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Eleanor ("Ellie") Bryce was born in Manchester and studied French and Linguistics at Aberystwyth (2006 - 2010). She studied for an MPhil whilst working as an English tutor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieur de Lyon between 2011 and 2013, when she retrained as a lighting designer and stage technician at GRIM EDIF (2013 - 2015), and undertook additional training in stage management at LAMDA (2013). She relocated to Brussels in 2017, and began an MA in Performing Public Space at Fontys University in 2020.

In the autumn of 2015 an unusual sequence of events led to her working with award-winning designer Jim Clayburgh, and she continues to work with him as associate designer and assistant. She co-taught Mr Clayburgh's workshop at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design (which took place at 4am at the top of the St Nicolas bell tower).

Ellie has also worked as an English teacher, stage combat choreographer, improvisation workshop translator, Breton dance demonstrator, and as a student researcher for the Anglo-Norman Dictionary. As a teenager she had several poems published in anthologies, and Neil Gaiman once told her she was "good".


one of the most multi-layered young artists that I have had the opportunity to ever work with during 50 years as a scenographer"

- Jim Clayburgh

Current member of: 

Barumbara Collective  (resident designer and technical manager)

Lightbulbs in Soil  (associate designer)

Associate member of:

Line Theatre  (resident designer and technical manager)

Collaborators include:

  • Jim Clayburgh

  • Johanne Saunier

  • Douglas Becker

  • Sybille Wilson

  • Mac Kam Prod.


Artistic CV download (PDF)

Last updated June 2019

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