Alumni - DMTA

A sample of our alumni from a number of DMTA courses: costume production, lighting design and creative lighting control, performance sound & audio production, scenic arts and theatre design, and stage & events management.

Alumni from the former Music Technology course feature in the page on Our musical talent.
Also, many of the DMTA students have formed their own companies: DMTA companies

Costume Production
Lighting Design and Creative Lighting Control
Performance Sound and Audio Production
Scenic Arts and Theatre Design
Stage and Events Management

Costume Production

Head shot of Rianna Charles Rianna Charles

After graduating from Rose Bruford College in 2014 Rianna started work as costume trainee/assistant on DCI Banks (2016), Unforgotten (2017) and Emmerdale (2017). She later became principal costume standby on Call the midwife (2018-20) before moving on to become costume supervisor. She has also worked on Fantastic beasts: the secrets of Dumbledore and the film version of Matilda.

Logo for Sam Keyte from LinkedIn page Sam Keyte
Graduated from Rose Bruford in 2009. Since then Sam has been costume maker on Assassins creed (2016), Fantastic beasts II (2017), Men in black international (2018), Fast and furious (2019), The little mermaid (2019-20) and is currently senior costume maker on Captain Marvel II (since June 2021). 

Katherine Rogers in Marie Antoinette dress Katherine Rodgers
She has worked as Wardrobe Mistress for Opéra de Baugé, as a dresser for Rah Productions, English National Opera, English National Ballet, Boston Ballet and the Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet and was for a time Costume technician on the Disney Cruise Line.

Head shot of Zia Thomas Zia Thomas
Received a BA Hons in Costume Production (2009) and is now Head of Wardrobe at Investec Opera Holland Park.
Chorus, Autumn 2015 by Opera Holland Park - issuu scroll through to pages 6-7.

Head shot of Rachel Woolcot Rachel Woolcot 
Graduated from Costume Production in 2014 and, after starting as a buyer with the Royal Opera House in  December 2014, became Assistant Costume Supervisor at the ROH in 2017.

Lighting Design and Creative Lighting Control

Head shot of Shevokie Allen Shevokie Allen (Elektra Lighting, Nulty+ lighting)

Head shot of Emma Bull Emma Bull
A British artistic director, show director and creative consultant. She studied at Rose Bruford College and gained a BA Hons Degree in Lighting Design. She also undertook wig-making, costume and props roles in theatre and touring. She has worked in film (Trimming the Fat, Flashbacks of a Fool starring Daniel Craig, and Ruby Blue starring Bob Hoskins), TV, theatre (including Sadler's Wells and the Royal Opera House), music videos and concert touring. She worked as William Baker's assistant, in his position as Kylie Minogue's Creative Director, on photo-shoots, video shoots and tours and during 2006/7 she was stylist and Head of Wardrobe for Minogue as well as Costume and Wig Supervisor on her Homecoming tour, directed by Baker. She has also worked alongside Baker creating tours for Il Divo and Westlife and assisted him in styling the Britney Spears' Circus tour. Emma has directed numerous TV performances and tours for artists signed to Simon Cowell's record label, Syco, including Leona Lewis, One Direction & Labrinth as well as many non Sony artists including Ellie Goulding.

Shane Burke
Head of Lighting at the Unicorn Theatre, London 2011+

Head shot of Agostino Califano  Agostina Califano  
Lighting designer for Studio 29 (2014-16), for Isometrix lighting design (2016-17) and for Elektra Lighting Berlin (2018+).

'Two to Tune' is a small-scale work with abundant energy and a pared-down aesthetic that needs the intimacy of a pared-down theatre for us to read the expressions and catch the details. With the limited rig in the Webber Douglas Studio lighting designer Agostina Califano has sculpted a perfectly scaled underground tryst where Morgan and Richard spar. Writing about Dance

Head shot of Adam Carree Adam Carree 
Adam studied lighting design at Rose Bruford College graduating in 1997 since when he has worked as a lighting designer, production manager and technical manager. He is the Technical Manager at the Unicorn Theatre in London and before that did the same role at the Cochrane Theatre. He also works as Technical Manager for the English Pocket Opera Company, and has been production manager at Sadler's Wells Theatre.  Adam has worked in theatre, dance and opera including a number of projects with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and a collaboration with Antony Gormley and Cherkaoui on Sutra and Babel.

