Kerry trained in Theatre, Television and Film at The University of Warwick, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Chelsea College of Art and the National Film and Television School. She is a creative practitioner who has over 25 years experience in all aspects of Theatre Design, as well as designing Exhibitions (most recently buying for a new exhibition at the V&A) and working in Film and Television art departments as Art Director, Production Buyer and Set Dresser (BBC, DNA Films, Warp films, CBBC, Steel Mill Films, Shed TV and Channel 4).
She has designed many period (and contemporary) plays in repertory theatre, fringe and on national tours. She has worked at the Swan Theatre (Worcester), Palace Theatre (Westcliff), Leicester Haymarket, the Royal National Theatre, RADA and Trafalgar Studios, London, as well as with wonderful children’s and community theatres such as Polka theatre, Snap, Pop-Up Theatre and London Bubble. Recent designs include Tui I Teraz (Hampstead Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest, Equus, Ghosts, Miss Julie and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (all touring productions for London Classic Theatre).
Kerry has also been teaching set design in higher education for 18 years. She is currently on a sabbatical after leaving her role as Course Leader on BA (Hons) Set Design for Screen and Production Arts for Screen at Wimbledon College of Arts (UAL), where she gained an outstanding teaching award. She is also External Examiner on the BA (Hons) Design for Stage and Screen (Design for Film & Television) at Nottingham Trent University and has lectured at Northern Film School (Leeds Beckett), Goldsmiths University, University of Gloucester, Central St. Martins, Lewisham College and St. Mary’s University, Twickenham.
She recently created her own production company, Anorak Productions, to make her own short films, collaborating with the poet Aoife Mannix. They have created a multi-media performance and online space based on poems Aoife wrote about cancer. They worked with a top creative team: TV & Film composer Sandy Nuttgens, website developer Rebekah Ford, producer Sally Beck and visual artist Liz Atkin with support from spoken word company Apples & Snakes. A year of research and development was supported by Arts Council England.
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DIRECTOR & DESIGNER http://www.onestageatatime.co.uk
FILM AND TELEVISION:
The Briny- DNA Films/ Channel 4. Writer & Director-Lucy Kirkwood
A Gun For George- Warp Films. Dir- Matthew Holness
PRODUCTION BUYER & SET DRESSER
BBC I-Player Shorts (x3) Oakwood/ Is This Thing on?/ Playing Ball Dir- various
Gigglebiz – CBBC. Dir- Michael Towner
Scarecrow – Steel Mill Films. Dir- Kerinne Jenkins
Matched – National Film & TV School. Dir- Jack Laurance
The Rapture – Rapture Film Productions. Dir- William Steel
Jim, Jam & Sunny – Wish Films/CITV. Dir- Michael Towner
Dolphins – Carnaby & Piccadilly Films. Dir- Mark Jay
Footballers’ Wives – Shed TV/ITV2. Dir- David Knight
The Investigators – Channel 4. Dir- Penny Lawrence & Simon Nicholson
King’s Bay – by Stig Svenson, designed by Jack Van Domburg
Firework – Redbird – Dir- Beryl Richards, designed by Alison Butler
Daddy’s Girl – National Film & Television School.
A Boy in the Shower – National Film & Television School.
The Hole – Hole Productions. Riverside Studios & London
Brotherly Love – University of Bristol
Emmerdale – ITV
Sex Sense & A Different World & Piggy In The Middle – Healthwise Productions
External Examiner BA (Hons) Design for Stage and Screen (Design for Film & Television) Nottingham Trent University.
Lecturer- Production Design, Northern Film School, (Leeds Beckett University School of Film, Music and Performing Arts)
On sabbatical from part-time Senior Lecturer- BA (Hons) Production Arts for Screen at Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts, London.
TEACHING INCLUDES: lectures and workshops in:
- Film Production Design (& related screen industries: virtual reality, gaming, augmented reality, fine art)
- Film Art Direction (including: concept drawing, history of architecture & interiors, history of costume, colour theory, technical drawing, storyboarding, location surveying, graphics)
- Production buying & set dressing
- Theatre set & costume design
- Presentations & Portfolios
Full-time course Leader – BA (Hons) Production Arts for Screen course, which incorporates Set Design for Screen and Technical Arts & Special Effects. Wimbledon College of Arts, University of the Arts, London.
