The Designer’s Toolkit


with Luke W. Robson

Wednesday 21st April 2021

14:00 – 17:00

Location: Zoom

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The Designer’s Toolkit 

with Luke W. Robson

This workshop will give an overview of the practical skills, resources and opportunities for emerging Set & Costume Designers. This will include a comprehensive break-down of the path into the industry, and the skills needed to succeed. The first half of the session will focus on an overview of: Where to find design jobs (including assistant positions), internships/work experience, Awards & Opportunities, Funding, Community Groups, Resources, Training, Workshops, Books. The second half of the session will look at helpful techniques to help with the design process, script breakdowns, graphic design, research methods, methods of set/costume design, exploring the Director/Designer relationship and design-lead practice.

This workshop is aimed at recent graduates and anyone interested in a career in Set/Costume Design for Theatre, and will be particularly helpful for those with no formal training in the area or looking to transition from another discipline.

When: Wednesday 21st April 2021

Time: 14:00-17:00

Where: Zoom

About Luke:

Luke is a London-based artist, Scenic & Costume Designer for live events. Working across Theatre, Opera, Musicals, Immersive Theatre and cross-discipline Instillations. With a background in Fine Art he has a holistic approach to design that incorporates graphic design, video, sculpture and new technology. He is Resident Designer at Wildcard Studios and previous recipient of the Leverhulme Trust Bursary as Assistant Designer at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Designs include: United Queendom (Les Enfants Terribles) It’s True, It’s True, It’s True (Barbican) Casino Royale (Secret Cinema – Associate Designer), The Colours (Soho), Tokyo Rose (New Diorama) Electrolyte, Velvet, My Kind of Michael, Fans (Tour), 2030 (Collusion), Messiah (Porchester Hall), Crystal Clear, Circa, Odd Shaped Balls (Old Red Lion, OFFIE Nominee, Best Set Design), Work Bitch, Finding Fassbender, (VAULT), Sapho and Phao (RSC), Small Town Politics (Sky Arts), Unspoken (Theatre Royal) Live Lab Elevator, The Terminal Velocity of Snowflakes (Live Theatre), Madam Butterfly (King’s Head Theatre), The Nether, Journey’s End and The Pillowman (Northern Stage). Art projects include OVADA Digital Artist Residency, Here’s To Thee, Old Apple Tree (RSC), The Cave (Queens Hall Digital) and Electric Sheep (Channel 4). Luke runs LOCO Creative producing graphic design for venues and companies including: HighTide, Paines Plough,  Soho Theatre, Arcola Theatre and Live Theatre. Luke was Finalist for Best Newcomer at The Journal Culture Awards and twice shortlisted for the Old Vic 12. Luke attended the BFI Talent Campus at the National Film & Television School and graduated with a First Class Honours in Fine Art from Newcastle University where he received the John Bell Simpson and Pride of Newcastle Awards.



At Wildcard we believe everyone should have the chance to be creative. We want all our courses to be as open and inclusive as possible to anyone that wants to take part. We are aware that the cost of workshops and regular training is a key barrier in our industry for many people.

With this in mind, we are pleased to be able to offer 2 free places on each course.

If you are interested, please email bursaries@wildcardtheatre.co.uk with the workshop title as the subject and tell us a bit about you and why you feel that this would help you.

Bursary places will be offered out no later than 2 weeks before the course begins.

For further enquiries please email emily@wildcardtheatre.co.uk