Nicky is an international set and costume designer living in London.
She trained at West Sussex & West Surrey Colleges of Art & Design and works mainly in opera, but also in theatre, musical theatre, t.v. and film.
Nicky has designed productions for many leading opera companies, both nationally (including, Royal Opera House; Scottish Opera; Welsh National Opera; Glyndebourne Opera and Garsington Opera) and extensively in Europe (including, Royal Danish Opera; Danish National Opera; Royal Swedish Opera; Komische Oper; Frankfurt Oper; Mariinsky Theatre; and Théatre Royal de la Monnaie), as-well-as productions in Seoul, South Korea (Opera Theatre and Towol Theatre).
She has collaborated on many operas with director and intendant Annilese Miskimmon (Artistic Director of Norwegian National Opera) and together, they have produced many critically acclaimed productions together in the UK, Ireland, Denmark and Sweden. Their recent credits include, Semele, Garsington Opera; Jenufa, Royal Swedish Opera, Danish National Opera and for Scottish Opera (nominated for Achievement in Opera, UK Theatre Awards) and Madama Butterfly, Glyndebourne Tour: also, La Traviata (joint winner The Renee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre), Scottish Opera; Don Quichotte (winner of the Audience Award and Best Production Award, Performing Arts Centre Aarhus and Newspaper Stiftidende’s), Danish National Opera; Mignon (nominated Best Opera, South Bank Sky Awards), Buxton Opera Festival and also The Magic Flute, The Diary of Anne Frank and The Coronation of Poppea (all nominated Best Opera, Irish Times).
Nicky has recently worked with director Orpha Phelan on their critically acclaimed production of Dead Man Walking (winner Best Opera, Reumart Awards 2017), Royal Danish Opera. In addition, she has also collaborated on several productions with international opera directors Keith Warner; Orfeo, ROH at Sam Wanamaker Theatre; Peter Pan, WNO, ROH and Komische Oper and with Stephen Medcalf; Norma, Teatro Lirico, Sardinia. Also, for international musical director Paul Garrington, she designed the new musical Dancing Shadows (winner 5 Korean Musical Awards, including Best Musical) Opera Theatre, Seoul, and with whom Nicky founded Toye Productions.
For Toye Productions in addition to designing sets and costumes, she produced/co-produced four new plays. The first, a devised one woman show of works named Take The Fire by Jean Cocteau, which starred Amanda Harris at the Lyric Studio Hammersmith; the other three productions were by acclaimed playwright and poet Glyn Maxwell (2 of which were world premieres).
Nicky was production & costume designer on short film Assessment (winner – Jury Award, Film London’s Best of Borough), designed the studio set for The Score, BBC2 and was associate set designer to artist Bruce McLean on The Empress (by Orlando Gough), Channel 4.
In addition to her career in theatre, she has worked as an interior and exhibition designer. For fashion designer and businessman Jasper Conran she produced and designed the set for a show at London Fashion Week and assisted him on interiors for one of his private houses. Nicky has also collaborating with architect and exhibition designer Tim Pyne, playing a crucial role in his winning Millennium Dome zone Living Island.
Nicky is honoured to be one of three judges for this years Linbury Prize for Stage Designers.