In 2014 Kerry was recognised by the students of UAL for OUTSTANDING TEACHING at the UAL Teaching Awards.
Visiting Lecturer- Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Central St. Martin’s, University of the Arts, London.
Visiting Lecturer – Production Design, MA Film Making, Goldsmiths University, London.
Visiting Lecturer -Art Department & art directing BA (Hons) Film Production, University of Gloucestershire.
Lecturer – Theatre Design & Scene Painting, BA Drama & Theatre Arts, St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, London.
Tutor – Scene Painting & Construction, Stage Management & Special Effects Diploma, Lewisham College.
Designer & Lecturer –Theatre Design. Kerry created and taught on 3 BA (Hons) undergraduate courses over 4 years in the Drama & Theatre department, Royal Holloway, University of London.
Art workshops in primary & secondary schools & workshops in set design with the National Theatre Education department.
In 2018 and 2016 Kerry was on the judging panel for the student PRODUCTION DESIGN PRIZE as part of Cambridge’s WATERSPRITE FILM FESTIVAL.
BFI ( British Film Institute):
PRODUCTION DESIGN MASTERCLASS as part of the Future Film festival (for 15-25 year olds).
INTERVIEWS: production designer & art director PAUL CRIPPS & SARAH FINLAY (2018) and costume designer JANE PETRIE (2016).
KERRY was also interviewed along with a production designer and art director as part of the festival to discuss getting in to the profession.
EXHIBITION & EVENTS
Production Buyer/ Set dresser & Standby Props – Victoria and Albert Museum, Masquerade- a new interactive exhibition which opened in 2016
Designer – National Theatre of Scotland/ On The Razzle (Latitude Festival)
Designer – Adverse Camber -Storytelling on tour
Designer – Design Etc. Richmond, London
THEATRE: SET DESIGN
The Importance of Being Earnest – London Classic Theatre Tour. Dir- Michael Cabot
Equus – London Classic Theatre Tour. Dir- Michael Cabot
Ghosts – London Classic Theatre Tour. Dir- Michael Cabot
After Miss Julie – London Classic Theatre Tour. Dir- Michael Cabot
The Crucible – Queen’s College, London. Dir- Amanda Hope
Breathing Corpses – Theatre Delicatessen, London. Dir- Sam Potter
Alice In Wonderland – West Sussex County Youth Theatre. Dir- Luke Fredericks
Grimm’s Fairy Tales – Michael Croft Theatre, Dulwich, London. Dir- Rebecca Baxter
SET & COSTUME
Tui I Teraz – Hampstead Theatre Studio, London. Dir- Sam Potter
Joe’s Kingdom – Michael Croft Theatre, Dulwich, London. Dir- Celia DeWolff
Dickens’ Children – Michael Croft Theatre, Dulwich, London. Dir- Vivienne Penglase
Negative Space -New End Theatre, Hampstead, London. Dir- Tom Hunsinger
The Beauty Queen of Leenane – London Classic Theatre Tour. Dir- Michael Cabot
SH*T-M*X – Trafalgar Studios, London. Dir- Sam Potter
Snowbound – Trafalgar Studios, London. Dir- Sam Potter
Growing Up An Alien – Royal Festival Hall & Tour. Dir- Michael Kirchner
Romeo & Juliet – The Lord Chamberlain’s Men Tour. Dir- Lucy Pitman-Wallace
Heroes – National Theatre Education Tour. Dir- Sam Potter
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – The Lord Chamberlain’s Men Tour. Dir- Lucy Pitman-Wallace
Mouse and Mole – Theatre Wolsey Ipswich & Tour. Dir- Dianne Hancock
Love in the Title – London Classic Theatre Tour. Dir- Michael Cabot
Broken Words – Arts Depot. Apples & Snakes
Nine – Judi Dench Theatre, Mountview. Dir- Paul Sabey
Dummy – Pop Up West Yorks & UK Tour. Dir- Lucy Pitman-Wallace
The Cherry Orchard – GBS Theatre, RADA, London. Dir- Lucy Pitman-Wallace
Sweet Charity – Mountview Theatre School, London. Dir- Matthew Ryan
Stepping on the Cracks – Snap Theatre Tour. Dir- Dianne Hancock
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – Snap Theatre Tour. Dir- Andy Graham
