Damien Cooper

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Damien is a lighting designer working in theatre, opera and dance, designing over 250 shows.

Damien’s career highlights include Neil Armfield’s production of THE RING CYCLE for Opera Australia; EXIT THE KING on Broadway starring Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon; Graeme Murphy’s SWAN LAKE for the Australian Ballet which has been presented in New York, London, Paris and Tokyo; KEATING! THE MUSICAL, Australia’s most successful subsidised theatre show ever; and Australian Dance Theatre’s BIRDBRAIN which has played over 60 venues around the world. Damien has worked with Sydney Theatre Company Artistic Director Kip Williams on A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, THE GOLDEN AGE and SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER.

Damien has designed more than 100 theatre productions, including SPRING AWAKENING (ATYP) directed by Mitchell Butel; DISGRACED and ORLANDO directed by Sarah Goodes (STC); ARCADIA (STC) directed by Russell Cottrell; THE TEMPEST (Bell Shakespeare) directed by John Bell; THE GLASS MENAGERIE and THE GREAT FIRE (Belvoir) directed by Eamon Flack; STRANGE INTERLUDE and CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF directed by Simon Stone (Belvoir); THE SEAGULL (Belvoir) and JULIUS CAESAR (STC) directed by Benedict Andrews; SUMMER OF THE SEVENTEENTH DOLL, GETHSEMANE, STUFF HAPPENS and TOY SYMPHONY all directed by Neil Armfield (Belvoir); MARK COLVIN’S KIDNEY directed by David Berthold (Belvoir); THE LOST ECHO and THE WOMEN OF TROY directed by Barrie Kosky (STC); THE CHERRY ORCHARD (National Theatre) directed by Howard Davies; TOT MOM (STC) directed by Stephen Soderbergh and RIFLEMIND (STC) directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

Damien’s opera design includes THE RING CYCLE with Opera Australia; A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM for Houston Grand Opera, Canadian Opera Company and Lyric Opera Chicago; THE MAGIC FLUTE for Lyric Opera Chicago; CHORUS! for HGO; and AIDA, COSI FAN TUTTE and PETER GRIMES for Opera Australia and Canadian Opera Company.

Damien works with many leading dance companies in Australia and this work has toured extensively around the globe. He has enjoyed a rich and rewarding relationship with choreographers Graeme Murphy and Garry Stewart of ADT most recently working on ORB for Sydney Dance Company, HABITUS for The Adelaide Festival as well as THE FROCK a co-production between MADE & Ten days on the Island Festival. Highlight works include set and lights for Shaun Parker Company’s AM I; lighting design for Tasdance’s AFFINITY; Chunky Move’s MORTAL ENGINE; Bangarra Dance Theatre’s OF EARTH AND SKY; Stalker Theatre Company’s SHANGHAI LADY KILLER; Australian Dance Theatre’s BE YOUR SELF and The Australian Ballet’s FIREBIRD and THE NARRATIVE OF NOTHING.

Damien has won three Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Lighting Design and four Green Room awards for Best Lighting Design. For the Australian Production Designers Guild he won the inaugural Award for Lighting Design for his work on DER RING DES NIBELUNGEN for Opera Australia and the Showreelfinder Award for Live Performance Lighting Design for THE GLASS MENAGERIE at Belvoir.