theatre design
  costume design
  visual art
  asian projects



Theatre Designer, Visual Artist, Performer


Tel  +61 3 9387 3915  mobile  +61 423 423 870
Email:    michaelbpearce@bigpond.com
Web:      michaelpearcemelbourne.com





Australian Ballet

‘Night Path’- choreographer Stephen Baynes  2008
‘Constant Variants’ – choreograher Stephen Baynes  2007
‘Southern Lights’ - a triple bill of 3 new works by Stephen Baynes 2004
‘Imaginary Masque’ / ‘Unspoken Dialogues’ /  ‘El Tango’
‘The Book of Alleged Dances’ – choreographer James Kudelka 1999
‘At the edge of night’ – Stephen Baynes, Melbourne Festival 1997 – New York 1999
‘Shadow In The Facet’ – Stephen Baynes 1996
‘Sand Siren’ – Gideon Obarzanek 1992

Australian Dance Theatre

‘Beyond The Flesh’ – Leigh Warren  Adelaide Festival 1990
‘A Far Cry’ – Douglas Wright 1989  ‘Dancing On The Edge’ – Helen Herbertson
‘Bodyline’ – Graeme Watson     ‘Metro’ – Simon Phillips 1988
‘Weekend Stretch’ – Graeme Watson     ‘Quirkshuffle’ – Leigh Warren 1987
‘Let’s Gersh’ – Csaba Buday 1987
‘Revelation And Fall’ – Glen Tetley  Adelaide Festival 1984
‘Inner Circles’ – Gray Veredon 1982
‘Broken Head’ – Jonathan Taylor 1981
‘Fools Dream’ – Julia Blaikie, Margaret Wilson, John Salisbury 1981
‘Winter By Spring’ – Joe Scoglio 1980
‘Three Brides’ – Julia Cotton 1979
‘Womb Walk’ – Julia Blaikie 1978

Royal New Zealand Ballet

‘Halo’ – Douglas Wright NZ International Arts Festival 2000
‘Rose And Fell’ – Douglas Wright 1997
‘The Decay Of Lying’ – Douglas Wright 1992

Douglas Wright Dance Company - New Zealand

‘The Kiss Inside’ – Douglas Wright NewZealand 2015
‘Black Milk’ – Douglas Wright  New Zealand Sydney 2006
‘Buried Venus’– Douglas Wright - NZ International Arts Festival, Greenmill Melbourne 1996
‘Forever’ – Douglas Wright New Zealand 1993, Sydney Festival 1995

Sydney Dance Company

‘Janiculum’ – Garth Welch 1984‘
Wilderness’ – Graeme Murphy 1982

Netherlands Dance Theatre

‘Revelation And Fall’ – Glen Tetley  Holland Festival 1986

The Queensland Ballet

‘The Fold’ – Stephen Baynes 1999
‘Savage Earth’– Pamela Buckman 1987
‘Diversions’ – Jacqui Carroll 1981

QUT - Queensland University of Technology

‘Luminous Shadows’ – QUT Dance Graduation Program 2001
‘Poetics Of  Space’ – Csaba Buday
‘Notebooks: No 14’ – John Utans        ‘The One Apart’ – Natalie Weir

Vietnam Opera and Ballet Theatre

‘Kham Pha/Unravelling’  7 emerging Vietnamese choreographers - mentor/designer 2000
‘Through The Eyes Of The Phoenix’ – Cheryl Stock, Tina Yong, Sun Ping 1997

Victorian Arts Centre

‘Kan/En’ – Sue Healey Melbourne Festival - design in National Gallery moat 1998
‘Bending The Willow’ – Don Asker 1994
‘The Tempest’ – Garth Welch, ‘The Soldier’s Tale’ – Robert Ray 1987
Shell Folkloric Concert 1985

Victorian College of the Arts School of Dance

‘Phosphorescence’ – Anna Smith  -Graduation Program at Gasworks 2003
‘Earth’ – Joe Scoglio     ‘Dislocations’ – Graeme Watson –Malthouse 1993

