs for opera, theatre, musicals and major public events. As a current Professor of Practice at UNSW Art & Design, and previous Deputy Director/CEO of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, his significant contribution to the national and international performing arts is evidenced by his extensive 35-year track-record of producing scenographic designs, including for the Opera South Australia’s landmark production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle as well as the Cauldron and Ceremonial Stage for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Most recently, he developed designs for Dr Zhivago on Broadway; Storm Boy and Arcadia for Sydney Theatre Company; Tosca, Carmen and Madama Butterfly for Opera Australia; and Freeze Frame for Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles and the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC. His work has been recognised with 14 prestigious industry awards and 7 nominations (incl. Green Room, Australian Production Design Guild, and Helpmann Awards).

Publications

  • Designs / Architecture | 2020
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Scott-Mitchell M, 2020, Noel Noel, Publication: Brandenburg Orchestra, Angel Place, Sydney, Editor: Dyer AO P, Publication category: Designs / Architecture, https://vimeo.com/490267988/9ad52ee158
    Designs / Architecture | 2019
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Scott-Mitchell M, 2019, 48th United Arab Emirates National Day, Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi, Editor: UGWU C, Publication category: Designs / Architecture, https://www.nickfrydesign.com/uae48
    Conference Presentations | 2019
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Del Favero D; Thurow S; Pagnucco M; Wake C; Scott-Mitchell M; Williams K; Wallen L; Schostakowski B, 2019, 'Immersive Interactive Aesthetics for Set Modelling - the iBauprobe Platform', presented at PQ Talks @ Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design & Space, Prague (Czech Republic), 06 June 2019 - 16 June 2019, https://www.pq.cz/
    Conference Presentations | 2019
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Thurow S; Del Favero D; Wake C; Pagnucco M; Scott-Mitchell M; Schostakowski B; Williams K; Wallen L, 2019, 'iDesign – New Capabilities for Set Design', presented at Prague Quadrennial, Prague, Czech Republic, 06 June 2019 - 16 June 2019, https://www.pq.cz/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2019
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Scott-Mitchell M, 2019, Madama Butterfly (production design), Madama Butterfly, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, 02 August 2019 - 10 August 2019, at: https://opera.org.au/whatson/events/madama-butterfly-sydney
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2019
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Scott-Mitchell M, 2019, Diplomacy (production design), Diplomacy, Ensemble Theatre, Sydney, 02 July 2019 - 14 July 2019, at: https://www.ensemble.com.au/shows/diplomacy/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2019
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Scott-Mitchell M, 2019, 2019 World Indigenous Housing Conference (production design), 2019 World Indigenous Housing Conference, Gold Coast Entertainment Centre, Gold Goast, 20 May 2019 - 24 May 2019
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2019
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Scott-Mitchell M, 2019, The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race (production design), The Appleton Ladies’ Potato Race, Ensemble Theatre, Sydney, 27 April 2019 - 27 April 2019, at: https://www.ensemble.com.au/shows/the-appleton-ladies-the-potato-race/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2019
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Scott-Mitchell M, 2019, Hair (production design), Hair, His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth; Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Geelong (VIC); The Art House, Wyong (NSW); Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Wollongong (NSW); Sydney Opera House, Sydney; Home of the Arts, Gold Coast (QLD)., - , at: http://hairthemusical.com.au/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2018
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Scott-Mitchell M, 2018, Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor Story (production design), Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor Story, 27 April 2018 - 26 May 2018, at: https://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/whats-on/productions/2018/still-point-turning-the-catherine-mcgregor-story
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2017
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Scott-Mitchell M, 2017, The Merry Widow (production design), The Merry Widow, Sydney Opera House, Sydney; Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane; Festival Theatre, Adelaide; His Majesty's Theatre, Perth; Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne, - , at: https://opera.org.au/whatson/events/the-merry-widow
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2016
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Scott-Mitchell M, 2016, Arcadia (production design), Arcadia, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, 08 February 2016 - 02 April 2016, at: https://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/whats-on/productions/2016/arcadia
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2016
