Once again RWCMD graduates feature among the finalists of the UK’s most prestigious award for stage design – making up six of the dozen chosen designers.
This unique, seven month long competition, gives recently graduated stage designers an unparalleled opportunity to work with professional theatre companies and collaborate with writers, designers and technical teams at this crucial stage in their career.
Congratulations to Camilla Clarke and Cindy Lin (featured in the main picture) who will be working with Royal Court Theatre, Valeria Pacchiani and Rebecca Jane Wood, with the Nuffield Theatre, David Allen, working with Lyric Theatre, Belfast, and Jen McGinley, working with Traverse Theatre.
The theatre companies select the finalists and each winner gains a professional commission to realise a production from the company for which they are chosen to work, and a cash prize
“The graduate exhibition is incredibly satisfying; it’s the culmination of three years work and being able to present it to the public and to industry professionals, in both Cardiff and London, is an amazing opportunity at the start of your professional career,” says Linbury finalist Jen McGinley of the theatre design course. “The college gives you the best backing and training as a performance designer that you can get and the rest of the industry knows it too.”
All the finalists work can be seen in an exhibition later in the year, and the four winners will be also be announced then.
RWCMD has enjoyed enormous success in the competition over the years. Previous winners from the College are Jean Chan (2009), Rhys Jarman (2007), Tom Scutt (2007). Adam Wiltshire (2003), Crista Noel Smith (2003) and Max Jones (2001), and many more have been shortlisted as finalists.
These designers have gone on to successful careers, designing productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Court, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, National Theatre, Welsh National Opera and many more.