DOROTKA ELZBIETA SAPINSKA
resume : updated aug 2012

member of the Costume Designers Guild Local 892 as CD

“I trained as a Textile Designer at Wellington Polytechnic, New Zealand and worked as a cutter in the Fashion Industry & the Wellington Opera House. I left NZ for Australia in 1994, worked in costume houses as a seamstress & for the Mens’ Bespoke Tailor at the Australian Opera. In Sydney I studied Set and Costume Design at NIDA (the National Institute of Dramatic Art). After graduating I worked as a Set & Costume Designer in Theater, Contemporary Dance & Opera for 8 years  with some of the most notorious Theater Directors in Australia  . . .  now I work in film. “

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Film & TV

2011-12

ENDER’S GAME ; Assistant Costume Designer; Costume Designer Christine Bieselin Clark, Director Gavin Hood
IL THEATRA ALLA MODA; Costume Exhibit Instalation & Exhibition Catalog for the Wallis Annenburg Centre of Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, USA

2009
BRIGHT STAR
; costume illustrator for Oscar nomination; Production Designer Janet Paterson, Director Jane Campion, Producer Jan Chapman
PENELOPE K, by the way; Production & Costume Designer; Director Peter Cudlipp; Producer Michael Bourchier;  BBC CBeeBies
WOLVERINE (Press Event); Art Director; production manager Steve Davey; Cambridge Events
2007-9
THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER
(feature film); assistant Art Director, production designer Barry Robison, director Michael Apted, producers Mark Johnson & Phillip Steuer, Walt Disney & Walden Media Production
2007
WOLVERINE
(feature film); start mid sep07; assistant Production Designer, production designer Barry Robison, director Gavin Hood, producers Luaren Shuler-Donner, Hugh Jackman & John Palermo
2006-7
PRINCE CASPIAN
(feature film); 18 months based in LA & Prague, concept illustrator for art department, production designer Roger Ford, director Adam Adamson, producers Mark Johnson & Phillip Steuer, Walt Disney & Walden Media Production
2005
AUSTRALIA
(feature film); 10 months, concept illustrator for art department, production & costume designer Catherine Martin director Baz Luhrman, Producer Catherine Knapman
SUPERMAN
concept illustrator for Hair & Make-up, head of hair & make-up Nikki Gooley; Director Brian Singer
EUCALYPTUS
(feature film) conceptual artist for art dept & costume, production and costume designer Janet Patterson, director Jocelyn Moorehouse, producers Uberto Pasolini & Lynda House, Fox Searchlight Pictures
2004
THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
(feature film); 11 months, based in New Zealand, concept illustrator for art department, hair/make-up & VFX, production designer Roger Ford, director Adam Adamson, producers Mark Johnson & Phillip Steuer, Walt Disney & Walden Media Production
2003
MONDO THINGO
(Television, titles sequence) costume designer, director Brendan Young, ABC
ALEXANDER THE GREAT
(feature film, pre prod ) costume illustrator; production & costume designer Catherine Martin, director Baz Luhrman, Producer Catherine Knapman
THE FALL OF THE HOUSE
(doco 60mins) production and costume design, Director Geoff Burton, Kurrajong Films
REVOLUTION by Gelbison
(music video clip) production and costume design, Director Sean Kruck, Brown Paper Films
JET BLACK
(proposed feature project) illustrator; ‘Style-Bible’, director Brendan Young, Mondo Moviola Pty
2002
FLICKERFEST
(trailer 2mins) costume design, Director Andrew Lancaster, Producer Louise Smith
TOGETHER
(dance film 7mins) costume design, Director Madelain Hereford, Producer Danielle Kelly
MACULAR DEGENERATION
(doco 55mins) art director, DOP Toby Oliver and Jim Frazer, Light & Shadow Productions
2001
THE VISITOR
(30mins) production and costume design, Director Dan Castle, Producer Jane Fullerton-Smith
LEVEL 15
(5mins) art direction, Director Sally-Anne Kerr
TWENTY DOLLARS
(short film) art direction, Director Lucien Savron (9mins), Nuvu Productions
1999
IN SEARCH OF MIKE
(7mins) production and costume design, Director Andrew Lancaster, Megan Harding Productions.
1998
SYDNEY STORY OF A CITY
(IMAX) design assistant to Roger Ford, Director Bruce Beresford; Big Screen Productions
IN A SAVAGE LAND
(feature) costume design assistant to Edie Kurzer, Director Bill Bennet, Beyond Films Ltd
RAINING PLEASURE
visual package design and production for new feature, Tristram Maill Films

