Renée is an award-winning set and costume designer.
Renée works with Australia’s leading directors including Jessica Arthur, Sarah Goodes, Lee Lewis, Paige Rattray, Imara Savage, Shari Sebbens, Sam Strong, Andrew Upton and Kip Williams. Renée is currently Design Director at Queensland Theatre, was a member of Queensland Theatre’s National Artistic Team from 2016-2017 and Resident Designer at Sydney Theatre Company from 2012-2014.
Designs for theatre include: for Sydney Theatre Company, BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, BANGING DENMARK, THE TORRENTS (with Black Swan Theatre Co), BLACK IS THE NEW WHITE, HAMLET: PRINCE OF SKIDMARK, ORLANDO, BATTLE OF WATERLOO, PERPLEX, THE EFFECT, THE LONG WAY HOME, DANCE BETTER AT PARTIES, MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION, THE LUCK CHILD, IN A HEART BEAT, THE SPLINTER, EDWARD GANT’S AMAZING FEATS OF LONELINESS, costume HARP IN THE SOUTH, SAINT JOAN, TOP GIRLS, CHIMERICA, CHILDREN OF THE SUN, ENDGAME, VERE (FAITH), associate CYRANO DE BERGERAC; for Melbourne Theatre Company, HOME I’M DARLING, ARBUS & WEST; for Griffin Theatre, SUPERHEROES, PRIMA FACIE, RICE, THE BLEEDING TREE, THE BOYS, HOAX; for Bell Shakespeare, ROMEO AND JULIET; for Queensland Theatre, MOUTHPIECE, TRIPLE X (with Sydney Theatre Company); NEARER THE GODS, AN OCTOROON, RICE (with Griffin), SACRE BLEU, FAT PIG; for La Boite, AS YOU LIKE IT, RUBEN GUTHRIE, I LOVE YOU BRO; for National Theatre of Parramatta, QUEEN FATIMA.
Designs for film include: production design A PARACHUTE FALLING IN SIBERIA (short); art department THE DISTANCE BETWEEN (short); and art department armourer NARNIA – VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER.
Renée won Best Stage Design of a Mainstage Production and was nominated for Best Costume Design at the 2019 Sydney Theatre Awards for her work on THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE. Renée won the 2018 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Costume Design for TOP GIRLS and was nominated in the same category for her designs for HARP IN THE SOUTH, both with Sydney Theatre Company. She also received a Helpmann Award nomination for Best Costume Design for HARP IN THE SOUTH. Renée won a Matilda Award for Best Design for EDWARD GANT’S AMAZING FEATS OF LONELINESS (Sydney Theatre Company/La Boite).
Renée holds a Bachelor of Design in Dramatic Art from the National Institute of Dramatic Art and a Bachelor of Interior Design from Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.
Upcoming work includes designing the world premiere of BOY SWALLOWS UNIVERSE for Queensland Theatre and Brisbane Festival; the Australian tour of PRIMA FACIE; costume design on PLAYING BEATIE BOW for Sydney Theatre Company; and design on DOGGED for Griffin Theatre.
View Renée’s designs at reneemulder.com