Grace is a designer for performance based in London who recently completed a year's full-time residency in the National Theatre's design studio.


In 2019 Grace 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.


Grace graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) in Design for Performance from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 2017. She is a contributor for Blue Pages, the Society of British Theatre Designer's journal.

"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 my interests in art, history, literature and politics. I have a particular interest in the relationships between performance and gender, race, disability, climate and queer politics.

In a time when the future of the arts is uncertain, 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."


© Grace Venning

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