Curriculum Vitae


Until recently (July 2009) I was working as the Head of the Theatre School at Wimbledon College of Art, London. The Theatre School comprised two Foundation Degrees, a large BA (Hons) undergraduate Theatre programme with five pathways and an MA in the Visual Language of Performance. This role now no longer exists, as a result of the latest restructuring of the College management, and, as a result, I've chosen to accept a voluntary redundancy package. Until 2002 I was a Principal Lecturer and the Subject Leader of two undergraduate courses: BA(Hons) Set Design for Stage and Screen and BA(Hons) Technical Arts and Special Effects.

In October 2010 I began working, on a very part-time basis, for a former Wimbledon Technical Arts student who has founded, and is the Principal of, a new Academy of Visual Arts (AVA) in Ljubljana, Slovenia. I'm teaching occasional projects, tutoring across all year groups and assisting with the strategic development of the Academy. Rather flatteringly I've also been elected as Associate Principal. In July 2011 the first crop of graduates from its 3 year programme mounted their final exhibition and I chaired the final examination board. You can see the Academy's website here.

So, now it's semi-retirment with opportunities for freelance work enthusiastically considered!

Professional Theatre Practice

NB Any press reviews are linked via the show's title. Production photographs and costume designs are linked at the bottom of each entry.

March 2009

Blok Busta
a Glam Rock musical by Mike Bennett

At the New Players Theatre, London


Dir. Alkis Kritikos

December 2006

Late Night Movie
by Teresa Early

An NPV Arts production at the Magic Eye Theatre, Peckham, London.

Set design

Dir. Teresa Early

March 2005

by Alastair Beaton

Frankfurt's English Theatre (Germany)

Set and Costume design

Dir. Phil Young

January 2005

by Alastair Beaton

Vienna's English Theatre (Austria)

Set and Costume design

Dir. Phil Young

June 2004

'Roast Beef'
by Leah Vitali

Trojan Horse Theatre Company's production at Riverside Studios

Design consultant and coordinator

Dir. Alkis Kritikos

November 2003

'The Tunnel of Obsession'
by Ernesto Sabato

Contemporary Stage Company's production at the Warehouse Theatre, Croydon

Set and Lighting design.

Dir. David Graham-Young

February 2003

'The Dinner'
by Leah Vitali

Theatro Skala, Larnaka, Cyprus.

Set, Costume and Lighting design.

Dir. Alkis Kritikos

October 2002

'Mystery of the Rose Bouquet'
by Manuel Puig

Contemporary Stage Company's production at the Old Red Lion, Islington.

Set design.

Dir. David Graham-Young

October 2001 'Mister Paul'
by Tankred Dorst

Contemporary Stage Company's production at the Old Red Lion, Islington

Set, and lighting design.

Dir. David Graham-Young

  'All Cloned Up'
by Mike Bennett

X-cert productions with Pluto Productions.

Dir. Alkis Kritikos
October 2001 Invited for a performance at the annual national theatre awards for Greece at Club 22 in Athens. Followed by 4 performances at the Bloomsbury theatre, London prior to a national tour.
August - September 2001 4 week run at the Pleasance at the Edinburgh Festival.
January 16th - February 5th 2001 3 week run at the Kings Head, Islington of the new comedy musical.  
December 2000 - January 14th 2001 5 week run at the Grace Theatre, Battersea  

October 2000


A week-long showcase at Wimbledon Studio Theatre

Set and costume design.


October 2000 'Ghosts'
by Henrik Ibsen

Contemporary Stage Company's production at the Old Red Lion, Islington

Set, and lighting design.

Dir. David Graham-Young

March 2000 'A Summer's Day'
by Slawomir Mrozek

Contemporary Stage Company's production at the Old Red Lion, Islington

Set, costume and lighting design.

Dir. David Graham-Young

June 1998 'The Frog and the Lion Fairy'
from The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Commissioned by the National Theatre of Cyprus for a London Greek schools tour.

Adaptation of the text. Set and costume design.