Head shot of Luke Collins Luke J Collins
Luke works in the live events industry programming and operating media servers.  While specialising in projection mapping, his experience spans theatre to film. He was Video content programmer on Eurovision 2014, and has worked on the Invictus Games Opening and Closing ceremonies 2014, on the Take That III tour (2015) and the Kasabian Festivals (2015).

Head shot of Ben Cracknell Ben Cracknell 
Graduated from Rose Bruford College in 2001 and has gone on to become a multi-award winning lighting designer. He has been lighting designer for several Olivier Awards ceremonies and was winner of the 2014 Knight of Illumination for The Olivier Awards. He has an extensive portfolio of work in both theatre and television including My beautiful laundretteJoseph and the amazing technicolour dreamcoatYoung FrankensteinLa clemenza di Tito, the Classic Brits, and Il Divo.

Blue lighting image Stuart Dingley
Stuart graduated from Rose Bruford in 2012 with a BA in Lighting programming. Immediately afterwards he worked as an assistant to the design team for the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies. He has worked with musicians such as Tinie Tempah and FKA Twigs and toured with Flume (2015). He has moved to Los Angeles and set up his own design studio.

Head shot of Jessica Hung Jessica Hung Han Yun
After graduating from Rose Bruford in 2014, Jessica has gone on to become an award-winning lighting designer. She won the Knight of Illumination Award for Plays (2019) for her work on Equus and the Off West End Award for Lighting Design (2019) for the same play. She has worked on a variety of performances for drama and dance, and is currently working on Dick Whittington for the National Theatre.
Tripping the light fantastic (Guardian).

Head shot of Sven Ortel Sven Ortel 
Sven's studies of theatrical lighting design in London (graduating from Rose Bruford in 2002) led him to develop a keen interest in digital technologies and their potential for the live arts. While still at College Sven joined Dick Straker and his company Mesmer which provided realization and design services for over 20 productions at the National Theatre and established a video department which introduced technologies and techniques that have become de-facto standard today. Together with Straker he also conceived the video system and process that realized the technologically ground-breaking musical The Woman in White in the West End and Broadway in 2004. His work has been seen all over the world and his range of collaborators comprises some of the most established and celebrated artists. He was projection designer for Mesmer
(2001-09) and video designer on The little mermaid on Broadway (2008). In 2012 he was nominated for a TONY award for his work on Newsies and for a drama desk award in 2014 for Julie Taylor's Midsummer and he won a 2018 Suzie Bass award for his work on Candide in Atlanta.

Head shot of John B. Read John B. Read (Fellow)  
John B Read graduated from Rose Bruford in 1957 and is largely responsible for establishing lighting as an integral part of dance presentation. He has lit productions for numerous dance companies throughout the world including London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Paris Opéra Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Nederland Dans Theater, Houston Ballet, Sadler’s Wells Ballet and Rambert Dance Company and designed the lighting for the National Theatre at the Old Vic, English National Opera Group and for plays and musicals including On Your Toes in the West End. Productions he has worked on are regularly revived in Covent Garden and around the world. As well as ballet and contemporary dance John has also lit many opera productions including Götz Friedrich’s production of Der Ring des Niebelungen, Andreas Schaaf’s Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro, Colin Graham’s Death in Venice (also the Met, New York) at the Royal Opera House, and Aïda for the English National Opera.

Head shot of Sarah Readman Sarah Readman
Graduated with a First class honours degree in Lighting Design (2013) from Rose Bruford College. She has a long list of credits to her name e.g. in 2019 she was Head of Lighting and Video for The Vaults festival, lighting designer for Twelfth night at the Southwark Playhouse, video designer for The Crucible at The Yard theatre, Lighting and Video designer on Bystanders for Cardboard Citizens and Lighting and Video designer on How to save the planet for Unlimited Theatre.

