Lucy Thornett

Lecturer Spatial Design

London College of Communication


Lucy Thornett is a scenographer and lecturer on the BA (Hons) Spatial Design at London College of Communication. Lucy was born in the UK and grew up in Australia, relocating to London in 2015.

Her practice and research focuses on design-led performance making, immersive audience experiences and the intersection with broader spatial design practice. She has designed sets and costumes for numerous productions and has also exhibited her own immersive installations and performances.

Lucy has previously taught spatial design at institutions in Australia including RMIT and Whitehouse Institute of Design. She also has a background in textile and surface design for interiors and has worked for leading Australian companies such as Designer Rugs. Lucy holds a Bachelor of Design from the University of New South Wales (2009) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Creation (Design) from the University of Melbourne (2012).

Lucy was assistant curator for the Australian section of the Prague Quadrennial in 2015. She has been awarded grants from the Australia Council for the Arts for her work in theatre. She is currently co-convenor of the TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association) Scenography working group.

Research interests

Scenography, spatial design, design-led performance-making practices, design dramaturgies, design for performance, phenomenology, immersive audience experience, Australian scenography.

Research statement

Lucy’s research and practice focuses on scenography, with a particular interest in the site or space of performance, design-led performance making practices and design dramaturgies, immersive audience experience and Australian scenography. She is also interested in the intersection between scenographic practice and broader spatial design practices, particularly as a pedagogical approach to spatial design education.

Selected research outputs