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).
Dennis Del Favero, Maurice Pagnucco, Caroline Wake, Susanne Thurow, Lawrence Wallen, Kip Williams, Michael Scott-Mitchell, Benjamin Schostakowski
ARC Linkage Project LP170100471
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.