Stephen Curtis (Lecturer, MFA Design)
Stephen Curtis is one of Australia’s most respected designers for screen and live performance. His extensive design career spans four decades and embraces set and costume design for features, short films, dance, drama, opera, physical theatre, musicals and exhibitions, including major collaborations and award-winning productions with Australia’s leading directors, choreographers, festivals and performance companies.
Stephen’s many striking designs for the stage include La bohème, The Cunning Little Vixen and Lulu (Opera Australia), The Turn of the Screw (Huston Grand Opera), Shanghai Lady Killer (Stalker Physical Theatre), Cut the Sky (Marrugecku), I Am Eora (Sydney Festival), The Secret River (STC), Black Diggers (QTC/Sydney Festival), The Drovers Wife (Belvoir) and Der Ring Des Neibelungen (State Opera of South Australia). Stephen’s film production design credits include the features Looking for Alibrandi and Tracey Moffatt’s stunningly visual Bedevil and Night Cries.
Stephen has recently published Staging Ideas: set and costume design for theatre as an in-depth guide to the design process for theatre-makers, students and theatre-lovers, and The Designer: decorator or dramaturg? as a Platform Paper interrogating the contemporary role of the performance designer.