Verity Hampson is a lighting and projection designer for theatre, dance, opera, film and television. Verity has worked with many of Australia’s leading directors and choreographers including Judy Davis, Leticia Caceres, Lee Lewis, Imara Savage, Sarah Goodes, Anne Louise Sarks, Anthea Williams, Gale Edwards, Kate Champion, Meryl Tankard, Stuart Maunder, Declan Greene, Sam Strong and Eamon Flack.
Since graduating from NIDA, Verity has forged a formidable career, designing over 130 productions including the multiple award-winning productions: THE DROVER’S WIFE and FAITH HEALER (Belvoir); THE BLEEDING TREE (Griffin); AFTER DINNER and MACHINAL (Sydney Theatre Company); THE BOYS and THE FLOATING WORLD (Griffin); and Helpmann Award nominated productions of FLY AWAY PETER (Sydney Chamber Opera) and FLY (Token Events) national tour.
Verity won two Sydney Theatre Awards and a Green Room Award for Best Mainstage Lighting Design, for BLACKIE BLACKIE BROWN (Sydney Theatre Company/ Malthouse Theatre) and for MACHINAL (Sydney Theatre Company). She won the APDG Award for Best Lighting Design for DEATH OF A SALESMAN (Queensland Theatre). She received an Australian Production Design Guild Award nomination for Best Lighting Design for THE DROVER’S WIFE (Belvoir); a co-nomination for Best Mainstage Design for BLACKIE BLACKIE BROWN; four Green Room Award nominations and a Sydney Theatre Award nomination for TITUS ANDRONICUS (Bell Shakespeare). Verity is currently nominated for 2020 Green Room Award for WAKE IN FRIGHT. Verity won the Mike Walsh Fellowship which took her to Broadway to work with projection designers 59 Productions.
For theatre, Verity’s designs include: for Sydney Theatre Company, BLACKIE BLACKIE BROWN, AFTER DINNER, BATTLE OF WATERLOO, HAMLET: PRINCE OF SKIDMARK, MACHINAL, LITTLE MERCY, HAMLET, BEFORE/AFTER, LEVIATHAN, THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, TUSK TUSK (with ATYP), LIKE A FISHBONE, THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST, THE CRUCIBLE; for Belvoir, WINYANBOGA YURRINGA, ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, SAMI IN PARADISE, FAITH HEALER, RUBY’S WISH, THE DROVER’S WIFE, THE BLIND GIANT IS DANCING, IVANOV, IS THIS THING ON?, SMALL AND TIRED, THE BUSINESS, THAT FACE, THE GATES OF EGYPT; for Queensland Theatre, DEATH OF A SALESMAN; for B Sharp, THE SWEETEST THING, FOOL FOR LOVE, PARLOUR SONG, BLISS, LADY MACBETH OF MTSENSK, QUEEN C, A VIEW OF CONCRETE, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, AN OAK TREE, 2,000 FEET AWAY, THE SMALL THINGS, PAN, DUCK, A FAMILY AFFAIR; for Griffin, A STRATEGIC PLAN, TURQUOISE ELEPHANT, THE BLEEDING TREE, MUSIC, BEACHED, THE BULL, THE MOON AND THE CORONET OF STARS, THE FLOATING WORLD, THE BOYS, THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM, THIS YEAR’S ASHES, AND NO MORE SHALL WE PART, THE BROTHERS SIZE, ANGELA’S KITCHEN, CRESTFALLEN, WAY TO HEAVEN, REFERENCES TO SALVADORE DALI MAKE ME HOT, DEALING WITH CLAIRE, FAMILY STORIES, BELGRADE, THE COLD CHILD, LIVE ACTS ON STAGE; for Soft Tread, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PAUL; for ATYP, VX18504; for Bell Shakespeare, TITUS ANDRONICUS , JULIUS CAESAR, LITERATI and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM; for La Boite, ONE THE BEAR, BLACKROCK, LA VOIX HUMANE; for Ensemble Theatre, BABY DOLL, FULLY COMMITTED , THE ANZAC PROJECT, CLYBOURNE PARK, LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY, GREAT FALLS; for Malthouse, WAKE IN FRIGHT, BLACKIE BLACKIE BROWN, FIERY MAZE (with Sydney Festival); for National Theatre of Parramatta, JESUS WANTS ME FOR A SUNBEAM, FLIGHT PATHS, THE RED TREE, SWALLOW, PARAMATTA GIRLS and SAFETY IN NUMBERS; and for Sydney Dance Company, WOOF, NEW BREED and PPY.
Verity’s lighting for opera includes: for Sydney Chamber Opera, FLY AWAY PETER, IN THE PENAL COLONY; for Spectrum Now Festival, ORPHEUS AND EURYDICE at the Art Gallery of NSW; for Sydney Conservatorium, DAISY BATES AT OOLDEA, ORFEO ED EURIDICE, KING ARTHUR; and for Cre8ion, SOPRANOS, THE SHOW GIRLS OF OPERA.
For television, Verity was lighting director for the ABC’s LIVE AT THE BASEMENT and THE ROAST; and THE CROWN PRINCE AWARDS for SBS.
Verity is a partner in Vexran Productions, a design firm specialising in digital content generation and presentation for theatre. Productions designed by Vexran include: for Belvoir, MARK COLVIN’S KIDNEY and THE BLIND GIANT IS DANCING; for Sydney Theatre Company, LITTLE MERCY, BEFORE/AFTER, LEVIATHAN, LIKE A FISHBONE; for Griffin, THE TURQUOISE ELEPHANT and BEACHED; for Ensemble, LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY (co-design) and GREAT FALLS.
In 2020, Verity’s designs include: JESUS WANTS ME FOR A SUNBEAM (Belvoir/NTOP); HOME I’M DARLING (Sydney Theatre Company); GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PAUL (State Theatre Company of South Australia); WAKE IN FRIGHT (Black Swan Theatre), AMELIE (Darlinghurst Theatre Company), DOUBLE DELICIOUS (Sydney Festival/CAAP); THE SOVEREIGN WIFE (Hayes Theatre Co), and THINGS I COULD NEVER TELL STEVEN (NTOP).