Elizabeth Gadsby

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Elizabeth is a set and costume designer whose background in installation and performance art influences her design approach. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from National Art School and a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Design) from NIDA.

Elizabeth most recently designed set and costumes for Kip Williams’ adaptation of JULIUS CAESAR and Wesley Enoch’s SEVEN STAGES OF GRIEVING as well as set for Branden Jacob Jenkins’ APPROPRIATE at Sydney Theatre Company.

In 2019 Elizabeth’s design work has included set and costume design for Sydney Theatre Company’s production of MOSQUITOES and set design for MARY STUART and LORD OF THE FLIES also for Sydney Theatre Company. She also designed set, costume and video for Sydney Chamber Opera’s LA PASSION DE SIMONE.

In 2018 Elizabeth’s design work included set and costume on the Sydney Theatre Company and Melbourne Theatre Company production of THE CHILDREN, set and costume for BLACKIE BLACKIE BROWN and set design for A CHEERY SOUL both for the Sydney Theatre Company.

Elizabeth was the associate director and costume designer on the Sydney Chamber Opera and Victorian Opera production of the THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA presented at Carriageworks in Sydney in 2017 and then at the Theatre Royal in Hobart in 2018.

In 2017, Elizabeth designed set and costume for THE TESTAMENT OF MARY, CLOUD NINE and DINNER for Sydney Theatre Company, JOHN for Melbourne Theatre Company and FIREBIRD for the Louisville Ballet in Kentucky, USA. She also designed an interactive film called LOVE AT FIFTH SITE for the 2017 Adelaide Festival presented by Google’s Creative Lab and Grumpy Sailor.

In 2016, Elizabeth was appointed resident designer at Sydney Theatre Company where she designed set and costume for THE HANGING and DISGRACED both directed by Sarah Goodes.

Other theatre design includes: CINDERELLA for Belvoir St Theatre directed by Anthea Williams; INDEX OF METALS for Sydney Chamber Opera directed by Kip Williams; A RABBIT FOR KIM JONG-IL for Griffin directed by Lee Lewis; CUT at Adelaide Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe directed by Duncan Graham; and DELUGE for Adelaide Festival.

Her design for film and television includes seasons 1 and 2 of KIM AND COURTNEY THEORY OF AWESOMENESS, as well as costume design for JACK-OFF, a short film directed by Max Doyle. Elizabeth was production designer for Gracie Otto’s short film DESERT DASH and worked as costume and production designer on DELUGE, directed by Cloudy Rhodes.

In 2014 Gadsby did production and costume design for MOODSTONE, a short film by Google Creative Labs and Grumpy Sailor, and BARD’S BIRTHDAY BASH, a live online performance with Google Hangouts. She also designed an interactive film called LOVE AT FIFTH SITE for the 2017 Adelaide Festival presented by Google’s Creative Lab and Grumpy Sailor.

Elizabeth’s design for dance includes: EPIC FAIL for Perth International Arts Festival and WA Ballet as well as ECOBOTS and PLAIN JANE for Buzz Dance Theatre and Awesome Festival – both directed by Lucas Jervies. PLAIN JANE then went on to tour with Louisville Ballet.

Her design for opera includes: ORFEO ED EURIDICE for Spectrum Now Festival directed by Shannon Murphy; AN INDEX FOR MEDALS for Sydney Chamber Opera directed by Kip Williams; BACH, COFFEE, CAKE with The Little Baroque Co for London Handel Festival, BREMF, Newbury Festival and Petworth Festivals; and FLY AWAY PETER for Sydney Chamber Opera directed by Imara Savage which was then toured to the Melbourne Festival.

Elizabeth is a recipient of an Australia Council Art Start Grant, a William Fletcher Scholar and was the 2015 artist in residence for City of Sydney’s Creative Living Work Space program. She has also designed the event space at the MCA for VIVID IDEAS.