Vanessa Cass BA(Hons) PGCert FHEA FGS

Key details:

Production Arts
Head of Design Realisation
Vanessa Cass


Vanessa originally studied for a Fine Art degree at Leeds University. For a number of years she combined working at the Royal Academy of Art with having a studio and producing her own artwork. In 1994 she studied Scenic Art and Prop Making at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and went on to work full time as a freelance Scenic Artist.  

She has painted scenery and backcloths primarily for theatre including work for The National Theatre, The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Royal Court and Regents Park Open Air Theatre. Other scenic work has varied widely and has included TV adverts, corporate events, cruise ships, theme parks, a shopping centre in Dubai, murals and childrens’ television.  

She joined the Guildhall School in 2000 and for a period taught Scenic Art part-time at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in 2006. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Guildhall School.