Charles is a set and costume designer for theatre, opera, dance and film. A graduate of NIDA, Charles also studied architectural design at Monash University.
Charles’ theatre designs include: NO PAY? NO WAY!, RULES FOR LIVING, THE REAL THING, THE WHARF REVUE 2018 -2020 (Sydney Theatre Company); BUYER AND CELLAR, THE KITCHEN SINK and WIDOW UNPLUGGED (Ensemble Theatre); AN ACT OF GOD (Darlinghurst Theatre Company); SMURF IN WANDERLAND (Griffin Theatre/National Theatre of Parramatta); HAPPY DAYS, THE WHALE (Red Line Productions); FLY and MOBY DICK Lano and Woodley national tour (Token Events); A SMOKE SOCIAL (Darwin Festival). Charles was associate set designer for MURIEL’S WEDDING: THE MUSICAL with Global Creatures and Sydney Theatre Company. He designed the set for Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s television and stage Galas from 2019 to 2022.
Charles’ designs for opera include: SEVEN DEADLY SINS & MAHOGONNY SONGSPEIL set design (Red Line Productions); ARTASERSE, THE CORONATION OF POPPEA (Pinchgut Opera); for Sydney Chamber Opera, BREAKING GLASS, BIOGRAPHICA design (with Sydney Festival), OH MENSCH! costume; NED KELLY (Perth Festival/Lost and Found Opera); and HANSEL AND GRETEL (Queensland Conservatorium). Charles was associate set designer for CARMEN directed by John Bell and THE MERRY WIDOW directed by Graeme Murphy (Opera Australia).
Charles won a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Stage Design of an Independent Production for HAPPY DAYS and is the winner of the Mike Walsh Fellowship. ARTASERSE, which he designed for Pinchgut Opera, won the International Opera Award for Best Rediscovered Work.
Charles is a lecturer and mentor for NIDA’s undergraduate design programme.
View Charles’ designs at charlesdavisdesigner.com