Rajha Shakiry was born in Iraq and educated in England. Her first degree was in Mathematics, after which she re-trained in Theatre Design, graduating from Wimbledon School of Art in 2003, and going on to to gain a Distinction in the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama’s Scenography MA. Rajha has since worked as a freelance theatre designer, maker, producer and director-designer.
Rajha has extensive experience in small-scale, middle-scale, national and international touring productions, in the United Kingdom, Southern Africa and the Middle East. She has designed and collaborated on numerous devised and text based projects, physical theatre, dance, musical theatre and opera. Recent designs have included: Sweet Taboo (Talawa), I Stand Corrected (Artscape, Cape Town and Ovalhouse, London), Richard II (Ashtar theatre, Hisham’s Palace, Palestine and Shakespeare’s Globe) and Still Life Dreaming (Spare Tyre theatre and Wellcome Trust at the Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe).
Rajha exhibited her work alongside 100 International Designers at World Stage Design 2013. She has also exhibited her work at Transformation & Revelation, the Society of British Theatre Designers’ professional UK National Exhibition of Design for Performance. In 2015, she will exhibit again at the SBTD National Exhibition, as part of Make: Believe.
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