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I provide theatre design workshops throughout the South East for both primary and secondary schools as well as higher education, adult and community groups and groups with special needs.

Companies for which I have led workshops include: National Theatre, Young Vic, Almeida Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Kazzum, All Change Arts and London Bubble.

Workshops range from 1 hour sessions to full days and project residencies, many of which feature hands on creative activities. I also have experience working with groups to facilitate the creation of their design for performance.

Puppet Created with North London Primary School

Tailor made workshops for your group’s needs.

Fully CRB checked and based in the South East.

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Design Workshops

Introducing concept of theatre design - what does a designer do?

Stage terminology - different kinds of theatrical space, techniques of staging

How the designer collaborates with the production team

Mood boards and making scale models

Designing for a specific set text - how to approach the text as a designer

Using historical and social research in design

Analysing and discussing specific designs

Using research for inspiration

Designing for Shakespeare

Vocabulary of stage design

Much Ado About Nothing


Period costume and historical detail

Creating designs for a specific character

Creating an onstage world through costume

Dress up costume sessions

How costumes e.g. corsets / bustles / top hats/

period detail / masks affect performers

Mask making

Practical Making Skills Workshops

Mood boards and making both scale models and shoebox concept models

Making costumes / sets / props

Breaking down and ageing techniques

Introducing scenic painting

Introducing prop making / sourcing

Costume and set making with recycled materials

Costume making / adapting    

Simple costume making

Making objects for an installation e.g. giant puppets

Costume Design for Twelfth Night Model Box for Who You Calling a Superhero? Mask for A Midsummer Night's Dream