bettina john

bettina john

Designer | Opera | Dance | Musicals | Music | Fashion

  • Location: London/Berlin
  • Career stage: Early
  • Freelancer: Available Soon

Bettina John is a freelance designer and artist active in Germany and Great Britain. She works in opera, contemporary dance, theatre, performance art, music and fashion. In the centre of her cross-disciplinary design process stands collaboration, which she understands as enriching rather than a compromise, yet her designs aspire to be innovative and critical. She studied fashion design in Germany, then did her masters degree in new media art at Goldsmiths University in London, later studied design for performance at Central Saint Martins. She assisted fashion designers and worked in photography studios before she started to shift her focus on designing for the performing arts. This varied background makes her approach to design and art uniquely interdisciplinary and boundary-pushing.

Bettina John works regularly with and for other artists, musicians, choreographers and dancers, theatre makers and photographers. Her natural curiosity and discipline help her to achieve new and exciting design, think them through and find new ways.

With funding from the german arts council she went on an art residency in 2012 to stay and work at the ISCP in New York and in 2013 in Rio De Janeiro. That allowed her to develop and further her own art practice which can be placed mainly within the performing art scene as a performance- and installation artist herself. This has led to several exhibitions and scholarships in London, New York, Rio De Janeiro, Berlin and her hometown Halle.

Work History

Set and Costume Design Assistant - Jason Southgate, Staatstheater Oldenburg

Apr 2016 - Oct 2016

Costume Designer - The Place, London

Jun 2016 - Jul 2016

Set and Costume Designer - The MTA, Bernie Grant Art Centre and Bridewell Theatre

Aug 2015 - Dec 2015

Costume Designer - Trinity Laban

Mar 2015 - Oct 2015

Costume Workshop Technician - Royal Opera House

Oct 2014 - Jan 2015

Costume Designer - Tony Adigun and Avantgarde Dance

Jun 2014 - Sep 2014

Costume Designer - Dance United

Sep 2011 - Apr 2014

Set and Costume Designer - The MTA, Bridewell Theatre

Jul 2013 - Sep 2013


Design for Performance - - - Central Saint Martins

Sep 2010 - Dec 2010

New Media Art - MA - Goldsmiths University

Sep 2008 - Sep 2009

Costume and Fashion design - BA - University of the Arts Burg Giebichenstein

Sep 2003 - Sep 2007

Art Foundation - Foundation - University of the Arts Burg Giebichenstein

Sep 2001 - Sep 2003


  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Character Designer
  • Adobe Software
  • Advanced Pattern Cutting and Construction Skills
  • Costume Construction
  • Costume Design
  • Creative Drawing and Illustration
  • Fabric Sourcing
  • Garment Construction
  • Oil Painting
  • Pattern Design
  • Set Design