Head shot of Roger Simonsz Roger (Rutger) Simonsz (Fellow)
Roger Simonsz was born in The Netherlands and spent his teenage years in South Africa ahead of moving to Great Britain where he was able to pursue his love of directing through his studies at Middlesex Polytechnic and the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London, graduating from the latter in 1986. After graduating college Roger worked in many different capacities in both theatre and film. He won his first award directing Christopher Durang's Laughing Wild at the Liverpool Playhouse. His work as a lighting designer and director of photography led him back to the continent of Europe in the early 1990's where he directed Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden for the Dutch RTL4 channel. After starting the new high profile police series Antigone 34 for French Television, he was invited to direct Wolfblood for the CBBC and subsequently Death in Paradise for Red Planet/BBC. With his own company, Imagique, Simonsz has produced and directed various corporate films and commercials.
Roger was made a Fellow of Rose Bruford College in September 2018. Acceptance speech

Head shot of James Simpson James Simpson
Graduated with a degree in Lighting Design from Rose Bruford in 2006 and worked as Head of Visualization at the Royal Opera House, since 2009. He worked with the design teams on every production using his “virtual opera house” to allow designers to get more stage time without really needing a stage. He was appointed Head of Development at Rose Bruford in 2019 and then Head of the Centre for Digital Production in 2020.
Lighting Visualization at the ROH on YouTube. Lighting Visualization at the ROH

Head shot of Gillian Tan Gillian Tan

Although graduating from the Stage Management course in 2011, Gillian is now a multi-disciplinary designer, working across lighting and video for various theatrical, immersive and interactive experiences. Her theatre credits include In Our Blood (Royal Court Theatre), 4.48 Psychosis (Royal Opera House), La Soirée (Aldwych Theatre and Southbank Centre), Coraline (Barbican Theatre and Royal Opera House) Tamburlaine (Arcola Theatre Studio 2), Invisible Treasure (Ovalhouse Theatre), Who Do We Think We Are (Southwark Playhouse) and Crocodiles (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester). In 2019/20 she was projection designer for Aisha and Abhaya, a co-production between The Royal Ballet and Rambert. Watch a talk she gave about her work as part of Digital Jam‘s Augmenting Reality series.

Head shot of Joe Vose Joe Vose
Associate Designer at Light Bureau, 2016-18 and Head of Lighting Design at Orlight 2019-20.
Associate Designer at 18 Degrees, 2020+.
Named one of Lighting magazine's 40 top lighting designers under 40. Lighting magazine

Head shot of Tom Young Tom Young  
Tom trained at Rose Bruford College, graduating with a First Class Honours degree in Creative Lighting Control. He has been with Tim Routledge Lighting Design as a lighting programmer and a lighting design assistant since 2014. He has worked on numerous events both in the UK and around the world across all genres and was one of the lighting programmers for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the MTV European Music Awards (2015) and for Take That's concert in Hyde Park (2016). He was involved in Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of the War of the Worlds on its UK tour

Performance Sound and Audio Production

Head shot of Rob Allen Rob Allen
Group Head of Sound, Hawthorn since 2015

What’s the best thing about what you do?

The moment that you know everything you’ve set up is working perfectly and you can sit back and listen to what’s being said or enjoy a band. It’s usually when the first couple of songs are out of the way and people are up and dancing, or the first presenters have been on stage. It’s really satisfying.

What’s the most challenging thing about what you do?

The advances in digital technology for sound have been amazing – being able to pre-programme to the extent we can now is just so much more efficient and a huge time-saver. But, until you’ve set everything up on the day and what you’ve put in place is up and running, it’s natural to think ‘Please work’! But that’s the beauty of live events - there are no hiding places.

