Presented by Joe Paradise Lui & Friends

Design Direction Workshops

Design Direction Workshops

Tues 6, Thur 8, Tues 13, Thur 15 Oct

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    Wed 30 Sept
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It's design time!

The Blue Room Theatre is thrilled to announce a new series of workshops aimed at designers, choreographers, directors and devisors looking to elevate their collaborations, provoking theatre makers to integrate design in the creative development process.

Through this series, directors, choreographers and devisors will get more insight into the design process and will be encouraged to think more deeply about design ideas and how they influence theatre-making. Designers will be encouraged to think about agency and insight into being collaborators.

Each workshop will feature a different aspect of design, led by a different member of the independent design community to speak to the form, technologies and collaborative methods. Each session will involve both theory and practical work. The series is led by Joe Paradise Lui, with friends Lucy Birkinshaw (lighting), Olivia Tartaglia (set/costume) and Emma Fishwick (AV).

Ten participants will be selected to attend all four workshops over two weeks as a comprehensive professional development opportunity to establish tools and networks for more meaningful collaborations across design within the theatre-making process.

To submit an expression of interest, click the application form and fill it out by by Wednesday 30 September. Participants will be selected by Joe Lui and The Blue Room Theatre to establish a balance and variation of practitioners engaging in the workshop across design and making forms.

Sound design with Joe Paradise Lui
Tuesday 6 October, 5-9pm

Lighting design with Lucy Birkinshaw
Thursday 8 October, 5-9pm

Set and Costume design with Olivia Tartaglia
Tuesday 13 October, 5-9pm

AV design with Emma Fishwick
Thursday 15 October, 5-9pm


Joe Lui is a founding member of Renegade Productions. Within its aegis he creates, writes, directs, designs and composes theatre and performance works. Joe Lui is the Spirit of the Fringe World. He is part of the professional and independent theatre industry in Perth as a director, writer, and a sound and lighting designer. He has worked with most Perth-based companies, including Black Swan State Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company, Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company and the vast majority of independent companies.

Lucy Birkinshaw is a lighting designer and artist and co-founder of Filament Design Group, whose design work spans theatre, music theatre, concert lighting, opera, dance, film and television. She graduated from WAAPA with an Advanced Diploma of Lighting Design for Production and Performance, and from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Lucy has designed lighting for Black Swan State Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Barking Gecko, The Aphids, Melbourne Opera, Lyric Opera Melbourne, WAYTCO, and many others. Lucy’s distinctive approach to depth, contrast and beauty within her designs make her an identifiable theatre artist.

Olivia Tartaglia designs installations and sets stemming from an array of experiences in theatre, contemporary art, interstate and international residencies and events within the music industry. Having studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and participated in the 2018 Next Wave Program, Olivia fosters creative collaborations as well formulating her own practices individually, recently launching a new interdisciplinary practice, Holiday Feelings. This work is an aesthetic outlet with dreams to develop into a full bodied art practice.

Emma Fishwick is a Perth based artist who lives and works on Whadjuk Noongar boodja, WA. Emma is an artist whose work takes numerous forms and questions whether dance can achieve the often-complex connections between the human and non-human, challenging her understandings of the form through incorporating multiple mediums/practices. Some of these mediums are movement, drawn & photographic image, film, scenography and scholarship. This perspective on making has lent itself to a practice intimately entwined with research, process, sustainability and adaptability. Graduating from WAAPA Honours (Dance) program LINK in 2010 and has since engaged in multiple projects in Perth, Sydney, Tasmania, Berlin, Bilbao, Next Wave (2016) and Dance Massive (2017) in Melbourne. In 2018, Emma has been awarded the role as an associate artist with Co3 Australia focused on production management and videography. In 2019, Emma competed a Master of Arts (Choreography) at WAAPA, joined the STRUT Dance Board, Lectures in Multi-Media and Dance History at WAAPA, Choreographed for the International Young Choreographers Project in Taiwan.


This workshop is available for members of The Blue Room Theatre who are directors, devisors, choreographers and designers, and will be delivered in person at The Blue Room Theatre. Participants will be selected based on their expression of interest.

Image by Pixel Poetry. Image is a production photo from Unrule, a show with set design by Olivia Tartaglia.