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TVC’s

2009
DOVE (x3)
, art director & sylist, Director Diana Yee, NowScreen, Sydney
2008
HAHN
concept artist; TVC pitch; director Justin Kurzel; Cherub Pictures, Sydney
INNERCIRCLE RUM
concept artist; TVC pitch; director Justin Kurzel; Cherub Pictures, Sydney
McDONALADS
concept artist; TVC pitch; director Justin Kurzel; Cherub Pictures, Sydney
2006
ADVIL
costume designer; x3 TVC; director Kate Reidl; 8 Commercials, Sydney
NOKIA
concept artist; art director Karen Murphy; Revolver, Sydney
2005
MEZZO
concept artist; TVC pitch for Silverscreen; director Kier Macfarlane (L.A.), for China
XENICAL
concept artist; TVC pitch; director Brendan Young; DNA Films, Sydney
KFC TWISTER
art director; x5 TVC; director Kate Reidl; 8 Commercials, Sydney
KING GEE
concept artist; TVC pitch; director Brendan Young; DNA Films, Sydney
BURNSIDE “TRAPPED”
art director & costume designer; TVC (anti child abuse campaign) Director Brendan Young, DNA Films, Sydney
2002
RAYMOND SUITS
art director, Director Diana Yee, Red Moon Productions, India
NIVEA Beauty Products (x3)
, art director, Director Diana Yee, 185 Pictures, Malaysia
GREAT WESTERN CARS
art director, Director Joelyn Hoff, d&d Advertising, Sydney

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Graphics

2009
MONKEY MANIA
mural artist; for Trevor Sidley Monkey Mania, Sydney
2008
GO GO
graphic artist; letterhead & stationary; client Ruth Cullen; Sydney
MA
graphic artist; band/gig posters; client Drew Crawford; Sydney
EVIL TWINS
graphic artist; letterhead & stationary; client Alan Seigel; Los Angeles, USA
2006
UNFORTUNATE COOKIES
graphic artist; new product packaging; client Gabriel Muir; Sydney
2005-7
GALLERY 9
graphic artist; for new contemporary arts gallery; client Alan Cooley & Janet Patterson; Sydney
2005
FOR CHILDREN
graphic artist; for new children’s clothing label; client Janet Patterson; Sydney

