Aldona Cunningham, BA, PGCE, FHEA | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Aldona Cunningham, BA, PGCE, FHEA

Job title

Senior Lecturer, Scenography


Aldona Cunningham trained in theatre design at Central Saint Martins. She joined Central School of Speech & Drama in 2007, having taught previously at Central Saint Martins, the Architectural Association and Wimbledon School of Art.

She has designed operas, plays, adaptations and devised productions for a range of companies, including Scottish Opera, Leicester Haymarket, English Touring Opera and The Young Vic.  Her long-term collaboration with Julia Bardsley led to the use of film, photography, installation art and performance art as media through which to explore and express their ideas.  In 1996 she was awarded an Arts Foundation Fellowship.

Research areas

  • Creativity and design pedagogy


PGCert Teaching & Learning Art, Design and Communication in HE, University of the Arts, London

BA (Hons) first class Theatre Design, Central Saint Martins, London


Design for the Stage, BA

Other Details

Conference papers

2009 with Michael Spencer, workshop leader, 'Assessing Creativity, The Elephant in the Room'. ACDT Conference Aberystwyth

2008 with Joanna Parker 'Living Archive' Exhibit. at Expo, documenting Practices, Exhibition and Symposium, Central School of Speech & Drama

2008 MANIFESTATIONS, MEMORY THEATRES, THE SCHOOL OF AMAZEMENT, The school of a Maze Meant   maze= a labyrinth  meant= meaning Symposium, Monitoring Scenography 2 , Space and Truth" University of the  Arts

2008 with Joanna Parker, workshop leader, ‘The Knackers Yard’, Theatre Materials, Central School of Speech & Drama