I design spaces (costume and set) for theatre, performance, contemporary dance, site specific events and anything in between and beyond. My designs are often with companies and artists who make current, relevant and politically engaged work which often tour extensively in the UK and internationally.

My designs are often simple and beautiful and my sense of colour and the dramaturgy of space and form is a running thread of my work. Design is form and in theatre I am often experimenting with that form and the language of design where aesthetic is not just for beauty’s sake but as a another narrator in the live performance. My designs are often environments which make the ordinary extraordinary. My design work has won awards.

Born in 1982 in Bulgaria I have a Fine Art Diploma from the National High School for Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria and a First Class Honors Degree in Theatre Design from Wimbledon School of Art, London. I have been living and working in the UK since 1999.

  • AWARDS for shows I have designed or co-devised and directed:
  • 2019 – CATS Award for Stick by Me by Andy Manley, Ian Cameron, Redbridge Arts
  • 2017- Total Theatre Award and The Stage Award for salt. by Selina Thompshon
  • 2014- Herald Angel for Falling in Love with Frida by Caroline Bowditch
  • 2014- Total Theatre Award for Near Gone by Two Destination Language
  • 2013- Pulse Suitcase Prize for Near Gone by Two Destination Language
  • 2009- Rules & Regs- professional development, South Hill Park, UK
  • 2006- Artsadmin Bursary Recipient for Early Career Artists
  • 2005- Linbury Biennial Prize for Stage Design: Finalist
  • 2003- Wimbledon School of Art Bursary- Prague for the Prague Quadrennial

Below are selected stage designs – for design chats –

ARTISTS, THEATRES and ORGANISATIONS I have designed with/for:

Two Destination Language (all works), Jo Bannon (numerous works) Grand Junction London, Shubbak Festival London, NotNow Collective, Demi Nandhra, Dierlibane Theatre, Perth Theatre Scotland (numerous works) Vickie Beesley, Lu Kemp, In Bed With My Brother, Barbican Centre London, Matty May, Camden Peoples Theatre, Fat Blokes Company, Scottee (numerous works), Nathan Crosson-Smith, LAMDA London, Rachel Mars, Daniel Padden, Redbridge Arts, Catherine Wheels, Ian Cameron, Andy Manley, Leo Burtin, Curios Monkey, Sophie Unwin, Selina Thompson (numerous works), Natalie Diddams, gift festival, Laura Lindow, Salisbury Arts Centre (numerous works) Dave Orme, Salisbury Playhouse (numerous works) Caroline Bowditch, Scottish Dance Theatre, Saffy Satohi, Lorena Rivero DeBeer, Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh , Nadia Ihtkhar, Mayhem Company, Southbank Centre London, Lucy Foster, Chloe Dechery, Old Vic London, The Albany London, Trestle Theatre (numerous works), Lost Dog, Ben Duke, Horse and Bamboo Theatre, Carlotta Micelli , Julie McNamara, Eden Arts, Spark Arts Leicester, Imaginate Scotland, Attenborough Arts Centre Leicester and many others on twitter and istagram – @KatherinaRadeva