Emerging Designer Residency Program

About the Emerging Designer Residency Program

2020/21 has seen an influx of screen work arrive in Australia, creating a national skills shortage in technical and design skills. With limited theatre work available over this same time period due to COVID, our small-to-medium theatre sector is the most impacted by this shortage, with a limited pool of experienced designers left to draw on, and new and emerging designers struggling to find opportunities to enter the industry.

To counter this, NGTC and Secret House will host two inaugural Emerging Designer Residency programs in 2022 which will aim to bring new and emerging designers into the industry from each of the four major disciplines (Lighting, Sound, Set, and Costume).

The program will employ experienced Design Mentors and new and emerging Design Mentees to work together across NGTC & Secret House productions. The result of the residency will be new and emerging designers with hands-on experience, a professional credit, and a network of peers, mentors, collaborators and arts organisations, thereby setting them up to take on further opportunities in our small-to-medium theatre sector in the future.

This program is proudly supported by Create NSW.

2022 Emerging Resident Designers

Alice Stafford
Assistant Light Designer – Albion
Co-Lighting Designer – For the Grace of You Go I

Aloma Barnes
Assistant Costume Designer – Albion
Co-Costume Designer – For the Grace of You Go I

Kate Ingram
Assistant Set Designer – Albion
Co-Set Designer – For the Grace of You Go I

Uma Volkmer
Assistant Sound Designer – Albion
Assistant Sound Designer – For the Grace of You Go I

Johnny. Yang
Production Assistant (Sound) – Albion
Assistant Sound Designer – For the Grace of You Go I

Rachel Hui
Production Assistant (Costume) – Albion

James Burchett
Production Assistant (Set Building) – Albion

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