Fiona Watt

Lecturer in Scenography



As a practicing designer for performance she enjoys exploring the relationship between existing architecture and the performance space, unlocking the hidden dynamics within traditional and non-traditional theatre spaces to find the strongest points of exchange between performer and audience. Specialising primarily in contemporary new writing and music theatre, she has made work for Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Dundee Rep, 59E59, New York, Nottingham Playhouse, Sherman Cymru, the Lyric Theatre, Belfast and a wide range of independent touring companies working in most possible varieties of performance space.

The international aspects of Fiona’s practice, research and teaching explore scenography as performance. In this role she has delivered and curated projects for the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space ( 2011 and 2015), World Stage Design ( 2013) and the Interreg European funding programme. She is particularly interested in the pedagogical processes of building collaborations over distance.
In 2012 she was a member of the core team delivering design workshops throughout the UK for Open Stages, a Cultural Olympiad project for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Fiona is Honorary Secretary for the Society of British Theatre Designers, UK Performance Design Commissioner for OISTAT, the International Association of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians and a director of The Designers Formation.