Theatre designer Becs Andrews is the latest recruit to the Academy of Cultural Fellows, which nurtures the talents of the 'brightest and best' new writers, artists, actors, dancers and musicians.
Her two-year appointment funded by the Future Fund of Opera North will allow her the time and freedom to develop her own skills, as well as collaborating with Opera North and working on community theatre projects.
Since graduating in Fine Art from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at Oxford University, Becs has gained a reputation as one of the rising stars of stage design, working on a range of projects both in the UK and overseas. Past commissions include the multimedia set for Momo by the Ballet Berne, the acclaimed touring children's opera At The Rim of the World, and productions with the Royal Opera House and theatres across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Becs' appointment as the first DARE Cultural Fellowship in Operatic Scenography is the latest product of the partnership between the University of Leeds and Opera North and follows that of composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad, who holds a similar post in operatic composition. Cheryl was recently chosen as one of The Northern Lights of 2011 and in 2010 Cheryl picked up two prizes at the British Composer Awards.