Damien Cooper

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Damien works internationally across theatre, opera and dance. His designs for Belvoir include Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, Neighbourhood Watch, The Seagull, Gethsemane, Keating!, Toy Symphony, Peribanez, Stuff Happens, The Chairs, The Spook, In Our Name, The Underpants, The Ham Funeral and Exit the King (including the Broadway production with Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon). His other theatre credits include Pygmalion, Bloodland, Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness, Zebra!, Blood Wedding, The Women of Troy, The Great, Riflemind, The Art of War, Ying Tong, The Lost Echo, Fat Pig, A Hard God, The Cherry Orchard, Summer Rain, Metamorphosis, Boy Gets Girl, Julius Caesar, Far Away, Bed, Thyestes, Morph, The Shape of Things, These People, King Lear (Sydney Theatre Company); Doctor Zhivago (GFO); and Shane Warne the Musical (Token Productions).

For opera, Damien’s designs include Cosi, Peter Grimes, Alcina, The Magic Flute, Death in Venice (Opera Australia); Aida (Opera Australia/West Australian Opera); A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Chorus! (Houston Grand Opera).

His designs for dance include The Narrative of Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Firebird, The Silver Rose (Australian Ballet); The Director’s Cut, Grand, Some Rooms, Shades of Gray, Ellipse, Air and Other Invisible Forces, Body of Work, Mythologia (Sydney Dance Company); Tivoli (Australian Ballet/Sydney Dance Company); Mortal Engine (Chunky Move), Of Earth and Sky and Mathinna (Bangarra Dance Theatre); Be Your Self and Birdbrain (Australian Dance Theatre). For lighting design, Damien has won three Sydney Theatre Awards and a Green Room Award.