Maria completed an MA in Performance Design at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (2021), during which time she was awarded the John Elvery prize to recognise Excellence in Stage Design in her work towards creative collaboration, inclusion and sustainability. 

Maria was shortlisted for the coveted emerging stage design ‘Linbury Prize’ in 2021 for her integrated design approach towards sustainability, and is now working towards becoming a Carbon Literacy trainer for the East Midlands, accredited and supported by the Society of British Theatre Designers – Sustainability Working Group.

Previously Maria studied a BA in Writing Directing & Performance at the University of York (2014), before finding her feet as a freelance scenic artist, designer and maker.

Maria has a particular interest in sustainable theatre-making, project creation and the devising process. She is part of East Midlands based collective B Team, who specialise in creating entertaining theatre about the environment that provokes conversation and change. Find out more about B Team here.

A regular guest speaker for Theatre Arts students at the University of Derby, Nottingham Trent University, London College of Fashion and for schools, youth theatres and community groups, Maria is passionate about passing on skills and knowledge to the next generation of creatives.

Please get in touch if you’d like to see a full portfolio or CV.

Maria Terry - Performance Design




Designer Creative People and Places, Vallerie of the Gallery, Maison Foo / MakeShift

Curator Reimagine Celebration Gallery Exhibition, Derby Theatre

Designer WHATSHERNAME (Work in Progress), Annabelle Terry

Designer Casino Zero, Bridie Squires / Nottingham Playhouse

Designer The Garden In My Living Room, B Team

Eco Design Consultant Mr Burns, RTYDS – Omar Khan / Derby Theatre


Designer Leave the Light on For Me, Mind The Gap

Designer Fashion Spies and Confetti, Quick Duck Theatre

Designer Dinosaurs And All That Rubbish, Roustabout Theatre

Designer The Garden in My Living Room (R&D), B Team

Eco Design Consultant Dancing with Colours, JoAnne Haines


Assistant Designer Treasure Island, Derby Theatre

Designer This Island’s Mine, Roustabout Theatre

Designer Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish (R&D), Roustabout Theatre

Costume Designer The Three Seagulls, Bristol Old Vic

Designer Chef, Wardrobe Theatre

Designer, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Digital Production (BOVTS)


Designer Slow Violence, B Team

Designer The Drum, Hubbub Theatre Co

Prop Assistant Alice: A Virtual Theme Park, Creation Theatre


Scenic Artist Christmas Carol, Derby Theatre

Co-design and re-staging of Washed Up, Louise White

Designer One Moon, Hubbub Theatre Co

Scenic Artist One Man Two Guvnors, Derby Theatre

Scenic Artist The Jungle Book, Derby Theatre

Scenic Artist The 39 Steps, Westminster School

Set Designer and Scenic Artist, Youth Theatre Double Bill, Derby Theatre Studio

Designer Summer School: Create a Play in a Week ‘Persephone & Hades’, Lakeside Arts Centre

Designer Hubbub Beach Party 2019


Designer The (Not So) Quiet Revolution of Kindness, Hubbub Theatre

Production Manager, Demi Nandhra, Live Art in Birmingham

Design assistant The Party Somewhere Else, Nottingham Playhouse

Scenic Artist Oxy & the Morons, Wind in the Willows and Woyzeck at New Wolsey Theatre

Scenic Artist Hansel & Gretel, Derby Theatre


Painter, prop maker, production assistant, Little Wolf Entertainment Ltd, Robin Hood Loughborough Town Hall and Beauty & the Beast, Derby Arena

Designer Silver Darling The Musical, Open Road Productions, Derby Live

Maker and creative collaborator for Hubbub Theatre, Kessoku Remix, Beach Party and Winter Wonderland

Designer The Bee Project, Laura Ryder & Co

Designer/Maker Augustus and His Smile, FaceUp Theatre Company


Production Assistant at Derby Theatre, full time

Designer Romeo and Juliet, for UCS, Arts Depot London

Designer A Splotch of Red, Middlesex University

2013 – 2015

Designer, We Two Alone and State of Affairs, Outbreak Theatre

Designer Twelfth Night, York Theatre Royal Studio

Set, Costume & Lighting/AV Designer Bittersweet Century, Vernon God Little, Punk Rock, Colder Than Here, Constellations, University of York

Set Assistant Micro Monsters (3D): Narrated by David Attenborough, Atlantic Productions for Sky TV

Art Director The Secrets of Quantum Physics for BBC4, Furnace Ltd

Space Technician for C Venues and Production Assistant for Milk Presents, Edinburgh Fringe