Tony Yap & Yumi Umiumare Company

‘in-compatibility’ –Melbourne International Arts Festival  2003

Tony Yap – Research and Development Project

Investigating shamanistic trance practice influencing his dance
– Design consultant and dramaturg – Arts Victoria funding 2002/2003

Sue Healey Company

'Fine Line Terrain' – Auckland 2003 Sydney 2003/4

Dance North – Townsville

‘Don’t Forget The 40’s’ – ‘Women’s War Too’ – Cheryl Stock,
‘If War Were A Dance’ – Karen Pearlman/Richard Allen 1992
‘World Café’ – Graeme Watson 1990
‘Ochre Dusk’ – Cheryl Stock 1987
‘Sun, Sea and Sandwiches’ – Cheryl Stock     ’Luna Sunrise’ – Graeme Watson 1986

Danceworks – Melbourne

‘The Seasons’ – David Gordon 1988

One Extra Dance Co/Human Veins Dance Theatre

‘Double Shuffle’ – Kai Tai Chan/Don Asker  – Canberra, Sydney 1988

Human Veins Dance Theatre – Canberra

‘In The Distance Someone Singing’ – Don Asker 1983
‘Alice Underground’ – Tony Strachan 1983
‘Under The Skin’ – Don Asker 1980

Adelaide Festival Centre Trust – National Tour

Song And Dance – Costumes – Anthony Van Laast/Andrew Lloyd Webber 1983

Tasdance – Tasmanian Dance Co­

‘Moon Caves’ – Jenny Kinder 1982


Akhenaten Project – Sydney

Creative development – Dorothy Porter verse novel ‘Akhenaten’ 2000

Melbourne Theatre Company/State Theatre Company of South Australia

‘A Room Of One’s Own’ – Virginia Woolf, Director – Lois Ellis, National Tour 1994

Queensland Theatre Company

‘Peter Pan’ 1994

Tropic Line Theatre Company, Townsville

‘Scenes From Castle Hill’ 1992

Polyglot Puppet Theatre – Melbourne

‘Widartji’ – Jack Davis 1991 

Chung Ying Theatre Company – Hong Kong

‘Two Gentlemen Of Verona’ – Hong Kong Arts Festival 1990

Handspan Theatre Company – Melbourne

‘The Reading Boy’ – Workshop – Peter Wilson/John Romeril 1989

Victorian State Opera

‘The Snow Queen’ – Director Ariette Taylor 1987

Workshop with Peter Carey

Adapting his short story ‘The Chance’ for puppets, actors Sydney 1987

Playbox Theatre Company - Melbourne

‘This Antigone’ devised by James McCaughey 1986

State Opera of South Australia

‘The Snow Queen’ – Come Out Festival – Nick Enright/Graham Dudley,
Director Chris Johnson 1985

Adelaide Festival Centre

‘The Labours Of Hercules’ – Circus Opera with Circus Oz – Come Out Youth Festival Director Gale Edwards 1983
‘Habeas Corpus’ – Alan Bennett 1981
‘E.G.B.D.F.’ (Every Good Boy Deserves Favour) – Andrew Previn Adelaide Festival 1980

St Martins’ Youth Art Centre Melbourne

‘Cain’s Hand’ at Nimrod Theatre, Sydney 1982

Nimrod Theatre Sydney

‘Bullies’ House’ – Thomas Keneally 1980

Sydney Theatre Company - Sydney Opera House

‘The Lady Of The Camellias’ – Set Design – Rex Cramphorn 1979

National Theatre London

Assistant to Designers Timothy O’Brien, Tazeena Firth and John Bury 1976

South Australian Theatre Company

Resident Designer 1972-1975  (Artistic Director George Ogilvie)
‘Jugglers Three’, ‘Crete & Sargent Pepper’, ‘Comedy Of Errors’, ‘Long Days Journey Into Night’, ‘Occupations’, ‘The Three Cuckolds’, ‘The Department’, ‘Equus’, ‘Othello’, ‘Bride Of Gospel Place’, ‘The Winslow Boy‘

