Person - Tony Youlden
ANTHONY KEITH YOULDEN (1944-2022)
Born on 15 April 1944, Tony Youlden in 1973 was manager of the Australian Theatre in Lennox Street Newtown, the venue for a short season of Reedy River while the New's new premises at 542 King Street were being redeveloped. His first NT show was Thatcher's Women in 1990 which he lit. He then worked on a string of shows, sometimes doubling lighting design with set design. In 1992 he was a guest speaker at Is There Life After 60?, a seminar on the New's future. Tony also served on committee as Technical Director and was made a Life member.
Tony lit The Fire Raisers 1991; The American Clock and "The Clink" 1992; Chekhov in Yalta and After the Fall 1993; The Boys in the Band, King Lear and Portrait of an Artist 1994; King Lear, The Death of Peter Pan, Kafka's Dick and Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love 1995; Hamlet 1996 and 1997; Pacific Union, No Funny Business and Mother Courage 1998; One Word ... We!, Life is a Funny Business, The Great Gatsby and Rough Crossing 2000; The Man in the Moon is aMiss!, Who's Afraid of the Working Class?, The Body Ophelia, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Pandora's Garden and Hard Times 2001; Gross Indecency, Stop Laughing!, Abducting Diana, Gabriel, Mad Before Midday, The Castle and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 2002; Funny Money, Dancing at Lughnasa, Twelfth Night, New Directions, Falsettos, Richard 111 and War 2003; New Directions and Manly Mates 2005; Badjelly the Witch, Double the Laughs, Caucasian Chalk Circle and Journey's End 2006; Badjelly the Witch, Tango Masculino, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Life After George, Oh, What A Lovely War, Mate and Confusions 2007; James and the Giant Peach, Hamlet and "The Real Inspector Hound" 2008; Summer of the 17th Doll and Cabaret 2009; Midnite, "New Directions" and Feelgood 2010; Stage Fright 2012; "Hay Fever" and "Dying For It" 2013; and "Pirates on Parade" and "Harvest" 2014.
In November 2014 Tony suffered a stroke. He died on 31 August 2022.
Following his departure in 2004 from NIDA after 16 years as Technical Director, Tony was in charge of production for the Actors College of Theatre and Television. In 2012 he celebrated 55 years of involvement in theatre, in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, and calculated he had designed the lighting for more than 450 productions Australia-wide.