Roberta Volpe

Roberta Volpe

Theatre Design

  • Location: London
  • Career stage: Experienced
  • Freelancer: Available

I trained in Set Design at the Academy of Fine Arts, Brera, with First Class Honours and in Set and Costume Design at the Opera Academy Verona, followed with further specialisation in the workshops of the Teatro La Scala in Milan, where I perfected my skills as a sculptor.

I worked as assistant set designer and scenic artist with many different directors, including Francesco Bellotto, Massimo Gasparon and Stefano Poda - and in 2011 I made my debut as a lead set designer with 'Suor Angelica' which opened the Festival Amazonas in Manaus, Brazil.

In 2011-12 I worked at a high security prison in Milan, working with author and director Isabeau on two new musicals: "La luna sulla Capitale" and "Siddhartha" by Hermann Hesse. I designed the "Siddhartha" set for the professional company as well and the musical went on tour in Italy and to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2013 I designed 'Lucrezia Borgia' by Donizetti for the Theatre Verdi of Padova before moving to London.

In 2015 I was lead set designer for six different productions: "Henry V" by W. Shakespeare, "Forever House" by G Waldron, "Private Lives" by N. Coward, "Are you awake?" By Sofia Moura, "Mental Play" by Tamsin Flower and "Sunset Boulevard" by Andrew Lloyd Webber. "Sunset Boulevard" has been nominated for NODA Award for best set design in 2016.

Work History

Set Designer and Scenic Artist - Sunset Boulevard by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bridewell Theatre, London

Sep 2015 - Oct 2015

Set Designer and Scenic Artist - Mental Play by T. Flower, Camden People's Theatre, London

Aug 2015 - Aug 2015

Set Designer and Scenic Artist - Are you Awake? by Sofia Moura, Bread & Roses Theatre, London

Jul 2015 - Jul 2015

Set Designer and Scenic Artist - Private Lives by N. Corward, Putney Theatre Company, London

Apr 2015 - May 2015

Set Designer and Scenic Artist - Forever House by G. Waldron, Putney Theatre Company, London

Mar 2015 - Mar 2015

Set Designer and Scenic Artist - Henry V by W. Shakespeare, Putney Theatre Company, London

Nov 2014 - Nov 2014

Set Designer - Siddhartha The Musical by Isabeau

Dec 2012 - Jun 2013

Teacher of Set Design and Scenic Art - High Security Prison Opera, Milan

Mar 2012 - Jun 2013

Scenic Artist and Props Maker - Lucia di Lammermoor by G. Donizetti, Theatre Verdi, Padova

Oct 2011 - Jan 2012

Set designer and Scenic Artist - La Luna sulla Capitale by Isabeau, Theatre Arcimboldi, Milan

May 2011 - May 2011

Assistant Set Designer - Tristan und Isolde by R. Wagner, Theatre Amazonas Manaus, Brazil

May 2011 - May 2011

Set Designer - Suor Angelica by G. Puccini, Theatre Amazonas Manaus, Brazil

Apr 2011 - May 2011

Assistant Costume Designer - Attila by G. Verdi, Sferisterio Opera Festival, Macerata

Jul 2010 - Aug 2010

Assistant Costume Designer - Juditha Triumphans by A. Vivaldi, Sferisterio Opera Festival, Macerata

Jul 2010 - Aug 2010

Props Maker - Don Pasquale by G. Donizetti, Theatre Olimpico Vicenza

May 2010 - Jun 2010

Set and Costume Designer - La Luna by O. Piazza, Theatre Argentia, Milan

Jan 2010 - Mar 2010

Internship - Workshop Theatre alla Scala, Milan

Oct 2009 - Dec 2009


Set and Costume Design - MA - Opera Academy Verona

Jan 2010 - Jan 2012

Set Design - BA - Academy of Fine Art of Brera

Oct 2001 - Nov 2005


  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Autocad
  • InDesign
  • Costume Design
  • Scenic Art
  • Set Design