Melbourne Theatre Company

‘Long Days Journey Into Night’ 1973
‘The Department’ 1975



‘Lacuna'  - fortyfivedownstairs gallery, Melbourne 2015
‘Unwrapped Hong Kong' - fortyfivedownstairs gallery, Melbourne 2013
‘Fluid'  - fortyfivedownstairs gallery, Melbourne 2011
‘Hong Kong Unwrapped'  - Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts Gallery 2009
‘Flow’ – a drawing installation, Nha Trien Lam/Exhibition House, Hanoi Vietnam 2002
‘Flow’ – Harbourside, Darling Harbour – Sydney Gay Games Cultural Festival 2002
‘Flow’ – a drawing installation, Counihan Gallery in Brunswick 2000
‘Works On Paper’ – Scope Gallery, Melbourne 1995
‘Drawings’ – Firestation Community Arts Centre, Dandenong Vic 1993
‘Drawings’ – Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville Qld 1992
‘Drawings’ – Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide 1992
‘Drawings’ – Malthouse Gallery, Malthouse Theatres, Melbourne 1991
‘Stranded Shores’ – Reconnaissance Gallery, Melbourne 1987
‘Drawings’ – University Gallery, Adelaide University, Adelaide 1978



‘Identity’ - Midsumma fortyfivedownstairs Melbourne 2011
‘Constellations’ –A Large number of Small drawings  RMIT Gallery 2010
‘Three by Three’ –designs for AB’s Interplay  Vic Arts Centre  2008
‘Drawn to the Stage’  Victorian Arts Centre Gallery  2007
‘308b’ – an exhibition of five artists, Counihan Gallery in Brunswick Vic 2001
‘Postcard Show’ – Linden Gallery, St Kilda Vic 1995
N.A.V.A. Window – Collins Street, Melbourne 1994
‘Landscape’ – Roar Studios, Fitzroy Vic 1993‘Gasworks’ – South Melbourne Vic 1993
‘The Alice Prize’ – Alice Springs Art Gallery, Alice Springs NT 1993
‘Diamond Valley Art Award’ – Melbourne Vic 1993
‘Spring Festival of Drawing’ – Mornington Peninsula Art Centre, Langwarrin, Vic 1993
‘The Alice Prize’ – Alice Springs Art Gallery, Alice Springs NT 1992
‘Not The Archibald Prize’ – Melbourne Fringe Festival, Fitzroy Vic 1991
‘Diamond Valley Art Award’, Melbourne Vic 1991
‘Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On’ – Melbourne Theatre Designers,
Performing Arts Museum, Melbourne 1991
‘Artzworkz Two’ – BP Australia Acquisitive Prize, Melbourne 1990
‘Townsville Art Award Exhibition’ – Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townville QLD 1990
‘Castlemaine Festival Drawing Prize’ – Castlemaine Art Gallery Vic 1990
‘Imaging Aids Exhibition’ – Linden Gallery, St Kilda, Vic 1989
‘Prague Quadriennale of International Theatre Design’ – Five Australian Designers, Prague Czechoslovakia 1983
‘Stage Design’ – Myer Gallery, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide 1982
‘Latrobe Valley Prize Exhibition’ – Latrobe Valley Arts Centre Vic 1972
‘Corio Prize Exhibition’ – Geelong Art Gallery, Geelong Vic 1971
‘New Directions’ – Flinders University Gallery, Adelaide SA 1969


Art Gallery of South Australia
Adelaide Festival Centre
Adelaide University Collection
Flinders University Collection
La Trobe Regional Gallery
Performing Arts Museum Adelaide SA
Performing Arts Museum, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne
Moreland City Council- Counihan Gallery  Collection


‘Art & Eros’ (actor) – Iris Murdoch, Director – Lois Ellis – Melbourne Writers Festival 2002
‘Bending The Willows’ – dance/theatre work by Don Asker – Victorian Arts Centre 1994
Dancer Marilyn Woods Celebrations Group – performing in outdoor city spaces – Adelaide Festival of Arts 1976
Marilyn Woods group.  Opening celebration Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art (Iran) New York/Tehran 1977
FIAC – Festival of International Contemporary Art.  Grand Palais, performance piece with Tony Strachan, Paris 1977
Adelaide Festival of Arts with Tony Strachan 1978

