Akhila Krishnan

Video & Projection Designer

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Film, TV & Theatre

Assistant: Charlotte Edwards

Film, TV & Theatre

Akhila is an award-winning designer, director of moving image and VR, and collaborator working at the forefront of moving image, technology and storytelling today. Originally trained in design and film for screen, Akhila’s interest in creating moving image for spatial and installation contexts with live performers led to her present work in the field of projection design.

Akhila trained at the Royal College of Art and the National Institute of Design, India. She was previously Senior Designer at 59 Productions, working with the company from 2012 to 2018.

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Akhila Krishnan's video design provides fun recreations of train journeys, prison cells and weddings. There's a pop art, almost cartoon, element to Krishnan's designs with giant hearts, multicoloured targets and pulsating sunbeams.

What's On Stage on What's New Pussycat (Birmingham Rep)

In Development

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2022

Glyndebourne Festival

Video Designer
Dir. Melly Still

2022

Royal Opera House

Video Designer
Dir. Richard Jones

2022

Young Vic (Main House)

Video Designer
Dir. Milli Bhatia

2022

Old Globe, San Diego

Video Designer
Dir. Aditya Chopra

Theatre

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2022

National Theatre (Dorfman)/Chichester Festival Theatre

Video Designer
Dir. Daniel Evans

2021

Birmingham Rep

Video Designer
Dir. Luke Sheppard
Nominated for WhatsOnStage Award for Best Video Design
Nominated for BroadwayWorld UK Award for Best Video Design of a New Production of a Play or Musical

2021

Hampstead Theatre

Video Designer
Dir. Sam Yates

2020

Leeds Playhouse / Ramps on the Moon / UK Tour

Projection Designer
Dir. Amy Leach

2019

Dance East/The Place

Production Designer
Dir. Lily McLeish

2019

Unicorn Theatre

Projection Designer
Dir. Jesse Jones

THE DISPUTE

2014

HiBrow Productions/Odeon Live Broadcast/Edinburgh Fringe

Video Designer
Dir. Emily Kempson

BRITTEN CANTICLES: STILL FALLS THE RAIN

2013

Brighton Festival/Aldeburgh

Assistant Video Designer and Researcher
Dir. Neil Bartlett

Opera

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2022

English National Opera

Video Designer
Dir. Annilese Miskimmon

2022

Theatre O/Trinity Laban

Video Designer
Dir. Joseph Alford

2021

English National Opera/Metropolitan Opera

Video Designer
Dir. Richard Jones

2021

Royal Opera House

Artist Commission
Digital Opera Series

2020

Royal Opera House

Video Designer
Dir. Ola Ince

GARDEN MUSIC

2011

Academy of St. Martins in the Fields

Visual Artist
Dir. Jan Hendrickse

AGAIN THE ROOM WAS PLUNGED INTO SILENCE

2010

Barbican Centre/MAP Project

Visual Artist in collaboration with Rachael Perrin

Film

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2021

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Film Director & Editor

2020

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Live Broadcast Director
Dir. Jamie Bradley & Vicki Igbokwe

EARTH FROM SPACE

2015

United Nations/59 Productions

Assistant Producer

BROADCAST TITLE STINGS FOR OLYMPIC OPENING CEREMONY

2012

International Olympic Committee/59 Productions

Art Director in collaboration with Molly Einchcomb

Factual Entertainment

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BAREFOOT ENRICHE

2019

Barefoot College/Positive Negatives

Director & Designer
5 Animated Films

TRANSFORM

2019

Peace Research Institute/Positive Negatives

Director

GRENFELL: OUR HOME

2018

Channel 4/ Parable Productions/59 Productions

Lead Designer (for 59 Productions)
Winner, 2018 Audience Award Alternate Realities at Sheffield Doc Fest
Winner, 2018 Best Documentary, Raindance Immersive (VR) Stories at Raindance Festival
Nominated, 2018 British Award for Best UK Experience at Raindance Festival

