Jennifer Irwin APDG

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Australian costume designer Jennifer Irwin’s career spans 36 years designing for drama, opera, dance & ballet as well as the largest spectacular events ever staged in Australia.

Most recently Jenny designed costumes for THE MERRY WIDOW with OPERA AUSTRALIA, the MURPHY TRIBUTE with Australian Ballet and DARK EMU for Bangarra Theatre.

Jennifer was nominated for Best Costume Design at the 2016 AACTA Awards for her work on the feature film SPEAR.  Jenny designed the costumes for DIRTY DANCING the musical which still plays to packed audiences worldwide after 16 years.  DIRTY DANCING broke all pre-existing box office records for any show ever staged on London’s West End.

Costume commissions in Australia include 36 ballets SYDNEY DANCE COMPANY, 26 years repertoire for BANGARRA DANCE THEATRE, multiple works for SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY, THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET, MELBOURNE THEATRE COMPANY, BELVOIR, ROYAL NEW ZEALAND, AUSTRALIAN DANCE THEATRE, WEST AUSTRALIAN BALLET, QUEENSLAND BALLET and OPERA AUSTRALIA.  Jennifer designed costumes for the AWAKENING segment of the SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES, co-designed all the costumes for the SYDNEY 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES Closing Ceremony & the official ceremony commemorating the FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIA 2001.

Australian Box office successes include KEATING the musical, STUFF HAPPENS for Belvoir, DON PARTIES ON for MTC, ROMEO & JULIET for OPERA AUSTRALIA & AINADAMAR for the Adelaide Festival.  Jennifer’s work has been staged live on stage in over 70 countries, over 500 cities and venues including THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LONDON, LINCOLN CENTER NYC, CITY CENTER NYC, BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC & THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE.

Jennifer has been recognized for her contribution to Australian design with multiple Helpmann, Green Room, Australian Dance awards & nominations.

View her work in dancetheatre, opera and the Olympics.