Australian designer Dale Ferguson returns to the COC as the set and costume designer for Ariadne auf Naxos after designing the sets and costumes for A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2009. Mr. Ferguson is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art. Operatic credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Houston Grand Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago, Fresh Ghosts and Motherland for Chamber Made Opera, Eugene Onegin for Opera Australia and The Marriage of Figaro for Welsh National Opera and Opera Australia. He made his Broadway debut in 2009 designing the sets and costumes for the Neil Armfield/Geoffrey Rush adaptation of Exit the King, which garnered him nominations for a Drama Desk Award and two Tony Awards. In 2010 he received the Australian Helpmann Award for Best Scenic Design for the Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of August Osage County. His theatre work in Sydney includes Antigone, The Chairs and Measure for Measure for Belvoir Street Theatre; the Neil Armfield/Geoffrey Rush adaptation of Beaumarchais’ play The Marriage of Figaro for the Sydney Olympic Arts Festival; and, productions of Titanic the Musical and The Rocky Horror Show.