NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.

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Bob Cousins
Course Leader for Design for Performance Bob Cousins

Bob Cousins is a designer working across opera, theatre, dance and film.

Living in Australia, his designs have been seen in Hamburg, Zurich, Salzburg, London, New York, Paris, Amsterdam, Bogota, Berlin, Taipei, Dublin, Utrecht, Los Angeles, San Diego, Vienna and Montreal.

Opera designs include sets for Lear, Médée for Salzburg Festspiele; and Der Ring des Nibelungen for Opera Australia and La Traviata for Opéra national de Paris.

Theatre designs include sets for Season at SarsaparillaWar of the RosesKing Lear, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui for Sydney Theatre Company; CloudstreetWho’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Strange Interlude, Waiting for Godot and My Brilliant Career for Belvoir St; Moving Target for Malthouse Theatre; Medea,  Husbands and Wives and Flight 49 for Toneelgroep/International Theatre Amsterdam; Eine griechische Trilogie for Berliner Ensemble and Peer Gynt for Schauspielhaus Hamburg.

Dance designs include Weather, Conversation Piece and Motion Picture for Lucy Guerin Inc and Complexity of Belonging for Chunky Move. Film designs include Candy, Romulus My Father, Balibo and Ruben Guthrie.

In 2012, Bob received a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in recognition of his career’s work.