Roderick van Gelder

PO Box 307

Hunters Hill, NSW 2110

Phone: 0414 406 052


Professional Experience

Lighting Design 2016 - 2023

Chi Udaka Taikoz and Lingalayam SOH Dramatheatre Octore 2023
Incredible Floridas Ensemble Offspring Carriageworks July 2023
Sydney International Piano Competition Piano+ Verbrueghen Hall & SOH Concert Hall
Lion Dogs Taikoz NIDA Playhouse
Galileo - Francesco Ventriglia Sydney Chreographic Ensemble Riverside Theatre
ThaiRiffic FEM Riverside Theatre
Truth Body Sydney Chreographic Ensemble Leelah Centre Darlinghurst
The Spoils Jesse Eisenberg Flight Path Theatre
Vincent Ergo Redfern 107
Loader Lights 2019 32Hundred Lighting Coal Loader Greenwich
Somewhere between Hello and Goodbye Lisa Schouw, Chrissie Koltai, Anca Frankenhaeuser Rex Studio Sydney University
The Other Woman Lisa Schouw Actors Centre, Leichhardt
Salon Flamenco ESAC Flying Nun
Minky opens a gallery Joanna Weinberg Chippen Theatre - Fringe 2019
Vertical Fields Elia Bosshard Studio One LOTW
Simply Divinyls Lesley Anton various pubs
Morgan Stern Gina Schien Belvoir Street
Three Voices Morton Feldman / Sonya Holowell Sydney Fringe 2017
Restraints Ken Unsworth & Australian Dance Artists Alexandria Studio
Buddah's Wife Eileen Kramer / Sue Healey Rushcutters Bay
Forge Annalouise Paul Riverside Theatre Parramatta
Moonlight & Magnolias Hunters Hill Theatre
Seven Impossible Pieces Ken Unsworth & Australian Dance Artists Alexandria Studio
Gaslight Hunters Hill Theatre
Nine, the musical AFTT Bondi Pavilion
Bush Bailando Compania Pepa Molina Riverside Theatre
Early Ones Eileen Kramer NIDA Parade Theatre
Dorian Gray - Reimagined Genesian Theatre

Production Management:

Three Voices Cache in Point Sydney Fringe
Sydney International Piano Competition Sydney Town Hall Cancelled due to COVID
Arts Health Foundation Convention 2016 NIDA
Forge & Bush Bailando Annalouise Paul & Pepa Molina Riverside Theatre
MetaData DeQuincy Co Riverside Theatre

Stage Management:

The Risk of Hyperbole – Jack Prest                           Phoenix Central Park

Project Manager installation seating systems and lighting grid STC Wharf Theatres as part of the Walsh Bay Arts Project


Risk Manager / WHS Consultant – Stage Safety p/l:

Developing the Australian Event Safety Resource Guide

Developing risk management systems for Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority – Event Delivery.

Writing the ‘Australian Entertainment Safety Resource Guide’


Teaching Technical Production and providing technical assistance for student productions at the Sydney Theatre School.

Teaching Risk Management at the Academy of Film, Theatre and TV – Stage Management course (2016)



Risk Manager / WHS Consultant – Stage Safety p/l: Wide variety of events and companies.

Lighting Design:

                            “Gulls” Robert Hewett                       Hunters Hill Theatre

                            “Departures”                                       Ken Unsworth and Australian Dance Artists

                            “Joseph K” Tom Basden                  ACTT, Bondi Pavilion, Bondi

                            “Brief Encounters”                             Hunters Hill Theatre

                            “Boys from Syracuse”                       ACTT, Bondi Pavilion, Bondi

2004 – 2014

Risk Manager / WHS Consultant – Stage Safety p/l:

Risk Management

Provided risk management advice for many large scale corporate event managers such as CiEvents, George P. Johnson Company, Jack Morton Worlswide and many others in a variety of dinners, exhibitions, product launches and functions.  Also covered large scale events such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge 75th celebrations for the Department of Premiers and Cabinet, New Years’ Eve ‘Bridge Operations’ for the City of Sydney and several opera productions for Opera Australia. 

WH&S Consultant

Provided Safety Management Systems for a wide range of service providers in the entertainment industry such as Howard & Sons Pyrotechnics, George P. Johnson Company, Pollard Productions, Planet Entertainment, Chameleon Touring Systems, Norwest Productions but also the Sydney Symphony, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and the Opera Australia Workshop.

Site Management Consultant

Planning and management for sites as varied as V-Festival in Sydney and the Gold Coast, several outdoor concerts for Michael Coppel Presents, Opera on the Big Screen at the Sydney Opera House and Federation Square in Melbourne (simultaneously) and the Cockatoo Island Comedy Festival.  Hope Estate concerts: Rolling Stones, Eagles and Rod Stewart.  Bengali Festival 2015 at Sydney Olympic Park.

2000 - 2004

Technical Manager / Risk Assessor / OH&S Manager:

                            Hordern Pavilion &

                            Royal Hall of Industries                     Playbill Venue Management & Fox Studios Australia

Responsible for the technical delivery of a wide range of events, exhibitions, concerts and dance parties.

