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Scenic Art Apprentice- National Theatre

September 2017-September 2019

I am currently training at the National Theatre as an apprentice scenic artist. This job also required me to attend New City College 1 day a week for the first year in order to obtain a Level 2 BTEC qualification in Design Support.

CTS- 2 week work placement

May 2019

Royal Opera House- 2 week work placement

July 2019


September 2019- current

The Secret Cinema: Stranger Things, 2019 (Illusion)

Ten Times Table, 2019, dir. Robin Herford, des. Michael Holt (Illusion)

Maggot Moon, 2019, dir. Jesse Jones, des. Lucy Sierra (Unicorn Theatre)

Faith, Hope & Charity, 2019, dir. Alexander Zeldin, des. Natasha Jenkins (National Theatre)

Death in Venice, 2019, dir. David McVicar, des. Vicki Mortimer (Royal Opera House)

Peter Gynt, 2019, dir. Jonathan Kent, des. Richard Hudson (National Theatre)

Mamma Mia; The Party, 2019, prod. Bjorn Ulvaeus, des. Bengt Froderberg (Cardiff Theatrical Services)

Top Girls, 2019, dir. Lyndsey Turner, des. ian MacNeil (National Theatre)

Rutherford & Son, 2019, dir. Polly Findlay, des. Lizzie Clachan (National Theatre)

Tartuffe, 2019, dir. Blanche McIntyre, des. Robert Jones (National Theatre)

Downstate, 2019, dir. Pam MacKinnon, des. Todd Rosenthal (National Theatre)

The Tell Tale Heart, 2018, dir. Anthony Neilson, des. Francis O’Connor (National Theatre)

Hadestown, 2018, dir. Rachel Chavkin, des. Rachel Hauck (National Theatre)

I’m Not Running, 2018, dir. Neil Armfield, des. Ralph Myers (National Theatre)

The Prisoner, 2018, dir. Peter Brook (National Theatre)

Connections 2018 (National Theatre)

Macbeth 2018, dir. Rufus Norris, des. Rae Smith (National Theatre)

Pinocchio, 2017, dir. John Tiffany, des. Bob Crowley (National Theatre)

Puppets and Play: Family Workshop, 2017 (National Theatre)

Network, 2017, dir. Ivo Van Hove, des. Jan Versweyveld (National Theatre)

St. George and the Dragon, 2017, dir. Lyndsey Turner, des. Rae Smith (National Theatre)


Ladder Training: undertaken at the National Theatre in 2017.

COSHH Training: undertaken at the National Theatre in 2017.

Skills London Careers Fair at the Excel Centre: represented the NT on a stall in 2017 and 2018.

Manual Handling Training: at the NT in 2017 and 2018.

Beginners Drawing Course: at Art Academy, from April-June 2018, 10 sessions, included 4 life-drawing sessions. 

Life drawing: run by the Royal Academy of Arts, May 2018.

Guildhall School of Music and Drama: work experience placement for 2 weeks (June 2018), working on Fiddler on the Roof and Operamakers.

Risk Assessment Training: at the NT, 2018.

Hoist Training: at the NT, 2018.

Adobe Illustrator basic training 2019: completed a short 2-day course learning the basics of Adobe Illustrator.

QEST Scholar 2018/19: achieved funding from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship trust for my apprenticeship. 

Portrait Painting course 2019: a week long course at LARA with Simon Watkins, learning to strategically paint portraits from life.

BBC Interview: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-politics-49046756/love-islander-zara-mcdermott-apprentice-or-university-choice​

Apprentice of the Year 2019: winner of the Intermediate level apprentice category for London. 

A Levels: achieved a B in History, a C in Film Studies and a B in Fine Art (at Sacred Heart of Mary Girls' School in Upminster.)

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