Shot of Dafydd Gough at work Daffyd Gough
Graduated from Rose Bruford in 2014 and has become a freelance sound designer. He has worked for The Vaults, Waterloo and was Head of Sound for The Vaults Festival, 2014. He has also worked for Unlocked Vision Entertainment and for Bearded Kitten. In addition he lectures in show control, live sound engineering, basic programming language skills, and logic board theory for Rose Bruford, and in live sound, foley, sound design, composition and show control for the National Youth Theatre.
Dafydd Gough on SoundCloud

He provided sound design for the 2013 stage play Houdini with an original score by Tord Brudevoll (PS, 2014) and Javan Hirst (ACT, 2011) as mime and stage hand.
Tord Brudevoll on SoundCloud

Shot of Thyge Haarberg at work Thyge Haarberg
Graduated from Rose Bruford College in 2012 with a BA degree in Performance Sound. Thyge was Sound Designer at Made from Scratch Theatre company before going on to become a technician and then Product Development Engineer at d3 Technologies (2013+). He is currently Hardware Manager at disguise: Our people

Matthew Norwood  
Matthew graduated from Rose Bruford College with a BA (Hons) in Performance Sound in 2011. While at Rose Bruford he took part in the installation, recording and sound reinforcing of Dr John Eacott’s Flood Tide performance by the river Thames outside the Festival Hall on Sunday 7th July 2010. Post graduation he is known for his work on Independence (2007), Stained Glass Windows (2010) and Three Women (2012). He was also winner of the National Student Drama Festival  2014 Technical Achievement Award supported by Stage Electrics.

Back shot of Gabrielle at a sound desk Gabrielle Robertson
Graduated from Rose Bruford in 2016 and has worked as a sound engineer with the National Theatre, Kiln Theatre and Nimax Theatres and in 2018 was a sound assistant on Homefront for BBC Radio 4.

Head shot of Tasha Turan Tasha Turan
Tasha graduated from Rose Bruford with a degree in Performance Sound in 2012. Both during her studies and since she has worked in sound departments on many major West End musicals, was Sound Assistant on Charlie & the chocolate factory at Drury Lane, 2014-16 and is currently working on Funny girl.

Scenic Arts and Theatre Design

Liz Essex, TD (Costume Assistant, Spectre)

Florence Hazard, TD (Designer, The incredible inspection of Inspector Spector, Watermill Theatre)

Head shot of Marie Antikainen Marie Antikainen 
Studied theatre design at Rose Bruford College (2007) and set design at the Aalto University of Art and Design in Helsinki. In 2016 Marie started working as the resident scenographer at the Kuopio City Theatre. Before moving to Kuopio she worked for four years as the resident scenographer at the Joensuu City Theatre, Finland (2012-16).

Colour image of Emma Child Emma Child
Emma graduated from Rose Bruford College in 2002 and works as a designer, art director and visualiser in the live event industry. She has worked with companies including M&C Saatchi, Bompass+Parr, Live Nation, Diagio and was Head of Design Studio for the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies.She was digital artist at the National Theatre (2015), set designer for the MOBO Awards (2016) and worked for Stagestruck (2019-20). In 2020 she founded The Artful Menders, a repair, alteration and upcycling service aimed at offering an alternative to disposing of garments & soft furnishings.

Head shot of Karri Furre  Kari Furre   
Having studied at the Rose Bruford drama school in Kent, graduating in 1971, Furre had an itinerant career working in repertory theatre for 20 years. Her first foray into leather-making was fashioning commedia dell’arte masks for As You Like It. In the late 1980s, she became an exhibition designer at the innovative “sights, sounds and smells” time-cart experience of the Jorvik Viking Centre in York. In 2000, during a visit to Reykjavik, Iceland, she bought some preserved fish skin in a shop and became fascinated by its texture. Preserving fish skin is also a tradition in Norway where Kari's father came from. Kari herself is now both a sculptor and metalsmith, her chosen material being fish leather which she herself creates using a lesser known leather process particular to the Arctic circle. She fashions objects of exquisite and translucent beauty crowned with delicate metalwork.
A fin of beauty: the art of making objects out of fish leather 
The outdoor swimming society

Head shot of Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey
A freelance performance designer with a background in scenic art and carnival arts. After cutting her teeth on carnival parades and the Olympics opening ceremony, the bright designer collaborated on dazzling creations for major London stages including being co-designer on both Death of England and Death of England: Delroy at the National Theatre, 2020.
Building a brilliant theatre career Guardian, March 2021

The Unforgotten … 2020 installation co-created by Greenaway-Bailey at the Young Vic, London.
The Unforgotten … 2020 installation co-created by Greenaway-Bailey
at the Young Vic, London. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA.