1998 - 2000

Technical Consultant Renovations & Operations Manager:

                            Hordern Pavilion &

                            Royal Hall of Industries                     Playbill Venue Management

1993 - 2000

Lighting Design & Production Manager:

                            “Virtuosity”                                           Australian Dancers Company, Perth

                            “Frenzy”                                               Aku Kadogo, Sydney

                            Peugeot – Annual Dealer

                            Conference                                         Eventures

                            International Fencing

                            Championships Australia                 Australian Fencing Board

                            “Romeo & Juliet”                                Kings Park, Perth

                            “Prometheus” - Skriabin                   Sydney Symphony Orchestra

                            “Honour”                                              Griffin Theatre, Sydney

                            “Australian Dance Awards”              Ausdance, Sydney Opera House

                            “Arabian Nights”                                 State Theatre Company South Australia

                            “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”        Adelaide Botanic Gardens

                            “Romeo & Juliet”                                Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens

                            “Four Generations Project”              Taipei, Taiwan

                            “Aïda”                                                   Indoor Stadium, Singapore

                            “Baryshnikov &

                            White Oak Dance Project”               Australian & New Zealand Tour

                            “Four Generations Project”              Taipei, Taiwan

                            “A Choral Sea”                                   Sydney Townhall

                            “Housing Industry Awards”               SCEC

                            “Four Generations Project”              Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne

                            “DanceWeek 1995”                           Various Locations

                            “Museum of Sydney” Opening        Museum of Sydney, Sydney

                            “Casanova Confined”                        Cellblock Theatre, Sydney & Saltram Winery, Barossa Valley

                            “Piaf” Jeannie Lewis                          Melbourne, Perth & Adelaide

                            “Nambundah Festival”                      Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney

                            “Dinosaurs in Space”                        Tin Lids National Tour

                            “Bad Boy Johnny”                              Enmore Theatre, Sydney

                            “St George Bank” Midyear Conference

                            “Lexus” LS400 Launch                     National Tour

                            “Housing Industry Awards”               SCEC

                            “St George Bank” Christmas Conference

                            “1994 Book Awards”                         SCEC

                            “Circus Express”                                Sheraton Hotel, Seoul - Korea

1990 - 1992

Production Manager:

                            Sydney Dance Company                 International Tour ( France, Colombia, Venezuela )

                                                                                          National Tour ( Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra )

                                                                                          Sydney Opera House seasons

                            “The Tiffany Show”                            Tiffany Theatre, Pattaya - Thailand

Lighting Design:

                            “PianoSonata”                                    Sydney Dance Company


                            “Streetcar named Desire”

                            “Some Rooms” (revival)

                            “Nearly Beloved” (revival)

                            “Bard Bits”

                            “The Rape of Lucretia”


                            “Poppy” (revival)

                            “In the Company of (Wo)Man”         Sydney Dance Company

                            “King Roger”

                            “Sandsiren”                                         The Australian Ballet

                            “Dance Collection 1991” onwards   The Studio, Newtown Performing Arts

                            “Steaming”                                          Theatre Royal, Sydney

                            “Bridging Tunnels”                             City of Amsterdam – Holland


Before 1990

Production Manager

                            Holland Festival                                 1985, 1986

                            Dutch National Ballet                        1983 - 1988

                            Theatre du Soleil, Paris                    1986 ( European Tour )

                            Rina Schenfeld Dance Theatre, Tel Aviv    1983

                            International Ballet Gala                   1985 & 1987 ( Live Television Broadcast )

                            Taller Amsterdam                              1987 – 1989

                            North Sea Jazz Festival, The Hague           1983 - 1985


Deputy Tour Manager:

                            Royal Shakespeare Company        Holland Tour

                            National Ballet of Canada                Holland Tour

                            National Ballet of Cuba                    European Tour

                            LaLaLa Human Steps                       European Tour

                            Paco Rabanne Fashion Shows       Holland Tour

Lighting Design:

                            Dutch National Ballet                        Amsterdam

                            Dutch Opera Foundation                  Amsterdam

                            Rina Schenfeld Dance Theatre       Tel Aviv

                            Company Dominique Petit               Paris

                            Salome Isler Company                     Zurich

                            Taller Amsterdam                              Amsterdam

                            Kinora Dance Theatre                      Munich

                            Rotterdam Opera Company            Rotterdam

                            Frank Boeyen Band                          Nijmegen

                            North Sea Jazz Festival                   The Hague


Sound Engineer / Sound Design:

                            Dutch Opera Foundation                  Amsterdam

                            Paris Opera Palais Garnier              Paris

                            Dutch National Ballet                        Amsterdam

Video Editor / Operator:

                            Dutch Television Network                Hilversum

                            Dutch Opera Foundation                  Amsterdam

International Touring:

Various Companies

Italy, Spain, France, UK, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Rumania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Martinique, Israel, USA, Columbia, Venezuela, Thailand, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong.

Other Skills:

Qualifications:   Public Venue Management School Graduate 2003

                            Cert. IV - Risk Assessment

                            Cert. IV – Training and Assessment

                            Cert. IV – Occupational Health and Safety

                            Diploma Crowd Science and Risk Analysis (UK)

General Manager:

                            Taller Amsterdam                                                   1988, 1989

                            Sydney Dance Company                                      1991


                            Venue Management Association Congress

                            Love Parade – what happened                            2011

                            Indianapolis – Impact on Australia                       2012

                            PALME Asia conference (Singapore)

                            Work Health and Safety in the events industry  2013

Consultancy (other):

                            Het Muziektheater (Amsterdam Opera House), Amsterdam

                            Audio & Video systems                                          1984/1985

                            Hordern Pavilion & Royal Hall of Industries

                            Technical facilities and operations                      1998 - 2000


                            TAFE Loftus campus, units in SITXEVT013A   2010

                            Risk Management for events                                2010 – 2014

                            Impact of the Work Health and Safety Act         2012 – 2014

                            AFTT - CUA60213 – Risk Management             2016


                            English, Dutch, German       Fluent; speaking, reading & writing

                            French                                     Conversation level