TANYA  JOELLE
   STEPHENSON

                     Theatre / Installation / Production Designer

                                             / Design Draughtsperson / Model-Maker

/ Wedding Designer

                                               / Theatre Devisor

                                            / Lighting Designer

       / Production / Company / Stage Manager

                                           / Workshop Leader

 

Tanya originally trained as a Performance Designer, but has since worked in various capacities in and around theatre. Some of the companies/artists include Gecko, BBC, Fuel, STOMP, Punchdrunk, Paines Plough, Graeae, Wardrobe Ensemble, Little Bulb, Tamasha, Gingerline, Engineer, Pecho Mama, Tom Adams, Spymonkey, Kalí, Company 3, Polka Theatre, The British Library, Nevill Holt Opera, Holy What, The Invisible Dot, Secret Garden Party, Ensemble Amorpha and Rhea Thierstein.

 

Her work in theatre thus far has shown that her care and motivation always stems from the bigger picture, which is that the performances are telling stories to provoke social justice or change.

She has also been an Associate Artist for Only Connect UK, leading design workshops with ex-offenders and young people at risk.

Other productions include Camden People's Theatre's Human Jam, 20 Stories High and Theatre Rites' The Broke 'n' Beat Collective, Nick Makoha's The Dark, Rachael Ofori's Portrait and So Many Reasons, Cathal Cleary's Disco Pigs, Tim Key’s Masterslut, Melanie Wilson’s Landscape II, David Rosenburg’s Ring and The Roof, Inua Ellam’s Spalding Suite and Uninvited Guests’ Love Letters Straight From Your Heart.

 

Tanya has devised and designed a 'gig-theatre' performance, Pale Phoebe, with Joe White and Nick Crofts, which sold out at Camden People’s Theatre's All The Right Notes festival, 2016.


Tanya has designed her own interactive performance installations for festivals, has been a Stylist and Production Designer for commercials, films and music videos, and has also led on the designs and production for several large weddings.

She graduated with an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in 2013, 

a BA in Performance Design at University of Leeds in 2010, and a foundation diploma at Camberwell School of Art in 2007.

Tanya was a winner of the Francis Reid Lighting Design Award in 2010 and also part of the Stage Management Team of the Year (with Gecko) in 2015.

Currently based in London, UK