The Society of British Theatre Designers

Staging Places: We Are The Storytellers Now - open until March 13, 2020 at V&A London

Jamie Vartan

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  • The Hansel Gretel Machine


Jamie trained at the Central School of Art & Design, London. He was awarded an Arts Council Bursary to work at Nottingham Playhouse.
He was involved for three years as Designer and Artist in Residence with the David Glass Ensemble on "The Lost Child Trilogy", which included residencies involving workshops, research and new devised productions in Vietnam, Indonesia, China, the Philippines and Colombia. The Trilogy was later presented at the Young Vic and he also created an installation at the October Gallery, London, based on the work from the overseas residencies.

At the National Theatre of Ireland (The Abbey and Peacock Theatres) he has designed "Blackwater Angel", "The Playboy of The Western World", "The Hostage"," A Little Like Paradise", "Sour Grapes", "Making History" and "Mrs Warren's Profession" (nomination for Irish Times Theatre Awards Best Production).

Other theatre work includes "Nosferatu the Visitor" (Red Shift Theatre Company) and "Because It's There" (Nottingham Playhouse).

Current work in opera includes "La Traviata" (Malmo Musikteater, Sweden). Other designs for opera include "A Village Romeo and Juliet" (Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Sardinia), "The Dwarf" (Teatro Comunale, Florence and Teatro Regio, Turin).

Design for dance with choreographer Darshan Singh Bhuller includes "Recall" at the Linbury Studio and UK tour, and a new production for Phoenix Dance Company at Sadlers Wells and UK tour.

Design for film includes "Paradise Fish Bar" (BBC), "Smell" (Munich and Angers Film Festival Awards), and Art Director for The King of Jazz (BBC).