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Isabella Rose Laird Andronos
Production Designer

Born Sydney, Australia
Based in Sydney (+ Melbourne)
e: isabella@isabellaandronos.com

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Isabella Andronos is a production / set / costume designer who works across film, opera and theatre. She holds a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Design) from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts and a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours: Class I) from Sydney College of the Arts.

Isabella has been nominated for four Australian Production Design Guild (APDG) awards. In 2014 Isabella won the APDG Award for Emerging Live Performance Design for her set design for THE GREEKS (Dir. John Sheedy, NIDA). She was also nominated for: Emerging Live Performance Design 2014 for FEWER EMERGENCIES (set and costume design, Dir. Susanna Dowling, NIDA), Costume Design for Stage 2015 for A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM (Dir. Susanna Dowling, Sport For Jove) and BLOOD WEDDING (Dir. Kristine Landon-Smith, NIDA). 

Her recent production design credits for film include: THE GREENHOUSE (Feature film, Dir. Tom Wilson), iAM (Web Series, Dir. Samantha Young), GREEN RIVER: PART ONE and GREEN RIVER: PART TWO (Short Films, Dir. Nick Andrews) and STRANGER (Short Film, Dir. Peter Skinner), which featured Logie winners Joel Jackson and Georgie Parker. She worked as a production design assistant on HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN (Short Film, Dir. Anya Beyersdorf, P.D. Emmeline Dulhunty), which was awarded one of the Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowships as part of the Sydney Film Festival. She has also designed music videos for Froyo's, DARLING, Jep and Dep's, CRUEL MOON, Sparrows', TAKE MY HEART OUT and Ry's, RIDE FOR ME.

Her recent production design credits for opera include: LA CALISTO, (Dir. Elsie Edgerton-Till, Sydney Conservatorium of Music), THE FAIRY QUEEN (Dir. Elsie Edgerton-Till, Sydney Conservatorium of Music) and IL TABARRO (Dir. Constantine Costi, Alfie's Newtown). She was also involved in Heather Fairbairn's production of LA PETITE FLUTE ENCHANTEE at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, Helskini, working as a concept artist and design associate.

Her recent set and costume design credits for theatre include: NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH (Dir. Susanna Dowling/ Suzanne Pereira, Illuminate Educate, Monkey Baa), THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS (Dir. Hailey McQueen, Clock and Spiel Productions, Seymour Centre), THIS, THIS IS MINE (Dir. Duncan Ragg, Corinthian Food Store Collective) and RAUSCH (Dir. Elsie Edgerton-Till, NIDA). 

Isabella was a recipient of the William Fletcher Foundation Tertiary Grant in 2014, and was selected to exhibit in World Stage Design 2017 in Taipei. Isabella has also worked as a swing dresser on MATILDA: THE MUSICAL (HOD: Sue Lyons, Sydney Lyric Theatre) for Miss Honey/Mrs. Wormwood, the child cast and the female ensemble. She also had the great fortune of collaborating with director, Agnes Baginska on a miniature for her film LAST TREE STANDING, which was created as part of the MA in Film David Lynch Scholarship and screened at Festival de Cannes 2017.

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QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor of Dramatic Art (Design)
National Institute of Dramatic Art, 2012 - 2014.
Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours: Class I)
Sydney College of the Arts, 2008 - 2011.
Certificate II Design Visualisation
Whitehouse Institute of Design Australia, 2006 - 2007.


AWARDS
Winner: APDG Emerging Live Performance Design

Winner for The Greeks
Australian Production Design Guild, 2014. 
Nomination: APDG Emerging Live Performance Design
Nomination for Fewer Emergencies
Australian Production Design Guild, 2014. 
Nomination: APDG Costume Design for Stage
Nomination for A Midsummer Night's Dream
Australian Production Design Guild, 2015.
Nomination: APDG Costume Design for Stage
Nomination for Blood Wedding
Australian Production Design Guild, 2015.
Finalist: World Stage Design 2017
Nomination for The Fairy Queen
Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, 1 - 9 July 2017.
Winner: Highly Commended
Forest painting, Heart of Annandale, Art Exhbition, 2017.
Recipient: William Fletcher Foundation Tertiary Grant
William Fletcher Foundation, 2014.
Winner: PALM Award
People's Choice: Abstract category
PALM Awards, 2011.


PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR FILM
2017
The Greenhouse
(FF)
Production Designer
Writer/ Director: Thomas Wilson-White
The Obscure (Virtual Reality Mini Series)
Writer/Director: Tel Benjamin
Screen NSW 360 Degree Grant
AMP Capital (TVC)
Production and Costume Designer
Writer/Director: Thomas Wilson-White
BattleStations (Web Series)
Production Designer
Writer/Director: Sky Dominic
Jep and Dep - Cruel Moon (MV)
Production and Costume Designer
Director: Isabella Andronos
Sparrows - Take My Heart Out (MV)
Production and Costume Designer
Director: Nicholas McKinlay
Froyo - Darling (MV)
Production and Costume Designer
Director: Nicholas McKinlay
iAm (Web Series)
Production and Costume Designer
Director: Samantha Young
Writers: Jerome Meyer and Tim Franklin

2016
Stranger
(SF)
Production and Wardrobe Designer
Writer/Director: Peter Skinner
Green River II (SF)
Production Designer
Writer/Director: Nick Andrews
Catch You Next Tuesday Productions / Saddest Man
Green River I (SF)
Production Designer
Writer/Director: Nick Andrews
Producer: Catch You Next Tuesday / Saddest Man
How The Light Gets In (SF)
Production Design Assistant
Writer/Director: Anya Beyersdorf
Production Design: Emmeline Dulhunty
Gifthorse Collective
Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship, Sydney Film Festival

2015
Bench Mark
(Webisode)
Production and Costume Designer
Director: Cam Smeal
Writer: Kate Walter
Producers: Tim Fox, Justina Ward, Hub Studio
The Goat That Butts (SF)
Production and Costume Designer
Writer/Director: Shannon Ashlyn
Mistress of the Forest (SF)
Production and Costume Designer
Writer/Director: Nicholas Hiatt
Port's End (SF)
Production and Costume Designer
Writer/Director: Alexander Lee-Rekers
Last Tree Standing (Mid-Length Film)
Miniature Maker
Writer/Director:  Agnes Baginska
MA in Film David Lynch Scholarship
Festival de Cannes 2017

2014
Euxine (SF)
Production and Costume Designer
Writer/Director: Tess Hutson
Victorian College of Arts
64th Melbourne International Film Festival selection 2015
Munich Filmschoolfest 2015

Dungog Festival 2015
Reelgood Film Festival 2016

Last Bites (SF)
Production and Costume Designer
Director: Dane McCusker
Writer: Chris Squadrito
Producer: Jasper Marlow
Metroscreen
GB Film Festival
Perch Animation for Glasgow Commonwealth Games (Animation)
Co-designer and Animator
Directors: Patrick Nolan, Allan Richardson, Ricardo Puccetti, Graham Geoffrey Hicks
Glasgow Commonwealth Games/Perch
Asian Games (TV Event)
Co-designer and Concept Artist
Director: Peter Nielsen
Spinifex

2013
Ry
(feat. Shadow Kitsune)- Ride For Me (MV)
Production and Costume Designer
Director: Benjamin Schostakowski
Co-designer: Emily Barr
NIDA/Triple J Unearthed/Rage
The Night Sky (SF)
Costume Designer
Director/Writer: Larissa Behrendt
AFTRS
Haircuts (SF)
Production Design assistant and Set Dresser
Director: Tristan Pemberton
Writer: Con Nats
Flywire Films

2012
Dovetail
(SF)
Production and Costume Designer
Director: Alexander Lee-Rekers
Writer: Peter Maple


PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR STAGE
2017

Neighbourhood Watch
Set and Costume Designer
Director: Susanna Dowling / Suzanne Pereira
Writer: Lally Katz
Monkey Baa, 19 - 24 July
La Calisto
Set and Costume Designer
Director: Elsie Edgerton-Till
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Music Workshop, 20 - 27 May
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Set and Costume Designer
Director: Susanna Dowling
Writer: William Shakespeare
Sport For Jove
Seymour Centre 22 May / Paramatta Riverside 6 June

2016
La (Petite) Flûte Enchantée

Associate Set Designer
Director: Heather Fairbairn
Writer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, Helsinki, 3 - 4 Dec
The Screwtape Letters
Set and Costume Designer
Director: Hailey McQueen
Writer: C.S. Lewis
Clock and Spiel Productions
Reginald Theatre / Seymour Centre / Sydney 22 Nov - 10 Dec
The Loft Theatre / Chapel Off Chapel / Melbourne 13 Nov - 17 Dec
Courtyard Studio / Canberra Theatre Centre / Canberra 19 Dec - 23 Dec
Bakehouse Theatre / Adelaide 18 - 23 April
Il Tabarro
Set and Costume Designer
Director: Constantine Costi
Writer: Giacomo Puccini
Alfie's, 6 - 9 October
This, This Is Mine
Set and Costume Designer
Writer / Director: Duncan Ragg
The Corinthian Food Store Collective
Shiv's House / Tilly's House, 14 - 25 September
Rausch
Set and Costume Designer
Director: Elsie Edgerton-Till
Writer: Falk Richter
NIDA Parade Space, 10 - 11 September
The Fairy Queen 
Set and Costume Designer
Director: Elsie Edgerton-Till
Writer: Henry Purcell
Sydney Conservatorium of Music, 14 - 21 May
Bruce Glen: The Gentlemen Magician
Set and Prop Designer
Writer/Director: Bruce Glen
The Royal Automobile Club, Sydney, 18 March - 3 June
Matilda: The Musical
Swing Dresser for Miss Honey and Mrs Wormwood, Child cast and Female Ensemble
Director: Matthew Warchus
Writers: Roald Dahl and Tim Minchin
Sydney Lyric Theatre, August - February

2015
Great Island

Set and Costume Designer
Director: Pierce Wilcox
Writer: Pierre Marivaux
Beside Ourselves Collective
107 Projects, 29 July - 9 August
Neighbourhood Watch
Set and Costume Designer
Director: Susanna Dowling
Writer: Lally Katz
Bondi Rock Surfers
Bondi Pavillion, 25 May - 7 June
The School for Scandal
Set and Costume Designer
Director: David Burrowes
Writer: Richard Brinsley Sheridan
The New Theatre, 28 April - 30 May
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Set and Costume Designer
Director: Susanna Dowling
Writer: William Shakespeare
Sport For Jove
Riverside Theatre/Seymour Centre, 18 - 25 March
Corinthian Food Store Collective
Set and Costume Designer
Writer/Director: Duncan Ragg
Bondi Rock Surfers/ATYP, 27 February
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Set and Costume Designer
Director: Susanna Dowling
Writer: William Shakespeare
Sport For Jove
Bella Vista Farm, Bella Vista, 5 - 30 December
Everglades, Leura, 10 - 25 January

2014
Twelfth Night

Set and Costume Designer
Director: Olivia Satchell
Writer: William Shakespeare
Sceggs, November
Blood Wedding
Costume Designer
Director: Kristine Landon-Smith
Writer: Federico García Lorca
NIDA Parade Playhouse, 16 - 23 October
My Name is Truda Vitz
Set and Costume Designer
Director: Pierce Wilcox
Writer: Olivia Satchell
Sommersault Theatre Co.
TAP Gallery, 25 June - 6 July
The Greeks (The Murders: Hecuba, Agamemnon, Electra) 
Set Designer
Director: John Sheedy
Writers: Euripedes, Aeschylus and Sophocles
NIDA Parade Playhouse, 10 - 17 June
A Moment on the Lips
Costume Designer
Director: Mackenzie Steele
Writer: Jonathan Gavin
Mad March Hare Theatre Co
The Old Fitzroy Theatre./SITCO, 25 March - 12 April
Tales from the Arabian Nights
Set and Costume co-design with Becky-Dee Trevenen
Directors: Kylie Bonaccorso with Lincoln Hall, Margie Breen and Shane Anthony Jones
NIDA Parade Playhouse, 25 - 27 January

2013
Fewer Emergencies

Set and Costume Designer
Director: Susanna Dowling
Writer: Martin Crimp
NIDA Parade Space, 27 - 30 November
Women's Circle
Set and Costume Designer
Director: Elsie Edgerton-Till
Writer: Kate McDowell
ACPA, NIDA Parade Space, 23 August
Delicate Strength
Set and Costume Designer
Director: Elsie Edgerton-Till
Writer: Kate McDowell
ACPA, 17 May

2012
Skip The Third

Set and Costume Designer
Director: Anthony Skuse
Writer: Ellana Costa
NIDA Parade Studio, 6 - 8 Sept

2011
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

Costume Designer
Directors: Cameron Croker and Faran Martin
Writer: T.S. Eliot
Sydney Fringe Festival
The Greek Theatre, 13 - 18 September



