|I am a designer of sets and costumes for the theatre.
Originally from the UK I trained as a singer, dancer and actress at London’s Arts Educational Trust
before turning my interest towards the visual side of the theatre while taking an honours degree in
Drama at Manchester University, 1973-76.
After post-graduate studies I went on to work as a teacher/ designer/ collaborator for childrens’
theatre, theatre-in-education and community theatre companies, developing story-telling fantasies
alongside educational and political pieces.
I was one of a handful of designers in the cutting-edge collective Joint Stock Theatre Group,
developing the sets and costumes for three major pieces with them: Fen, Fire in The Lake and A
Mouthful of Birds.
In the 1980s and 90s my work was particularly associated with emerging women’s and feminist
theatre, designing premieres of works by Caryl Churchill, Bryony Lavery, Anne Devlin, Sarah Daniels,
Louise Page and Shelagh Stephenson.
My work has been seen at such major theatres in the US, Germany and the UK as The Royal Court
Theatre, Edinburgh’s Lyceum Theatre, Dusseldorfer Schauspielhaus,The Public Theater, BAM, Arena
Stage, The Guthrie, Long Wharf, ART, Steppenwolf, etc.
And while still a UK resident I designed five shows for The National Theatre: The Father, Man, Beast and
Virtue (or Say It with Flowers), Black Snow, The Mountain Giants, and The Skriker.
I moved with my family to California in the mid 1990's and now live in the Bay area. Productions here
include Norah, Sheridan, The Importance of Being Earnest, Going to St Ives and Wintertime for La
Jolla Playhouse; The Threepenny Opera, Night and Day, A Doll’s House at ACT San Francisco; A Long
Day's Journey into Night for San Jose Rep; Man and Superman, Othello, An Ideal Husband and The
Tempest for California Shakespeare Festival; The Right Kind of People and Tir Na
N’Og for Magic Theater; and for Berkeley Rep’ Suddenly Last Summer, Big Love, Yellowman, Irma Vep,
Fetes de la Nuit, Honour, Finn in the Underworld , Passing Strange, To The Lighthouse, Heartbreak
House, Tiny Kushner, Danny Hoch's Taking Over and a recent transfer to Broadway, Sarah Ruhl's In The
Other locally developed shows include D W Jacobs’ The History and Mystery of the Universe; and Josh
Kornbluth’s Ben Franklin, Unplugged and his weekly TV show for KQED.
As a teacher I acted as Chair of the MA in Scenography at Wimbledon School of Art, taught MFA
theatre design students as an adjunct Professor at U C San Diego, and am at present lecturing
costume design classes at U C Berkeley.
|Man and Superman,
California Shakespeare Festival
Acts 1, 2 and 3
|To The Lighthouse ,