Chiara Stephenson

Chiara is a set and costume design working across theatre, opera, live performance and installation. Chiara worked at the Donmar Warehouse for Christopher Oram and Michael Grandage between 2008-2010 and from 2010-2017 was associate designer to Es Devlin. 


Flipside | Radical Luxury - Old Selfridges Hotel
Enter the wonderful world of luxury in this multi-sensory exhibition with pieces created by Google, Louis Vuitton, Loewe, Gareth Pugh and more in The Old Selfridges Hotel. On entering the space decked out with mirrors and high gloss ball flooring, visitors will find installations, experiences and photo opportunities exploring opulence and extravagance.
— ★★★★ Time Out
Desire Under the Elms - Sheffield Crucible
Chiara Stephenson’s design emphasises this, eschewing the cramped confines of the farmhouse for stony, open farmland. It adds an operatic flavour to Sam Yates’ production – the actors roam about the stage and writhe in a thick layer of dust. A projected sky hangs blackly overhead and choric figures emerge from rows of golden wheat. When characters admire the farm’s beauty, you can’t help but think it actually looks rather desolate and lonely.
— ★★★ The Stage
The Taming of the Shrew - Shakespeare’s Globe
The Globe’s distinctive pillars have been boxed in by designer Chiara Stephenson, its colours muted, and there is a shallow pool of water at the front of the stage into which Katherine wades, barefooted and forlorn... It’s a troubling production, but in the best way.
— ★★★★ The Stage

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2018

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The XX festival Tour All Points East Festival (London)
Sampha festival tour All Points East Festival (London)
Flipside | Radical Luxury (Exhibition) Old Selfridges Hotel (London)
State of Play (Exhibition) Fact Gallery Liverpool
The 1975 - Give Yourself a Try (Music Video) London, Dir. Diane Martel
A Midsummer Night's Dream Sheffield Crucible, Dir. Robert Hastie

2017

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Lorde performance Aria Awards (Australia)
Glengarry Glen Ross Playhouse Theatre (London), Dir. Sam Yates
Desire Under the Elms Sheffield Crucible, Dir. Sam Yates, Chor. Kim Brandstrup
Junk Yard Bristol Old Vic, Dir. Jeremy Herrin

2016

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Sigur Ross - World Tour Artistic Dir. Sarah Hopper
Taming of the Shrew Shakespeare's Globe, Dir. Caroline Byrne

2015

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F*ck The Polar Bears Bush Theatre (London), Dir. Caroline Byrne
Eclipsed Gate Theatre (London), Dir. Caroline Byrne

2014

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Madonna and Miley MTV Unplugged (US)