Designer in the Spotlight – Musical Theatre Days & Friends Evening 2019

Jessica Staton

Jessica Staton is a designer, model, prop and puppet maker, as well as scenic artist for opera and theatre.

Jessica graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2016, and was a Linbury Prize Finalist in 2017, nominated for the Stage Debut Design Award for ‘Extra Yarn’ (Orange Tree Theatre).

Photo Diary – Musical Theatre Days & Friends Evening 2019

Designer in the Spotlight – The Marriage of Figaro 2017 & Don Giovanni 2019

Nate Gibson 

Nate Gibson is designer for opera, theatre, and dance in the US and UK.

Graduated from Alfred University (NY) in Interdisciplinary Art, Nate then moved to the UK to complete the MA in Design for Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD). He has since been living and working primarily in London.

Photo Diary – Don Giovanni

Production Photos – Don Giovanni

Photo Diary – The Marriage of Figaro

Set Design Pictures – The Marriage of Figaro

Production Photos – The Marriage of Figaro

Designer in the Spotlight – La bohème 2018

Grace Venning

Grace is a designer for performance based in London and currently undertaking a full-time assistant residency in the National Theatre’s design studio. In 2019 she was a finalist for the JMK Award with Jocelyn Cox, and for the inaugural Naomi Wilkinson Award for Stage Design with Told by an Idiot. She graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) in Design for Performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2017.

“Theatre makes us less alone. It brings us together and it shares stories. Design is a powerful means of uniting audience, performer, narrative and atmosphere.

I have an intellectual, discursive and collaborative approach to design based on thorough textual analysis, which stems from wide-reaching interests in art, history, literature and politics. I have a particular interest in the relationship between gender, race, disability, climate and queer politics and performance.

Now more than ever, theatre needs to keep pushing boundaries, providing platforms for oppressed voices, and creating environments where disparate groups of people come together to think and to feel. I want to be a part of making that happen.”

Designer in the Spotlight – La traviata 2016

Eleanor Wdowski

Eleanor Wdowski’s Designer Photo Diary – The creative process behind Clonter’s 2016 production of La traviata

Theatre Design Exhibition 2017 – A guided tour by the designer around the exhibition