Michael Hankin

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Michael is a NIDA-trained set and costume designer for theatre, dance, opera and film.

In 2018 Michael’s design work included set and costume for YOU ANIMAL YOU for Force Majeure, ICH NIBBER DIBBER for Malthouse Theatre, MY URRWAI for Performing Lines and MEMORIAL a co-production by Brink Productions and The Barbican presented at the Adelaide Festival, The Brisbane Festival and the Barbican in London. Michael designed costumes for FLOCK, presented at the Commonwealth Games by Force Majeure, and set designed the Belvoir St Theatre production of THE SUGAR HOUSE.

In 2017 Michael designed JASPER JONES, 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 previous theatre work includes Belvoir’s HIR, ANGELS IN AMERICA, A CHRISTMAS CAROL and THE DARK ROOM which were all nominated for Best Stage Design at the 2017, 2014, 2013 and 2011 Sydney Theatre Awards respectively. HIR was also nominated for Best Costume Design.

Other theatre 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.

Michael designed THE GREAT FIRE, TWELFTH NIGHT and THE GLASS MENAGERIE (tour to Malthouse theatre) at Belvoir; LAKE DISAPPOINTMENT for Carriageworks; TARTUFFE for Brink productions/STCSA; OTHELLO with Bell Shakespeare Company which toured Australia for six months; 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 designed the set for musicals including MIRACLE CITY at the Hayes Theatre, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS at the Theatre Royal and electro-pop-opera SONGS FOR THE FALLEN which toured Australia-wide and to New York Music Theatre Festival, winning best musical in 2015.

Michael set designed dance shows 247 DAYS for Chunky Move / Malthouse Theatre and a 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.

Michael was Costume and Production designer on Crystal Bear winning (Berlin Film Festival) short films JULIAN and THE AMBER AMULET for director Matthew Moore; and production designer on REASON TO SMILE.

Michael was a Mike Walsh Fellow in 2016 travelling and studying in Europe. His set designs for Sport for Jove’s OF MICE AND MEN and Q theatre’s TRUCKSTOP won the 2016 and 2012 Sydney Theatre Awards independent award for set design.

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.