Sydney based set and costume designer David Fleischer has been awarded The Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship for Design in the Performing Arts, which will contribute $12,000 towards furthering his career overseas. The scholarship was created by designers for designers and theatrical makers, to acknowledge the brilliant career and influence Kristian’s designs had on the Australian theatrical scene.

Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 8.07.47 PMDavid has established himself as one of Australia’s most sought after set and costume designers. Since graduating from NIDA in 2009, he has worked with many of the country’s top directors including Kip Williams, Andrew Upton, Sam Strong, Lee Lewis, Adena Jacobs, Craig Illot and Kate Cherry, and has a continuing association with Australia’s foremost theatre companies. David was resident designer for the Sydney Theatre Company for 2012 and 2013. Designs for STC include set and costumes for ROMEO AND JULIET, MACHINAL, FURY, LITTLE MERCY, MARRIAGE BLANC, UNDER MILK WOOD (Associate), TRAVELLING NORTH, MOJO (costume), CHILDREN OF THE SUN (set), and BOYS WILL BE BOYS. Designs for Malthouse Theatre include CALPURNIA DESCENDING and LOVE AND INFORMATION (Sydney Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre co-productions). Designs for Belvoir include; HEDDA GABLER (costumes) and set and costumes for SAFETY IN NUMBERS at Riverside Parramatta. For Griffin, BETWEEN TWO WAVES directed by Sam Strong, THE SEA PROJECT (as a co-production with independent theatre company Arthur) and THE BROTHERS SIZE. In 2015 David also designed L’AMANT JALOUX for Pinchgut Opera. 2016 will see David’s designs in THE GOLDEN AGE, SPEED THE PLOW and POWER PLAYS for the Sydney Theatre Company as well as AIDA Opera on the Beach for Opera Australia later in 2017.

Other career highlights include design for the Darlinghurst Theatre productions of 10,000 BEERS, NO

WAY TO TREAT A LADY and KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN; BILL W. AND DR. BOB for Carriageworks; WOYZECK for Downstairs Belvoir and Brisbane Festival; DIRTYLAND for the New Theatre; GRISELDA for Pinchgut Opera; and Milkcrate Theatre’s production of INTERSECTION.

David intends to use the award to embark on a series of internships with three major European companies in England, Italy and Germany, including The Komische Oper run by Australian Barrie Kosky.

There will be a display of Davids design’s in The Arts Centre Melbourne opening April 22nd and closing May 29th.