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Trudy Dalgleish

Designer - Lighting

Management: Australasia


In The Heights, Blue Saints/Hayes Theatre co-pro
“The ‘champion’ of the Design creative, however, must be the nuanced Lighting Design from Trudy Dalgleish, that covers general atmospheric deliberation balanced with an intimacy of detail that catches the faces of the actors to keep the story pointed – a small ‘miracle’ accomplish”
Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Diary, 23 March 2018

“Trudy Dalgleish's lighting focuses the locations whilst also allowing transitions of time and focus on thought with some fabulous creativity in reminding the audience that the story is current during Blackout.”
Jade Kops, BWW Review, 22 March 2018

Cunning Little Vixen, Victorian Opera
“ …richly illuminated with the sense of the passing seasons by Trudy Dalgleish's
atmospheric lighting”.
Michael Shmith, The Age, June 2017

Georgy Girl: The Seekers Musical, Georgy Girl Productions
“The lighting by Trudy Dalgleish is magnificent. Very effective use of projection photography is featured…”
Lynne Lancaster, ArtsHub, 12 April 2016 

West Side Story, The Production Company
“Shaun Gurton's design ....worked well, complemented by Trudy Dalgleish's mood lighting.”
Vito Mattarelli, Australian Stage, 12 July 2015  

Proof, Ensemble Theatre
“With the play’s intricate plotting, clear direction by Sandra Bates, strong performances by the cast, yet another impressive set by Graham Maclean, and Trudy Dalgleish’s elegantly lit stage, PROOF adds up to an engaging and rewarding night at the theatre.”
David Kary, Sydney Arts Guide, 9 February 2014

Dusty, the Original Pop Diva
“Trudy Dalgleish’s superb lighting almost makes you forget how bare the stage is.”
Bryce Hallett, The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 March 2006 

Trudy Dalgleish graduated from NIDA after a three-year degree in Technical Production. She has received many prestigious awards for her Lighting Designs such as a Helpmann Award for White Devil (Best Lighting Design, Theatre), an ‘Entech’ Award for Best Lighting Designer - Live Events, the John Truscott Design Award for Excellence, the Music Theatre Technical Design Award for the lighting of Eureka at the Green Room Awards and a Green Room Award for Best Lighting for Hairspray and was nominated for a ‘Mo’ Award for outstanding contribution to musical theatre as well as a Helpmann Award for Dead Man Walking and Green Room Awards for Orlando (Opera Australia), Boy from Oz (Production Company) and Cunning Little Vixen (Victorian Opera) in the category Best Lighting.

2022 was to see Trudy design the lighting for Qween Lear (Sydney Festival), which unfortunately had to be cancelled. She will design the lighting for Mack and Mabel at WAAPA, and continue her long-standing relationship as Associate Lighting Designer for Gordon Frost Productions (Crossroads Live)/Opera Australia, with Cinderella in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

In recent seasons Trudy has worked as Associate Lighting Designer for the Gordon Frost productions of Shrek in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane as well as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in Brisbane. She also designed lighting for The Woman in Black presented by Ensemble Theatre, Summer of the 17th Doll presented by State Opera South Australia, the Schools Spectacular and The Secret Garden. She was also engaged as Associate Lighting Designer for Fiddler on the Roof by Opera Australia in co-production with the Gordon Frost Organisation in both Sydney and Melbourne.

Trudy’s lighting designs include In the Heights for Blue Saints Productions at Hayes Theatre and Sydney Opera House, A Little Night Music for Victorian Opera, Macbeth and The Cunning Little Vixen for West Australian Opera (a co-production with State Opera of South Australia), Saturday Night Fever for Gordon Frost Organisation, Carousel for WAAPA, Candide for New Zealand Opera and All Out of Love, the Air Supply musical, Cat Stephens’ “Cat in an Attic” tour in New Zealand, Melba at the Hayes Theatre and The Cunning Little Vixen for Victorian Opera (for which she has received a Green Room Award nomination).

