Emily is a London based Set and Costume designer.

She is a graduate of the MA Design for Performance course at RWCMD, a National Theatre (UK) Linbury Prize Finalist 2017, and most recently a recipient of the Royal Opera House bursary for 2018. 

Recent projects in 2019/2020  have included Set Design for Danish National Opera's touring production of Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, directed by Philipp Kochheim - a touring co-production with Theater Münster in Germany, touring Denmark in early 2020.


Emily will also design the Set for Sunset Boulevard in 2020 (now postponed til 2022) and Inkognito Royale in 2021, both for Danish National Opera. 

She is one of three designers commissioned to make work as part of the London Symphony Orchestra and ORA Singer's 'Design Series', this year at LSO St Luke's.  

Before pursuing her own design work she worked as Design Assistant and Modelmaker for designers such as Colin Richmond, Soutra Gilmour, Max Jones, Gabriella Slade, Madeleine Girling and Nicky Shaw amongst others. 


With a background in costume design she began her training in Performance Costume at Edinburgh College of Art before going on to work professionally in Scottish theatre in the roles of both Costume Supervisor and Design Assistant, for companies such as the National Theatre of Scotland, Grid-Iron, The Traverse, Edinburgh and Tron Theatre, Glasgow. Prior to this she has also worked in the costume department on various Television and Film productions including for BBC Scotland.


Emily is a recipient of the South Square Trust Award and the Edinburgh University John L Paterson Design Award.


She is based at Hackney Downs Studios in London. 



Emily Bates





Clare Vidal Hall 




Photograph: Andy Donohoe

Credit: Eat Work Art - Hackney Downs Studios