Anna Cordingley is an award-winning set and costume designer for theatre, opera, dance, musicals and cabaret whose designs have been seen by audiences throughout Australia, Europe, Britain and the United States. She also designs exhibitions and creates public art and installation.
Recent theatre designs include: for Melbourne Theatre Company, Jasper Jones, Death And The Maiden (with Sydney Theatre Company); For Bell Shakespeare, Richard III (Currently In Rehearsal), Romeo & Juliet, Tartuffe, Phedre, Macbeth, Julius Caesar; For Sydney Festival, Meow Meow’s Little Mermaid And Meow Meow’s Little Match Girl (With Malthouse), Masquerade (With Griffin & State Theatre Company Of South Australia), Frank Woodley’s Inside; For Melbourne Festival, M+M, The Black Arm Band’s Hidden Republic; For Malthouse, The Bloody Chamber, A Golem Story, The Story Of Mary Maclane By Herself (With Griffin), Tis A Pity She’s A Whore, Elizabeth – Almost By Chance A Woman, Sappho… In Nine Fragments, Furious Mattress, One Night The Moon, Knives In Hens (With STCSA), Happy Days (With Belvoir), A Commercial Farce, Autobiography Of Red and Not Like Beckett.
Opera credits include: for Victorian Opera, Sunday In The Park With George, The Threepenny Opera (with STC and Malthouse); for Melbourne Festival, Richter/Meinhof Opera. In 2017, Anna is designing costumes for Opera Australia’s production of Aida for Griffith Opera on the Beach.
Anna’s dance credits include An Act Of Now and Connected with Chunky Move; Human Interest Story with Lucy Guerin inc.; and Puck with Rogue/Malthouse. An Act Of Now toured Germany in 2017.
Exhibition designs include Les Miserables: Victor Hugo From Page To Stage at State Library of Victoria, Stage Presence, The Extraordinary Shapes Of Geoffrey Rush, War Horse & The Breath Of Life at Melbourne Arts Centre; An Account Of Bridges at Baltic Contemporary Art Centre (UK).
Anna also creates installation and public art, including The Letter Project for White Night Melbourne; numerous projects in France and the United Kingdom for Bambuco and facilitation for Brook Andrew’s The Hague Sculpture De Overkant/Downunder, The Netherlands.
Anna’s major event design extends to being a principal member of the set, costume and projection design team for Melbourne Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies.
Anna won the 2017 Helpmann Award for her set design on Jasper Jones and has been nominated for numerous Greenroom Awards, Helpmann Awards and Sydney Theatre Awards. She won the Greenroom Award for Best Design in both 2012 and 2013. She is a recipient of the Kristian Fredrikson Memorial Scholarship for Design and the John Vickery Scholarship.
Anna is a design graduate of the Victorian Collage of the Arts and has a Master of Curatorship from The University of Melbourne.
Anna is Lecturer in Design at The University of Melbourne, Faculty of the VCA & Music, and in 2017, at the Design Akademie Berlin SRH Hochschule für Kommunikation und Design.