Adelaide Festival – worked with Tony Strachan and Paul Adolphus to create ‘Chrome’ - Experimental Art Foundation and Festival outdoor activities 1980
Performances at Sydney Festival, Canberra Festival, Adelaide Festival,
Brisbane Commonwealth Games Arts Festival, Opening of Melbourne Concert Hall, Kinselas Cabaret, Sydney 1982
Performances in Canada, U.S.A. and Europe 1983
Performances at festivals in Holland, Germany, Zurich and Brussels 1984


Green Room Award (Melbourne) for Best Dance Design 2004 –‘Imaginary Masque’ -Stephen Baynes –Australian Ballet
Green Room Award (Melbourne) for Best Dance Design 1999 – ‘The Book Of Alleged Dances’ – James Kudelka  The Australian Ballet
Green Room Award for Best Dance Design 1997 – ‘At the edge of night’ Stephen Baynes  The Australian Ballet


Asialink Performing Arts Residency  -Hanoi Academy  of Theatre and Film 2005
Arts Victoria – International/cultural exchange – ‘Flow’ exhibition in Hanoi 2001-2002
Australian Embassy, Hanoi, Vietnam – Public diplomacy program funding ‘Flow’ 2002
Myer Foundation – Intercultural Dance and Design project – Vietnam/Australia 99/2000
Asialink Performing Arts Residency – Hanoi Theatre and Film Institute 1998
Arts Victoria International cultural exchange project – Vietnam Opera Ballet Theatre 1997
Australia Council, Individual Development Grant 1990
Australia Council, Grant to reform with Tony Strachan and Paul Adolphus to develop the performance work ‘CHROME’ 1981
Australia Council, Travel Grant to Europe and USA 1976


Education Qualifications
Diploma in Art (Teaching) – South Australian School of Art 1967
Bachelor of Arts Degree (Drama, English, Fine Arts) – Flinders University, Adelaide 1970

Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts –Artist in Residence –Design  2009 and 2007
VCA -Victorian College of the Arts School of Production.
Design lecturer teaching projects 2012, 2008 - 2004
WAAPA –West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Design Dept Visiting Fellow 2005
Hanoi Film and Theatre Academy  Asialink Residencies 2005 and 1998
VCA–Artist in Residence Schools of Production and  Dance 
-teaching, mentoring and designing. 2003
Victorian College of the Arts School of Dance -– Postgraduate Studies
Tutor/Design 2002 & 1995/96
Victorian Arts Centre – Arts Encore workshops  – Design Teaching Artist
Professional development teachers/artists 2001, 2000, 1998, 1996, 1987
Rusden State College (Deakin University) Melbourne, Dance and Drama Department – Tutor, Designer in Residence 1980
Rusden State College (Deakin University) Melbourne, Dance and Drama Department -Tutor in Design 1978


Asialink Performing Arts Residency-Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema
Teaching Stage design and undertaking ‘drawing dialogues’ with Vietnamese contemporary artists, gathereing visual material for future exhibition. 2005
‘Flow /chay’ 
a drawing installation /exhibition influenced in form and content by Vietnam.  Nha Triem lam/Exhibition House Hanoi.  Lectures  Hanoi Fine Arts University Teaching projects -design students Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema. Hanoi 2002
‘Kham pha /Unravelling’
collaboration with Vietnam Opera Ballet Theatre and director Cheryl Stock, - a dance and design project of new dance works with seven emerging Vietnamese choreographers. Designing and mentoring young designers. Hanoi 2000
Asialink Performing Arts Residency –the Hanoi Academy of Theatre and Cinema
teaching stage design and mentoring/collaborating on graduate acting and design student production of David Williamson’s ‘Travelling North’       Hanoi 1998/1999
Through the Eyes of the Phoenix
set and costume design for a dance and music cross cultural collaboration with Vietnam Opera Ballet Theatre, with director Cheryl
Stock and two Australian choreographers and composer.   Hanoi 1997