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Martin Kinnane, lighting designer and lecturer, is known nationally and internationally for his enchanting theatre and events design.

He has planned the lighting design for events such as East Timor’s Independence Day celebrations, the Helpmann Awards, 2006, World Youth Day, 2008, and the World Masters Games Opening Ceremony, 2009. He is particularly renowned in Sydney as the lighting designer for Sydney’s New Year’s Eve events from 2001 to 2007 and his spectacularly theatrical lighting of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. He is currently lecturer in design for theatre and TV at Charles Sturt University and continues a close association with WhiteBox Theatre as a producer and lighting designer.

Martin attended the National Institute for Dramatic Arts (NIDA) from 1989 to 1991 and has worked intensively in theatre including as Producer at WhiteBox Theatre since 2006; Lighting Designer at the Ensemble Theatre since 1996; Lighting Designer with Ross Mollison and Lighting Designer with the HotHouse Theatre from 2006 to 2009. The many theatrical productions he has been associated with include: Desir and Absinthe for Speigelworld in New York and Miami; Shakespeare’s R & J for the Bell Shakespeare Company; and Sunset Boulevard for the Production Company.

Unsurprisingly, Martin was awarded the Drama Prize at Geelong College in 1988 where he was a student from 1983 to 1988, a member of Keith House and a football player in the 1st Football XVIII of 1988. He also played cricket and basketball at the School.

Sources: Geelong Advertiser. OGC 1998. Not updated beyond 2011.
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