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Dann is an award winning set and costume designer who’s work theatrically is heavily influenced by his study of drawing and fine art at the Royal Melbourne institute of technology (RMIT - BA, Fine Arts) under head lecture Godwin Bradbeer. He went on to be a graduate of the National institute of the dramatic arts (NIDA - BA, Dramatic Design). Predominately based in Melbourne Dann’s work has been featured further north.

 

A regular collaborator with director Gary Abrahams designing ‘Yentl’ produced by Kadimah Yiddish Theatre at the Fairfax, Arts Centre Melbourne, 2022. ’33 Variations’ at the Comedy Theatre, 2019 and Angel in America’ at Fortyfivedownstairs, 2017, both produced by Cameron Lukey’. He has worked with renowned Melbourne director Susie Dee on ‘The Amateurs’ at Red Stitch Actors Theatre, 2022. 

Dann’s work in musical theatre has seen him design for the Opera House, Drama theatre stage with Rent’ in 2021. ‘Barnum the musical’ At the Comedy Theatre 2019 and ‘Chess’ at the Regent Theatre in 2021

 

Associate costume designer for Gabriela Tylesova for the Australian Ballet’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ in 2016, choreographed by David Mcallister and again for Melbourne Theatre Company’s ‘Shakespeare in Love’ in 2019, directed by Simon Phillips

 

He has recently begun to work in film with his good friend and film director Micheal Hili on a range of video clips for artists Flume, Mark Pritchard and Thom York. 

 

Dann has won two Greenroom awards for best design in Cabaret for his set and costumes in “The Ghetto Cabaret” at Forty-five Downstairs, 2019 and the best independent set and costume design for ‘the Mermaid’ at La Mama in 2021. 

 

He is a regular guest lecturer at the Victorian Collage of the Arts (VCA) and the Melbourne University in model making and rendering techniques. 

DESIGN CREDITS

2022

The Amateurs, set and costume designer, Red Stitch Actors theatre, dir. Sussie Dee 

Yentl, set and costume designer, Kadimah Yiddish Theatre, Fairfax, Arts Centre Melbourne, dir. Gary Abrahams 

Highest Building - Flume, Props Maker, Kalliope Pictures dir. Michael Hili

Hollow - Flume ft. Emma Louise, set designer & head scenic artist, Kalliope Pictures dir. Michael Hili

 

2021

The Mermaid, set and costume designer, La Mama, Courthouse, dir. Cassandra Fumi*
*Green Room Award Winner for Set and Costume Design (Independent)

Chess, set and costume designer, Storeyboard Entertainment, Regent Theatre, dir. Tyran Parke

Romance was Born - Petals on the Wind, Production Designer/Maker, Kalliope Pictures dir. Michael Hili

Rent, set designer, Surgery Rum Productions / LPD Productions, Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House, dir. Shaun Rennie

2020

The Sovereigns Wife, set and costume designer, Hayes Theatre co, dir Declan Green and Ash Flanders

Amelie the musical, set and costume designer, Darlinghust theatre co, dir Shaun Rennie

One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, set and costume designer, Storeyboard Entertainment, Her Majesty’s Theatre, dir. Tyran Parke

The Boy, George, set and costume designer, One Eyed Man Productions, Chapel off Chapel, dir. Richard Carroll

2019

Facing Medea, set and costume designer, La Mama, Courthouse, dir. Jenny Kemp

The Ghetto Cabaret, set and costume designer, Kadimah Yiddish Theatre, Fairfax, Arts Centre Melbourne, dir. Gary Abrahams*
*Green Room Award Winner for Design (Cabaret) 

Escaped Alone, set and costume designer, Red Stitch Actors theatre, dir. Jenny Kemp

Shakespeare in Love, associate costume designer, Melbourne Theatre Company, Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne, dir. Simon Phillips, designed by Gabriela Tylesova*
*Nominated for best Set and Costume Designs (Theatre Company’s)

Barnum, set and costume designer, Storeyboard Entertainment, Regent Theatre, dir. Tyran Parke

33 Variations, set designer, Cameron Lukey / Mariners Group, Comedy Theatre, dir. Gary Abrahams

2018

Carmen: Live or Dead, set designer, Hayes Theatre co, dir. Shaun Rennie

 

2017

Rainbow Man, director and set designer, Goodnight Darlings, Forty-five Downstairs, dir. Dann Barber 

Angel in America, set and costume designer,  Cameron Lukey, Forty-five Downstairs, dir. Gary Abrahams

Carmen, Model Maker, Opera Australia, dir. John Bell, designed by Michael Scott-Mitchell

2016

Sleeping Beauty, associate costume designer, Australian Ballet, State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne, choreography by David Mcallister designed by Gabriela Tylesova,

Jekyll and Hyde, model maker, dir. John Frost and Opera Australia, Princess Theatre, Christopher Renshaw, designed by Gabriela Tylesova

2015

Othello, model maker, Bell Shakespeare, dir. Peter Evens, designed by Michael Hankin

Arcadia, model maker, Sydney Theatre Company, dir. Richard Cottrell, designed by Michael Scott-Mitchell

Young and Jacksons, co. set and costume designer, Forty-five Downstairs, dir. Wayne Harrison 

A Midsummer Nights Dream, set and costume designer, La Botie Theatre co, dir. Benjamin Schostakowski

2014 

A Tribute of Sorts, set and costume designer, Queensland Theatre company, Billie Brown Theatre,  dir. Benjamin Schostakowski

 

The Light in The Piazza, set designer, NIDA, Parade Theatre, dir. Roger Hodgman

The False Servant, set and costume designer, NIDA, Parade Studio, dir. Mackenzie Steele

Switzerland, model maker, Sydney Theatre Company, dir. Sarah Goodes, designed by Michael Scott-Mitchell

 

2013

Klutz: a Tragic Comedy, co. set and costume designer,NIDA, Parade Space, dir. Benjamin Schostakowski

No Sound, co-production designer, Triple J/RAGE, dir. Angus Wilkinson

ExpoNIDA, co-exhibition designer, NIDA

2012

Sunday in the park with George, costume design assistant, NIDA, Parade Theatre, dir. Wayne Harrison, Designed by Ally mansell

The Illusion, set design assistant, NIDA, Carriageworks, dir. Kate Whoriskey, Designed by Katren Wood

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