Bianka Kennedy is a designer for theatre and dance and a visual artist working in installation and public art. Bianka graduated from Adelaide College of the Arts in 2018 having studied Live Design and was a finalist for the SA Training Awards Vocational Student of the Year award.
Bianka designed for live performances prior to study, for the Australian Company of Performing Arts end of year performances at the Festival Theatre (main stage), 2014 and 2015. Her student design credits include: Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth, directed by Terence Crawford, 2017; Where the Air is Silent, choreographed by Scott Ewen, 2017; Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and her Children, directed by Charles Sanders, 2016; Dissolution, choreographed by Tobiah Booth-Reemers, 2016; 10,000 Things, choreographed by Erin Fowler, 2016. Bianka also studied units in props making and scenic art that allow her to realise designs.
Bianka now operates as a freelance designer. This year saw Bianka’s professional design debut with George Orwell’s fable Animal Farm, State Theatre Company of South Australia, directed by Geordie Brookman, which toured regionally from March to May. She Production Coordinated the FOMO Festival stage sets for Nicki Minaj’s Australia and New Zealand tour which occured in January. Additional freelance design roles include: Associate Designer on Stephen Sewell’s epic Welcome the Bright World, 2018, directed by Charles Sanders, with Terence Crawford as lead actor; the verbatim play Aftershocks by Paul Brown, directed by Terence Crawford, 2018; and Lowground, the musical retelling of Grimm’s Rapunzel in 2018.
As a visual artist, Bianka has designed and produced installation and public artworks: Fox Creek, commissioned by Fox Creek, located at the Garden of Unearthly Delights, 2019; Continuum, commissioned by SA Power Networks, 2019; Colour and Contemplation, commissioned by Upper Sturt Primary School, 2017; Urbant, commissioned by Adelaide City Council, 2016; Imaginate, commissioned by Stirling East Primary School, 2015; Ride with me, commissioned by the Prospect City Council for the Tour Down Under, 2015.
Bianka serves on the Australian Production Design Guild’s South Australian Committee and is a member of the Arts Industry Council (SA), Theatre Associate of SA and Guildhouse.