April 19, 2023

Leeds Playhouse and Tutti Frutti announce the selected artist for Jerwood Resident Designer

Delicia Sorhaindo has been selected as the new Jerwood Resident Designer at Leeds Playhouse, a role supported by Jerwood Developing Artists Fund.

West Yorkshire theatre designer Delicia Sorhaindo has been announced as the new Jerwood Resident Designer at Leeds Playhouse as part of a raft of career-boosting opportunities run by Leeds Playhouse for Yorkshire-based creatives, supported by the Jerwood Developing Artists Fund.

Delicia, who begins a one-year placement this month, made her professional debut as Assistant Designer on Nine Night at the Playhouse last autumn. She previously worked with the theatre on a wardrobe department placement during her time at Nottingham Trent University.

Her new role will see her working on a range of projects with the Playhouse and Leeds-based children’s theatre company Tutti Frutti.

I am absolutely thrilled to be working as the Jerwood Resident Designer at Leeds Playhouse and Tutti Frutti,’ she said. ‘Theatre has always held a special place in my heart and to be working with all of the amazing people at each theatre is such a wonderful opportunity.

I have always loved to design and make, and I am so excited to learn even more about the craft from the talented people I will be surrounded by. I can’t wait to get stuck in and start creating. – Delicia Sorhaindo

The Jerwood Resident Designer role is one of two year-long paid residencies for set and costume designers in collaboration with local children’s theatre company Tutti Frutti. The role is supported through Jerwood Developing Artists Fund, which will also support two short-term paid residencies for designers from other disciplines, as well as two Introduction to Design training courses available for up to 30 local artists.

We’re thrilled that Delicia will be joining us as Jerwood Resident Designer. She is a brilliant local artist with a fantastic understanding of stories and how design can support the communication of these to an audience. We can’t wait for her to start her year of learning and development, and to continue our partnership with Jerwood Arts and Tutti Frutti in supporting the development of early career designers based here in West Yorkshire.Amy Leach, Deputy Artistic Director at Leeds Playhouse

Delicia will be offered unique opportunities to learn from a wide range of activities and production departments across the Playhouse. She will work closely with Furnace, the theatre’s renowned artistic development programme. She will also work with Tutti Frutti, which is based in Harehills, Leeds, and has 30 years’ experience in creating high quality, inventive theatre for children ages three and up and their families.

Tutti Frutti are right behind this brilliant Jerwood Arts opportunity for a designer starting out in their career. We are keen for all creative theatre artists to see and experience the wonders of making work for young audiences and we look forward to working alongside Leeds Playhouse to support and encourage Delicia to learn and thrive.Wendy Harris, Artistic Director of Tutti Frutti


We are proud to be able to support Leeds Playhouse to create a valuable space for their new Jerwood Resident Designer. Delicia now has the opportunity to grow her skills and fulfil her potential with the support from a brilliant team and fantastic resources. Competitive processes have the potential to burden the selected with the weight of “representing the future”, but Delicia can wear this lightly – the future is already here, and she’s shaping it. – Lilli Geissendorfer, Director of Jerwood Arts