Design Direct 2009

Tamasha’s pioneering training initiative for emerging theatre designers and directors this year takes place at The Circus Space from 27 July - 7 August . 

Run in partnership with the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama, this two-week course led by Kristine Landon-Smith and designer Sue Mayes offers an intensive programme of practical workshops, individual mentoring, seminars and guest lectures from experienced practitioners.

Read on to meet this year's participants.


Nick Ahad is a journalist and has been the Yorkshire Post Arts Correspondent since 2004. He took part in West Yorkshire Playhouse’s new writers’ scheme, directed Demons With Clean Faces at Leeds' Carriageworks and in 2009 was writer/director on Where You From? for Bradford’s City of Film project. He has recently written and worked as Assistant Director for Peshkar. 

Nessah Muthy studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She was Assistant Director at the Royal Court on Shades and Behind The Image, and directed a section for the Prevent Conference. In September, she will be Assistant Director for A Little Neck at Hampton Court Palace. Nessah is also a writer whose work has been performed at the Warehouse Theatre and the ICA.
Jai Rajani intended to become a film-maker as a youngster, but instead pursued acting. He blindly auditioned for his first job - a play about gun-crime - armed only with a passion for acting, a monologue, and a replica gun in his bag. Always eager to learn, Jai is now a competent actor and upcoming writer with a desire to direct.
Shane Shambhu has worked with Dick McCaw, Vayu Naidu, Srishti, Shobana Jeysingh and Complicite, and his work has been presented at the Royal Opera House and Southbank Centre. He was Artist-in-Residence at Derby Dance Centre and Leicester Haymarket where he won a Bonnie Bird Choreography Award. In 2007 he became Associate Artist with Dance 4 and UK Foundation for Dance.


Fahmida Bakht graduated from Central School of Speech and Drama in 2000. She has since worked with the National Youth Theatre as scenic art tutor and Mountview Academy of Drama designing their postgrad directors season, including The Shape Of Things and The Lime Tree Bower. Fahmida has been a scenic artist / prop maker on the last eight pantomimes at Hackney Empire.
Uzma Kazi graduated from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in Theatre & Performance Design in 2008. She has worked as both assistant and lead designer on productions including The Cornershop (West Bromwich Queen’s Square), The Imagine Festival (Liverpool Cultural Quarter) and Where’s Vietnam? (West Yorkshire Playhouse).
Gayatri Naker completed her MDes in Industrial Product Design at Coventry University. She has worked as a graphic designer, completing an internship in a design consultancy in Rome. Her first production design was Desi Masti's Shaadi Ke Rang followed by their Celebration of 2006. Gavatri is currently designer on a concert dedicated to Michael Jackson at the Curve in Leicester.
Darshana Vora is a visual artist (film, video and installation) with a background in architecture and design. Her interest in spatial and architectonic design and theatre/dance make a unique setting to explore the extension of moving image work. Working across a range of media, her objects and installations create situations that engage in a playful but contemplative way.