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Rachael Champion

Scenography Technician
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Rachael is a practicing installation artist with an extensive background in both contemporary art and technical theatre.

Rachael worked in New York both on and off Broadway as a stage hand, set builder, and automation technician.  Since moving to London she has assisted a number of renowned artists and designers in a variety of art, theatre, and event contexts.  Her range of skills includes carpentry, metal fabrication, prop making, and installation.

Academic qualifications 

  • BA – SUNY Purchase, New York, USA
  • Post Graduate Diploma, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK

Teaching

  • Scenography Tutor at Goldsmiths.
  • Visiting Artist at Camberwell UAL 
  • Visiting Artist at Kingston University

Areas of supervision 

Rachael is the Scenography tutor and technician in the Department of Theatre and Performance.

Professional activities

Rachael is an education artist at Camden Arts Centre, London, specifically working on the cross circular project, Ideas For Experiments.

Featured work

Champion’s work has been exhibited at a number of recognized international spaces including Modern Art Oxford (UK); Zabludowicz Collection, London, and Sarvisalo, Finland (UK, FI); Socrates Sculpture Park, New York (US); Bold Tendencies Sculpture Project, London (UK); Enclave Projects, London (UK); and Camden Arts Centre, London (UK)

Rachael is represented by Hales Gallery, London - New York

Grants, awards and media appearances

In 2010 Rachael was the Royal Academy of Arts recipient for the Red Mansion Award.  In 2012 she was Camden Arts Centre’s Artist in Residence and in 2013 she won the Arts Foundation Award for Sculpture.  Her work has been reviewed by the Contemporary Arts Society, the Huffington Post, and the Guardian Guide.  Her installation work has also been included in Sculpture Now, World of Art (Thames and Hudson).

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Berthe Fortin

Costume Technician
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Providing practical and conceptual support in the use of costume in performance through design and making.

Berthe is Costume Technician for the Department of Theatre and Performance, providing practical and conceptual support in the use of costume in performance through design and making. She manages the Costume Store and resources to support learning and teaching.

Berthe is a designer and maker for theatre, site-specific and immersive performances, art films, and community inclusive theatre and opera. Previous experience includes costume design for dreamthinkspeak and Brighton Festival productions, Before I Sleep, recipient of Peter Brook/Empty Space/Equity Ensemble Award 2010, and The Rest is Silence, the latter also co-commissioned by LIFT and the Royal Shakespeare Company World Premiere. Berthe has worked with the immersive theatre company LOTOS Collective (Camus Live Art)Sabotage Theatre Company and Glyndebourne Festival and regularly collaborates with the artist Adam Jameson costume-based performances.

Berthe is currently doing a PhD on the role of design and crafting of costume in the creation of performance. She previously studied Costume Design for Performance at London College of Fashion.

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Francesca Greatorex

Production Craft Technician/ Associate Lecturer
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Francesca Greatorex (FRSA) is a visiting lecturer and teaches Stage Management on the Theatre Making: Design and Technology course.

Francesca trained at Mountview, St. Mary’s and Goldsmiths’. Her first professional stage management work was for the Unicorn Theatre Company. From there she continued her stage management career in many different types of theatres, repertory, alternative, fringe, large and small-scale touring and West End. This work ranged from devised pieces at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, to Shakespeare productions at Riverside Studios and new writing at the ICA. Francesca has also worked extensively as a sound operator on many West End musicals, which have included, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Chess and City of Angels.

Prior to working at Goldsmiths’ Francesca was a Lecturer in Media Performance at the University of Luton, Head of Technical Theatre at the City College Manchester and Director of Production Arts at Mountview.

Recent Research

Current doctoral research investigates the uses by UK directors of the actor-musician into mainstream performance practice from the 1960’s until present day.

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Chloe Kenward

Lighting Technician
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Chloe works part time at Goldsmiths, teaching Lighting Design and providing lighting support to the Department.

Chloe works part time at Goldsmiths, teaching Lighting Design and providing lighting support to the Department, working particularly closely with undergraduate students in their first and second years. She is also a freelance Lighting Designer, working in theatre, dance, opera and circus within the UK and around the world.

Chloe has a first class degree in Drama from the University of Hull. In 2006 Chloe won the Michael Northern Bursary Award from the Association of Lighting Designers for showing ‘exemplary talent in lighting design'. Chloe has designed for companies including Theatre Royal Stratford East, Lyric Hammersmith, many productions for South African opera company Isango Ensemble, Upswing, Akademi, Far From The Norm, Islington Community Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Greenwich Playhouse, Theatre Is, Pagrav Dance Company, Jane Mason, RADA, Drama Studio London, Arc Theatre, Box Clever and Quicksilver. Chloe has re-lit productions for companies including Hofesh Shechter Company, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Headlong, Graeae Theatre, Vincent Dance Theatre and English Touring Theatre. Chloe’s work has taken her throughout Europe and North America, and to South Africa, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Dubai and Singapore.

Chloe has also worked as a freelance technician in many London theatres, including The National Theatre, Sadlers Wells, Royal Court, Royal Albert Hall, Lyric Hammersmith, Hampstead Theatre, and The Place. Chloe also teaches and mentors students at Rose Bruford drama school and at the Central School of Speech and Drama. 

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Nao Nagai

Lighting Technician
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Nao works as lighting designer, and lighting tutor for Postgraduate students overseeing and supporting their projects.

Nao works as lighting designer, and lighting tutor for Postgraduate students in Theatre and Performance Department, overseeing and supporting student’s projects both conceptually and technically.

She works part time at Goldsmiths and is also a freelancer.

Nao has worked extensively with many theatre companies and venues including Curious International, Kazuko Hohki, Ensemble Theatre Company, Bryony Kimmings, Split Britches, Mamoru Iriguchi, Duckie, London Bubble, SPILL Festival, Chelsea Theatre, LABAN, Barbican, BAC, CPT, Tate Modern and Serpentine Gallery as lighting designer/re-lighter/technical role. She has wide experience in national and international touring across a wide range of performance genres including theatre, dance, opera, film and music. She started working at Goldsmiths in 2009.

Nao is also a member of a Japanese performance group called Frank Chickens and has won the Foster’s “Comedy God” award in 2010.