Jamie Vartan has worked extensively as a designer in theatre and opera in Ireland, the UK and Europe, with representations at Prague Quadrennials 1999, 2007 & 2011, and World Stage Design 2013 (WSD 2013 Best Set Design Award).
He designed Enda Walsh’s Arlington (Leisureland Galway / Abbey Theatre, Dublin), Ballyturk (Black Box, Galway / Olympia Theatre, Dublin / Lyttleton, NT) and Misterman (Galway / St Ann’s Warehouse, New York / Lyttleton, NT), Irish Times Theatre Awards Best Set Design, Evening Standard Best Set Design Nomination, all for Landmark Productions and Galway International Arts Festival.
Other designs for theatre include several productions at the Abbey Theatre, including The Playboy of the Western World and Mrs Warren’s Profession; Have Your Circumstances Changed? (Artangel); Bondagers (Edinburgh Lyceum); Khandan (Royal Court); Mass Observation (Almeida), The White Devil (Globe Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Theatre Royal Bath); Shackleton (Blue Raincoat) and The Lost Child Trilogy (David Glass Ensemble), with residencies in Vietnam, Indonesia, China, the Philippines and Colombia, and a number of productions at Nottingham Playhouse.
Designs for opera include The Last Hotel for Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera (Lyceum, Edinburgh International Festival / O’Reilly Theatre, Dublin Theatre Festival / Linbury Studio, ROH / St Ann’s Warehouse, New York); The Barber of Seville (Wide Open Opera), Cristina di Svezia (Wexford Festival Opera); La Traviata (Malmö); Ariadne auf Naxos (Salzburg Festspielhaus); Il Pirata (Marseille); Carmen (Lisbon), and The Queen of Spades (La Scala, Milan). Other designs include productions at Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Teatro San Carlo, Naples, Florence, Parma, ROH and Scottish Opera.
His design for A Village Romeo and Juliet (Wexford Festival Opera), won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Set Design in 2013. Current work in opera includes Eugene Onegin for Strasbourg Opera.
Design for dance with choreographer Darshan Singh Bhuller includes Requiem (Phoenix Dance Company / Sadlers Wells) and Recall (Linbury Studio, ROH).
Design for film includes The Last Hotel (commissioned by Sky Arts and produced by Brink Films, Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera).