Sydney-based designer David Fleischer has been awarded The Kristian Fredrikson Scholarship for Design in the Performing Arts which will contribute $12,000 to further his international career. The scholarship was created to acknowledge the brilliant career and influence Kristian's designs had on the Australian theatrical scene.  

David has quickly established himself as one of Australia’s most sought-after set and costume designers, rising quickly to a senior level after graduating from NIDA’s design course in only 2009.

He was resident designer for the Sydney Theatre Company for 2012 and 2013 where he worked closely with Andrew Upton during his tenure as Artistic Director. Later this year David will design set and costumes on Andrew’s production of Speed The Plow by David Mamet at the STC starring Rose Byrne.

David works with many of Australia’s top directors, including Kip Williams with whom he has forged a dynamic and long-lasting creative relationship, working on challenging and provoking productions such as The Golden Age, Love and Information, Romeo and Juliet, Under Milk Wood and Children of the Sun at the STC together.

David has also worked with Declan Green and Ash Flanders – the Sisters Grimm – on a number of productions including Little Mercy, Calpurnia Descending and with Ash on Hedda Gabler at Belvoir.

David is moving into opera – an area Kristian Fredrikson loved – with Pinchgut Opera’s L’amant Jaloux in 2015 and is working on a special Aida event with Opera Australia for 2017. 

Fleischer said “it is an honour to receive this award in memory of such an influential and esteemed artist whose practice has left such a distinct legacy on an industry. Being given the opportunity to access the work of international theatre, dance and opera makers is an extraordinary thing for a local designer to have...to grow, and reflect and to be inspired. 

With this scholarship, I am thrilled to explore these fields which Kristian was such a trailblazer and treasure, spending at festivals, and with companies in Italy, Germany and the U.K- sites of both rich tradition and stirring innovation.” 

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