Senior Lecturer in Design for Performance
Lucy Hall trained at Central School of Art in London with Pamela Howard and at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New York.
She has worked as a set and costume designer for theatres in Britain and abroad, including the Ambassadors Theatre, Gielgud Theatre and Arts Theatre in the West End, Royal Court Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, Gate Theatre, National Theatre Studio, Sheffield Crucible, Glasgow Citizens, Stephen Joseph Theatre Scarborough, Salisbury Playhouse, Bath Theatre Royal, English Touring Theatre, English Touring Opera, Theatre Projects Tokyo, Copenhagen Opera, Theatre Genedlaethol and Theatr Clwyd.
Lucy was the recipient of the Bunkacho government fellowship for artists from abroad, allowing her to spend a year in Japan studying traditional Japanese theatre. She has been involved in numerous theatre-in-education projects co-ordinated by The South Bank Centre, Royal Court Theatre and English Touring Opera and has held Artist Residencies in a variety of educational settings. Lucy recently graduated with distinction from an MA in Fine Art at the University of the West of England and continues to develop her Fine Art practice alongside teaching and designing. Lucy became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in 2018.
Lucy has worked with Race Council Cymru on a project involving cleaning staff at RWCMD. She has collaborated with the JMK South West Director’s Group and has worked with Bristol Council as artist-in-residence in Bristol children’s centres. Lucy is a panellist for Freelancers Make Theatre Work on training opportunities in theatre. She also led a 10-day workshop for CYSTAT – The Cypriot Centre for Technical Theatre Artists, which resulted in a public exhibition of research, drawings and models.
Lucy’s work shows the role of the performance designer as an active participant in the creative team, capable of making deeper and broader comment on a text beyond merely ‘setting the scene’. A focus on value systems attributed to labour is a line of enquiry running throughout her practice. As set and costume designer on Nyrsys (2018), a play by Bethan Marlow, she was interested in exploring a design which could articulate the complexities of a nurse’s daily work through performance.