M’ck McKeague is a set and costume designer and theatre maker currently living on unceded Wurundjeri land.
M’ck graduated from Queensland University of Technology’s BFA (Drama) in 2013 and completed the Master of Design for Performance at Victorian College of the Arts in 2018. Before relocating to Naarm (Melbourne) from Meanjin (Brisbane), M’ck’s early career highlights included the set design for sell-out seasons of 지하 Underground in Brisbane and Seoul, the development and presentation of The 떡볶이 Box (The Dokboki Box) at Federation Square for Next Wave Festival 2014.
Since moving to Melbourne and graduating from VCA, M’ck has collaborated with Embittered Swish, All the Queens Men, Polyglot, Elbow Room and Company Bad. In 2019, M’ck received a Career Development Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to visit New York City as a guest artist for the Trans Lab Fellowship (supported by Public Theatre and WP Theatre) and to present at Prague Quadrennial of Design for Performance as part of the PQ Talks program.
Dissatisfied with master narratives and the systems and spaces that uphold them, M’ck seeks out collaborative scenographic practices that embrace difference and disrupt privilege in process, form and content.
What activities will the Creators Fund support you to undertake?
Creators Fund will support me to undertake a practice based investigation into how trans and non binary identities impact the design process and how this might shift the relationship between form, content, audience and scenography in theatre and live performance.
Can you talk us through what your work routine will look like with the help of a creator's fund grant?
I’ll be doing lots of design experiments, some reading and a lot of reflecting. I’ll be chatting with my mentor, Rachel Hann, every week and collaborating with sound designer and composer, Meri Leeworthy.
Where would you like to see yourself and your career at the end of this process?
I’d like to see myself having solidified, expanded, materialised and interrogated a lot of thoughts that have been floating around my head in one way or another since I started working as a set designer. I’m excited to see how my practice evolves in ways that I can’t yet imagine and I’m hoping that the work that I make gets richer and my ideas more fully realised.
Find out more about the Creators Fund program.