Charles 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.
During his final year at NIDA, Charles was awarded the William Fletcher Foundation Award for emerging artists and designed sets for the world premiere productions of Stephen Sewell’s KANDAHAR GATE and Michael Gow’s WRITING FOR PERFORMANCE.
Charles’ theatre designs include: THE REVUE (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); THE WHALE (Old Fitz), UNFINISHED WORKS (Seymour Centre); set design FLY national tour (Token Events); A SMOKE SOCIAL (Darwin Festival); and co-design THE GRAND HOTEL (Sydney Grammar). Charles is associate set designer for MURIEL’S WEDDING: THE MUSICAL with Global Creatures and Sydney Theatre Company.
Opera designs include: ARTASERSE, THE CORONATION OF POPPEA (Pinchgut Opera); BIOGRAPHICA (Sydney Chamber Opera/Sydney Festival); OH MENSCH! (Sydney Chamber Opera, costume); HANSEL AND GRETEL directed by Michael Gow (Queensland Conservatorium). Charles was associate set designer for CARMEN directed by John Bell and THE MERRY WIDOW directed by Graeme Murphy (Opera Australia).
In 2018, Charles was awarded a 2018 Mike Walsh Fellowship. He was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award for best set design for THE WHALE.
In 2019, Charles designs include Tom Stoppard’s THE REAL THING directed by Simon Phillips for Sydney Theatre Company; NED KELLY the opera, for Perth Festival and Lost and Found Opera; and set design for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival television and stage Galas.
Charles is lecturer and mentor for NIDA’s undergraduate design programme.
View Charles’ designs at charlesdavisdesigner.com