The Society of British Theatre Designers

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Welcome to the Society of British Theatre Designers.

SBTD is here to support and celebrate the work of designers for performance based in the UK at every stage of their careers.

As a professional association run by designers for designers, we are here to advocate for and build awareness of the expertise and knowledge of our members.

You can join us as a Professional, Graduate, Student or Retired member.

We also offer UK and International Associate membership for colleagues and those simply curious to know more about our field of practice.

The Blue Pages Magazine:

Blue Pages Magazine, no.2 17 - 2018 cover

Blue Pages is the Society of British Theatre Designers' twice yearly journal. It is sent out to all members (Professional, Graduate, Student, Associates and Retired) as part of their subscription. Containing a diverse range of articles on contemporary performance design practice from innovative practitioners across the disciplines of performing and visual arts, architecture, research and education, this is a must read for all those with an interest in our field.

Looking for a Designer?

Browse our designers register using the tool below:

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Creative Industries Federation

The Society of British Theatre designers is now a member of the Creative Industries Federation.
Creative Industries Federation

We would like to thank our Principal Sponsors for their ongoing support

  • V&A
  • Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama
  • Nottingham Trent University
  • The Linbury Trust

For full details of all sponsors of our last exhibition, Make/Believe : UK Design for Performance 2011 - 2015, please visit our Sponsorship Page.

Our next exhibition season will be in 2018/19.

‚ÄčThe Value of Design (ALD/SBTD)

STOP PRESS:

SBTD, the Association of Lighting Designers (ALD), Bectu and Equity will hold the first joint open meeting for all set, costume and lighting designers for nearly 40 years at the National Theatre on Tuesday 17th April. This will launch The Value of Design campaign in the lead up to the start of re-negotiations of the UK Theatre and SOLT collective agreements in October.

You can find the full press release and an article from The Stage announcing this initiative here: