Leanne is a Dutch scenographer working in the field of theatre, opera and performance design across Europe. She creates experimental (opera) experiences that bring singer and audience closer together by removing stage and the unwritten rules of theatre.

She is currently working on a double bill of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire and Britten’s The Turn of The Screw in which she explores the different dramatic possibilities which enmeshing the two texts may yield to open out ideas in each.

Besides her more experimental designs she also works in a more traditional design process with a director creating set and costumes that derive both from dramaturgical research and intuitive exploration. 

Together with the new founded company Vopera she created her first online opera film L’enfant et les Sortilèges, which received mainly 5 star reviews and several awards, including Classical:Next, Southbank Sky Arts and Classical Music Awards. 

Assisted designers

Hildegard Bechtler
Lizzie Clachan
Joanna Parker
Wojciech Dziedzic
Sacha Zwiers
Jan Taminiau

Contact Leanne

Upcoming

Drowning the innocence – Scenography and Interactive installation
Double bill: Pierrot Lunaire & The Turn of the Screw
_underscore production in collaboration with Rosalind Parker, Ryan Munroe and Emma-Kate Matthews [Moseley Road Baths, Birmingham UK]

Brundibar – Costume & Stage design
Composer Hans Krása | Director Rachael Hewer | Conductor Michael Coleby [JW3, London UK]

Previous

2021

The Doctor – Scenography and Costume design assistant 
Writer and director Robert Icke | Designer Hildegard Bechtler [International Theatre Amsterdam NL]

Drowning the innocence – Workshops with Birmingham community
Double bill: Pierrot Lunaire & The Turn of the Screw
_underscore production in collaboration with Rosalind Parker, Ryan Munroe and Emma-Kate Matthews [Moseley Road Baths, Birmingham UK]

2020

L’Enfant et les Sortilèges by VOPERA – Designer
Composer Maurice Ravel | Director Rachael Hewer | Conductor Lee Reynolds [In collaboration with London Philharmonic Orchestra]

After Nora – Scenography assistant 
Writer and director Robert Icke | Designer Hildegard Bechtler [International Theatre Amsterdam NL]

2019

The Homecoming – Costume design assistant 
Writer Harold Pinter | Director Nanouk Leopold | Costume designer Wojciech Dziedzic [International Theatre Amsterdam NL]

Nixon in China – Design assistant 
Composer John Adams | Director Daniel Kramer | Designer Lizzie Clachan [Staatsopera Hannover DU]

2018

La Traviata – Stage & Costume design
Composer Giuseppe Verdi | Director Rachael Hewer [Devon Opera UK]

Jenufa – Design assistant 
Composer Leoš Janáček | Director Katie Mitchell | Designer Lizzie Clachan [Nationale opera & Ballet NL]

On Rafferty’s hill – Design assistant
Writer Marina Carr | Director Caitríona McLaughlin | Designer Joanna Parker [Abbey Theatre Dublin IE]

2017

Jenufa – Design assistant 
Composer Leoš Janáček | Director Katie Mitchell | Designer Lizzie Clachan [Nationale opera & Ballet NL]

The Suppliant Woman – Design assistant
Translator David Greig | Director Ramin Gray | Designer Lizzie Clachan [Actors Touring Company & Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh UK, Hongkong Arts Festival HK]

[de]contruction, graduation project part 2 – Scenography
Composer Richard Wagner [Hackney Showroom UK]

Carmen – Design assistant 
Composer Georges Bizet | Director Annabel Arden | Designer Joanna Parker [The Grange Festival UK]

Turandot –  Design assistant
Composer Giacomo Puccini | Director Annabel Arden | Designer Joanna Parker [Opera North UK]

2016

Prelude to a destructive journey into Wagner’s Bayreuth, graduation project part 1 – Scenography
Composer Richard Wagner [Royal Central School of Speech & Drama UK]

2014

Under Milk Wood – Stage & Costume design
Writer Dylan Thomas | Director Hans van den Boom [HKU Theater NL]

De Zone – Costume design assistant
Director Alexandra Broeder | Designer Sacha Zwiers [Alexandra Broeder in co-production with Frascati and Theater aan het Spui NL]

Mamma – Costume design assistant
Director Alexandra Broeder | Designer Sacha Zwiers [NTjong in co-production with Frascati NL]

2013

Sold! (Verkocht!) – Stage design
Writer Roel Adam | Director Daniël van Klaveren & Paul Knieriem | Costume designer Jorine van Beek [De Toneelmakerij NL]

Hoek –  Costume design assistant
Director Boukje Schweigman | Stage & Light designer Theun Mosk | Costume designer Sacha Zwiers [Universum Schweigman& NL]

Gone with the Wind – Costume design assistant
Writer Margaret Mitchell | Director Madeleine Matzer | Stage designer Sacha Zwiers | Costume designer Jan Taminiau [MATZER & Bos Theaterproducties NL]

Hollandse Luchten I: Jeremia – Costume design assistant
Directors/Performers Sadettin Kirmiziyüz & Marjolijn van Heemstra | Designer Sacha Zwiers [Trouble Man in co-production with Frascati Producties NL]

Army (Leger) – Design & Performance
Concept & realisation in collaboration with Tosca de Jong, Tamara Griffioen & Nina van der Mark | Festival de Basis [Airbase Soesterberg NL]

Never coming home again (Nooit meer thuiskomen) – Design & Performance
Gallery Liefhertje en de Grote Witte Reus [Den Hague NL] & Theater Kikker [Utrecht NL]

2012

Cornea – Assistant Art direction
Writer & Director Jochem de Vries | Production designer Rosie Stapel [NFI Film Productions NL]

Happiness, unnaturally delicious (Geluk, onnatuurlijk lekker) – Interaction design
Concept & realisation in collaboration with Roel Traa [Nieuw Utrechts Toneel NL]

2011

Hoe overleef ik… – Assistant Art direction
Writer Francine Oomen | Scenario writers Carly Schuit & Maarten Lebens | Director Remy van Heugten & Ties Schenk | Production designer Minka Mooren [Lemming Film NL]

Heraut – Art Direction
Director Rosanne Pel | Production designer Gwendolyn Keasberry [Dutch Film Festival NL]

Het is niet alle dagen kermis – Stage & costume design
Director Denise Lukkenaer [HKU Theater NL]