Set construction photos

Dir. Alkis Kritikos

Feb. 1997 'Tartuffe'
by Molière

For the National Theatre of Cyprus in Nicosia
Set and costume design

Dir. Alkis Kritikos

March 1996 'The Beggars Opera'
by John Gay

New version by Mick Fitzmaurice and Andrew Peggie
Centenary season at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith
Set and costume design co-ordinator ofTAD14, first year Technical Arts Design students

Dir. Mick Fitzmaurice

Sept. 1995 'Tonight Lola Blau'
by Georg Kreisler

British première
Old Red Lion, Islington.
Set design with Justine Blair (TAD14)

Dir. Phil Young

May - July 1992 'Don't Play With Love'
('On Ne Badine Pas Avec L'Amour')
by Alfred De Musset

The French Institute and Rudolf Steiner House, London.
Set design as TAD14

Dir. Jean-Marc Lanteri

Easter 1992 'Blood Brothers'
by Willy Russell

German première, Heilbron.
Creation of TAD14 design group: set design collaboration with 1st year students from Technical Arts Design course.
Costume and lighting design

Dir. Phil Young

January 1992 'In Other Beasts The Best'

Theatro Technis, Camden, London
Writer of the scenario, co-director and set design

(co. Dir. Alkis Kritikos)

Sept. 1991 'The Knickers'
by Carl Sternheim

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, London
Set and costume design

Dir. Phil Young

Sept. 1990 'Rough for Theatre 1 & 2'
by Samuel Beckett

(British première)
Theatro Technis, London and national tour.
Set and costume design

Dir. Alkis Kritikos

August 1990 'The Train Years'
(a Company devised show)

MOMI (Museum of the Moving image, London)
Set and lighting design

Dir. Phil Young

March 1990 'Les Miroirs Brisés'
by Annie Corbier

French Institute, London
Set design

Dir. Phil Young

Feb. 1988 'The Collector'
by David Parker

Portlands Playhouse, London
Set design

Dir. Alkis Kritikos

April - Sept. 1986 'Crystal Clear'
(New production)

National tour
Set and costume design

Dir. Tony Allen

September 1985 'Crystal Clear'
(New production)

Plymouth Theatre Royal
Set and costume design

Dir. Tony Allen

July 1984 'MEND Benefit'

Phoenix Theatre, St Martins Lane, London
(With Ben Elton, Emma Thompson, Adrian Mitchell, Peter Capaldi etc.)
Set design

Dir. Antonia Bird

Jan. 1984 'Miss Julie'
by August Strindberg,

at the Sir Richard Steel Theatre, Chalk Farm, London.
Set design
Dir. Alkis Kritikos

March 1983 'Crystal Clear'
(West End production of this company devised show)
Wyndhams Theatre, London.
Set and costume design
Dir. Phil Young

Feb. 1981 'Staircase'
by Charles Dyer

Old Town Hall Arts Centre, Hemel Hempstead
Lighting design
Dir. Ian Kelgren

Dec. 1980 'Nightingale Orange'
by Andrew Taylor

Old Town Hall Arts Centre, Hemel Hempstead.
Set, costume and lighting design
Dir. Hugh Thomas

July - Sept. 1979 'Fir Chlis' Gaelic Theatre Company
Tarbert, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides. (For the Edinburgh Festival and the autumn tour of the Scottish Highlands and Islands)
Production manager, set, costume and lighting designs
Dir. Mairead Ross

Nov. 1978 'A Golden Country'
by Shusaku Endo

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.
Sound Design
Dir. Richard Negri

July - Sept. 1978 'Shared Experience'
Full-time participant in the formative workshops of the company and development of their first national tour.
Dir. Mike Alfreds

June 1978 'Childsplay'
Formed an ad hoc professional company to perform this piece at Wimbledon School of Art, designed by third year students.
Director and writer. David Burrows

July - Sept. 1977 'The Man of La Mancha'
(Leigh, Darion, Wasserman)
'The Lesson'
'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
'A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum'
(Leigh, Darion, Wasserman)
For summer season at Manitou Wabing summer camp, Ontario, Canada
Set and costume designs
Dir. There were two directors but I can't remember their names!