 Emma Hayward
After graduating from the Scenic Arts programme in 2001 Emma became Head of Workshop at the Young Vic theatre, 2009-2021, was senior construction manager at Moutnview Academy, 2020-21 and is now senior construction manager for Bearded Kitten.

Shot of a puppet Lori Hopkins 
Lori graduated from Rose Bruford in 2009 and has gone on to work professionally as a puppeteer for Little Angel Theatre, Polka Theatre, Bamboozle and more. Her first solo marionette performance entitled "The explorer" showcased at the Rose Bruford College Symposium in April 2016. Lori also works regularly for Shakespeare's Globe Education as a Practitioner and Puppetry Consultant.

Head shot of Darren Joyce Darren Joyce
Graduated from Rose Bruford (1997) with a degree in scenic arts and worked as Head of Construction at the National Theatre, London. He had previously worked as production Manager for  Scottish Opera and is now Managing Director at Cardiff Theatrical Services for Welsh National Opera.

Michalis Kokkoliadis
A theatre designer from Athens, working mainly in the UK. After he had completed a degree in Architectural Design and Engineering, he joined the busy workshop of Vassilis Sakkis where he learned all the secrets of set building, sculpting, backdrop painting and prop making, before moving to London and doing his Theatre Design degree at Rose Bruford, graduating in 2001. As well as set and costumes he produces props, sculptures and time-based media installations. 

Three Colours full trailer from Norwich Puppet Theatre on Vimeo. Set designer: Michalis Kokkoliadis.

Shot of Fiona Ryan Fiona Ryan
Head of Draughting at Factory Settings, 2013-2017, and a freelance draftsman and technical designer since 2017.

Lucy Sierra
Graduated from the Theatre Design course and has 14 years experience as assistant, associate and designer on a portfolio ranging from theatre, dance, circus, immersive dining experiences, exhibitions and pop-ups. In 2020-21 she was Katrina Lindsey's design assistant on 101 Dalmations.

Head shot of Andy Sinclair-Harris Andy Sinclair-Harris
A designer/director based in London he holds a degree in theatre design (BA Hons) and master's degree from Rose Bruford College. He was concept designer for Walt Disney in Florida and in 2006 he assisted designer/director Bob Crowley on the new Disney musical Tarzan, which opened on Broadway in May 2006. He worked on Mary Poppins, at the Prince Edward Theatre in London and is also a regular assistant designer to friend and mentor Nigel Hook, most recently on the new Steptoe and Son show, Murder at Oil Drum Lane, and Aladdin at the Theatre York. In early 2006 he founded Kinematic Theatre company, with Radica Anikpe, Karl Lawton, Antoinette Lester and Dean Taylor.

Stage and Events Management

Head shot of Chloe Brown Chloe Brown
Graduated from the Stage Management course in 2011 and began work at Premier Events within the Experiential team as a team assistant before progressing to the role of producer. Chloe now produces high calibre live events including awards ceremonies, conferences, festivals, experiential stunts, red carpets, screenings, pop-up experiences, product launches and press junkets.

Head shot of Jack Conway Jack Conway 
Graduated from the Stage Management course in 2011 and started work with the Really Useful group. From 2016-18 he was with the Blue Man Group on their international tour to countries such as New Zealand, China, South Africa and multiple cities across Europe. In 2018-19 he was Assistant Stage Manager on Matilda - the musical touring Manchester, Cardiff, Plymouth and Bradford, and in 2019-20 he was Deputy Stage Manager on The king and I UK and international tour.

