Rajha Shakiry was born in Iraq and educated in England. After an honours degree in Mathematics and 5 years in marketing, she re-trained in theatre design, graduating from Wimbledon School of Art in 2003. Rajha has since worked as a freelance theatre designer, with extensive experience in small-scale, middle-scale, national and international touring productions. Recently obtaining a distinction in MA Scenography from Central School of Speech and Drama in 2011.
Rajha's stage and costume designs have included; Muhammad Ali and Me (Oval House Theatre, London); Safe, Feeble Minds and Angina Monologues (for Spare Tyre at Tara Arts, the Albany and Rich Mix); Krunch (Talawa and National Arts Festival, South Africa); Lincoln Road and The Lion and the Unicorn (Eastern Angles); Speak (Theatre Royal Stratford East, London and LIFT Festival); Moj of the Antarctic, An African Odyssey (Lyric Studio Hammersmith, Oval House Theatre and a British Council tour of Southern Africa); A Night at the Theatre (touring for Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds); Visible (Cardboard Citizens at Contact Theatre, Manchester, Everyman, Liverpool and Soho Theatre, London); Goblin Market (Sydmonton Festival and Southwark Playhouse); King, The Wall, Changes and Love Wars (Cardboard Citizens); Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro operas (Beauforthuis, Holland). Rajha has recently performed with Improbable as a member of the Skills Ensemble in Philip Glass’s Satyagraha (English National Opera, London Coliseum and The Metropolitan Opera, New York ).