I am a Freelance Designer & Community Artist with over 15 years experience of working in professional, community & education settings as a designer, maker & facilitator. I studied Theatre Design at Nottingham Trent University. Since graduating in 1995, I have been based in Manchester working as a freelance set & costume designer for both theatre & film and as a community artist facilitating projects & workshops in a variety of visual arts but specialising in working alongside drama, music or dance workers to bring a visual element to a performance based project or workshop. I was Head of Design for Manchester Youth Theatre from 1997-2000. Highlights included the World Premiere of Airwaves, the Manchester Evening News Special Award winning season in 1999 and a M.E.N award nomination for Agamemnon in 1998. I am Director of Design for street theatre company, Aqueous Humour who specialize in outdoor spectacle. Most of our work is created through team collaboration & devising.
Designs for theatre & film include shows & projects for British Youth Film Academy, Arden School of Theatre, Mersey TV, Proud & Loud, DIY Theatre Company, Paleface Pictures, The Lowry, Activ8, TIPP, Bury Met and many fringe productions in Edinburgh, London & Manchester.
Work as a scenic artist and prop-maker includes shows for the Royal Northern College of Music, Footlights Theatre School, The Lowry, Bolton Octagon, Library Theatre (Manchester) and Swan Theatre (Worcester).
I exhibited at the 2D>3D Theatre Design exhibition at the Millennium Galleries in Sheffield in 2002/3 and was part of the education team doing workshops with visiting school groups. I was also part of the SBTD exhibition in Nottingham in 2007 & will be exhibiting in Cardiff in 2011.