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Theatre / Dance / Opera
2005
TIFFANY DIAMONDS; ADAMAS NEW RANGE LAUNCH
costume designer; Director/Choreographer Meryl Tankard, for New York & LA
2003
MACBETH
set and costume design, Director Michael Kantor, Company B; Belvoir St Theatre
PAUL CAPSIS ALIVE!
additional costume design/construction and styling; Edinbourgh Festival Tour
2002
UPHOLSTER
set/costume design & costume construction, Choreographer Phillip Adams, Balletlab; Opera House Studio
MOON SPIRIT FEASTING
set and costume design, overseas tour Germany,Switzerland & Japan, Elision; Hebbel Theatre, Berlin; Zurcher Theater Spektakel, Switzerland & Saitama Arts Festival, Japan
SOFTWARE
set and costume design, Director Julie Edwards; Opera Australia
THE STORY OF EUGENE AND ROIE
designer for workshop and promotional material
2001
MOON SPIRIT FEASTING
set and costume redesign, Elision, Director Michael Kantor; Melbourne Arts Festival
KING LEAR
set and costume design, Director Benjamin Winspear; Sydney Theatre Co
TURNSTILLER
set and costume design, Director Chris Mead; Stables Theatre
UPHOLSTER
set/costume design, Choreographer Phillip Adams, Balletlab; Athenian Theatre, Melbourne Fashion Week
2000
MEN
set and costume design, Director Leyland Kean, Rogue Star Prods; the Old Fitzroy
MEAT PARTY
set and costume design, Director Michael Kantor, Playbox Theatre; Melbourne Festival
ENDS OF THINGS
set and costume design, Choreographer Lucy Guerin, the Lucy Guerin Co, Melbourne Arts Festival
MOON SPIRIT FEASTING
set and costume design, Director Michael Kantor, Elision; Adelaide Festival of the Arts
URFAUST
set and costume design, Director Benedict Andrews, Performing Lines; Adelaide Festival of the Arts
E FALLEN
set and costume design (co-design with Gideon Obarzanek), Choreographer Phillip Adams, Balletlab Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi gras, Melbourne Arts Festival
1999
THE LITTLE CHERRY ORCHARD
set design, Director Anatoly Frusin; Company B, St Theatre
AUTOPSY URFAUST
set and cost design, Performing Lines, Director Benedict Andrews; Weiner 99 Festival Germany & Muffathulle Munich, Germany
URFAUST
set and costume design, new stages workshop, Director Benedict Andrews; Sydney Theatre Company
ROMEO AND JULIET
set and costume design, Director Wesley Enoch; Bell Shakespeare Company
PAUL CAPSIS ALIVE!
costume design, Musical Director Barry Kosky; Marguerite Pepper Productions; Metro Sydney
LEANING TOWARDS INFINITY
set and costume design, Director Moira Blumenthal; Ensemble Theatre
1998
THE CAUCASIAN CHALK CIRCLE
set and costume design, Director Michael Kantor, Company B; Belvoir St Theatre
DIVING FOR PEARLS
set and costume design, Director Adam Cook; Ensemble Theatre
KIDS STUFF
set and costume design, Director Crispin Taylor; Ensemble Theatre
1997
SPIDERS FROM MARS
set and costume design, Director Yaron Lifscitz; Australian Museum
OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND CLOSE YOUR EYES
set and costume design, Director Barry Kosky; NIDA
CAMILLE
set and costume design, Director Jennifer Hagan; NIDA
1996
THE BEAR
set and costume design, Director Anatoly Frusin; NIDA
FLY DANCE PARTY
interior design, Promised Land Production
SNOOZE
stage manager, Bats Theatre New Zealand

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Education
1995-7
National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), Bachelor of Dramatic Art in Design (3 Years)
1994
Sept-Oct Australian Theatre For Young People (6 weeks)
1990-2
Wellington Polytechnic School of Design NZ, Diploma in Textile Design (3 Years)
1991
Invelocky Arts Centre NZ, Sculpture course (3 months)
1985-9
Sacred Heart Girls College, Certificate of Secondary Education & University Entrance

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Awards
2003
THE VISITOR
nominated for best short film AFI Awards
IN SEARCH OF MIKE
Realm of the Senses:  Winner: 2nd prize
2002
IN SEARCH OF MIKE
Cork Film Festival:  Winner: Outlook award    
IN SEARCH OF MIKE
La Ciotat, 1st, Best of Short Film Festival: Winner: Mer de Bronze
IN SEARCH OF MIKE
Manly Screenworks Short Film Fest: Winner: Best Cinematography & Best Experimental Film
IN SEARCH OF MIKE
Odense Film Festival:  Winner: Prize of the Press
IN SEARCH OF MIKE
Flickerfest International Film Festival:  Winner: Best International Film & Best Sound
IN SEARCH OF MIKE
Sydney Film Festival, Dendy Awards: Winner: General Category & Reuben Mamoulian Award
2001
IN SEARCH OF MIKE:
Murphy’s Cork Film Festival:  Winner: Outlook Award
THE ENDS OF THINGS
Green Room Award for Best Dance Theatre Piece
1993
Garments nominated for ‘Avant Garde’ Award, NZ Benson and Hedges Fashion Awards
Finalist ‘Silk’ Section Wearable Art Awards New Zealand
1992
Finalist ‘Bridal’ Section Wearable Art Awards New Zealand
Garment published in the ‘Nelson Wearable Art’ picture book publication
1991
Design School Academic Award, TOP STUDENT, Textile Design, Wellington Polytechnic School of Design
Tapestry exhibited at ‘Academy Summer Show’ New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts
1989
Garment selected for Wellington Regional ‘Co-ordination Day’