Of Algerian‚ Polish and Scottish descent‚ British born Zahra Mansouri graduated in Theatre Design for Performance at Central Saint Martins. She has been nominated twice by the Off-West End Awards and has earned herself an associate design position at Fourth Monkey TC‚ reaching her 60th Design after 7 years with the company. During her early years as a designer‚ Zahra has built up a diverse portfolio of work and thereby gained a wealth of varied experience.
Most recent and current design projects include Dead Man Walking (Oldenburgisches Staatstheater)‚ Peter Grimes (Theater Basel), Faust (Welsh National Opera), 3 Women (Trafalgar Studios)‚ media campaign shoots for the NHS and Refugee Action (Brickwall Productions)‚ Henry V‚ Pericles‚ The Tempest‚ Romeo and Juliet‚ Widows‚ Ghetto‚ and new writing pieces: Bombshells‚ Kidnap! and Fatty Arbuckle‚ (Fourth Monkey House)‚ Hansel and Gretel (The Rose Theatre)‚ The Trenches (Les Enfants Terrible at the Southwark Play House).
Past design work includes: Late Company (transfer‚ Trafalgar Studio 2 from Finborough Theatre)‚ Movie Trilogy Tour (The Royal Albert Hall Studio‚ Pleasance King Dome‚ BAC)‚ Devised site specific project: Orlando (Knole House and Hanbury Hall in association with BFI ‘Flare)‚ The Great Gatsby (Wilton’s Music Hall)‚ This Little life of mine (Park Theatre)‚ Finding Butterfly (Limehouse Town Hall)‚ The Shallow End (Southwark Play House)‚ The Marked (Oval House)‚ Paradise Lost (Trinity Buoy Wharf)‚ Blood Wedding (Theatre Cavantes)‚The Cause (Jermyn Street Theatre)‚ Elephant Man (Brockley Jack)‚ 4.48 Psychosis (Theatro Technis)‚ Being Tommy Cooper (The Old Red Lion) and Hamlet‚ Much Ado About Nothing and The Bells (Park Theatre 90)
Film Work includes: The Good Neighbour and Shadow Plant (Black House Pictures)‚ Brighton to Southgate (Aegis Film Productions)‚ Diversion (LA Productions)‚ and Stolen (Fahrenheit Films).
Zahra also has a background in competitive Ballroom and Latin Dancing where she refined skills in designing and making competitive dance wear for a number of private clients‚ which led her to work with leading dance couture houses‚ Chrisanne and Dance Sport International. As a result she now prides herself on creating work that is informed by her knowledge of movement and understanding of people inhabiting space.