Valentina was born in Rome where she trained at the Rome Academy of Fine Art in Set Design. Her final Thesis explores Kandinsky’s art and theatre, which led her to grow her ideas about art and the relationship between space, performer and communication, a concept which remains integral to her work process.
In 2016 she designed Treasure Island, an immersive family promenade production for Iris Theatre, staged London’s Covent Garden, complete with an interactive outdoor pirate ship for the audience to climb aboard. The production won The Offies 2017 award for Best Production for Young People aged 8+.
Since graduating she has worked extensively designing sets for TV, Commercials and Film in Rome and London. In 2016 she received the “Winner of Excellence” award in Set Design at the Depth of Field Int. Film Festival for Scriptorium from Little Dragons Films, direction by Colin Ramsay.
She opened her first personal exhibition Where are we? at the Corner House Theatre in 2015. The exhibition explored the way in which the city we live in can have a profound impact on our inside world.
In Rome she worked as Production Designer on various short film productions including medium length film Cattivi; Realtà a short film written and directed by Andrea dell’Anno; L’interrogazione (Cos’è l’atomo?) a short film written and directed by Luciano Luminelli and UltimoPiano Audiovisivi a production for “Effetti Digitali” created by Enrico Luciani in collaboration with Marcel Gorgone, an Italian street artist. She also assisted in the production design department of RIS Roma 2 Delitti imperfetti, a large scale Italian crime drama.
Valentina’s recent stage designs include a new production of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and Kafka’s Metamorphosis, both of which toured the UK with Theatrical Niche theatre company. She works regularly with children’s theatre company Moon On A Stick, for whom she designed Little Red Riding Hood and The Abominable Snowman, which both toured the UK in 2017. She is currently working with them on their two winter 2018 productions.
She has worked as Assistant Set Designer on many stage productions including Padrini Padani for Teatro dei Satiri directed by Marco Reale; Il Marchese del Grillo for La Tana dell’Arte theatre company and worked as Props Master on Caravaggio, produced by Showbiz a.p.s., before moving to London in 2016 to pursue her career as a Set Designer.
Praise for Treasure Island
“The set is incredible and I take my (pirate’s) hat off to Valentina Turtur for her imagination and vision that really brings this magical production to life.” – West End Wilma
“Excellent sets – especially the ship in which the action takes place in traverse between bow and stern.” – The Stage
“Feel like you’ve stepped into a different world, full of entertainment and energy.” – Everything Theatre
“[The space is used] extremely well, fitting in the ship, stockade and Skull Island itself with great sets by Valentina Turtur.” – London Theatre 1