Aleisa Jelbart

Costume Designer, New Breed


Aleisa is a Sydney based designer for theatre and film. Growing up in Parkes in country NSW, the Australian landscape has been a constant source of inspiration, subtly woven into her use of space and form. Aleisa is particularly interested in highly visual, movement based work and holds great importance in understanding the craftsmanship that brings a design to life.

After graduating from Design Centre Enmore in 2011, Aleisa assisted designers on a number of theatre productions including Fallout, Rock Surfers Theatre Company 2012 and Lord of the Flies, US-A-UM Productions 2013, both directed by Kip Williams. She took up the position as Matriark Theatre’s Production and Puppet Designer (Alarum 2012, HalfWorld 2014 and GodFace 2015) and was Costume Designer for a short film featured in the 2013 Melbourne Ring Festival.

At the end of 2013, Aleisa was awarded the 2014/15 Hephzibah Tintner Fellowship for Production Design, allowing her the opportunity to work with some of Australia’s leading cultural organizations; Opera Australia, Sydney Dance Company, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and The Australian Ballet. During 2014, Aleisa assisted designers on Sydney Dance Company’s Interplay, observed Designer Robert Jones on Opera Australia’s Don Giovanni and designed costumes for Sydney Dance Company’s New Breed.

2015 has seen Aleisa design Opera Australia’s schools show Cinderella and coordinate costumes for Sydney Dance Company’s Frame of Mind. She was also the Costume Designer for Le Grand Tango (a collaboration between Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Sydney Dance Company) working alongside choreographers Cass Mortimer Eipper, Lucas Jervies and Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela. After attending the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in June, Aleisa returned to Sydney to assist Tony Award winning Designer Jenny Tiramani on Opera Australia’s The Marriage of Figaro, directed by Sir David McVicar.

Aleisa is currently working as Costume Designer for Sydney Dance Company and Carriageworks’ New Breed season for choreographer’s Kristina Chan and Daniel Riley’s pieces, which will premiere at Carriageworks from 8-13 December 2015.