1 year's full time residency at the National Theatre's Max Rayne Design Studio, 2018-2019. Designers assisted include: Hildegard Bechtler, Bunny Christie, Fly Davis, Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey, Rachel Hauk, Natasha Jenkins, Rob Jones, Katrina Lindsay, Ian McNeil, Vicki Mortimer, Ralph Myers, Rajha Shakiry, ULTZ, Samuel Wyer


Finalist for the JMK Award with Jocelyn Cox, 2019

Finalist for the inaugural Naomi Wilkinson Award for Stage Design with Told by an Idiot, 2019 


The Importance of Being Earnest dir. Neil Bartlett, RADA, 2020


Do You Love Me Yet? dir. Jocelyn Cox, in association with Bristol Old Vic, 2020 (ongoing)


Penny devised by Maude, 2020 (ongoing)

In My Lungs the Ocean Swells dir. Tash Hyman, Vaults Festival, 2020

If Not Now, When dir. Elayce Ismail, National Theatre: Dorfman, 2019

Spring Opera Scenes dir. Stephen Barlow, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 2019

Before I Was a Bear dir. Aneesha Srinivasan, Bunker Theatre, 2019

i will still be whole (when you rip me in half) dir. Helen Morley, Bunker Theatre, 2019

Time of Listening R&D dir. Rebecca Hanbury, Snape Maltings, 2018

La bohème dir. Harry Fehr, Clonter Opera, 2018

Stop Giving Me Grief dir. Gemima Hull

From the Forest Festival, 2018

Masti Maja dir. Ajay & Tanvi Punatar, Sansaar Co., 2018

Gaps dir. Matt Strachan, Katzpace, 2018

FCUK'D dir. Niall Ransome, Bunker Theatre, 2017

The Death of Ivan Ilyich dir. Jonathan Humphreys

Merton Arts Space, 2017

Semele dir. Martin Constantine

Richard Burton Theatre & Mid Wales Opera Tour, 2017

Spring Awakening dir. Megan McGeough, SOAS, 2017

The cosmonaut's last message to the woman

he once loved in the former Soviet Union (set design)

dir. Simon Reeves, Bute Theatre, 2016


Road (set design) dir. Marilyn le Conte, Bute Theatre, 2016

Just Add Water (puppet designer & maker) dir. Emma Williams

site specific: Prague Quadrennial & RWCMD, 2015


For Amy Cook:

  • You Stupid Darkness! dir. James Grieve, Southwark Playhouse transfer, 2020


work.txt created by Nathan Ellis, Vault festival, 2020

The Maple Tree dir. Elayce Ismail, City London Sinfonia tour to community spaces, 2020


For Rosie Elnile:

  • Run Sister Run dir. Charlotte Bennett, Sheffield Studio, 2020

  • The Wolves dir. Ellen McDougal, Theatre Royal Stratford East, 2018

  • Abandon dir. Anne-Louise Sarks & Laura Lomas, Lyric Hammersmith, 2018

  • Goats dir. Hamish Pirrie, Royal Court, 2017

For Rajha Shakiry:

  • seven methods of killing kylie jenner dir. Milli Bhatia, Royal Court: Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, 2019

For Fly Davis:

  • La bohème dir. Max Webster, Göteborg Opera, 2020

For Gabriella Slade:

  • The Importance of Being Earnest  dir. Alastair Whatley, The Original Theatre Company tour, 2017 

  • Cinderella dir. Dominic Hill, Citizens Theatre, 2017

  • Loot dir. Michael Fentiman, Park Theatre & Watermill Theatre, 2017

For Sophie Jump

  • The Twelfth Player dir. Susanne Thomas, site specific: Sixfields Stadium, Northampton, 2017

  • Gauhar Jaan dir. Mukul Ahmed, Omnibus Theatre, 2018

  • Gauhar Jaan R&D dir. Mukul Ahmed, Brady Arts Centre, 2017

Costume Assistant:

  • Wolf's Child des. Myriddin Pharo, dir. Bill Mitchell, WildWorks Company, site specific: Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk, 2015

Puppet Renderer:

  • Ar Waith, Ar Daith Walk the Plank, site specific: Wales Millennium Centre, 2015


  • En Folkefiende des. Beth Oppenheim, dir. Andrew Wyhment, Caird Studio, 2016

  • Blue des. Anke Lambrechts, dir. Jude Christian, Bute Theatre & The Gate, 2016

  • Conspiracy des. Anke Lambrechts & Katie Hawken, Richard Burton Theatre & The Gate, 2016

  • Macbeth des. Jacob Lucy, dir. Caroline Byrne, Chapter Arts Centre, 2015



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Staging Places at the Prague Quadrennial and V&A: my design for Semele showcased as part of the Society of British Theatre Designers' digital exhibition representing UK performance design from 2015-2019



"Book Review: Scenography by Simon Donger" Blue Pages, Society of British Theatre Designers Journal, issue 2 18. Read here

"Donmar on Design", Blue Pages, Society of British Theatre Designers Journal, issue 2 17. Read here

"Semele: Themes of Oppression and Escape Through Design", RWCMD blog. Read here


Regular deviser and leader of workshops for the National Theatre for young people ages 11-21

Leader of workshops in set, costume and lighting design for KS2

Clonter Opera, 2017-2018 


Design for Performance BA (Hons): First Class

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, 2014-2017

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design: Distinction

Falmouth University, 2013-2014

Costume skills training, National Youth Theatre, 2013

© Grace Venning

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