Furthermore, she has designed lighting for Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks for Ensemble Theatre in Sydney and Wollongong, Funny Girl for The Production Company, Legends! for Gordon Frost, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie for Christine Dunstan Productions, Legally Blonde for WAAPA, West Side Story directed by Gale Edwards for The Production Company, the opening and closing ceremonies for the World Men’s Handball Championships in Doha for David Atkins Enterprises; the world premiere of Georgy Girl for Georgy Girl Productions in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, Proof and Rapture Blister Burn for Ensemble Theatre, Thoroughly Modern Millie for WAAPA, Annie for Gordon Frost, Moonshadow, a new Cat Stephens musical, The Act for Ensemble Theatre, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying for WAAPA, Certified Male for Glynn Nicholas in Australia and Leicester in the UK, Little Big Club in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and City of Friends an arena show in Bergen Norway for Millennium International, Snow on Mars directed by Gale Edwards for Theatre of Image at Sydney Festival, Hairspray for David Atkins, Turns for Christine Dunstan Productions, The Boy from Oz at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney, Alfa Bank’s Moscow Day at Moscow State University, Little Big Club in Amman Jordan and Pan Arab Games Opening Ceremony in Doha, Orlando, Manon, HMS Pinafore, Trial By Jury, The Pirates of Penzance, A Little Night Music and My Fair Lady in Australia and New Zealand for Opera Australia, Fame for Gordon Frost , The Boy from Oz for the Production Company and The Chooky Dancers’ first production, Ngurrumilmarrmeriyu (Wrong Skin) at the Adelaide Festival and in Melbourne and Sydney, David Campbell’s Good Lovin’ tour, a commercial tour of Breast Wishes, and God of Carnage for Sydney Theatre Company. Other engagements include Shout in Sydney and Melbourne for GFO, Eurobeat in the Novello theatre West End and a UK tour, Inuk 2 choreographed by Meryl Tankard and Sid’s Waltzing Masquerade choreographed by Aszure Barton, both for Sydney Dance Company; Bubble for Legs on the Wall, Little Women and Pippin for Kookaburra and Gallipoli directed by Nigel Jamieson for Sydney Theatre Company, The Shoehorn Sonata on tour for Christine Dunstan Productions, Kaiden for Meryl Tankard, Dead Man Walking for Andrew McManus Presents, The King and I for Broadway Asia in China, Eurobeat at the Edinburgh Festival and Voyage, Imagine, Magic and Dream over a 4 year contract in Strasbourg France, Eureka – The Musical (directed by Gale Edwards), Leader of the Pack for Newtheatricals, Dusty the Musical, The Anzac International Military Tattoo, Eurobeat in Australia for Glynn Nicholas, The Way of the World for Sydney Theatre Company, Fame in South Africa, Sydney Opera House 30th Anniversary concerts, The Man From Snowy River, Opera Australia’s Sweeney Todd in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane, IMG and David Atkins’ Singing in the Rain in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore, Kevin Jacobson’s Shout, What the World Needs Now at the Theatre Royal, Fame – the Musical, and Sisterella, SEL and Gordon Frost’s Man of La Mancha, Wizard of Oz, Annie, Grease - the Arena Spectacular, The Sound of Music, Grease – the Mega Musical and Cabaret, Gale Edwards’ The Boy from Oz, Sydney Theatre Company’s White Devil in Sydney and New York, Steel City at Radio City Music Hall, New York and Australian Tours, Dein Perry’s film Bootmen, Rhythm of the Night at Jupiter’s Casino.

Trudy’s work as Associate Lighting Designer includes the productions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Wizard of Oz, The Bodyguard, Driving Miss Daisy, Grease and The Sound of Music for Gordon Frost, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical for Michael Cassel, and Evita The Musical presented by Opera Australia and John Frost in association with Ian David Productions; for SEL Gordon Frost’s The Producers – The New Mel Brooks Musical, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne and Her Majesty’s Theatre in Sydney, The New Rocky Horror Show  for both Australian and Hong Kong season, Hey Hey its Cinderella for the Paul Dainty Organisation, Pageant for Harry M Miller, Carols by Candlelight for the Seven Network, Australia Day Live for the Nine Network, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Opera in the Park for Sydney Festival.

As Lighting Director for the Sydney Entertainment Centre for seven years, Trudy’s lighting designs included everything from circus, ice-skating, opera, ballet, and corporate theatre to rock concerts and sporting events. Lighting designs include: BB King, Don McLean, Dizzy Gillespie, Gene Pitney, Glenn Campbell, John Denver, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Sesame Street Live, Torvil and Dean, Australian Indoor Tennis Championships, South Pacific Games Closing Ceremonies, Supercross Masters, Premiers Concerts Royal Command Performance, The Moscow Circus and the Australian Ballroom Dancing Championships. She has also been Assistant Production Manager for The Big Day Out, Bolshoi Ballet’s Tour of South East Asia and the Australian Film Industry Awards.

Trudy Dalgleish is managed by Graham Pushee:  nina@artsmanagement.com.au
February 2022
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