ART EXHIBITIONS
World Stage Design 2017
Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts at the Taipei National University of the Arts, Taipei, Taiwan. (1 - 9 July 2017)
Keeping The Body In Mind
NIDA, Aus. (14 September 2016)
Stitch and Glitch
The Bearded Tit, Redfern, Aus. (27 June - 6 August 2015)
Colour of the Sky
Praque Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, Prague. (2015)
Windows of the City
Perth Festival, Beans and Bunches window, Perth, Aus. (21 August - 14 Sept 2015)
Costume Design at the Turn of the Century 1990 - 2015
Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum, Russia. (2015)
The Breakup
107 Projects, Sydney, Aus. (23 - 26 July 2014)
ICAA
Archive Space, Sydney, Aus. (18 December 2013)
You're Du Champ!
curated by Jack Stahel, Archive Space, Newtown, Aus. (5 - 11 June 2013)
Interact: Part Two
F-Art Gallery, online gallery (29th April 2013)
Space Trash @ TINA
The Crack House, This Is Not Art Festival, Newcastle, Aus. (28 - 29 September 2012)
Space Trash/Caravan Sets
107 Projects, Sydney, Aus. (6 June 2012)
Trout Slap
Sydney College of the Arts Auditorium, Sydney, Aus. (23 May 2012)
Crankin Art Party
Crack Theatre Festival, The Red Rattler, Sydney, Aus. (3 May 2012)
Greatest Hits Film Night: Best of Sydney College of the Arts Degree Show
Verge Gallery, Sydney, Aus. (22 March 2012)
St Jerome’s Laneway Festival
Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, Aus. (5 February 2012) 
Electroprojections
G3 Gallery, Melbourne, Aus. (12 September 2012)
Brick Wall Boxing Day Bash (number 2)
Down Town Photo Studio, Toronto, Canada. (26 December 2011)
Deja
Bandhouse Marrickville, Sydney, Aus. (3 December 2011)
Space Trash #1
curated by Emma Sanderson, Cosmo’s Rock Lounge, Sydney, Aus. (20 November 2011)
Reflections: An Exploration of the Body in Video Art
Curated by Lucas Davidson for Illuminations Screening Program, Bondi Pavillion Gallery, Bondi Pavillion, Sydney, Aus.  (14 October 2011)
Athens International Film and Video Festival
Athens, Ohio, USA. (22 - 28 April 2011) 
Salon Reworked
Verge Gallery, Sydney, Aus. (14 - 25 November 2011)
Sydney College of the Arts Grad Show Sydney College of the Arts
Sydney College of the Arts, Aus. (15 - 25 November 2011)
Affinity
Gallery Eight, Sydney, Aus. (28 October - 17 November 2011)
PALM Awards
Verge Gallery, Sydney, Aus. (6 - 21 September 2011)
Open Call
Verge Gallery, Sydney, Aus. (25 June - 19 August 2011)
Small Works Prize & Exhibition
Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Aus. (14 - 30 June 2011)
Modern Windows: Image Capture in the 21st Century
Monstrosity Gallery as part of the Head On Photo Festival, Sydney, Aus. (5 - 25 May 2011)
Scassquatch
DedSpace Gallery, Sydney, Aus. (20 April - 27 April 2011)
Gradients
curated by Alex H Mack, Isabella Andronos and Megan Hanson, DedSpace Gallery, Sydney, Aus. (9 March - 1 April 2011).
Detours Film Festival
Santorini, Greece. (27 - 29 August, 2010) 
Salon Group exhibition
Verge Gallery, Sydney, Aus. (18 November - 10 December 2010)
Sydney College of the Arts Grad Show
Photomedia Studio, SCA, Sydney, Aus. (16 - 26 November 2010)
Damage
Group exhibition, Verge Gallery, Sydney, Aus. (5 - 28 October 2010)
Anonymous Archive
Group exhibition, curated by Isabella Andronos, DedSpace Gallery, Sydney, Aus. (15 September 2010).
3rd Year Group Show
Group exhibition, DedSpace Gallery, Sydney, Aus. (11 August 2010)
Free Cloud
Group exhibition, DedSpace Gallery, Sydney , Aus. (28 October 2009)
The Desired Object: Reflections on Camera Lucida
Curated by Anne Ferran, Photomedia Studio, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney, Aus. (29 August - 11 September 2009


REVIEWS
“One of the stars of the show is designer Isabella Andronos. The production captures the masque quality of the opera superbly. The choreography moves the fantasy characters around with a ballet-like formality. This is enhanced by beautiful costumes set against a serviceable stage design suitable for the small space. The designer Isabella Andronos is in some ways the star of the show. The women are elegant, the men quite dandified. Only the two humans are in day-to-day dress and move and act in naturalistic manner in contrast to the mostly studied formality of the fantasy characters.”
John O’Brien, 15 May 2016, The Fairy Queen
Con Opera’s The Fairy Queen showcased a wide range of skills and an enjoyable production

“These successful costume designs by Isabella Andronos complement her set design which blends the enchanted wood with a salon turned upside down as supernatural beings get close to the mortals. Headpieces, costume fabrics and props successfully magnify the essence of each being onstage, whether they are fairies or gods.”
Paul Nolan, 17 May 2016, The Fairy Queen
Con Opera: The Fairy Queen @ Sydney Conservatorium of Music

