Ben Hughes

Ben Hughes

Lighting Designer

Ben Hughes is an award-winning lighting designer for theatre, dance and opera. His designs have appeared on stages both throughout Australia, and internationally. He is Associate Artistic Director of The Danger Ensemble.

Credits include: for Australasian Dance Company, THREE 2.0, FORGERY, AFTERMATH, THE DINNER PARTY (THE HOST); for Queensland Ballet, STRICTLY GERSHWIN, THE MASTERS SERIES, GISELLE; for Queensland Theatre, THE ALMIGHTY SOMETIMES, THE SUNSHINE CLUB, RETURN TO THE DIRT, BOY SWALLOWS UNIVERSE, TRIPLE X (with Sydney Theatre Company), MOUTHPIECE, ANTIGONE, L’APPARTEMENT, TWELFTH NIGHT; for Sydney Theatre Company, POISON OF POLYGAMY (with La Boite), BLACK IS THE NEW WHITE (and national tour); for Melbourne Theatre Company, 37; for QPAC, JERSEY BOYS (with Prospero Arts), IS THAT YOU RUTHIE? (with Oombarra Productions), BREAKING THE CASTLE; for Opera Queensland, DON GIOVANNI, MOZART AIRBORNE (with Expressions Dance Company and Natalie Weir); for La Boite, IRL, THE LAST FIVE YEARS, AWAY, NAKED AND SCREAMING, THE NEIGHBOURHOOD, FROM DARKNESS; for Brisbane Festival, BANANALAND, SALAMANDER; for Prospero Arts, SINGING IN THE RAIN, WIZARD OF OZ; for Meryl Tankard, TWO FEET (Adelaide Festival and Hong Kong Arts Festival); for Dead Puppet Society, Legs on the Wall, Brisbane Festival and Sydney Festival, HOLDING ACHILLES.
Ben won the 2023 Matilda Award for Best Lighting Design for SALAMANDER, and has received Australian Production Design Guild Award nominations for MEDEA, TWELFTH NIGHT, and BOY SWALLOWS UNIVERSE; and numerous Matilda Award nominations for Best Lighting Design including for BOY SWALLOWS UNIVERSE, L’APPARTEMENT, SWITZERLAND, GOOD MUSLIM BOY, THE CRUCIBLE, JOHN GABRIEL BORKMAN and MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN and for Best Set Design for CALIGULA (co-design).

Ben lectures in lighting design at Queensland University of Technology.

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