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My designs are of a conceptual form; space and costume have to be interrelated, thus costume and space are defined symbolically. I’m used to producing a multitude of drawings, textures and colour samples before deciding the final outcome. What interests me most is the research and process involved during the creation of a theatre design, in particular the image research aspect and the metaphorical or symbolic transposition of the designers imagination onto the stage.

I graduated in November 2012 with a BA degree in Theatre Set Design from the Art Academy of Brera in Milano, I moved to London in February 2013 eager to engage in a specialist course and pro-active about finding work experience in my field of study.

As for my work experience in theatre, I participated in the realization of the costumes for two theatre productions of the Art Academy of Brera, the Opera ‘La Cambiale di Matrimonio’ by G.Rossini and Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’. My duties involved the research for the fabric, the fabric sampling, dying, basic sowing skills, creating textures/ patterns for the costumes, fittings with actors, attending rehearsals, the organization of the wardrobe, the dressing and also the last minute sowing and fixing before and after the plays.

When in London I started working for an amateur theatre company ‘Tower Theatre Company’.

I designed and participated in the realization of the set for Educating Rita, by Willy Russell under the direction of Gigi Robarts, Co-designed the set for Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel and designed Set and Costumes for L’École des femmes by Molière, directed by Gigi Robarts at Barons Court Theatre.