Michael Hankin

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Michael is a NIDA trained set and costume designer for theatre, dance, opera and film and is currently Associate Lecturer of Design at NIDA.

In 2017, Michael will be set and costume designing several projects including JASPER JONES (tour), MARK COLVIN’S KIDNEY and GHOSTS for Belvoir St Theatre, THREE LITTLE WORDS for Melbourne Theatre Company, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF for Ensemble Theatre and THE MERCHANT OF VENICE for Bell Shakespeare Company.

Michael’s career highlights include Belvoir’s ANGELS IN AMERICA, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and THE DARK ROOM – which were all nominated for Best Stage Design at the 2014, 2013 and 2011 Sydney Theatre Awards. His designs for Sport for Jove’s OF MICE AND MEN and Q theatre’s TRUCKSTOP won the 2016 and 2012 independent award. 

His other highlights include IVANOV and FOOL FOR LOVE for Belvoir; JUMPY for Melbourne Theatre Company/Sydney Theatre Company, AS YOU LIKE IT for Bell Shakespeare and THE ASPIRATIONS OF DAISE MORROW for Brink Productions in South Australia. He was also one of the Mike Walsh Fellows for 2016, travelling and studying in Europe.

Michael designed the acclaimed production of JASPER JONES, THE GREAT FIRE, TWELFTH NIGHT and THE GLASS MENAGERIE (tour to Malthouse theatre) at Belvoir St Theatre. His other designs included LAKE DISAPPOINTMENT for Carriageworks; TARTUFFE for Brink productions/STCSA; 6 month national tours of Bell Shakespeare Company’s OTHELLO; Monkey Baa Theatre’s THE PEASANT PRINCE; UGLY MUGS for Malthouse / Griffin Theatre; TRUCKSTOP for Q Theatre / Seymour Centre; RUST AND BONE and THE UGLY ONE for Griffin; THE BOAT PEOPLE for The Hayloft Project; MIRACLE CITY for Hayes Theatre; LORD OF THE FLIES for the Malthouse Theatre; LIBERTY EQUALITY FRATERNITY and GREAT FALLS for The Ensemble Theatre and DEATHTRAP, MISS JULIE, THE PARIS LETTER and MACBETH for the Darlinghurst Theatre.

Michael set designed the critically acclaimed musical DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at the Theatre Royal and the electro-pop-opera SONGS FOR THE FALLEN which has toured Australia, Sydney Festival’s Famous Spiegeltent and the New York Music Theatre Festival, winning best musical in 2015.

For dance, Michael set designed 247 DAYS for Chunky Move / Malthouse Theatre; and the the development of OBSCURRA for Byron Perry/Force Majeure.

For Sydney Chamber Opera, he designed the set and costumes for THE LIGHTHOUSE, IN THE PENAL COLONY and THROUGH THE GATES. Michael was Design Assistant on numerous productions including DOCTOR ZHIVAGO the Musical, THE RING CYCLE and THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO for Opera Australia; and CALIGULA for the English National Opera.

For film, Michael was both costume and production designer on the Crystal Bear Award winning short films, (Berlin International Film Festival), JULIAN and THE AMBER AMULET. He has worked on other short film projects, including the production design for REASON TO SMILE.

Michael has worked with directors including Kip Williams, Eamon Flack, Marion Potts, Leticia Caceres, Pamela Rabe, Peter Evans, Anne-Louise Sarks, David Berthold, Sarah Goodes, Chris Drummond, Iain Sinclair, Anouk Van Dijk, Roger Hodgman, Sarah Giles and Imara Savage.