Nick Schlieper designs for all of the major performing arts companies in Australia, and works regularly in Europe and USA. He is one of Australia’s most highly awarded designers having received six Melbourne Green Room Awards, four Sydney Critics Awards, the inaugural 2013 Australian Production Designers Guild Best Lighting Design Award, as well as Helpmann Awards in 2004, 2009, 2011 and 2014.
In 2015 Nick’s engagements will include Lighting Designer for First Wives Club The Musical for the Oriental Theatre, Chicago and Love Never Dies (Hamburg). He will also return to Sydney Theatre Company for Endgame, Waiting for Godot (at The Barbican, London), The Present and King Lear, and Melbourne Theatre Company for North by Northwest and Death and the Maiden (also for Sydney Theatre Company). Nick will also return to the National Theatre of Norway for Private Confessions, to be directed by Liv Ullman.
During recent seasons he has worked with the major Australian theatre and opera companies including Opera Australia (Il Turco in Italia, The Marriage of Figaro, Tosca), Verdi’s Otello directed by Simon Phillips, for a co-production between Cape Town Opera, NBR New Zealand Opera, Opera Queensland, State Opera of South Australia, Victorian Opera and West Australian Opera, STC (notably Travelling North, Macbeth, The Maids, Switzerland, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Waiting for Godot, Face to Face (set and lighting design), Long Days’ Journey into Night in Sydney and Portland, USA, Big and Little in London, Paris and Vienna, Uncle Vanya in N.Y, War of the Roses, Dissocia, Elling, The City and A Streetcar Named Desire), Malthouse/STC co-production of Baal (set and lighting), Malthouse (Pompeii LA, set and lighting design), MTC (Hamlet, Richard III); Bell Shakespeare Company (Hamlet, Othello, King Lear), Queensland Theatre Company/STC co-production of No Man’s Land, Belvoir Street (Once in Royal David’s City (set and lighting design), Every Breath and Death of a Salesman) and Opera Queensland.
Nick’s work in Music Theatre includes Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Musical in Australia, New York, Toronto, London, Sao Paolo and throughout Europe, and Love Never Dies in Tokyo, Sydney and Melbourne for The Really Useful Company (filmed and released on DVD and Blu-ray worldwide and released in cinemas in USA and Canada).
His extensive work in opera in Australia includes Don Giovanni, Nabucco, Tannhäuser, Il Trovatore, L’elisir d’amore, Andrea Chenier, Freischütz, Falstaff and Seraglio for Opera Australia; Salome (and set design) and Parsifal for State Opera of South Australia; Flying Dutchman, Don Giovanni, and Ken Russell’s Madam Butterfly for Victorian State Opera; Macbeth (and set design) for Opera New Zealand and Don Giovanni (and set design) for Opera Queensland. He was also lighting and associate set designer of the first Australian production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle in Adelaide in 2004.
His theatre credits include The Year of Magical Thinking, The Serpent’s Teeth, Blackbird, Dissident, Mother Courage, The Season at Sarsaparilla, A Kind of Alaska/Reunion, Hedda Gabler, Victory, Endgame, A Doll’s House, Volpone, The Three Sisters, Don Juan, Cyrano de Bergerac, A Delicate Balance, Les Parents Terribles, The Life of Galileo, Pentecost, As You Like It, Threepenny Opera, King Lear, Racing Demon for Sydney Theatre Company; Pennsylvania Avenue, Ninety, The Glass Soldier, Cyrano de Bergerac, Two Brothers, The Visit, Inheritance, Great Expectations, Proof, The Tempest, Comedy of Errors, Poor Boy, and Measure for Measure for Melbourne Theatre Company; The Department, Cosi, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Marat/Sade, Kafka Dances and The Idiot for State Theatre Company of South Australia; The Tempest, Good Works (and set design) and XPO for Queensland Theatre Company; Lulu, Black Mary, The Unexpected Man and Measure for Measure for Belvoir Street Theatre;
Nick has also designed lighting for Scheherazade for the Australian Ballet, the acclaimed Cinderella for Royal New Zealand Ballet and several works for Bangarra Dance Company including Patyegarang and Bush (which has toured extensively in the USA and to London).
His international work includes productions of Billy Budd and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Hamburg State Opera; The Hostage for the Royal Shakespeare Company; The Government Inspector for Theatr Clwyd in Wales; Blackbird in New Zealand and at the RuhrFestspiele, Germany, Armut, Reichtum, Mensch und Tier and The Ginger Man for Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg; Kasimir und Karoline and Lea's Hochzeit for Theater in der Josefstadt, in Vienna; U.F.A. Revue for Berlin and Kennedy Centre Washington; Michael Kramer and Ein Florentinerhut for Schillertheater in Berlin; Michael Bogdanov’s productions of Macbeth and Peer Gynt for the State Theatre of Bavaria; Uncle Vanya (directed by Liv Ullman for The National Theatre of Norway) Aristokraten in Stuttgart; Tales of Hoffman in Wiesbaden; Away and Summer of the Seventeenth Doll at the Summerfare Festival in New York and Hedda Gabler and Streetcar Named Desire, with Cate Blanchett, also in New York.