Behind the Seams, an Interview with Katrina Lindsay

Katrina Lindsay is a renowned and award-winning Set and Costume Designer. With her work spanning design in theatre, dance, opera, TV and film, she is one of the most sought-after practitioners working in the industry today.

Jonathan and Katrina, who know each other well, chat extensively about how after she graduated from Central with a degree in Theatre Design,  opportunities at the start of her career took her on a worldwide journey of artistic discovery and a world that has subsequently led to international recognition and numerous awards. 

Katrina, in line with other designers we’ve enjoyed interviewing, truly understands the value of having the best possible relationships with her design teams, producers, performers and directors.   A designer can have the most inspiring and innovative artistic vision, but the most successful designers like Katrina,  also understand the processes required to realise it.  

Her philosophy is simple; be true to your vision of the narrative and precisely drive your concept forward to rigorously achieve the best possible results for the piece.  Her advice to aspiring designers is equally simple – understand what you find interesting about something – follow your gut – follow your passion.

Katrina won the 2018 Tony Award and 2017 Olivier Award for Outstanding Costume Design on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, currently playing in the West End, on Broadway, Melbourne, San Francisco and the 2008 Tony, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Costume Design for Les Liaisons Dangereuses on Broadway. She is an Associate of the National Theatre. A recipient of an Arts Foundation bursary and is part of the Linbury design for Stage committee.

Introduction by
Jeremy Angel
Richard Green
Jonathan Lipman

Interview by
Jonathan Lipman

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