Angela Davies Head of Theatre Design

Angela Davies

Head of Theatre Design


Angela joined the team at BOVTS in 2011 and has practiced as a professional Performance Designer for twenty seven years. Angela trained at Cardiff College of Art and received a BA Hons in Theatre Design at Nottingham Polytechnic.

She is an External Examiner for the MA Theatre Design Course at UAL (Wimbledon College of Arts) and the BA and MA courses at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. She is a member of the ACTD and SBTD and a panel member of the JMK Directors’ Prize.

Awards: Winner of the Linbury Prize for Stage Design. Timeout Award for Best Designs for her work at the Gate Theatre and The Bush Theatre.

Recent designs include: Wind in the Willows and The Wizard of Oz (The Redgrave Theatre) for BOVTS; The Wizard of Oz – set (Birmingham Rep), Blue Heart, Living Quarters (Tobacco Factory Theatres); Crouch-Touch-Pause-Engage (National Theatre Wales); and The Mouse and His Child (RSC). Angela has worked extensively at the RSC, Shakespeare’s Globe, NTW, Chichester Festival, The Donmar Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, The Traverse, The Young Vic and Bristol Old Vic Theatre. She collaborated with Shared Experience Theatre Company on a wide range of productions including After Mrs Rochester (Duke of Yorks). Angela shared creative partnerships with many directors including: David Farr, Polly Teale, Lucy Bailey and Paul Hunter.

Her Opera Design includes: Rigoletto and Falstaff (Grange Park Opera); La Cenerentola and La Gazza Ladre (Garsington Opera); and The Magic Flute (Graz Opera House Opera). Angela has also Production Designed the feature film Simon Magnus.

I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice