Ciarán studied at the Samuel Beckett Centre, TCD and now works as a freelance designer, theatre maker and sometime performer based in Dublin. His work encompasses stage, lighting and costume design and he has experience across the fields of theatre, dance, opera, film, live and performance art.
Ciarán’s professional career took off while working with Loose Canon Theatre Company as set and costume designer on their production of Phaedra’s Love, which went on to win the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Production in 2008. With his work on Tom Creed’s production of Uno Santa Oscuraby Ian Wilson and THISISPOPBABY’s production of Tradeby Mark O’Halloran, he was a finalist exhibitor and first runner-up in the Performance Design category at World Stage Design 2013. His design for the Gate Theatre’s production of Romeo and Julietwas nominated for the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Set Design in 2015.
His designs include work for Abbey Theatre, Gate Theatre, The Lir, Fearghus O’Conchúir, Project Arts Centre and COCO Television, Live Collision, Shaun Dunne/Talking Shop Ensemble, Opera Theatre Company, Wide Open Opera, Rough Magic, Brokentalkers, THISISPOPBABY, THEATREclub, The Company, Run of the Mill, Croí Glan, ponydance, Ray Scannell, Sorcha Kenny, Barabbas, Playgroup, and Loose Canon.
Una Santa Oscura
Una Santa Oscura Ian Wilson Playgroup and Ian Wilson in association with Project Arts Centre Set, Lighting and Costume Design: Ciarán O'Melia Video Design: Jack Phelan Electronic Score: Ian Wilson in collaboration with John Greenwood and Stephen McCourt Photograph: Colm Hogan
Twelfth Night William Shakespeare The Abbey Theatre Set Design: Ciarán O'Melia Lighting Design: Simon Mills Costume Design: Emma Fraser Composer: Tom Lane Sound Design: Ben Delaney
Oedipus Sophocles - A new version by Wayne Jordan The Abbey Theatre Composer, Musical Director and Sound Design: Tom Lane Set Design: Ciarán O'Melia Lighting Design: Sinéad Wallace Costume Design: Catherine Fay Photograph: Ros Kavanagh
Phaedra's Love Sarah Kane Loose Canon Theatre Company Set and Costume Design: Ciarán O'Melia Lighting Design: Sarah Jane Shiels Sound Design: Carl Kennedy Photograph: Ros Kavanagh
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet William Shakepeare The Gate Theatre Set Design: Ciarán O'Melia Lighting Design: Sinéad Wallace Costume Design: Catherine Fay Composer and Sound Design: Tom Lane Photograph: Pat Redmond
The Threepenny Opera
The Threepenny Opera Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill The Gate Theatre Set Design: Ciarán O'Melia Lighting Design: Simon Mills Costume Design: Catherine Fay Photograph: Matthew Thompson
Trade Mark O'Halloran THISISPOPBABY Set, Lighting and Costume Design: Ciarán O'Melia Photograph: Fiona Morgan
Butterflies and Bones
Butterflies and Bones The Casement Project Fearghus Ó Conchúir Set, Lighting and Costume Design: Ciarán O’Melia Composer and Sound Designer:Alma Kelliher Photograph: Stephen Wright