Natalie Favaloro graduated from our BA Theatre Design course last year, and has since embarked on a career in the scenic arts, including construction and painting of theatre sets.
We spoke to Natalie about what she’s been up to since graduating from Wimbledon College of Arts and what she enjoyed most about the BA Theatre Design course.
What have you been up to since graduating from Wimbledon College of Arts?
I’ve been working within scenic arts, mainly set construction and painting, but have also worked as a set dresser and as an assistant. I have recently been involved as the lighting designer for a concert in Portugal and am currently in the initial stages of a design project for the Save the Children charity gala that will take place in November.
What have been some of the highlights of your career thus far?
I have thoroughly enjoyed being involved with the art department on diverse projects and have learnt so many practical skills. Being involved as the lighting designer for a concert earlier this year was both very exciting and challenging.
What was the best thing about studying at Wimbledon?
The best thing was definitely the atmosphere of the college and I was fortunate to be in a very strong creative year group and have learnt so much from my fellow classmates. I really miss the studio environment and having so many like minded people around you and feeding off their creative energy.
What advice would you give to Theatre Design students starting this year?
The best piece of advice I could give to students is to do as much work experience as you can during the first two years of the degree. As a designer is it vital have a good practical understanding of how sets are built. It is also important to know how to communicate with people from various departments and to understand how a theatre production is put together. It is important to start building a network of contacts as soon as you can. Doing a lot of work experience improves your confidence and is very beneficial for college projects.
Learn more about studying BA Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Arts.