Buffy started her career in 1976, working in the theatre, assisting designers Ralph Koltai and Stefanos Lazaridis on productions for the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and the Royal Shakespeare Company. She also spent time as a prop maker and model maker for West End theatres, including Sweeney Todd, Bugsy Malone, and A Pack of Lies. In 1982 she joined the BBC where she designed a wide variety of programmes, both studio based and on location. These included light entertainment, children's and educational programmes and major dramas.
Currently, Buffy teaches Production Design for Film and TV for the Masters course at Kingston University, and is Course Director for BA Design Studies. Along side her teaching, she is a member of Kingston Artists Open Studios, specialising in Mixed media art works.
Education and Qualifications
Sept 1997 - July 1998
Roehampton Institute, Roehampton,
PGCE in Design and Technology for Secondary Education.
Sept 1972 - July 1975
Kingston Polytechnic, Knights Park, Kingston, KT1 2QJ. BA Honours Degree in Three Dimensional Studies, with Interior Design as the main field of study. 2nd Class Honours
Sept 1971- July 1972
Portsmouth College of Art and Design. Foundation Course.
Sept 2000- Kingston University, Knights Park, Kingston on Thames, KT1 2QJ.
Senior Lecturer in MA Production Design for Film and Television
Course Director for BA Design Joint Honours / Design Studies
Record of Employment
July – Sept 2010 BBC Proms at the Albert Hall
June – July 2010 7/7Saved by a Miracle? Documentary for BBC Television Director Heenan Bhatti
Sept 2005 – July 2010 Kingston University : Fractional lecturer on BA Film making
June- July 2009 Stuff of Dreams. Short Independent film - Production Designer . Director Graham Pountney. (On hold till funds are found )
June – July 2008 Orla’s Song Independent film pilot. Hoffman Productions Director Eric Deacon. Production Designer ( Entered into various film festivals including Cannes)
Sept 2002-2006 Wisdom of the Ancients Visitors Attraction. Exhibition Designer.
Jan 2000—July 2007 Richmond Adult and Community College, Parkshot, Richmond Surrey. Part Time Tutor in Interior Design.
Dec 2006 –May 2007 Wow Baby Retail Shop. Production Designer
May 2001 – July 2001. The Bill , Deer park Road, Merton Director Jeremy Silberston.
Sept 1999- Jan 2000. The Warwick School, Redhill, Reigate, Surrey. Part Time secondary school teacher in Design and Technology
Sept 1998- July 1999. Elliot School. Full time secondary school teacher in Design and Technology
June 1982-Dec 1996 .BBC Television,Television Centre, Wood Lane, London W12 6QT. Production Designer
Holding On :Producer David Snodin, Director Adrian Shergold
I Hate This House: Producer John Comerford
Run the Risk : Producer David Mercer, Director Sue Morgan
Get Your Own Back : Producer Peter Leslie
Bobs TV Heroes : Producer s Duncan Hess and Tony Moss
Crown Prosecutor : Executive Producers Caroline Oulton and Tracey Hofman Producer Esta Charkham
Bard Brain of Britain : Producer Roly Keating
Science Zone : Producer and Director Derek Butler
Live and Kicking : Editor Chris Bellinger Producer Angela Sharp
Red Nose Awards : Producer and Director Angela Sharp
Going Live : Editor Chris Bellinger Producer Angela Sharp
Think about Science : Producer Di Morgan Directors Margie Barbour and Derek Butler
Grange Hill : Producer Albert Barbour
Going To Work : Director Jeremy Silberston
Screen Two Shorts : Director John Strickland
East Enders : Producer Julia Smith
July1978- Sept 1982. Freelance Design Assistant to Ralph Koltai, Associate of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Every Good Boy Deserves Favour : The Mermaid Theatre
Brand : Royal National Theatre
Richard the Third : Royal National Theatre Director Christopher Morahan
Bugsy Malone Her Majesty”s Theatre
Three Penny Opera : Aalborg Theatre , Denmark
Terra Nova : Aalborg Theatre, Denmark
The Tempest : The Royal Shakespeare Company
Baal : The Royal Shakespeare Company
A Pack of Lies : The Lyric Theatre Director Clifford Williams
The Seven Deadly Sins : English National Opera
Die Soldaten : Director Ken Russell
Rosmersholm : Haymarket Theatre Director Clifford Williams
Sons of Light : The Royal Shakespeare Company
The Guardsman : The Royal National Theatre
Cyrano De Bergerac : Royal Shakespeare Company
Dear Anyone : Cambridge Theatre
Oct 1977- June1978. Freelance Props Buyer and Maker for operas and productions in the West End
Sweeney Todd : Theatre Royal Drury Lane Director Hal Prince
Pirates : Theatre Royal Drury Lane
1976/ 1977. Free lance Designer Fringe
Hoagy Bix and Beethoven Bunkhaus at the Kings Head, Islington
Designer at the Drama Centre, Chalk Farm
Dec1975- Sept 1977. Freelance Design Assistant to Stafanos Lazaridis, Opera Designer at the Royal Opera House and English National Opera
Werther : English National Opera.
The Threepenny Opera
Idomineo :English National Opera
Dalibor : English National Opera
Blue Beard’s Castle : English National Opera
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