Rajha Shakiry was born in Iraq and educated in England. After an honours degree in Mathematics, she re-trained in Theatre Design, graduating from Wimbledon School of Art in 2003. Rajha has since worked as a freelance theatre designer and maker and has obtained a distinction in MA Scenography from Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Rajha has extensive experience in small-scale, middle-scale, national and international touring productions, in the United Kingdom, Southern Africa and the Middle East. She has designed and collaborated on numerous devised and text based projects, physical theatre, dance, musical theatre and opera. Most recent designs have included: Nine Night (National Theatre, London), Misty (Bush Theatre, London), The Mountaintop (Young Vic, London) I Stand Corrected (Artscape, Cape Town and Ovalhouse, London), Richard II (Ashtar theatre, Hisham’s Palace, Palestine and Shakespeare’s Globe) and Still Life Dreaming (Spare Tyre theatre and Wellcome Trust at the Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe).
Rajha has exhibited her work at the V&A Museum, part of the Society of British Theatre Designers Make:Believe Exhibition, 2015. She was selected as a finalist alongside 100 International Designers to exhibit her work at the World Stage Design, 2013. Rajha has also exhibited her work at Transformation & Revelation, 2011, the Society of British Theatre Designers’ professional UK National Exhibition of Design for Performance.