Mika Handley is a freelance set and costume designer, interested in working in all types of theatre, and in particular, exploring site specific and devised work; with a mind to decreasing the devision between audience and performer. She has particular experience working with new writing theatre companies.
Mika has been working as a freelance designer, scenic artist and prop maker since completing a postgraduate at Motley Theatre Design Course, and a BA in Technical and Production Arts at Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Currently designing The Littlest Quirky, a tour for Theatre Centre (Stratford Circus & The Egg, Bath Theatre Royal). Recent Design credits include: Kaleidoshow (The Old Market, Brighton) Guardian Weekend Magazine costume and props for photoshoots (Ricky Gervais and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall features),Headlands (Mercury Theatre, Colchester and Hal Company) Lincoln Road 2010 (Eastern Angles Theatre Company Tour), A MidSummer Night's Dream & The Comedy of Errors (Blenheim Palace, Oxford School of Drama), The Long Way Home (Eastern Angles, SpringTour), The Rover (Southwark Playhouse), Return to Akenfield (Eastern Angles, Spring Tour), 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover at Christmas (Bush Theatre), The Recurring Rise and Fall (Michael Frayn Space, Hampstead Theatre), 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover tour (Bush Theatre, Norwich Playhouse, Oxford North Wall, Latitude Festival), Comp (Tristan Bates Theatre), Heritage (New Athenaeum Theatre, Glasgow), Associate Artist for Present:Tense 12 (Nabokov at Southwark Playhouse) and Associate Designer for Andersen's English (Out of Joint/Hampstead Theatre Tour)
Assistant Designer credits include: The Brothers Size (Young Vic/ATC), Don Carlo (Royal Opera House), The Final Shot (Theatre 503)
Mika was a finalist for the Linbury Prize for Stage Design 2007, which exhibited at the National Theatre and was awarded the Royal Opera House Prize. In 2008, she designed Playboy of the West Indies for a JMK Directors Award proposal which won the Ian Ritchie Foundation Award.