The Nightwatch – Pop Up Theatre Tour. Dir- Jane Wolfson
Catch a Falling Star – Snap Theatre Tour. Dir- Dianne Hancock
Beyond the Wall and Over the Sea – Leicester Haymarket studio & Tour. Dir- Paul Savage
Search & Destroy – New End, Hampstead. Dir- Simon Cox
What if? – Pop Up Theatre tour . Dir- Michael Dalton
A Thousand Days – Old Red Lion, Islington. Dir- Lucy Pitman-Wallace
Breaking the Ice – Pop Up Theatre Tour. Dir- Jane Wolfson
3 x 3 Pirandello – New End Theatre, Hampstead, London. Dir- Simon Cox
A Lump in my Throat: John Diamond & Me – The Grace Theatre, Battersea, London. Dir- Victoria Coren
Dossier: Ronald Akkerman -The Gate Theatre, London. Dir- Lucy Pitman-Wallace
The Three Sisters – Southwark Playhouse, London. Dir- Lucy Pitman-Wallace
Ground Zero – Southwark Playhouse, London. Dir- Lucy Pitman-Wallace
Blackbirds – London Bubble. Dir- Jonathan Petherbridge
Forty Walls & Ten Doors – London Bubble. Dir- Jonathan Petherbridge
My Home – London Bubble. Dir- Karen Tomlin
Myths, Rituals, White Goods – London Bubble. Dir- Jonathan Petherbridge
Peter Pan – Leicester Haymarket. Dir- Paul Kerryson
The Big Magic – Polka Theatre. Dir- Roman Stefanski
The Giants Baby – Polka theatre. Dir- Roman Stefanski
The Borrowers – Polka Theatre. Dir- Vicky Ireland
Beauty & The Beast – Polka Theatre. Dir- Roman Stefanski
Robin Hood – Polka Theatre. Dir- Vicky Ireland
Scenic Artist – National Theatre (London), Ragdoll productions, Codsteaks (Bristol), Cheltenham Everyman Theatre
Assistant then Resident Theatre Designer – Palace Theatre, Westcliff
Design & Wardrobe Assistant – Swan Theatre, Worcester
Level 1 British Sign Language, Basic Coreldraw, Sketchup & Vectorworks, Photography, Basic Fire Training, Adult First Aid, Car driver & owner
UAL training (2006-2018) First aid at work certificate, Introduction to management, GDPR, Managers guide to Budgeting, Managing people, Managing Effectively, Dealing with difficult situations, Conducting Appraisals, Selecting the best (interviewing), Fairness in selecting students, Excel, Photoshop, Sketchup
Vectorworks short course at Pinewood studios
2005 Postgraduate certificate in Skills of Teaching to Inspire Learning (6 months)
1996 National Film & Television School- Project Oak Art Department training (6 months)
1995 – 1996 Design for Television– Chelsea College of Art (short course)
1993 Designing Dreams- Art Direction in World Film, Watershed Media Centre, Bristol (evening course)
1992 – 1993 Bristol Old Vic Theatre School– Design Graduate
1989 – 1992 University of Warwick- BA Honours in Theatre Studies & Dramatic Arts (inc. Television Studio performance, Multi-media & Film Studies)
1987 – 1989 Huddersfield New College- 5 A-Levels
1982 – 1987 Honley High School- 9 O-Levels
2014 GEECT conference in Dublin, Ireland (The Groupement Européen des Ecoles de Cinéma et de Télévision (GEECT) / European Grouping of Film and Television Schools)
2015 Awesome Bergman, Gotland Island, Faro, Sweden
2016 I attended the Media Production Show, a VR summit in London (supported by the staff development fund) and regular lectures on gaming at the V&A, such as 2017 ‘Alternate Realities’.
2017 I organised an afternoon of talks and demonstrations by industry professionals at the Tate Exchange, in the Tate Modern on Wednesday March 22 2017 as part of the DMC’s virtual and digital worlds day. In November 2017, I also helped organise a large scale VR day for professionals and students called VRLO (virtual reality London), by digital production studio REWIND at CSM, in collaboration with Wimbledon/ the CCW Digital Maker’s Collective.
Friday 19 May 2017 Tate Exchange conference- digital making in an arts curriculum, practice and career – digital makers collective (UAL)