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Scott-Mitchell M, 2016, Carmen (production design), Carmen, Sydney Opera House, Sydney; Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne, - , at: https://opera.org.au/aboutus/media_centre/images/2018-season/sydney/carmen
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2015
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Scott-Mitchell M, 2015, Arms and the Man (production design), Arms and the Man, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, 14 September 2015 - 31 October 2015, at: https://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/whats-on/productions/2015/arms-and-the-man
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2014
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Scott-Mitchell M, 2014, ANZAC Ceremony for Centenary of Troops Leaving for WWI (production design), ANZAC Ceremony for Centenary of Troops Leaving for WWI, Albany, Western Australia, 01 November 2014 - 01 November 2014
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2014
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Scott-Mitchell M, 2014, Jasper Jones (production design), Jasper Jones, State Theatre Centre of WA, Perth, 18 July 2014 - 09 August 2014, at: https://www.australianstage.com.au/201408026927/reviews/perth/jasper-jones-%7C-barking-gecko-theatre-company.html
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2014
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Scott-Mitchell M, 2014, AFC Asian Cup Final Draw Ceremony (production design), AFC Asian Cup Final Draw Ceremony, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, 26 March 2014 - 26 March 2014
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2014
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Scott-Mitchell M, 2014, Switzerland (production design), Switzerland, Sydney Opera House, Sydney; Southbank Theatre, Melbourne, - , at: https://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/whats-on/productions/2014/switzerland
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2013
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Scott-Mitchell M, 2013, Storm Boy (production design), Storm Boy, Wharf Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney; State Theatre Centre of WA, Perth, - , at: https://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/community/education/2015/productions/storm-boy
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2013
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Scott-Mitchell M, 2013, Freeze Frame (production design), Freeze Frame, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC, USA; Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Los Angeles, USA; Playhouse, Brisbane, - , at: https://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/TRDSW#tickets
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2013
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Scott-Mitchell M, 2013, Tosca (production design), Tosca, Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne; Sydney Opera House, Sydney, - , at: https://opera.org.au/whatson/events/2013Tosca
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2011
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Scott-Mitchell M, 2011, Doctor Zhivago (production design), Doctor Zhivago, Broadway Theatre, New York; Charlotte Theatre, Seoul, Korea; QPAC Lyric Theatre, Brisbane; Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne; Lyric Theatre, Sydney, - , at: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/22/theater/review-doctor-zhivago-the-broadway-musical.html
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2001
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Scott-Mitchell M, 2001, L’Elisir D’Armore (production design), L’Elisir D’Armore, ASB Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand; Opera House, Wellington, New Zealand; His Majesty's Theatre, Perth; Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne; Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane; Festival Theatre, Adelaide; Sydney Opera House, Sydney, - , at: http://www.nzopera.com/2018-operas/the-elixir-of-love/
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 1999
    Professor Michael James Scott-Mitchell
    Scott-Mitchell M, 1999, Il Trovatore (production design), Il Trovatore, His Majesty's Theatre, Perth; Sydney Opera House, Sydney; Macau International Music Festival, Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium,Macau; State Theatre, Melbourne; Lyric Theatre, Brisbane; Theatre Royal, Adelaide, -

Awards

Grants

iDesign: Reformulating set design aesthetics via a dialogical model of interactivity

Dennis Del Favero, Maurice Pagnucco, Caroline Wake, Susanne Thurow, Lawrence Wallen,  Kip Williams, Michael Scott-Mitchell, Benjamin Schostakowski

ARC Linkage Project LP170100471

2017

Total: $542,916

The Project investigates the emergence of novel forms of interactive aesthetics in contemporary performance design. It does this through experimental application of an artistic system that reshapes concepts of set design by integrating developments that usher in new types of collaborative interaction. It demonstrates how users can immersively model sets in real-time using their body at a 1:1 scale assisted by responsive databases.By doing so, it transforms understanding of modelling and the way it can be aesthetically explored, with outcomes that impact the scope and scale of design processes in the performing and creative arts.

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