Designers

DESIGNERS

2017 SEASON

Louie Whitemore

SET AND COSTUME DESIGN

April Dalton

Biography

Born in the Lake District, Louie grew up spending her summers working with the National Youth Theatre, and following school took a degree in Technical and Production Arts at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).

She then studied at the prestigious Motley Theatre Design Course, directed by Alison Chitty (whom she subsequently assisted), and tutored by Ashley Martin Davis and Anthony Lamble.

Louie has worked primarily in Opera, Ballet and Theatre, and has also created a number of installations and site-specific productions.  Based in London, Louie has worked in the UK and abroad, with productions Germany and Italy, and further afield in America, China, Pakistan, Lithuania and Palestine.

April Dalton

DESIGNER AND MAKER FOR PERFORMANCE

APRIL DALTON- HEADSHOT- NEBT

Biography

April Dalton graduated from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a First Class (BA HONS) in Theatre Design, 2014, winning the ‘Costume Design Award’. April specialises in Set and Costume Design for Theatre, Opera and Dance. Most Notably, April was shortlisted for the Linbury Prize for Stage Design, 2015 and the British Council Ukrainian Prize, 2015.

Dance and opera credits include The Magic Flute (RWCMD, Sherman Theatre- Cardiff), So Long As We Remember (National Dance Company Wales, Dance House- Cardiff) and Tracy (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Buttercup Venue, Underbelly.) April has also worked as a Milliner with credits including English Touring Opera, Royal Theatre Bath and National Theatre Wales, with two of her headpieces being exhibited as part of ‘Make Believe’, Society of British Theatre Design Exhibition, 2015.

Andrew Ellis

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Andrew Ellis

Biography

Andrew is a London-based lighting designer working in ballet, contemporary dance, musical theatre, plays and opera. I have worked in large-scale theatre, on national tours and in small-scale and fringe theatre.

Andrew has re-lit both his own designs and work by designers including Chris Davey, Michael Hulls, Natasha Chivers and Jackie Shemesh in venues across the UK and internationally. He is an experienced production manager and technical director, having worked for National Youth Ballet for 9 years and with BalletBoyz for four years. Andrew currently works as an associate designer for Michael Hulls and Mike Robertson. Regular clients include New English Ballet Theatre, Urdang Academy, National Youth Ballet, English National Ballet School, BalletBoyz, Tring Park School of Performing Arts.

Ilaria Martello

COSTUME DESIGNER

Ilaria Martello

Biography

Costume designer Ilaria Martello joined the Royal Opera House as a costume supervisor 2003, and has worked extensively with both The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera. Her design credits at the Royal Opera House include for the Jette Parker Young Artists’ performances of Don Giovanni, four short dance works in the 2011 ‘Dance Futures’ project, the 2012/13 Season launch video ‘One Extraordinary World’ and Robert Binet’s Void and Fire for The Royal Ballet.

Martello studied English and German literature in Milan and gained a master’s degree in textiles from Goldsmiths, University of London. She is currently studying for a PhD in performing arts at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Her work as a costume designer for dance away from the Royal Opera House includes co-designing Foie Gras (winner of the 2008 The Place Prize) and designing It Started at the End as part of Resolution! 2011 at The Place.