– About –


Mila Sanders is a London based Set and Costume designer for performance.


Mila  studied Drama at University of Wales, Aberystwyth before taking an MA in Theatre Design / Scenography at Wimbledon School of Art.


Mila loves getting her teeth into a good script, whether a piece of new writing, Shakespeare or a neglected gem.  She enjoys trawling through texts for clues and researching visual imagery and unusual historical detail. She has earned a reputation for conjuring up something from nothing and creating witty, intelligent designs.


Mila’s broad range of experience includes tours of various sizes and locations, puppetry, musicals, site specific work, dance, outdoor theatre, new writing, and Shakespeare. She has also worked with young people and community groups, leading workshops and devising new work.


She  has worked with a variety of theatre companies including the Almeida, National Theatre, Hull Truck, Tara Arts , Little Angel and Young Vic and enjoys regular collaborations with Carl Heap and Asif Khan.


Mila is an associate artist with All Change Arts and was a lead artist on Dispensing Wisdom and Transforming Buildings, two arts heritage projects working with young people in Islington to create performances and artworks based on the history of Manor Gardens Health Centre and the Hornsey Road Baths.  She also worked with young parents group Inspire and poet Paul Lyalls to produce Twinkle Twinkle Little Bus a picture book of nursery rhymes and stories. Recently she has worked alongside alongside Francesca Beard and Letitia Valverdes on The Last Dance and A Dance for All Seasons, two immersive performance projects with older participants.


Mila regularly works with students at East 15 Acting School and has designed for RADA, LAMDA and RCSSD.


Her work was exhibited as part of the SBTD Make Believe exhibition in Nottingham 2015.


Design Credits include:


The Pixie and the Pudding

Dir. Samantha Lane, Little Angel


A Dance for All Seasons

Dir. Francesa Beard, All Change, RichMix


Merrily We Roll Along

Dir. Caroline Leslie, LAMDA


Plaques and Tangles

Dir. Gwenda Hughes, LAMDA


My Children, My Africa

Dir. Debbie Seymour, LAMDA


Imaam Imraan

Dir. Iqbal Khan, National Youth Theatre



Dir. Alec Fellows-Bennett, Birmingham Old Rep


The Little Mochi Man

Dir. Vicky Ireland, A Thousand Cranes, Touring



Dir. Nona Shepphard, Tara Arts /Arcola and Tour


No Dogs, No Indians

Dir. Russell Bender, Penned in the Margins


The Wind in the Willows - Set Design

Dir. Robert Marsden,  Birmingham Old Rep



Dir. Roy Alexander Weise, Sell A Door


Love, Bombs and Apples

Dir. Rosamunde Hutt,  Arcola Theatre , UK Tour, San Francisco, Edinburgh Festival


Through the Wire

Dir. Mike Bradwell, Central School of Speech and Drama



Dir. Russell Bender, Southwark Playhouse



Dir. Christopher Simpson, Talawa


The Flannelettes

Dir. Mike Bradwell, Kings Head Theatre


Dogs Barking

Dir. Mike Bradwell, RADA


The Rite of Spring / Romeo and Juliet

Dir. Russell Bender and An-Ting Chang, Concert Theatre, Touring


Snakes and Ladders

Dir. Kerri Mclean, Touring


Stepping off the Edge of the World

Dir. Imogen Ashby and Jane Fallowfield,  Clean Break


The Only Way is Chelsea's

Dir. Jane Fallowfield, York Theatre Royal and Tour


Queen of the Nile

Dir. Mike Bradwell, Hull Truck


Game of Life

Dir. Russell Bender, Yard Theatre


A Progress

Dir. Carl Heap, Yard Theatre



Dir. Natalie Abrahami, Almeida


Ghost Town

Dir. Omar Elerian, Limbik Theatre Tour


The Winter's Tale

Dir. Ken Walsh, Stamford Shakespeare Company


Much Ado about Nothing

Dir. Carl Heap, Cambridge Arts Theatre


Gills Around the Green

Dir. Julian Harries, Eastern Angles


King Macbeth

Dir. Robert Marsden, Reveal Theatre Tour


After Persephone

Dir. Franco Figueredo, Young Vic


The Door Never Closes

Dir. Polly Findlay, Almeida


Joined up Thinking

Dir. Monique Sterling, Chima Nsoedo, Arinze Kene, Young Vic


A Day at the Racists

Dir. Ryan Mcbryde, Finborough


Twelfth Night - Costume and Prop Design

Dir. Carl Heap, National Theatre Discover


Double Dutch Expresso

Dir. Poonam Brah, Tristan Bates Theatre


Macbeth - Costume Design

Dir. Carl Heap, National Theatre Discover


Tombstone Tales and Boothill Ballads - Costume Design

Dir. Carl Heap, Arcola Theatre


All the Little Things We Crushed

Dir. Simon Godwin, Almeida


Pub Quiz

Dir. Psyche Stott, New Writing North Tour


Jelly Bean Jack

Dir. Pete Glanville, Little Angel Theatre


The Juniper Tree

Dir. Joel Scott, Goat and Monkey Tour


A Midsummer Night's Dream - Co-Designed with Miriam Nabarro

Dir. Carl Heap, National Theatre Discover


St George and the Dragon - Costume Design

Dir. Carl Heap,  Warwick Arts Centre and Tour


The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Costume Design

Dir. Pete Glanville, Kazzum Tour


Ten Suitcases

Dir. Pete Glanville, Kazzum Tour


Jason and the Argonauts - Costume Design

Dir. Carl Heap, Warwick Arts Centre and Tour


The Little Mermaid -Costume Design

Dir. Pete Glanville, Artsdepot


Unfolding Andersen - Costume Design

Dir. Sue Buckmaster, Theatre-rites


Pinocchio - Costume Design

Dir. Pete Glanville, Artsdepot


Jason and the Argonauts

Dir. Carl Heap, BAC