Photo: Sophie Giddens
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 and Complicité. Her designs have also been selected for exhibitions with the Prague Quadrennial and World Stage Design. Jida is a member of Scene-Change, MENA Arts UK, and CYCSTAT. She was also a resident designer at NDT Broadgate (2021-22).

Upcoming Production
-Penguin | UK Tour
By Hamzeh Al Hussein | Dir. Amy Golding (Curious Monkey) 

-Earthquakes in London | Mountview
By Mike Bartlett | Dir. Barry Fitzgerald 

-The IT/Accordion Shop (Double Bill)| Mountview
By Vivienna Franzmann/Cush Jumbo | Dir. Eloise Lally

-Pippin | Mountview
By Stephen Schwartz | Dir. Michelle Payne

Set & Costume unless specified                                                                                                                 
A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Double Bill: The Six of Calais & Ruth

The PappyShow Cabaret

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

Heavy Weather

The 4th Country 



Complicité Do A-Level Drama

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, 2023

Susie Sainsbury Theatre, 2023

Battersea Arts Centre, 2023

Young Vic, 2023

Riverside Studios, 2023

Mountview, 2022

Guildford School of Acting, 2022

UK Schools Tour & Theatre Peckham, 2022

Camden People’s Theatre & 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

Fourth Monkey Training Co, 2022 

Park Theatre, 2022

The Hope Theatre, 2021

The Albany Depftord, 2021

UK Schools Tour, 2021
Dir. Sean Turner

Dir. Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong (Pegasus Opera)

Dir. Kwami Odoom (The Pappy Show)

Dir. Various (Young Vic Creators Programme) 

Dir. Nico Vaccari (Bezna Theatre)

Dir. Tom Hughes

Dir. Nigel West

Dir. Rob Watt (Theatre Centre)

Dir. Aaron Kilercioglu (WoLab)

Dir. Oli Savage

Dir. Toby Clarke

Dir. Becca Chadder (Paprichoo)

Dir. Majid Mehdizadeh

Dir. Jess Edwards

Dir. Poppy Rowley

Dir. Gabriella Bird (Plain Heroines)

Dir. Scott Le Crass

Artist Residency (Commun)

Co-devised (Complicité)

The Odyssey (Associate Costume Designer)


Much Ado About Nothing (Design Assistant)

The Collaboration (Jerwood Assistant Designer)

L’Orfeo (Design Assistant)

Hamlet (Jerwood Assistant Designer)

Meet Your Neighbour (Associate Designer & 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/Broadway, 2022-2023

Weiner Staatsoper, 2022

Young Vic, 2021

Maison Foo Theatre Company, 2021

Turbine Theatre/West End, 2021-2023

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

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

BA (Hons) Performance Design & Practice
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
First Class Honours (2018-2021)

Lvl 4 Foundation: Architecture & Spatial Design
Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London Distinction (2017-2018)
Costume Drawing
Technical Drawing
Visual Research & Moodboarding
Adobe Design Suite (Ps, Id, Ai, Ae, Pr)
Costume Supervising & Basic Sewing
Projection Mapping & Video Design (Isadora)
Digital Modeling & Rendering (Rhino & SketchUp)

© Jida Akil 2023