Tess Schofield

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Tess is a costume designer who works across film, television, opera and theatre.  Tess has won five AFI (now AACTA) Awards for Best Costume Design in a Feature Film and been nominated for, and won, Green Room, Helpmann and Sydney Theatre Critics Awards for her costume design in opera and theatre.

Tess recently designed costumes for the BBC / Foxtel television co-production THE KETTERING INCIDENT, starring Elizabeth Debicki and Matt Le Nevez.  Previously she completed costumes on THE WATER DIVINER, the feature film directorial debut of Russell Crowe, which won her her most recent AACTA award. She has just wrapped as costume designer for DANCE ACADEMY, THE COMEBACK, a feature film set to premiere in 2017.

Tess designed the costumes for THE SAPPHIRES which had its world premiere at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and had a wide international theatrical release in 2013. Tess won an AACTA for Best Costume Design for her work on the film.

Tess won AFI’s for Best Costume Design for her work in the feature films SPOTSWOOD, DIRTY DEEDS and BOOTMEN and she received a nomination for MR RELIABLE.  Tess costume designed feature films COSI, RADIANCE, DIANA AND ME, SUBTERANO and GREENKEEPING. Tess designed the costumes for Gillian Armstrong’s feature documentary UNFOLDING FLORENCE.

Theatre work includes A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and THE DIARY OF A MADMAN both of which traveled to BAM in New York.  Tess has worked extensively at Belvoir and Sydney Theatre Company in Sydney where some of her career highlights include: THE SECRET RIVER, NAMATJIRA, THE WILD DUCK, THE ADVENTURES OF SNUGGLEPOT AND CUDDLEPIE and LITTLE RAGGED BLOSSOM, CLOUDSTREET (including world tour), TOY SYMPHONY, THE JUDAS KISS, THE SEAGULL, RIFLEMIND, THE GREAT, FAR AWAY and VICTORY. Tess recently designed Big hArt’s HIPBONE STICKING OUT and Belvoir’s production of MISS JULIE.

Tess’ opera costume design includes: LA TRAVIATA staged on Sydney Harbour by Opera Australia; SWEENEY TODD for the Lyric Opera Chicago and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and PETER GRIMES for Opera Australia and Houston Grand Opera. Tess’s musical theatre credits include SHANE WARNE THE MUSICAL, SPRING AWAKENING and CHESS.