A reminder of dates

Just a reminder of dates for the 2020 Scholarship:

Applications will open on 1st October 2019, and close on 1st December 2019.
The Scholarship recipient will be announced at the Green Room Awards in April 2020.

Now is an excellent time to start thinking about your itinerary and travel plans.

Michael Hankin

We are pleased to report on the recent activities of scholarship recipient Michael Hankin.

Michael left for London on July 30th 2018, and has been very busy since landing.

He went to the Edinburgh Festival in late July and August, before ‘Memorial’, starring Helen Morse - for which he designed the set - travelled to London’s Barbican Theatre. It ended up being a great success with some 5 star reviews.

He has been attending theatre left right and centre at The National Theatre, The Young Vic, The Old Vic, The Donmar Warehouse, Traverse Theatre, Lyceum Theatre, Soho Theatre, West End, English National Opera, and smaller local theatres, and has crossed paths with quite a few Australian artists such as Neil Armfield and Ralph Myers.

He has attended art installations at the Tate Modern, The Haywood Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum and countless others, has taken part in forums and attended seminars, architectural talks and tours.

Michael has been assisting senior designer Hildegard Bechtler which has allowed him to be a fly on the wall to many interesting conversations with Directors, Production Managers and other Designers, as she worked on productions such as Antony and Cleopatra (with Ralph Fiennes) at The National Theatre, Three Sisters at the Almeida, a ballet for the Royal National Opera and projects with The Armoury in New York.

Currently, Michael is planning to go to the Chekhov festival and the Festival D’Avignon in 2019.

He notes ‘The time here so far has been an absolute wealth of inspiration and it’s constantly expanding my own general knowledge of theatre, dance, opera, film and art. I can already see how I will continue to bring these new ideas, techniques, experiences, theories and ideas to my work or future students work. I’m so appreciative of the scholarship.’

We look forward to hearing more of Michael’s future experiences overseas.


Opera Australia has just announced their 2019 season. In November and December 2018 they will be presenting their production of Turandot at the Arts Centre Melbourne, which was designed by Kristian Fredrikson and directed by Graeme Murphy.  The production will then be presented at the Sydney Opera House from January to March 2019.

Turandot is a fantasy opera of poetry and myth, set in an exotic world where fear and love go hand in hand and death is always just around the corner. ‘Nessun Dorma’ is just one of its magnificent moments.” Kristian excelled at imaginative design, so prepare for some magnificent sets and costumes!

Said of Kristian by Adrian Collette, ”Kristian Fredrikson was one of our most important and influential designers, whose work graced the opera, ballet and theatre stage. He designed some of our best loved productions including Salome and The Merry Widow, and I’m sure his Turandot and, most recently Norma in 2004, will live in our repertoire form many years to come. He will be greatly missed by all of us in the industry.”

Australian Ballet regional tour

The Australian Ballet has announced it will be taking the much-loved ballet Coppélia, designed by Kristian Fredrikson, on its regional tour. The company will visit rarely visited cities such as Bundaberg, Alice Springs and Darwin, offering audiences and broader communities a rich suite of performances, education and audience engagement initiatives. The touring party of 42 combines members of the main company as well as graduating students of the Australian Ballet School. Coppélia has an important place in The Australian Ballet’s history, it was performed during the company’s inaugural season in 1962 and later revived in 1979 in a new production by The Australian Ballet’s founding Artistic Director Dame Peggy van Praagh, and the renowned theatre director George Ogilvie.

For more details, see The Australian Ballet website.

Announcing the 2018 Recipient of the Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship for Design in the Performing Arts

We are proud to announce that NIDA graduate and Associate Design Lecturer Michael Hankin (Design, 2009) is the 2018 recipient of The Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship For Design in The Performing Arts.

Michael graduated from NIDA with a Bachelor of Dramatic Art in 2009, and went on to design for a number of top theatres, including Belvoir St Theatre, Carriageworks, State Theatre of South Australia, Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare, and Malthouse Theatre.

In addition to NIDA, Michael has also been Guest Lecturer in Design for Belvoir Street Theatre Education Department.

His Awards include: The Mike Walsh Fellowship, a NSW Artstart Grant, and the Winner of Best Stage Design at The Sydney Theatre Awards for Hir, Of Mice and Men and Truckstop, as well as several nominations. Michael is a member of The Australian Production Designer’s Guild and has received two nominations for Best Stage Design. This year his set design for Memorial, a production which is being co-produced between Adelaide and Brisbane Festivals will travel to The Barbican Centre in London.

The scholarship was created in honour of the brilliant designer Kristian Fredrikson, who died in 2005, and upholds the memory of his involvement in developing excellence in design for the performing arts. It will provide Michael with $12,000 to travel and study overseas to further his career.

Michelle Potter lecture

Dr Michelle Potter Dance Writer and Researcher has been invited to give The Russell Kerr Memorial Lecture in Wellington, New Zealand, and her topic will be Kristian Fredrikson.

Dr Potter has a wide knowledge regarding his career and interviewed Kristian before his untimely death as part of The National Library of Australia’s Dance Archive.

Applications are open

Applications are now open for the next Scholarship.

They will close on 1st December 2017.
Please ensure to read the application guidelines carefully, which can be found on the application form.

An update on our previous recipients

Our previous recipients have been working on a great number of exciting design projects.  We couldn’t be more pleased, and want to share some of their news.

Alicia Clements

Alicia is currently working on the Melbourne Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company co-production The Father, starring John Bell.  She is working at Sydney Theatre Company as the associate costume designer under Gabriela Tylesova for Muriel’s Wedding- an enormous project involving approximately 300 costumes.  She is also designing the set and costumes for Dean Bryant’s new production of Assassins at the Hayes Theatre, and has just closed the Rameau Triple Bill for Pinchgut Opera.

David Fleischer

This year David has designed the set for Chimerica, and the set and costumes for Australian Graffiti, both at Sydney Theatre Company.  He also designed Ocho for Sydney Dance Company with Rafael Bonachela, which toured to Melbourne and Canberra.  He is about to start rehearsals for The Rape of Lucretia, for which he is designing the set for the Sydney Chamber Opera, and later this year he will be at Queensland Theatre Company designing Scenes of A Marriage.

David’s time overseas on his scholarship was spent observing Komische Opera’s The Fair at Sorotinzi, and enjoying the plethora of theatre, opera, dance and installation works all over the city of Berlin.

Prepare your application

A timely reminder to all theatrical designers and makers.

If you intend to apply for The Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship scholarship in October 2017 for 2018, now is the time to think about the sort of study program you would like to pursue and contact the individuals, company’s, or institutions. You need to remember that they often require a lead up time before they can commit to a secondment or program. Good luck.


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