Lizzy Leech is a set and costume designer and theatre maker from Cumbria. She works collaboratively and predominantly in new writing and devised theatre, with an interest in work that interrogates form and enhances the liveness of sharing a space.

Whilst at Cove Park Lizzy plans to develop her work as a lead artist. She is interested in exploring the role of design within process-led work, and particularly how this operates within the expectations and binaries of current structures, ultimately questioning what it could mean to be a Productless Designer and the opportunities this could present, especially concerning sustainable practice.

She has designed for various companies and spaces including Breach Theatre, The New Diorama Theatre, Theatr Clwyd, Sheffield Theatres, Royal and Derngate, Leicester Curve and HighTide Theatre. She trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School where she was awarded the John Elvery Prize for exceptional design work and she studied English Literature at Warwick University. She has worked as a mentor and visiting lecturer at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, focussing on the role of design in the devising process and frequently works with students at RADA and LAMDA.

Following an open call for applications in Autumn 2022, Lizzy Leech was awarded a 6-week funded residency. Cove Park’s programme of funded residencies support research, the development of existing and new projects, collaboration, interdisciplinary practice, and the production of new work and ideas. All national and international artists, cultural practitioners, and researchers, working individually and collaboratively in all art forms, in the creative industries, and across disciplines, were eligible to apply. Cove Park’s residencies also support individuals at every stage in their careers.

Featured image: Antigone Holy What at the New Diorama Theatre 2020. Set and costume design Lizzy Leech. Photography by Ali Wright; Image below: Boudica by Tristan Bernays at the Sainsbury Theatre 2022. Set and costume design Lizzy Leech. Photography by Sam Taylor.