STEVE REICH: CLAPPING MUSIC

2015

Touchpress/London Sinfonietta

Senior Assistant Designer & DIT

Other

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POSTCARDS FROM OTHER WORLDS

2022

Storyfutures Academy

Creative Lead
R&D for AR App

2021

Arthouse Jersey

Artist Commission

2019

O2 Arena

Associate Video Designer

UP NEXT GALA

2019

National Theatre

Video Designer
Dir. Rufus Norris

MA VLAST

2018

Czech Philharmonic

Senior Video Designer
Dir. Richard Slaney

METROPOLITAN OPERA'S 50TH ANNIVERSARY GALA

2017

Metropolitan Opera/59 Productions

Associate Project Director
Dir. Julian Crouch

BY ME: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

2017

Shakespeare 400/Somerset House

Creative Associate

CHINA THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: MET BALL 2015

2015

Vogue/Anna Wintour/59 Productions

Creative Associate

GLOBAL GOALS LAUNCH

2015

United Nations/59 Productions

Line Producer and Senior Assistant Designer
Dir. Richard Curtis

HARMONIUM

2015

Edinburgh International Festival (Opening Event)/59 Productions

Line Producer
Dir. Richard Slaney

SHAKESPEARE: GREATEST LIVING PLAYWRIGHT

2014

V&A Museum

Video Designer

Associate Credits

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SHADOW FACTORY

2018

Nuffield Southampton Theatres

Video Designer (for 59 Productions)
Nominated for UK Theatre Award for Best Design

BLOOM

2017

Edinburgh International Festival

Senior Designer (for 59 Productions)

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

2017

Dominion Theatre

Associate Video Designer (for 59 Productions)
Olivier Award for Best Design

SUKANYA

2017

Royal Opera House/Curve Alchemy Festival (Southbank)

Lead Designer (for 59 Productions)

LIGHT FALLS

2015

World Science Festival

Senior Assistant Designer

BRIGADOON

2017

New York City Center

Video Designer (for 59 Productions)

MARNIE

2017

English National Opera/Metropolitan Opera

Senior Designer (for 59 Productions)

OSLO

2017

National Theatre/Harold Pinter Theatre

UK Associate Video Designer (for 59 Productions)

THE NUTCRACKER

2016

Joffrey Ballet

Creative Associate (for 59 Productions)

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

2015

Palace Theatre, New York

Senior Assistant Video Designer / Line Producer (for 59 Productions)
Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical

DEEP TIME

2016

Edinburgh International Festival

Creative Associate & Line Producer (for 59 Productions)

BOEING CENTENARY EVENT

2016

Boeing

Line Producer (for 59 Productions)

IN THE GOLDEN HOUR: WHEELDON TRIPLE BILL

2016

Royal Opera House

Creative Associate (for 59 Productions)

SAY NO TO COAL

2015

Oxfam

Senior Assistant Producer (for 59 Productions)

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

2016

Royal Variety Show

Creative Associate (for 59 Productions)

THE SHINING

2015

Minnesota Opera

Creative Associate (for 59 Productions)

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE

2015

Liverpool Playhouse

Creative Associate (for 59 Productions)

LIGHTING THE SAILS

2014

Vivid Festival/Sydney Opera House

Senior Assistant Designer & Line Producer (for 59 Productions)

GREAT BRITAIN

2014

National Theatre/Harold Pinter Theatre

Senior Assistant Video Designer / Producer, Live Action Shoot (for 59 Productions)

THE DISPUTE

2014

Edinburgh Fringe/Odeon Live Broadcast/HiBrow Productions

Video Designer (for 59 Productions)

DIGITAL REVOLUTION

2014

Barbican

Line Producer (for 59 Productions)

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

2014

Chatelet Theatre, Paris

Senior Assistant Video Designer (for 59 Productions)

TWO BOYS

2013

English National Opera/Metropolitan Opera

Senior Assistant Video Designer (for 59 Productions)

PERFECT AMERICAN

2013

Teatro Real, Madrid/English National Opera

Assistant Video Designer (for 59 Productions)

INTRODUCING THE BAROQUE

2013

Historic Royal Palaces

Assistant Designer (for 59 Productions)

NIGHT TRAIN

2013

Schauspiel Köln

Assistant Video Designer (for 59 Productions)

EMIL & THE DETECTIVES

2013

National Theatre

Senior Assistant Video Designer (for 59 Productions)

ISLES OF WONDER (OLYMPIC OPENING CEREMONY)

2012

Danny Boyle/IOC

Assistant Designer (for 59 Productions)