Michael Scott-Mitchell (Deputy Dir/CEO)

Deputy Director/CEO / Head of Design for Performance

Michael Scott-Mitchell is one of Australia’s leading set designers and a prolific artist working across theatre, opera, dance, film, television, events and exhibition design within Australia and internationally.

His extensive credits include the recent Broadway production of Dr Zhivago, Sydney Theatre Company’s production Arcadia and John Bell’s Tosca for Opera Australia. Michael created the set design for State Opera of South Australia’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen, which won the 2005 Helpmann Award for the Best Scenic Design and the 2005 Helpmann Award for Best Production.

He has worked with Australia’s leading performing arts organisations and events, including Sydney Theatre Company (35 productions), Bell Shakespeare (11 productions), Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Belvoir St Theatre, Black Swan Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Company, Lyric Opera Queensland, Opera Australia, Western Australian Opera, Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival, Melbourne Festival and Perth Festival.

His contribution to the Australian performing arts has been recognised with Helpmann awards, Australian Production Design Guild (APDG) awards and Green Room awards, to name a few.

His other major work includes the Cauldron and Ceremonial Stage for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Asian Games in Doha and the Opening Ceremony of 2011 CHOGM in Perth. Michael’s Cauldron for the Sydney 2000 Olympic games is the youngest heritage listed item in Australian history.

He was a founding director of the architectural firm D4DESIGN, which was behind the design for the multi-award winning Rockpool Restaurant in Sydney’s Rocks and the Regents Court Hotel.

Michael Scott-Mitchell joined NIDA as Head of Design in 2008, and became Director, Undergraduate Studies in 2011 and as of 2015, is Deputy Director of NIDA. Michael has also lectured in Theatre Design at University of Technology Sydney, The University of Sydney and University of Wollongong, has been a guest tutor/lecturer at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (NYU) and Carnegie Mellon University, and taught Interior Architecture at The University of New South Wales.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Design), NIDA

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