Ailsa completed the Bachelor of Dramatic Art in Design (NIDA) in 2003.
Design credits include The Dictionary of Lost Words (STCSA/STC), Lady Day (STCSA/MTC/Belvoir), The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (STCSA/STC), Tracker (ADT), Girls and Boys (Sydney Festival/Adelaide Festival), A Christmas Carol and Boxing Day BBQ (Ensemble Theatre), Single Asian Female (STCSA), Chalkface (STCSA/STC), Watershed (Adelaide Festival), Myth or the Go Between (Gravity and other Myths/Blue Soup Films), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Sydney Festival, STCSA), Ripcord, Gaslight, The 39 Steps, Jasper Jones, End of the Rainbow, Creditors, Sense and Sensibility, Switzerland, The 39 Steps, Romeo and Juliet, Mendelssohn’s Dream, Beckett Triptych, The Importance of Being Earnest, Hedda Gabler, In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play, War Mother, The Ham Funeral, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), The Price, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Betrayal, A Doll’s House, Things I Know To Be True, Little Bird, The Seagull and Three Sisters.
Other theatre design credits include The Boy Who Talked to Dogs, Songs for Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas, Emil and the Detectives, The Mouse, The Bird & The Sausage, and Ode to Nonsense (Slingsby), Cloudstreet! and Dido and Aeneas (State Opera South Australia), The Streets (OzAsia Festival), Other Desert Cities, Seminar and Skylight (Ensemble), Shifted (Sydney Dance Company).