Shot of Richard Mangan Richard Mangan (Fellow) 
A world renowned stage manager and actor, who trained at Rose Bruford College from 1961 to 1964. He has worked in regional theatre, the West End, the National Theatre and abroad as a stage hand, electrician, actor, administrator and director. He has been lucky enough to work with some of the great names in British theatre – Olivier, Richardson, Gambon, Jacobi, Peggy Ashcroft and Maggie Smith. He has also worked in major drama schools, training actors and stage mangers. For twenty years he was director of The Mander & Mitchenson Collection, one of the country’s greatest archives. In 2004, he edited John Gielgud’s letters for publication and is currently preparing Noël Coward’s papers.

Head shot of Steve Mannix Steve Mannix (Fellow)
Steve Mannix graduated from Rose Bruford in 1986 and has worked in arts management, fundraising and campaigning in a variety of roles including: Youth and Community Director for The Albany Empire, South East London; as General Manager of Battersea Arts Centre (1995-98); Administrative Director for Graeae Theatre Company the national theatre company of disabled people (2000-09);  and most recently as Development Director for Stonewall, the national lesbian and gay organisation and Chief Executive of Shape Arts. He was a Cultural Advisor for London 2012 and in 2014 was appointed Executive Director of Mercury Theatre, Colchester.  

Head shot of Tom McCormack Tom McCormack
Won the Stage Management Association's Stage Management student of the year award (2012). Tom worked as Sir Ian McKellen's production assistant on the television film of The Dresser directed by Richard Eyre and was personally invited by Ian McKellen to manage his 86-date, 80th birthday celebratory tour of the UK, to raise money for British theatres. He has also worked on Disney's live action remake of Beauty and the Beast.

Head shot of Helen Pringle Helen Pringle (Fellow) 
Helen graduated from Rose Bruford College in 1989 and worked as a stage, production and general manager before joining Clean Break in 2001. She worked for Clean Break as Head of Finance and Senior Producer, from September 2001 until three weeks before her death from cancer in 2017.

Head shot of David Salter David Salter 
David studied Technical Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College, graduating in 1979. He has worked in stage management at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse, Contact Theatre Manchester and the Crucible Theatre Sheffield. He also worked for two TIE Companies in the West Midlands and has toured with Century Theatre and Opera Factory as well as touring London parks with the London Bubble Theatre Company. He has worked for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and London and spent two summer seasons with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. Recently David has taught stage management at the National School of Drama in New Delhi, India.

Head shot of Roshni Savjani Roshni Savjani (Fellow)
Roshni Savjani graduated from Rose Bruford College in Stage Management, 2003. Over her time as a stage manager she has managed and toured over 50 professional productions. The productions vary from resident seasons at the Bridewell Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East, annual pantomimes with the acclaimed First Family entertainment, to accessible theatre with the boldly pioneering Graeae. Roshni has toured to international festivals in Brazil, Germany, and Mexico and was also involved in the Rio Paralympics in 2016; a highlight of her time on the road. Roshni joined the Birmingham Stage Company (BSC) as General Manager  which inspired her to set up her own company, Don’t Stop the Beat Productions which is now producing sell-out musical tribute acts including Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Bob Marley.

Head shot of Tom Simmonds Matt Simmonds
Graduated from the Stage Management course in 2011 and started out as Crew chief with Pirate Crew. Matt worked as Touring Master Carpenter on both Bodyguard - the musical and Cats - the musical and from October 2016 has been Stage Manager at Global Village, Dubai.


Head shot of Mandy Lalley Mandy Lalley 
An actress, director and motion graphics artist. She worked mostly on stage before she took on the role of Head of Research and Development at 2SidesTV. Here she cut her teeth on an animation special, 'Pumpkin Moon' where she became the animatic editor. She soon rose up the ranks to Associate Producer and Director on other programmes, before leaving to go back to performing. Mandy now works on stage and film - both in front and behind the camera.

Stephen Rebbeck 
Graduated 1980. Now technical director and project lead at the Royal Shakespeare Company

Emma Hayward Head of Workshop: Young Vic Theatre (2009 to present) 

Charlie Morgan Jones Avenue Q (Lighting Designer) – UK & International Tour (2017 - 2019), Derren Brown: Underground (Lighting Designer) – UK Tour (2017) 

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