Scott Allan is a stage Lighting Designer based in Melbourne, Australia. He works with a diverse range of theatre makers, corporate producers and educators, presenting creative work to engage contemporary audiences...
Scott grew up in the theatres of Newcastle, and after training with the Young People's Theatre (1986-1992), spent a further eight years with YPT, lighting pantomime and productions in repertory. Scott has had a solid career in Australian theatre and has worked at all levels, including work with Hunter Valley Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Ensemble Theatre, The Production Company, Opera Hunter, Freewheels TIE, Manillia Street, Straightjacket Productions, Midsumma, Victorian Opera, Flying Teapot, La Mama, Young Dancers Company, Melbourne Opera, Australian Dance Theatre, and touring productions.
For seven years Scott was the Resident Lighting Designer for The Arts Centre Gold Coast. He was the Production Manager for four years, overseeing the full operations of the musical theatre programs, touring productions and The Summer School, a Queensland Education in the Arts program.
In 1996 he established a small production company to produce and manage theatrical productions. Scott toured nationally with Henri Szeps' one-man shows I'm not a Dentist and Wish I'd Said That, and for Adrian Bohm, Late Nite Catechism with Denise Roberts. Scott has continued in developing a range of new work as part of the creative teams or producing partners, including Someone Like Thomas Banks (Straightjacket Productions/Platform Youth Theatre) Margaret Fulton, Queen of the Dessert (Present Tense), and as a founding member, the theatrical work of Straightjacket Productions.
For ten years, Scott has held the position of Manager, Technical Group for the Arts Faculty at Deakin University. Overseeing the Faculty's Technical Operations, Scott has worked intensely across most Creative Arts disciplines including Film & Television, Theatre Production, Digital Imaging, Contemporary Dance and Motion Capture, contributing to developments in Arts research, and managing many specialised Arts projects and creative events.
Scott remains passionate about education in the Arts, and contributes as an educator and mentor, presenting workshops and master classes for ALIA, Victorian Opera, Young People's Theatre, TAFE, Catholic Education Victoria, and Hunter School of Performing Arts.
Scott is a professional member of the Association of Lighting Designers (ALD), and was Treasurer of the Australasian Lighting Industry Association (ALIA) between 2007-2014.
Highlights for Scott include:
Diary of a Madman (Hunter Valley Theatre Company), Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Oldest Profession, Wish I'd Said That (Ensemble Theatre), Margaret Fulton Queen of the Dessert (Present Tense), Damn Yankees, Crazy for You (The Production Company), The Haunting of Daniel Gartrell (Straightjacket), La Boheme, Tosca, La Traviata, Carmen (Melbourne Opera), The Ballard of Backbone Joe (Sydney Theatre Company), Blood Brothers (Manilla Street), Oliver (Opera Hunter), Jekyll & Hyde, Sweeney Todd (GCAC), Two Weeks with the Queen, The Golden Masque of Agamemnon (YPT), A Midsummer Nights Dream, Romeo and Juliet (Upstage Youth Theatre) and Lectern Rock (Westpac Corp.).
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