Sue Field (Lecturer, Design)

Sue Field

Sue has worked for some of Australia’s major theatre, opera and event companies to design the sets and/or costumes for numerous productions, many of which have toured internationally. Highlights include: Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bell Shakespeare), Aida (Victoria State Opera), Tannhäuser (Opera Australia), Parsifal (State Opera South Australia), Radiance and Dead City (Belvoir), All Of Me (Legs On The Wall) and Super League (Spectak).

She has also worked as a production designer for film and television productions, including Passion (SBS Television) and I Do, I Do (Beyond International Productions).

Her designs are part of the collections held at the Arts Centre Melbourne, Bell Shakespeare Co., NIDA, State Opera South Australia and Opera Australia. They are also featured in the book Performance Design Australia (Thames and Hudson, Pty Ltd, 2001).

Sue is also a commercial illustrator and continues to work in this field, having illustrated several children’s books and designed and illustrated multiple full-page fashion illustrations for Vogue Australia.

Sue currently works full-time as Lecturer in Design for Performance at NIDA across both graduate and undergraduate disciplines, while also completing a practice-based PhD at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Art & Design. Her research aims to contribute new knowledge based on the development of a new genre of drawing underpinned by scenographic tropes, which can in turn add to our understanding of post-dramatic theatre and expanded drawing. Her art practice is both a drawing and a 'theatre without actors', constructed through film projection, the accompanying soundscape and the image of the empty stage. As part of her candidature, Sue has also written scholarly papers for a number of national and international conferences and journals, and has published academic book chapters.

In 2015, UNSW Art & Design awarded Sue a three-month art residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. This prestigious achievement enabled her to undertake field work and have access to primary sources critical to the enrichment of her research, such as the French medieval panoramic tapestry.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Visual Arts (Painting), Sydney College of the Arts; Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Design for Performance), NIDA; Masters of Design (Coursework), Masters of Design (Honours), College of Fine Arts; practice-based Doctor of Philosophy, UNSW, Art & Design (current).

Her most recent publications: 2016 Online Publication: Drawn Behind the Fourth Wall: The Drawing Produces a Mobile Spectatorial Presence; 2016 Conference Presentation: The Running Man: An embodied spectatorial encounter with the post-dramatic comic strip; 2015 Chapter Publication: Creating a Scene: The Act of Drawing in Imaging the Dramatic Text Early in the Student’s Scenographic Design Process; 2014 Chapter Publication: Drawn To Research: The Scenographic Drawing from the Dramatic Text as a Primary Source of Performative, Temporal and Spatial Knowledge; 2014 Conference Presentation and Publication: Drawn to the Light: the drawing from the dramatic text stages the act of viewing.

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