Fiona Watt trained with the Motley Theatre Design Course at the Almeida, London.
Fiona develops commissioned projects as a lead artist and curator. This has included four international projects for the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design & Space (PQ 2011, 2015 and 2019), and Design as Performance at World Stage Design in Cardiff (WSD 2013). Between 2009 and 2011 Fiona created and developed Creativite Sans Frontieres (CWB 2010), a cross-border community performance project via the Interreg EU funding programme. In 2012 she became a member of the core team delivering Open Stages, a Cultural Olympiad project for the Royal Shakespeare Company. At the heart of this aspect of her practice is an open space approach which enables emerging practitioners, students and communities to make design-led performance, exploring creative development through placing work in an international context. She is Curator for Staging Places: UK Design for Performance, on behalf of the Society of British Theatre Designers, which represented the UK at the Prague Quadrennial in 2019 before taking up residency at the V&A, London from July 2019 – March 2020. The exhibition will be at the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford from 19th September 2020 – 10th January 2021 supported by a full education and professional development programme.
Fiona is UK Performance Design Commissioner for OISTAT (International Organisation of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians) and Honorary Secretary of the Society of British Theatre Designers, an organisation which celebrates and supports the work of designers for performance based in the UK.
Set and costume design credits include : In My Father’s Words 59E59 New York, as part of the Brits on Broadway season; Dundee Rep and tour, part of the 2014 Glasgow Cultural programme for the Commonwealth Games); Outlying Islands, Dark Earth, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Heritage and Highland Shorts for the Traverse, Edinburgh; Further than the Furthest Thing ( Prime Productions), Eight Songs for a Mad King and Good Angel, Bad Angel (Hebrides Ensemble), A Woman of No Importance (Pitlochry Festival Theatre). She has also designed for Nottingham Playhouse, Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Bolton Octagon, Sherman Cymru and a variety of touring companies throughout the UK.
Fiona is a Director of The Designers Formation.
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