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. After gaining a Distinction in MA Scenography at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, 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 devised and text based projects, physical theatre, dance, musicals and opera. Recent designs include: Nine Night (National Theatre), Misty (The Bush), The Mountaintop (Young Vic), 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).
In 2015, Rajha exhibited her work at the V&A as part of Make:Believe, the Society of British Theatre Designers’ national exhibition. Other exhibitions include international design show World Stage Design 2013, and the UK National Exhibition of Design for Performance, Transformation & Revelation.