Twelfth Night, or What You Will


James Lugton, Tyran Parke, Michael Pigott in Twelfth Night, Bella Vista Farm, 2012. 
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. Presented at Bella Vista Farm. December 2012. Produced by Sport for Jove Theatre Co. Directed by Damien Ryan. Lighting Design by Toby Knyvett. Photographed by Takaya Honda. 
Full credits here

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Macbeth by Sport for Jove Theatre Company 2011/2012. Presented at Bella Vista/Leura Shakespeare festival. Directed by Damien Ryan. Lighting Design by Toby Knyvett. Photography by Seiya Taguchi.

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Blood Pressure


Director: Sanja SimicWriter: Mark RogersDramaturg: Jennifer MedwayLighting Designer: Toby KnyvettSound Designer: Tegan NichollsProducer: Melanie Carolan

Cast: Wade Briggs and Alex Millwood

Photgraphy: Carly Young

At the Old Fitzroy Theatre, August 2012. 

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The Bugalugs Bum Thief


The Bugalugs Bum Thief by Tim Winton, produced by Monkey Baa Theatre Company. 

2012 Australian Tour. 

Adapted by         Sandra Eldridge, Eva Di Cesare & Tim McGarry
Director                 John Saunders
Assistant Director Tim McGarry
Designer                 Mark Thompson
Lighting Designer Toby Kynvett
Musical Arrangements Steve Francis & Alan John
Movement                 Chris Horse
Cast                         Carl Batchelor, Gideon Cordover, Mark Dessaix
Stage Manager          Alison Hepburn-Brown
Assistant Stage Manager/Understudy Sally Reid
Supporters                  Arts On Tour, Healthway WA, James N. Kirby Foundation, JANDS, National Year of Reading 2012.
Photography by Heidrun Lohr

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Taming of the Shrew


Taming of the Shrew by Sport for Jove Theatre Company 2011/2012. Presented at Bella Vista/Leura Shakespeare festival. Directed by Damien Ryan. Lighting Design by Toby Knyvett. Photography by Seiya Taguchi.

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V 2012 Excerpts Video

V Excerpt 2012 from Toby Knyvett on Vimeo.

Urban mythmaker Justin Shoulder creates a unique fusion of live performance and theatrical ceremony. Faith speaks of a God that created the angels pure and good, but subjected them to a test. Some passed triumphantly, while others rebelled and were eternally tortured in Hell. These are the devils and demons; implanting passion and obsession, they can utterly derange human faculties. 
Calling to life a demon for today, the creature ‘V’ is manifest. In a ceremony of the senses the theatre becomes an altar for V to revel in the beauty and horror of contemporary idolatry and its fifteen minutes of fame.
Devised, Performed and Costumes by Justin Shoulder
Vision and Lighting Design by Toby K
Original Music by Nick Wales
Creative Producer & outside eye Jeff Stein

Video taken from Next Wave Festival, Melbourne 2012. Filmed by Takeshi Kondo.

Special thanks to Arts House and Next Wave

Funk It Up About Nothin’ – Chicago

it up about’ Nothin
is a
hip hop adaptation of Shakespeares
Ado About Nothing
. It was
created and directed by the Q brothers and originally produced by
Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in 2008.


Beatrice (Ericka Ratcliff) in the spotlight

In 2011
it came back for a return season in Chicago followed by an east coast
tour of Australia and a season in London. This was a joint effort
between Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (USA), Merrigong Theatre Co (AUS)
and Richard Jordan Productions (UK). I was brought on board to create
a new lighting design as well as manage the Australian tour.

Funk it
up is my first international design and I’m proud to say it looked

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Death in Bowengabbie Gallery

Death in Bowengabbie by Caleb Lewis
Produced by Merrigong Theatre Company
Gordon Theatre, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 2010
Directed by Anne-Louise Rentell
Designed by Talitha Klevjer
Lighting Design by Toby Knyvett
Robert Jago
Octavia Barron-Martin
Kirk Page
Rose Ertler 

Production Management by Daniel Potter
Stage Management by Kelly Ukena

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Superb and Broken 2011

Three ordinary people search for passion and a self buried deep in the dark…
A homage to the power of fantasy to get to the truth of the matter, superb & broken combines brilliant clowning with jaw-dropping aerial acrobatics by some of Australia’s finest circus artists.
Matt Wilson
Daniel Power
Mary Weir
Alicia Battestini
Nick Wishart
Toby K
Performed at the Bruce Gordon Theatre, Illawarra Performing Arts Centre. Filmed by Martin Keyes.