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Phoenix McKay
2021 MFA Design for Performance alumni Phoenix McKay

About Phoenix

Phoenix is an interdisciplinary designer/artist working across stage, screen, and installation. Originally from Canberra, she studied Textile Arts at ANU School of Art and Design and participated in the Disney International Exchange Program, where she worked in entertainment costuming.

She was brought into the arts through a menagerie of ideas: fashion, theme parks, horror houses, exhibitions and more. Collectively this defined her fixation on unique and visceral forms of storytelling. Phoenix wants to be creating exciting, unconventional pieces that allows the audience to transcend our known world.

Highlights while studying at NIDA include The Entomologist, a microfilm she co-designed and was within which she able to explore the field of practical effects. Being part of the NIDA Festival of Emerging Artists, Phoenix directed/designed installation piece Apocalyptic Hours, focusing on artists’ experience during lockdown.

In her graduating year, Phoenix was the costume designer for Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. The modern feminist piece by Alice Birch allowed her to play with the absurdity of being a woman and creating a feisty revolution for something she’s passionate about. Phoenix is excited to continue expressing this absurd disruption to the system in her future work and exploring the theatre experience through design.

NIDA Productions

Apocalyptic Hours

Co-Production designer
Conversations with the Dead By Ūla, Triple J unearthed

Co-Production Design and Butterfly SFX
The Entomologist, microfilm

Costume Designer
Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again

Scenic Artist
And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens

Design Assistant
And a Happy New Year

Scenic Artist
Icarus/DRRM Play

Opening Credits Co-designer
I Wish You Knew What I Was Thinking, short film

Model Maker
Miracle City

Design Assistant and Scenic Artist
God of Carnage

Costume Design Assistant
Roberto Zucco

Other Productions

Set Designer

Set Designer
Tattle Tales