Freelance design

Richard Roberts has designed for drama, dance, film, television and opera. Since his first professional engagement in 1977 as a resident designer at the State Theatre Company of South Australia, he has worked for all the major performing arts companies in Australia.

He is the recipient of four Greenroom Awards. He won best design for Drama in 1998 for the Playbox premiere production of Stolen, and in 2000 for the MTC premiere production of Life After George. In 2001 he won best design in Dance for The Australian Ballet’s Requiem and in 2004 for Molto Vivace, also for The Australian Ballet.


Richard is represented by Aurora Artists Management – contact Justine Goss ph: +61 414 864 418  e: justine@auroraartists.com


From 1992 – 1996, Richard was Head of Design at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. responsible for establishing, developing and implementing  the three year Design Diploma.

From 2000 – 2008, Richard was the Head of the School of Production – one of six schools – at the Victorian College of the Arts – one of Australia’s premier arts training institutions. In 2008 he stepped down from that position to enable him to devote more time to his design work.

He has also worked as a guest lecturer at the National Institute of Dramatic Art and is regularly asked to present workshops on design for secondary students.

In November 2013, he took up the position of Head of Design at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, a position he held until August 2015