Costume Designer | Supervisor | Maker
I am a Costume Designer, Supervisor and Maker currently working in London as the Principal Dresser on the Tina Turner Musical on the West End and as a Maker at the Royal Opera House. I have been working for a number of years in both the UK and the USA where I studied my MFA in Costume Design at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Some previous highlights of my career have been working on The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall in London; numerous productions at Shakespeare and Company in Massachusetts; and touring up the East Coast of the USA with The Cambridge American Stage Tour.
As a designer I am very research driven: establishing a solid foundation of research helps me to create a rich and dynamic world on stage or screen. I love to share this research with the other members of my design team and the actors, to bounce ideas around and hear what discoveries they have made in their own research, which all informs my costume designs.
I am always seeking new types of theatre and so far I have followed this interest to both India and South Africa to conduct formal research. In 2019 I visited South Africa to attend the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown and research the South African musical Sophiatown for my masters thesis which exhibited online at the Augusta Savage Gallery, MA, in May 2020. Click here to view the exhibition. In 2014, while at the University of Cambridge, I spent seven weeks travelling around India researching costumes for my undergraduate dissertation into the dressing room as a space for transformation in the ritual of performance. This trip included four weeks at Kerala Kalamandalam, the prestigious performing arts university in Kerala.