Sheila Burnett studied at Birmingham School of Art and came to London to work as an illustrator in Fleet Street. After leaving Fleet Street she became an actor and joined the Pip Simmons Theatre Group, one of the first experimental theatre companies in England . Over the next eight years Sheila took many photographs of the Group and its touring activities which, once again, led to another change in career.
Sheila has now been working as a professional photographer for 25 years for many of the UK’s foremost cultural organisations including the National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, Hackney Empire, Improbable Theatre, the Almeida, Hampstead and the RSC. Her focus is mainly in Theatre, both production & pre production, and all projects related to the Arts including Actors headshots and portraits. Sheila also has an extensive archive of the 1980’s alternative theatre, including Women’s Theatre and LGBT Theatre.