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Shubhra Nayar




Design for Performance

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MA in Theatre Design, 2010-11, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama


Post-Graduate Diploma in Theatre Design, 2008-9, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama 


Graduate Diploma in Textile Design(2002-2007), National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India

Performance Design experience


Costume Design, 'Keep Calm and #Tag', directed by Rituparna Bhattacharya and Shabari Rao for Theatre Professionals, Mumbai and the Goethe Institute, Mumbai.

Touring 2015





Set Design, ‘The Shawl’, directed by Nakul Bhalla for Sparkplug Theatre Co.

Jagriti Theatre, Bangalore 2013




Script, Design, Puppet construction, Direction : ‘Aduni and the Watertutu’, a production of puppetry

Produced by the Tirasila Theatre Practice in collaboration with Rishi Valley School, KFI, India 2013




Workshop Design and Execution - Enlarging the Moment: Unfolding Life through Puppetry

A two-week workshop with puppet making, puppeteering and set construction through a performance,

with the students of Class 11 at Rishi Valley School, KFI, India 2013




Costume Design, ‘The Plague’, directed by Vivek Narayan for Theatre Counteract

Alliance Francais de Bangalore, 2012 




Set Design, ‘Chapter 2’ directed by Anna Thomas for Jugaad Arts

Rangashankara & Alliance Francais, Bangalore 2012 ; Jagriti Theatre Bangalore 2013




Set Design, ‘The Invisible River’ , directed by Vivek Madan for the Artists’ Repertory Theatre

Jagriti Theatre, Whitefield, Bangalore 2012



Set Design, ‘Death & the Maiden’ , directed by Ashish Sen for the Artists’ Repertory Theatre

Jagriti Theatre, Whitefield, Bangalore 2012




Set Design, ‘One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ , directed by Arundhati Raja 

for the Artists’ Repertory Theatre, Jagriti Theatre, Whitefield

& the Hindu Metroplus Theatre Festival, Chowdiah Memorial Hall,  Bangalore 2012




Set Design and Documentation for Workshop Support Team, Scenofest, Prague Quadrennial, Czech Republic 2011




Design assistant to Jean Chan (Linbury Awardee 2009) for ‘The Garbage King’ 

Unicorn Theatre, London 2010




Set & Costume Design, ‘Romanza’, choreographed by Roy-Campbell Moore

Summerdance: National Dance Company Wales 2010




Set & Costume Design, ‘Of Birds and Monsters’,  choreographed by Viivi Keskinen

Alternative Routes: Diversions Dance Company, Wales 2009



Design assistant to Simon Banham for Philip Glass’ ‘In the Penal Colony’, with Music Theatre Wales; directed by Michael McCarthy; premiered at the Royal Opera House, London, September 2010



Project Assistant, Design, Puppet construction and Puppeteering  - ‘Death and the Nightingale

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, directed by Emma Williams, music by Lucy Rivers

Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan 2010



Costume assistant, ‘The Speculator’ at the Caird Studio, 

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, designed by Kathryn Brett, directed by George Perrin 2009



Research Assistant, Puppetry - ‘Legend of the Golden Swans’, 

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, directed by Adele Thomas, music by Lucy Rivers

St Fagans, Wales 2009



Set and Costume design, conceptual opera, Bartok’s 'Bluebeard’s Castle', Wales Millenium Centre 2009



Set and Costume design, conceptual, Beckett’s 'Waiting for Godot', Chapter Studio, Cardiff 2008



Set and Costume design, sound and lighting assistant, 'Merlin the Wizard' with Rotary International 2005



Costume Designer and co-director, 'Shakuntala', Khel, Theatre at the National Institute of Design, India 2005



Set assistant, 'Final Solutions' at the Darpana Academy of Performing Arts (Ahmedabad, India), Khel, 

Theatre at the National Institute of Design, India 2004 



Set and costume designer, assistant director, Jean Annuile’s 'Joan of Arc', Rishi Valley School, India 2001

Ongoing Work


The Sprite of the Salt Deep, touring production in progress, The Tirasila Theatre Practice, 2014-15


Performance Design for work in progress by Vivek Narayan for Theatre Counteract, Bangalore 2014-15

Executive Commitee member, 

The Kerala Museum,

Madhavan Nayar Foundation, Kochi, India


Co-founder, The Shola Trust, Nilgiris, India


Founder, The Tirasila Theatre Practice, India


CWIT Awardee 2013

Documentation & Print


2013 - Photography and Design for the Language of Design, World Stage Design 2013, Cardiff UK

As CWIT (Charles Warlace India Trust) Awardee 2013


2009-2010 Research, photography and documentation of puppetry production Death and the Nightingale 2010,

(Portfolio of Professional Development | Shubhra Nayar | 2010)


2006-2007 Designing and Teaching, Research and Documentation :  The Chettinad Sari, Tamil Nadu, India

(Project in Collaboration with the M.Rm.Rm.Cultural Foundation, Chennai)


2005 Documentation, Tolpava Koothu, leather shadow puppetry, Kerala, India


2004 Shoe Making  -  the Paabu shoe, Ladakh Himalayas, India

2010 - present

2010 - present

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