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, lighting pantomime and productions in repertory. Scott has had a solid career in Australian theatre, working with companies including Hunter Valley Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Ensemble Theatre, The Production Company, Manillia Street, Queensland Ballet, Straightjacket Productions, Midsumma, Victorian Opera, Flying Teapot, Opera Hunter, La Mama, Young Dancers Company, Melbourne Opera, and Australian Dance Theatre.
For eight 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.
Scott has developed 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 Post, with Upstage Theatre. He is a founding member of Straightjacket Productions, and continues to deliver the theatrical work for the company. In 1996 he established a small production company to manage theatrical productions and festivals. 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.
For thirteen 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 specialised Arts projects, spaces 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) for seven years.
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, Bakersfield Mist (Straightjacket), La Boheme, Tosca (Melbourne Opera), The Ballard of Backbone Joe (Sydney Theatre Company), Blood Brothers (Manilla Street), Jekyll & Hyde, Sweeney Todd (GCAC), Two Weeks with the Queen, The Golden Masque of Agamemnon (YPT), A Midsummer Nights Dream, Post (Upstage Youth Theatre) and Lectern Rock (Westpac Corp.).
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