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Tess Burg
2020 BFA Design for Performance alumni Tess Burg

About Tess

Tess is a multidisciplinary creative; she practices set and costume design, fashion art direction and styling and graphic design. Her approach involves developing highly collaborative working relationships with all artists, contributing strong conceptual and meaning-making skills.

Tess is deeply passionate about collaborating on works featuring striking new voices and perspectives in Australian and international theatre, film and television. Her design process is driven strongly by feeling, subversion and contemporary imagery, always striving for diversity and representation wherever possible within her work.

Highlights while at NIDA include assisting the team in developing the design and realisation of NIDA’s first ever Mardi Gras float, collaborating with the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) students to create Australia’s student entry in the Prague Quadrennial (2019) and working with Zoë Hollyoak (MFA (Directing)) to create triple j Unearthed winner Dugong Jr.’s music video On My Own.
Instagram: @_t.aburg

NIDA Productions

Set/Costume Designer
Antigo Nick

Co-Graphic Designer/Co-Exhibition Designer

Production Designer/Costume Designer
On My Own by Dugong Jr. (triple j Unearthed music video)

Moving On by Telescreen (triple j Unearthed music video)

Co-Set Designer/Costume Designer
Weimar Kabarett

Co-Set Designer/Costume Designer

Co-Production Designer/Co-Costume Designer
I Wish You Knew What I Was Thinking (short film)

Design Assistant/Scenic Artist

Co-Art Director
Alienated (short film)

SWAG; Australian Student Entry, Prague Quadrennial of Performance Space & Design

Set/Costume Design Assistant
Stay Happy Keep Smiling

Set Design Assistant
The Way of the World

Costume Assistant
The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Other Productions

Production Designer
Jellybean (AFTRS short film)

Design Assistant
Mardi Gras 2019


Costume Department
Three Thousand Years of Longing (Kennedy Miller Mitchell Films Pty Ltd)

Design Assistant
The Lord of the Flies (Sydney Theatre Company with Elizabeth Gadsby)