The winner of the 2015 Linbury Prize for Stage Design
is Grace Smart
, whose winning design for Saint Joan
will be produced at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Twelve finalists have been given the opportunity to work with four Theatre organisations including Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, Royal Court Theatre, London, the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh & the Lyric Theatre Belfast.
The four designers who have won a commission to realise their designs with the participating companies are:Camilla Clarke
(Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), who will design Human Animals
at the Royal Court Theatre, London.Jen McGinley
(Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama), who will design Autumn
at the Traverse, EdinburghGrace Smart (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts), who will design Saint Joan at the Lyric Theatre, BelfastPhilippa Brocklehurst
(Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) who will design A Passage to India
at the Nuffield, Southampton.
In conjunction with the British Council a further winner, Minglu Wang
(Royal Central School of Speech and Drama), will design a production of Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale
in Ukraine in 2016.
The Linbury Prize for Stage Design was founded by Anya Sainsbury CBE in 1987 as a springboard for recent graduates from theatre design courses around the UK, giving applicants an unparalleled opportunity to work with professional theatre companies and to collaborate with writers, directors and technical teams at a crucial stage in their careers. The Linbury Prize for Stage Design is sponsored by the Linbury Trust, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts.
The judges of the 2015 Linbury Prize were Sophie Jump, Tom Piper
and Tom Scutt
Previous winners of the Prize include some of the most important stage designers working today, including Tim Hatley, whose work includes Great Britain
at the NT, Spamalot
and Shrek the Musical
in the West End and on Broadway; Anthony Ward, whose credits include King Lear
at the NT and Gypsy
at Chichester and in the West End; Es Devlin whose work includes Hamlet
at the Barbican and Light Shining in Buckinghamshire
at the NT; and Vicki Mortimer, whose extensive work for the NT includes The Silver Tassie