I am a performance designer. I have a playful and questioning process, and a closely collaborative approach to working. I'm interested in exploring how the visual can be accessible to diverse audiences through emotional images, which often takes shape in exploring performative worlds with colour and abstracted form, or a mix of references used to create visual metaphor. I believe in theatre being a democratic space for all, in both its physical and emotional spaces. This means that my body of work may not have a clear style, but rather it comes with a set of process tools and ways of looking, which I bring when listening to the needs of a piece of work, and the contexts of its performance.
I also sometimes co-design with Joshua Gadsby.
Design credits include: The Greatest Play In the History of the World (Royal Manchester Exchange), And Yet It Moves (Young Vic, Taking Part), Dreamplay (co-design, The Vaults), In My Dreams I Dream I’m Dreaming (Theatre Royal Plymouth), OUT (The Yard, Underbelly, & European Tour), Voodoo (Sadlers Wells), FEAST (Battersea Arts Centre), Rise: Macro vs. Micro (Old Vic New Voices), Then (Soho Theatre and Australian Tour), Majesty (Battersea Arts Centre), Trigger Warning (Tate Modern), The Shape of the Impossible (with National Theatre Young Studio, National Theatre).
As research and development collaborator: The Lady and the Unicorn (The Yard), Love Descends (Oval House), Sister (Tete a Tete Festival)
As associate designer: Porcelain (Design by Cécile Trémoliéres, The Abbey, Dublin), The Host (Design by Cécile Trémoliéres, National Youth Theatre), This Beautiful Future (Design by Cécile Trémoliéres, The Yard)
Naomi trained at Wimbledon College of Art, and has since tutored final year students on collaboration in the industry.
She has also been previously shortlisted for the Linbury Prize and Old Vic 12.
Photograph by Teddy Powell