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The Society of British Theatre Designers is a professional association run by designers for designers.

Founded in 1976, we have been advocating for and celebrating the work that designers make locally, nationally and internationally ever since.

The launch of this website in June 2020 marks the start of a re-structuring process that will focus our intentions going forward into being a fully representative, accessible and inclusive organisation.

We decide on our priorities based on hearing your needs and concerns so that we can shape our activities from the ground up rather than from the top down.

We do this by consulting with you across a range of platforms via surveys, face-to-face formal and informal events and through our Regional Hearts programme.

Our new working groups have been formed by our committee and our members as a means of activating conversations into longer term action plans.

They started at our Staging Places Roundtable events at the V&A, at the Prague Quadrennial and at our SOUP events around the country in 2019.

It is our intention that they will evolve, change and be added to over time.

They are:

Access and Aesthetics

Designers Taking the Lead



New Collaborations


Sustainable Design

All of these groups will welcome practitioners from other related disciplines to the conversations.

Visit our GET INVOLVED page to find out more.


Check out the Blog Post: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About The SBTD

We would like to express our gratitude to the following organisations who have consistently supported our work:

V&A, the Linbury Trust, Royal Welsh College and PDEC

SBTD is a member of the Creative Industries Federation and of OISTAT (International Association of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians)


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