About Rob

Rob lives and works in Naarm on the lands of the Yalukit-willam of the Kulin Nation and pays respects to the traditional custodians of these ancestral lands, and to Elders - past, present and emerging- who were the first image and sound makers here, and continue to have a rich artistic heritage that is to be cherished and celebrated.

Rob is a lighting and set designer working across opera, music theatre, experimental and installation projects and consultancy. He is resident designer for Watch This, Melbourne’s Sondheim repertory company, and collaborates with a range of companies on national and international projects. He is a previous resident designer for Melbourne Lyric Opera.

Recent work includes Melbourne Opera’s complete 2023 Ring Cycle, with new stagings of Siegfried and Götterdämmerung added to Die Walküre (2022) and Das Rheingold (2021) at Her Majesty’s and Regent Theatre (dir. Suzanne Chaundy). Also for Melbourne Opera includes The Flying Dutchman and Verdi’s Macbeth (dir. Bruce Beresford) Other work includes Angels in America (dir. Gary Abrahams), Cabaret (Hayes Theatre/ Showtune Productions), Merrily We Roll Along (Southbank Theatre Lawler/ Watch This) and L’incoronazione di Poppea (Melbourne Lyric Opera/ dir. Tyran Parke) Bad Jews (dir. Gary Abrahams), Company (dir. Kat Henry), Die Knef (dir. Rachel Baring) and the return seasons of Thank You for Being a Friend (dir. Neil Gooding) and What is the matter with Mary Jane (dir. Sancia Robinson), Ned (dir. Gary Young) for City of Bendigo/ Groaning Dam Productions, The Trouble with Harry (dir. Alyson Campbell) for MKA/ Melbourne Festival and Passion (dir. Neil Gooding) for Life Like Touring. Other work includes Pacific Overtures (dir Alister Smith) and Assassins (dir. Tyran Parke) for Watch This Productions, MKA’s Dogmeat (dir. John Kachoyan), Iphigenie en Tauride (dir. Nate Gilkes) for Lyric and Palace of the End for Dan Clarke/Theatreworks.

Rob’s Green Room award nominations include Outstanding Design (Lighting) for Melbourne Opera’s Die Walküre and Macbeth, Best Lighting on MO’s Flying Dutchman, MKA’s Triangle, Watch This’ Pacific Overtures and A Little Night Music and MKA’s The Trouble with Harry. Other work includes production and/or tour management for Marina Prior, Macy Gray, Chita Rivera, Melanie Safka, Helen Reddy, Liza Minelli, Lorna Luft and Ben Vereen. He has taught at National Theatre Drama School and mentors design students for Monash University. His lighting design work has been so far been seen in Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, New York, New Zealand and Jerusalem.