Paula Levis is a Melbourne based costume designer whose passion is in understanding and manipulating clothing/textures/colours/shapes/patterns to communicate ideas. She studied fashion design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and then went on to obtain a Graduate Diploma in Theatre Design at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2001.
She has previously designed costumes for Antony Hamilton on his works Meeting, Sentinal, Black Project 2 & 3, NYX, Keep Everything, Drift, RGB, Blazeblue Oneline, I Like This, 2017 Sydney Dance Company/Co3 production of Crazy Times. and 2018 Sydney Dance Company production of Forever & Ever. Paula has also designed costumes for choreographers Gideon Obarzanek at Chunky Move (Two Faced Bastard, Mortal Engine, GLOW, Singularity, I Want to Dance Better at Parties), Lucy Guerin (Human Interest Story, Corridor, Structure & Sadness, Aether), Kate Denborough (Sundowner, Headlock, Nowhere Man), Stephanie Lake (Replica), Stephen Page (Orpheus and Eurydice) and Melanie Lane (Re-make, and the 2018 Keir Choreographic Award winning work Personal Effigies). She has worked with companies Lyon Opera Ballet, Melbourne Theatre Company, Skånes Dansteater, Victorian Opera, Australian Dance Theatre, Danceworks, Dancehouse, TasDance, DanceNorth, Red Stitch Actor’s Theatre and La Mama.
Paula has taught at RMIT in Life Drawing and Design (for Fashion) and at VCA (Costume Design) and had the pleasure of illustrating costume drawings for the late Peter Corrigan for 17 years.