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 closely 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 keen to explore new writing, devising, and new choreography. Coming from a background of architecture, fine arts, music, and dance, she aims to integrate her skills into a multi-disciplinary design practice which also interrogates the potential of multi-media performance. Jida also prioritizes collaborating with performance-makers and on projects of the global majority and underrepresented groups.  

Jida is a member of Scene-Change, Whitecard Collective, MENA Arts UK, Stage Sight, and CYCSTAT.
She was also a resident designer at NDT Broadgate (2021-22)

Designer | Ruth  & The Six of Calais (Double Bill) | Pegases Opera Company at the Royal Academy of Music
By Philip Hagemann | Dir. Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong

Designer | Five Shorts | Young Vic
Co-created with artists from the Young Vic Creator’s Programme

Set & Costume unless specified                                                                                                                 
Boy (Costume)

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


Just Another Soup Can

Out! (Set)

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

Platform Theatre, 2021

Platform Theatre, 2020

Platform Theatre, 2019
Dir. Tom Hughes

Dir. Nigel West

Dir. Rob Watt

Dir. Aaron Kilercioglu

Dir. Oli Savage

Dir. Toby Clarke

Dir. Becca Chadder

Dir. Majid Mehdizadeh

Dir. Jess Edwards

Dir. Poppy Rowley

Dir. Gabriella Bird

Dir. Scott Le Crass

Artist Residency with Commun

Co-devised for Complicité

Self-led, Chor. Isaac Irvine


Dir. Maya Ross Russell

Middle (Modelmaker)

Much Ado About Nothing (Design Research)

The Collaboration (Design Placement)

L’Orfeo (Design Assistant)

Hamlet (Jerwood Assistant Designer)

Meet Your Neighbour (Associate Designer)

My Son’s A Queer But What Can You Do?
(Costume Assistant)
National Theatre, 2022

National Theatre, 2022

Young Vic, 2022

Weiner Staatsoper, 2022

Young Vic, 2021

Maison Foo Theatre Company, 2021

Turbine Theatre/EdFest/West End, 2021

Des. Fly Davis

Des. Anna Fleischle

Des. Anna Fleischle

Des. Anna Fleischle

Des. Anna Fleischle

Des. Sam Wilde

Des. Ryan Laight

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)

ACHIEVEMENTS/AWARDSFinalist | 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
SKILLS Modelmaking
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 2022