Brenda van Geffen (1988, Boxtel) is a Designer / Scenographer from Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Graduating from the Amsterdam University of the Arts in 2016, Brenda started her own design business. She worked on theatre, short film projects, and has also developed independent work for galleries. The human body, subcultures and privacy, are key focuses of her artwork. She has a special interest in experimenting with different materials and collaborating with artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and fields.

In 2018 van Geffen moved for a year to Melbourne, Australia to explore its art scene, she currently resides a year in Wellington, New Zealand. 

 

EDUCATION

– Amsterdam University of the Arts, BA Scenography (2012-2016)

– Nottingham Trent University, BA Theatre Design (2015, Erasmus Exchange)

– Fontys School of Fine and Performing Arts, BA Theatre in Education (2011/2012)

– ROC-Nijmegen, Undergraduate Cultural Enterprise (2008-2011)

 

PROJECT HISTORY (and roles)

2018 – SLUTS by Brenda van Geffen. Melbourne, Australia. Fashion Design.

2017 – THE WEARABLE BODY by Brenda van Geffen. Exhibiting at Splendor, Gallery de Stoke & De Theaterschool Amsterdam. Concept & Design. 

2017 – WE CANNOT SLEEP by Luke Deane. Westergasfabriek (Machinegebouw), Amsterdam. Set and Costume Design (Scenography). 

2017 – EILAND by Sarah de Monchy. De Toneelmakerij Amsterdam. Costume Design. 

2017 – DE RUNNER by Draaimolen films. Utrecht. Costume styling and make up. https://dedraaimolen.com/therunner/

2016 – IN THE SOLITUDE OF THE COTTON FIELDS Julie Peters. Frascati Amsterdam. Costume Design.

2016 – AKASHA by Rosa Ensemble. Rotterdam Opera Days and touring the Netherlands and Belgium. Costume Design. https://rosaensemble.nl/toen/akasha-a-brief-theatre-of-everything/

2016 – CELEBRATION OF LIFE by Espen Hjort. Amsterdam University of the Arts. Costume Design.

2016 – GRADUATION EXHIBITION by Brenda van Geffen. Frascati 3 Amsterdam. Design.

2015 – LOHENGRIN by Royal Concert Building Orchestra. Royal Concert Building Amsterdam. Costume, Mask and Props Design.

2015 – LIGHT/SPACE MODULATOR collaboration by Ivo Clason, Richard Proudly & van Geffen. Amsterdam University of the Arts.

2015 – IS THIS CHEESY? by Luke Deane. Amsterdam University of the Arts. Set Design.

2015 – HEILLOOS by Kirsten van Teijn. Festival Boulevard and touring in the Netherlands. Costume and Set Design. http://www.kirstenvanteijn.nl

 

ASSITANCE

2018 – EDGELEY, Melbourne designer boutique by Alice Edgeley. Cutting fabrics and organising the boutique. https://www.edgeley.com.au

2016 – THE HIDDEN FORCE by ITA Ensemble (Ivo van Hove). Touring the Netherlands and Germany. Costume Workshop Assistant. https://ita.nl/nl/ensemble/

2016 – WINTERBLOEMEN by Theatergroep Suburbia. Touring the Netherlands. Costume Design Assistant of Dorien de Jonge.

2015 – THE SOCIETY OF BRITISH THEATRE DESIGNERS. Nottingham Trent University and the Vistoria and Albert Museum London. Exhibition Assistant. https://www.abtt.org.uk/people/society-of-british-theatre-designers/