Michael Pavelka

Michael Pavelka is one of the founding members of Propeller and designed all but one of their productions, including Rose Rage at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater which transferred to The Duke Theatre in New York (nominated for Best Costume Design at Chicago's Jeff Awards). He has designed over 100 productions for the theatre, including two plays for Lindsay Anderson: The Fishing Trip and Holiday (The Old Vic); The Life of Galileo and The Good Soul of Szechuan (Library Theatre, Manchester); and many West End productions including Absurd Person Singular, The Constant Wife, How the Other Half Loves, Other People's Money, Leonardo, Blues in the Night (also Dublin, New York, and Tokyo), Macbeth starring Sean Bean, and A Few Good Men with Rob Lowe (dir. David Esbjornson, Theatre Royal Haymarket). Other theatre credits include Twelfth Night (Seattle Repertory Theatre), Death of a Salesman (Gate Theatre, Dublin), The Odyssey, The Two Gentleman of Verona, Henry V, and Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company), and Edmond starring Kenneth Branagh (National Theatre). Mr. Pavelka co-produced a Young People's Shakespeare Festival in Ulan Bator, Mongolia and designed the first African language Mother Courage and Her Children in Kampala, The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, and Grahamstown Festival, RSA. He received the 2009 TMA Best Set Design Award for Propeller's The Merchant of Venice. He trained at Wimbledon College of Art, where he has since returned to lead the design for performance course and is a University of the Arts London reader in theatre.