James Croke is a freelance designer for theatre, film and television. He graduated from AFTRS in 2005 with a Master of Arts in Production Design and was awarded both the Fox Studios Award for Design Excellence and the Gilbert & Tobin Award for Best Body of Work. Previous training includes an internship at the Bush Theatre in London after being awarded the Lend Lease Scholarship 1998. His UK work experience includes the Gate Theatre, the Lyric Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Channel 4.

James has designed many award winning short films including Splintered (Best Short Film at Slamdance 2005), Australian Summer (Best Film at Tropfest 2005), Danya (Best Film, Jackson Hole International Film Festival) and Crooked Mick, which has won multiple awards world-wide. Other work includes The Wiggles BIG, BIG Show (a touring arena stage show, screened in cinemas Australia-wide) and the Sydney Kodak ACS Cinematography Masterclass, featuring Oscar winning cinematographers John Seale ACS ASC and Russell Boyd ACS ASC.

James’ most recent short film, Shift, also marks his directing debut. For the official Shift website – click here.

James is represented in Australia by Cameron’s Management.

James has tutored screen design at NIDA and the AFTRS as well as stage design for NIDA’s Open Program. He is a member of the Australian Production Design Guild (APDG).