Gary Thorne

Course Leader Design for Theatre, Film & Performance



Gary Thorne was RADA's Head of Theatre Design between 2004 - 2016, responsible for the two year Postgraduate in Set & Costume Design, a programme he co-wrote. His graduates work professionally across Theatre, Film, Television, Opera, and Dance. As short-course tutor for 'Stage Design' and 'Costume for Stage and Screen' (1997-2016) with CSM (UAL), Gary has supported over 100 students annually in preparing a design portfolio for application to HE, and MA/Postgraduate programmes in Theatre Design. Many such students are now fully trained and working within industry. Gary studied in London with Motley Theatre Design (1983-84) under Margaret "Percy" Harris, Elizabeth Montgomery, (Sophie Harris was the third Motley); whose creative period embraced 1920 - 2000. With a philosophy of respect for language and meaning of text - directorial and design integrity together craft a visual language to serve character, their relationships and their developing situation. Prior to Motley, Gary studied fine art with Byam Shaw School in London, later acquiring his MA in Public Art (Art in Architecture) through UEL. Professional work since 1984 ranges from small to medium scale touring, repertory theatre in the UK and across Canada, opera, public art comissions such as Gloucester City Millennium Banners, to fine art group exhibitions in London. Gary has published three educational books on Design: Stage Design; Designing Stage Costumes; and Technical Drawing for the Stage; published by Crowood Press, Wiltshire. Gary is under commission to combine current approaches to set and costume design in Design for Performance, due 2018 with Crowood Press. Conference papers published with: École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs, Paris France and with NACTA, Beijing China.