David Atkins

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David Atkins
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David Atkins, who designed the Opening Ceremony of the Doha Arab Games, answers a question from the media
Born12 December 1955
Sydney, Australia
OccupationExecutive producer and artistic director

David Atkins, OAM[1] (born 12 December 1955)[2] is an Australian dancer, choreographer, music-theatre director and producer.


Stage and television[edit]

Atkins began his performance career aged 12 with a role in the musical Mame. As an adult performer, as well as performing in shows such as A Chorus Line and The Pirates of Penzance, he created and performed in his own works Dancin' Man and Dynamite.[3]

World events[edit]

Atkins has directed and produced major live events in various countries. These include Victory Ceremonies in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[4][5]

Honours and awards[edit]

Atkins was recognised in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his contribution to the Australian entertainment industry.[1] In 2010, the Australian Event Awards presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award [6] for his enduring contributions to the Australian events industry.


  1. ^ a b David Atkins official website – about us
  2. ^ Melbourne Observer Archived 19 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Dunn, Amanda (2 August 2013). "Lunch with David Atkins". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Australian hired to S produce 2010 Olympic ceremonies". CBC News. 20 September 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2008.
  5. ^ David Atkins and Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremonies:Backstagejob Archived 21 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Australian Event Awards — 2010 Official Website

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