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Damien Cooper

Lighting Design

Damien is an award winning lighting designer working in theatre, opera and dance. Damien works with many leading dance companies in Australia and this work has toured extensively around the globe. For Bangarra Dance Theatre Damien has lit Mathinna choreographed by Stephen Page and Of Earth and Sky (Riley and Artefact) choreographed by Frances Rings and Daniel Riley.

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Damien is a lighting designer working in theatre, opera and dance.

Damien works with many leading dance companies in Australia and this work has toured extensively around the globe. For Bangarra Dance Theatre Damien has lit Mathinna choreographed by Stephen Page and Of Earth and Sky (Riley and Artefact) choreographed by Frances Rings and Daniel Riley.

Other dance credits include Ocho, Grand, Air and Other Invisible Forces, Orb and [AB]intra for Sydney Dance Company, set and lights for Shaun Parker Company’s Am I, lighting design for Tasdance’s Affinity, Chunky Move’s Mortal Engine, Stalker Theatre Company’s Shanghai Lady Killer, Australian Dance Theatre’s Habitus and Be Your Self and The Australian Ballet’s Murphy, Romeo and Juliet, Firebird and The Narrative of Nothing.

Damien’s career highlights include Neil Armfield’s productions of The Ring Cycle (Opera Australia) and Exit The King (Malthouse Theatre and Belvoir) on Broadway starring Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon; Graeme Murphy’s Swan Lake (Australian Ballet); Australia’s most successful subsidized-theatre show ever Keating The Musical (Belvoir); and Birdbrain (Australian Dance Theatre) which played over 60 venues around the world.

In 2019 Damien has designed Madama Butterfly (Opera Australia), Cinco & Neon Aether (Sydney Dance Company), Oscar and Lucinda (Sydney Chamber Opera) Counting & Cracking and Things I Know To Be True (Belvoir).

Damien has won three Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Lighting Design and four Green Room awards for Best Lighting Design. He won the Australian Production Designers Guild inaugural Award for Lighting Design for his work on Opera Australia’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen and the Showreelfinder Award for Live Performance Lighting Design for The Glass Menagerie at Belvoir. Damien was nominated for a 2019 Helpmann Award for his work on [AB]intra at Sydney Dance Company.

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Awards

  • Damien has been awarded three Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Lighting Design
  • Damien has been awarded four Greenroom Awards for Best Lighting Design
  • Australian Production Designers Guild inaugural Award for Lighting Design for Opera Australia’s Der Ring Des Nibelungen
  • Showreelfinder Award for Live Performance Lighting Design for The Glass Menagerie at Belvoir