Dr Simon Donger, BA, MA, PHD

Job title

Lecturer, Course Leader MA/MFA Scenography


I am a scenographer and researcher who trained in sculpture and scenography in Canada and the UK. My practical research explores provocative yet mindful intersections of materials, media and bodies. Specifically, I have been engaged in the development of a custom-made interactive lighting system through applications across a variety of performance genres. I also conduct theoretical research on historical and contemporary critiques of Humanism in theatre and scenography. 

I joined Central in 2005. In 2010, I co-created the MA/MFA Scenography with Joanna Parker and became its Course Leader in 2012.

My practice is deeply influenced by my experience of working with the Italian company Societas Raffaello Sanzio in 2004 for the entire process of creation of their performance Tragedia EndogonidiaL#09

In 2016, I was awarded a Golden Mask Best Light for Musical Theatre for the lighting and projection design of the Bolshoi ballet's Hero of Our Time


Scenography, MA/MFA

Design for Performance, BA

Performance Arts, BA

Puppetry: Design and Performance, BA

Teaching Areas

  • Scenography

Areas of Expertise

  • Scenography 
  • Performance Arts 

Key Publications

2021. Obscure (Forthcoming, Routledge)

2018. Scenography (Crowood Theatre Companions, The Crowood Press).

2015. 'Lebendiges Licht / Theatre Space.' In form Design Magazine Nº262, edited by Franziska Porsch (Frankfurt: Verlag form GmbH & Co. KG), pp. 60-65

2013. 'To set and not to set: Destabilizing Abstraction in Scenography'. In Performance Research 18: On Scenography, edited by Sodja Lotker and Richard Gough (Routledge). pp. 154-160

2011. 'Oblique Intimacies: The Scenographic Body's Ethics of Desire'. In Monitoring Scenography 3: Space and Desire, edited by Thea Brejzek (Zurich: Zurich University of the Arts) pp. 30-45

2011. 'Broken Maze'. In Intersection: Intimacy and Spectacle, edited by Sodja Lotker and Martina Cerna (Prague: Arts & Theatre Institute Prague), pp.90-91

2010. ORLAN: A Hybrid of Body of Artworks, edited with Simon Shepherd and ORLAN (Abingdon: Routledge) (includes the chapter ‘Carnal Vertigo', pp.154-174 


My work as a scenographer and designer includes: 

2015. Interactive projection and lighting designer, Hero of Our Time, Bolshoi Theatre (director Kirill Serebrennikov). 

2015. Interactive projection designer, Hamlet, Bolshoi Theatre (director Declan Donnellan).

2014. Scenographer, Dead at Last, No More Air, Camden People's Theatre (director Vanda Butkovic).

2012. Scenographer, Sports Play, Nuffield Theatre (director Vanda Butkovic).

2010. Scenographer, Space and Light: Edward Gordon Craig, V&A Museum (curator Kate Bailey) 

Register of Interest

Nothing to declare.