“The set is the third character in this play. Designed by Isabella Andronos, it is detailed and dim and full of secret nooks and crannies. The dark wood and cloudy backdrop put us in mind of Harry Potter, and that is never a bad thing.”
Alana Kaye, 25 November 2016, The Screwtape Letters
TN Review: The Screwtape Letters [Seymour Centre]

“Although the strength of Screwtape was in its comedic and intellectual balance, represented by the respective performers, the production elements were crucial to its ability to fly as a bespoke spectacle. Isabella Andronos has already claimed awards for her work, and is sure to climb quickly as a clearly talented visionary and execution expert. The apothecary-style stage surrounded by scraps of letter paper backed by a stormy scrim gave the costumes punch and the interludes a confident dynamism. The slippers were a game-changer, as was the black paper/white suit remix.” 
Brodie Paparella, 25 November 2016, The Screwtape Letters
BWW Review: The Screwtape Letters was Sinfully Entertaining at Seymour Centre

“You quickly realise that this production is more like an episode of a reality TV show than a play. Costume designer, Isabella Andronos, has given the characters that ‘I’m Rich But Also A Bit Trashy’ kind of look, which is typical of the latest generation of reality television stars. Miss Candour wears a leopard print skirt that could easily be something from Snooki’s wardrobe. It’s easy to relate any one of these characters in to a number of celebrities. The couple with an age gap as extensive as their height differences, Sir Peter and Lady Teazle, could easily be Brynne and Geoffrey Edelston or Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris, or Hugh Hefner and any one of ‘thousands’ of other women.”
Alison Maher, 8 May 2015, The School For Scandal
The School For Scandal: Review

“Bold stage design and strong ideas characterise this production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s comic masterpiece. Designer Isabella Andronos (who, like Burrowes, is a recent NIDA graduate) throws up a heavy-browed false proscenium that focuses our attention very effectively. A wide gold curtain sweeps apart to reveal a sparely furnished, white box set. Periwigs and pannier skirts are dispensed with. The look and attitude is high-end Westfield Bondi and everyone under 30 arrives with mobile phone in hand, natch.”
Jason Blake, 1 May 2015, The School For Scandal
Review – The School For Scandal

“Isabella Andronos’ set and costume designs are mischievous and refreshing, adding to the Sydney theatre landscape an exciting aesthetic that is reflective of a particular generational and cultural segment. The representation of dominant social tribes is important in the understanding of our selves, and Andronos’ contribution is an acute study of the way things are, for some of us, in the absolute now.”
Suzy Wrong, 24 May 2015, The School For Scandal
Review: The School For Scandal

“Production Designer Isabella Andronos has converted the New Theatre black box space to a proscenium theatre complete with gold curtain allowing dramatic reveals of the changes of set occupying the stark white stage fitted with rear double doors and side doorways. The story takes place in a series of rooms including Lady Sneerwell’s boudoir fitted with chaise lounge and a rainbow clothes rack and Sir Teazle’s living room complete with a family portrait and tributes to his wife’s pug. Andronos’ costume design also helps establish the various characters and stereotypes from the solid colors of the young socialites, the patterns and graphic clothes Charles and his carefree friends wear and the reserved suits favored by the older characters.”
Jade Kops, 1 May 2015, The School For Scandal
BWW Reviews: School For Scandal Proves The Comedy Of Manners In 1770’s London Society Is Still As Relevant Over Two Centuries Later

“The straight lines of Andronos’ bright, white, set, the play moves quickly and smoothly. Scenes changes are swift, with minimalist props and colourful, carefully co-ordinated costumes making sharp statements about place and time. The opening scene typifies this. Gold curtains open and through double doors thrown open at the back Eleanor Stankiewicz as Lady Sneerwell enters. Servants bring her a tray with a line of cocaine and a cocktail, both of which she takes elegantly.”
Carol Wimmer, 2015, The School For Scandal
The School For Scandal

“The production values are excellent. Isabella Andronos’ handsome stage design is very white and very ‘now’ and the costumes aided instant character recognition.”
Geraldine Worthington, 3 May 2015, The School For Scandal
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TESTIMONIALS
“Isabella Andronos is extraordinary. She is extremely inventive, creative and a problem solver, not only this, she is an absolute delight. Her creative approach is kind, collaborative and her work ethic is second to none. It was pure joy to work with her on our touring production, one that required a complex variety of venues, a challenge she took on and solved with ease. She is organised, always meets deadlines and went above and beyond in every aspect. And of course the design itself was absolutely stunning- one of the most praised part of the production. I cannot imagine ever working with another designer again!”

Hailey McQueen, co-director of Clock and Spiel Productions, 2017