David Atkins

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

David Atkins
David Atkins, who designed the Opening Ceremony of the Doha Arab Games, answers a question from the media
Born (1955-12-12) December 12, 1955
Sydney, Australia
  • Executive producer and artistic director
  • dancer
  • choreographer
Years active1967-present
ChildrenTobi Atkins


Stage and television

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

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

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. 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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