Jida Akil is a Syrian/Lebanese set & costume designer. She graduated from Central Saint Martins with First Class Honours and has worked  with notable companies such as the Young Vic, National Theatre Public Acts, and Complicité. Her designs have also gained international acclaim in exhibitions for the Prague Quadrennial and World Stage Design. She was also a resident designer at NDT Broadgate (2021-22) and has worked as a design facilitator & mentor. 

Jida is passionate about platforming stories of the global majority & marginalised voices. 

Upcoming Productions:

-Tender | UK Tour (Phosphoros Theatre)
By Dawn Harrison | Dir. Pavlos Christodoulou

Set & Costume unless specified                                                                                                                 

Earthquakes in London


A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Costume)

The Six of Calais & Ruth

The Pappy Cabaret Show

Five Shorts

How To Break Out of a Detention Centre


Holiday Inn

Human Nurture

For A Palestinian

Trump L’Oeil


The Poison Belt

Give Me The Sun

Funeral Flowers

The 4th Country 


Complicité Do A-Level Drama

Out! (Set)

Mountview, 2024

Mountview, 2023

UK Tour, 2023

Stafford Gatehouse, 2023

Pegasus Opera Company, 2023

Battersea Arts Centre, 2023

Young Vic, 2023

Riverside Studios, 2023

Mountview, 2022

GSA, 2022

UK Schools Tour & Theatre Peckham, 2022

CPT & Bristol Old Vic, 2022

Upstairs at the Gatehouse, 2022

Theatre Royal Stratford East, 2022

Jermyn Street Theatre, 2022

Blue Elephant Theatre, 2022

UK Tour, 2022

Park Theatre, 2022

The Albany Depftord, 2021

UK Schools Tour, 2021

Platform Theatre, 2019

Dir. Michelle Payne

Dir. Barry Fitzgerald

Dir. Amy Golding (Curious Monkey) 

Dir. Sean Turner

Dir. Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong 

Dir. Kwami Odoom (Pappy Show)

Dir. Various (Creators Programme) 

Dir. Nico Vaccari (Bezna Theatre)

Dir. Tom Hughes

Dir. Nigel West

Dir. Rob Watt (Theatre Centre)

Dir. Aaron Kilercioglu

Dir. Oli Savage

Dir. Toby Clarke

Dir. Becca Chadder 

Dir. Majid Mehdizadeh

Dir. Jess Edwards

Dir. Gabriella Bird (Plain Heroines)

Artist Residency (Commun)

Co-devised (Complicité)

Dir. Maya Ross Russell

The Odyssey (Costume Associate)


Much Ado About Nothing (Assistant)

The Collaboration (Assistant)

L’Orfeo (Assistant)

Hamlet (Jerwood Assistant Designer)

Meet Your Neighbour (Associate & Modelmaker)

My Son’s A Queer, But What Can You Do? (Costume Assistant)
National Theatre, Olivier, 2023

National Theatre, Dorfman, 2022

National Theatre, Lyttleton, 2022

Young Vic, 2022 (Broadway, 2023)

Weiner Staatsoper, 2022

Young Vic, 2021

Maison Foo Theatre Company, 2021

Turbine Theatre, 2021 (West End, 2023)

Des. Fly Davis

Des. Fly Davis

Des. Anna Fleischle

Des. Anna Fleischle

Des. Anna Fleischle

Des. Anna Fleischle

Des. Sam Wilde

Des. Ryan Laight

Finalist | Emerging Exhibition: Set Design
World Stage Design, 2022

Winner | #WeAreMENA Film Commission
MENA Arts UK, 2021 | screened online

Finalist | PQ Studio: Common Design Project
Prague Quadrennial, 2020 | exhibited online

BA (Hons) Performance Design & Practice
Central Saint Martins, UAL
First Class Honours (2018-2021)

Foundation: Architecture & Spatial Design
Central Saint Martins, UAL
Distinction (2017-2018)
Costume Drawing
Technical Drawing
Visual Research & Moodboarding
Adobe Design Suite (Ps, Id, Ai, Ae, Pr)
Projection Mapping & Video Design (Isadora)
Digital Modeling & Rendering (Rhino)

© Jida Akil 2024