About Travis Macfarlane

Travis Macfarlane is one of Australia’s great lighting creatives.

A graduate of the esteemed Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), where he worked closely with respected West End designer Mark Howett, Travis has worked on some of the biggest events in the country and worked with some of the biggest names in the world. He was the first person in Australia to remount Serenade by Balanchine for New York City Ballet and recently worked with Gavin Swift as associate lighting designer on Crazy For You.


In his early years, Travis gained valuable experience working on some major events and productions like the TV Week Logie Awards, Sunset Boulevard, Fiddler on the Roof, The Boy From Oz and Rent and with stars like Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion.

Travis began his career more than two decades ago as a technician working for Marriner Theatres in the late ‘90s on some of their biggest shows.

He then moved to Melbourne’s Crown Palladium Ballroom where he spent nearly four years as resident lighting director. There he worked for clients including the Seven and Nine Networks, The Spring Racing Carnival, The Starlight Foundation and Sony Music as well as creating the lighting for international and Australian artists who performed at the venue such as, Jerry Lewis, Shirley Bassey and the late Whitney Houston


He was also asked to create designs for the famous Myer and David Jones Christmas Windows for Stage One Promotions, Melbourne and Sydney.


Travis has a string of awards to his credit and recently was nominated for a Green Room Award for his beautiful work on LOVING REPEATING at The Chapel Off Chapel in Melbourne. He has designed some of Australia’s most memorable productions including Whisky on the Breath of a Drunk You Love; Distant Lights From Dark Places; BABY The Musical; Stones In His Pockets; Wolf Lullaby; The Talented Mr Ripley; The Producers; Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS; The Full Monty; The Prodigal Son; Catharsis for 4D Global (USA); Last Man Standing (Debra Byrne and Nick Barker); Fidelio and La Boheme (Melbourne Opera); Jason Byrne (Australian Tour), Meow Meow (Australian Tour/Sydney Opera House); Outside In (LINK Dance company); The Laramie Project (WAAPA); West Side Story, Jack of Hearts (NAT)


Travis has also stepped into production management and has done for a number of Australia’s most recognisable festivals including David Williamson’s Noosa Long Weekend Festival; The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and The Melbourne Festival.


More recently Travis has been working as a freelance lighting designer and has designed for Ballet LAB Melbourne; Songs from an Unmade Bed – Imprint Theatricals; Vincent – L J Projects; A Lie In The Mind (The Grange Melbourne); The Exonerated, Desire Under The Elms (SOL III Company); Loving Repeating;      The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Em Rusciano (Australian Tour); Joel Creasey;

William Close Earth Harp - Horizon Festival;  Cirque Bon Bon;  Up For Grabs (for David Williamson)


Travis’ decades long experience, gained from working with major companies throughout Australia, puts him in an enviable position as one of the most great lighting creatives in the country.