Autumn 1976 - Spring 1977 'The Seven Deadly Sins'
Dance in Action Company. National tour of medium scale theatres and arts centres
Costume and mask designs
Dir. Gerard Bagley

Summer 1976 'Brian And Viv Have Never Had Sex'
by Goodall/McCabe/Stewart-Richardson

Round House Downstairs
Director and lighting designer
Dir. David Burrows

Autumn 1975 'The Marat/Sade'
by Peter Weiss

Tower Arts Centre, Winchester.
Set and costume design
Dir. Mick Jones

1973 'The Incredible Thingummy'
by Mike Melia
Cockpit Theatre, London.
Set design and construction
Dir. Mike Melia

June 1972 'The Marat/Sade'
by Peter Weiss

Phoenix Theatre, Leicester
Set and costume design
Dir. Les Perrin

Oct. 1971 Leicester Schools tour
('Clowns' - company devised)
Phoenix Theatre, Leicester
Costume and props design
Dir. Mick Jones

Sept. 1971 'Passion'
by Edward Bond
Phoenix Theatre, Leicester
Set design
Dir. Liane Aukin

Nov. 1970 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
by William Shakespeare

Gateway Theatre, Chester.
Costume design
Dir. Julian Oldfield

July - Sept. 1970 'Dance in Action'
(works with 5 choreographers for the British Dance Drama Theatre Company)
Designed the programme for the year long national tour to schools, medium scale theatres and arts centres.
Costume, prop and mask designs
Choreographers included:
Yoma Sasburgh, Geraldine Stephenson and Gerard Bagley

1971 - 1974 Various assistant design/model making/prop making jobs for the Royal Shakespeare Company, York Theatre Royal, the'69 Theatre Company in Manchester and the West End ('Pippin', 'The Good Companions') as a freelance.
April - Sept. 1967 Glyndebourne Festival Opera: 'Super' for three of the season's productions and for the company's first European tour to Scandinavia.

Exhibitions, Consultancies and Publications

2010: academic advisor to AVA (Academy of Visual Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia) and design project leader.

article on Richard Negri published in Theatre Design and Technology the USITT quarterly journal. Volume 45, Number 1
Curated exhibition: 'Richard Negri' in the gallery at Wimbledon College of Art (opened 5th February), simultaneously with the formal opening of the newly refurbished theatre.

Exhibitor at Collaborators: UK Design for Performance 2003-2007. Exhibition of the Society of British Theatre Designers held at Nottingham Trent University, in January/February.

Appointed as an external examiner for the Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.

: Awarded the SEDA PDAF (supervising research degrees for professionals in art, design and communication) from CLTAD, London (Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art and Design)

Appointed as an external examiner for BSc. Special Effects at London SouthBank University.

2003: Appointed as a QAA (Quality Assurance Agency) Subject Specialist Reviewer for Academic Reviews in Higher Education in the UK.

2002: Exhibitor at 2D/3D. Exhibition of the Society of British Theatre Designers held at the Millennium Galleries, Sheffield in October/November.

2000: Current research: The Life and Work of Richard Negri (working title of a book examining the influence,  as a theatre designer and teacher, of the designer of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester)) 

1999: Exhibitor at Time and Space. Exhibition of the Society of British Theatre Designers held at the Royal College of Art in March - April.

Articles for 'Broadcast' and 'Visions' (BBC quarterly publication)

1998: 'The Encyclopedia of Contemporary British Culture' - Routledge. Contributed the entry on set design.

1997 - 2000: External Examiner for the BA (Hons) Theatre Design course at the University of Central England (Birmingham Institute of Art and Design) and the BA (Hons) course in Technical Theatre Arts at the Arden School of Theatre, Manchester. (Manchester University).

1996: 'The Gangway Directory' Designed and published the Directory for the World Wide Web. The Directory featured new performing arts graduates from twenty universities and colleges throughout the UK, and was initially launched in July 1995 as a hardcopy publication.  'Gangway' is a company co-founded in 1994 with theatre director Jonathan Martin with the aim to promote interdisciplinary developments between graduates in the performing arts.

1996: 'Fungus the Bogeyman' wrote an adaptation and screenplay for a feature film of Raymond Briggs' graphic novel.

1994: 'Make Space!' exhibition in Manchester. The quadrennial exhibition of British theatre design organised by the SBTD. Exhibited models and designs for 'Blood Brothers' (Heilbronn 1992)

'Sightline Magazine' review of Francis Reid's book: 'Theatre Design'.

'Theatre Crafts' published by Phaidon. Consultant for all sections of the book relating to theatre design, scenic construction, scene painting and prop making.

'First Act', a London Weekend, six part television series, focusing on the work and philosophy of the Anna Scher Children's Theatre in Islington, London. Resident panelist for the series.

Member of SBTD (Society of British Theatre Designers).

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