Harriet Ayers

Harriet While studying textiles and design in high school, Harriet was introduced to NIDA and fell for the idea of turning her love for making into a career. She found work experience in theatre workrooms and on set in standby roles, which fuelled her passion and sparked further interest in costume and the arts.

At NIDA, Harriet costume assisted two shows, costume supervised five productions, and completed courses such as millinery, tailoring, cobbling and period costume cutting.
On secondment in London in January/February 2019, Harriet seized opportunity of working in prop-costume studios, making creature costumes for Doctor Who; in costume houses creating costumes for Hamilton, the Royal Ballet and Cirque Du Soleil; and in theatres maintaining costumes for Aladdin and Birmingham Royal Ballet.

During her final year at NIDA, Harriet honed and developed her prop-costume skills when making a pregnancy suit with a working water break mechanism, this was also reflected in her research project where she engineered a process of sculpting fabric using various CAD and CAM programmes.

NIDA Productions
Starstruck The Stage Musical - Costume Supervisor
The Seagull - Costume Supervisor
LOVE - Costume Supervisor
MEAT EATERS - Costume Maker
Diana - Costume Supervisor
Wake in Fright - Costume Supervisor
The Way of the World - Costume Maker
The Removalists - Men’s Tailor
The Changeling - Costume Assistant
Hello Again - Costume Maker
Love and Money - Costume Assistant
Eurydike + Orpheus - Costume Maker

Other Productions
Night Visit - Costume Standby
Your Mates (web series pilot) - Costume Standby

Secondments
Robert Allsopp and Associates, London - Machinist
Disney’s Aladdin (Prince Edward Theatre), London - Wardrobe Assistant
Birmingham Royal Ballet - Wardrobe Assistant
Phil Reynolds, London - Machinist
Will Skeet, London - Machinist

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