Lucy Thornett


I am completing a part-time practice-led PhD in scenography in the School of Performance & Cultural Industries, funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council through the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities. I am also a part-time lecturer at University of the Arts, London, a role I have held since moving to the UK from Australian in 2015. I make immersive and site specific performances and installations, and have designed sets and costumes for numerous productions. I have also taught design at a number of institutions in Australia.

I am currently co-convenor for the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Scenography Working Group, reviews associate editor for Theatre and Performance Design journal, and an associate editor for Blue Pages, the journal for the Society of British Theatre Designers.

I have recently published the article 'Prosthetic Scenographies: Scenographic Extension of the Senses and Mediation of the Performance Space in Tower' in International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media (2018) and my chapter 'Surveillance and Spatial Performativity in the Scenography of Tower' will be published in the forthcoming book, Surveillance, Architecture and Control, edited by Antonia Mackay and Susan Flynn, due out with Palgrave in 2019.

Research interests

My research and practice is in scenography, and I have a particular interest in the intersection between scenography and other spatial design disciplines.

My PhD project focuses on rethinking embodiment for the field of scenography in the context of digital media.


  • PG Diploma in Performance Creation (Design), University of Melbourne
  • PG Cert in Academic Practice in Art, Design and Media, University of the Arts London
  • Bachelor of Design, University of New South Wales