The Society of British Theatre Designers

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Fred Meller

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Biography

Fred is a freelance International Scenographer and Theatre Designer. She trained at The Royal Welsh College and received an Arts Council Designers Bursary.

Design work has included for the Royal Shakespeare Company, many times with Cardboard Citizens, The Almeida, The Gate Theatre, The Royal National Theatre Studio, The Watermill Theatre, The Nuffield Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre, The Young Vic, Kaos and Grid Iron. Fred works for new writing and often in spaces often other than Theatre buildings: designing for spaces that include an old hospital, Jam Factory, a mortuary, a disused brothel, Victorian labyrinthine Town Hall cellars, a supermarket distribution complex, the biggest Potting Shed in Europe. She has created a broad and diverse range of work also for traditional Theatre Buildings.

Fred has exhibited at The Prague Quadrennial in 1999 and 2003, winning the Golden Triga and was selected to exhibit at The World Stage Design in Toronto 2005, and in the National Society of British Theatre Designers Exhibitions. Her work is part of the V&A Museum permanent collection. Other awards include The Jerwood Design award and a Year of the Artist award. She is Course Leader for BA (hons) Performance Design and Practice at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London. She is a Co-convenor of the Scenography working group at TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association), a Fellow of the HEA, and a Fellow of The Arts Foundation.