Jamie Vartan has worked extensively as a designer in theatre, opera and dance. He studied Fine Art at Brighton Polytechnic and Theatre Design at Central St Martins.

Designs for theatre include Grief is the Thing with Feathers ( Dublin, New York and Barbican) ; for Landmark Productions and St Ann’s Warehouse New York , Arlington (2016), Ballyturk ( National Theatre Lyttleton, London ) 2014, & Misterman ( National Theatre Lyttleton, London, Irish Theatre Awards Best Set Design 2011, Evening Standard Best Set Design nomination ), Woyzeck in Winter ( Galway / Barbican ) ; productions at the Abbey Dublin include The Playboy of the Western World and Mrs Warren’s Profession; other work Bondagers (Edinburgh Lyceum); Khandan (Royal Court); Mass Observation (Almeida) ; Knives in Hens ( Perth Theatre Royal ) ; A Midsummer Night’s Dream ( Theatre Royal, Bath ) ; Have Your Circumstances Changed ? ( Artangel ) ; The Lost Child Trilogy ( David Glass Ensemble ), with residencies in Vietnam, Indonesia, China, the Philippines & Colombia.

Designs for opera include Ariadne auf Naxos ( La Scala, Milan ) Eugene Onegin (Opera du Rhin, Strasbourg ), The Queen of Spades ( La Scala, Milan ), Falstaff ( Teatro Farnese, Parma & Royal Opera House Muscat ), Der Zwerg ( Teatro Comunale di Firenze ), L’isola disabitata ( Royal Opera House, London ), Ariadne auf Naxos (Salzburg Festspielhaus, Haus fur Mozart ), Albert Herring & Death in Venice ( Salzburg Landestheater ), La Statira ( Teatro di San Carlo, Naples ), Manon Lescaut ( Teatro Regio di Parma, Palau de les Arts, Valencia & Bilbao), Bluebeard’s Castle ( Irish National Opera ), The Second Violinist ( Irish National Opera, Barbican, Amsterdam & New York ), Dead Man Walking ( Oldenburgisches Staatstheater ), La traviata ( Malmo Opera), The Pirates of Penzance ( Scottish Opera ), May Night ( Garsington ) , Don Giovanni, Romeo et Juliette (Varna), Il Pirata and The Saint of Bleecker Street (Opera de Marseille), Carmen ( Teatro Lirico di Cagliari & Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos, Lisbon ), Aida ( Cagliari ), A Village Romeo & Juliet ( Cagliari & Wexford, Irish Theatre Awards Best Set Design 2012 ), The Last Hotel ( Wide Open Opera ), Cristina di Svezia ( Wexford 2013 ), The Barber of Seville (Wide Open Opera, Irish Theatre Awards Best Set Design 2016 ).

Design for dance with choreographer Darshan Singh Bhuller includes Requiem for Phoenix Dance Company (Sadlers Wells and UK tour) and Recall ( Royal Opera House, Linbury Studio and UK tour).

Designs for film includes The Last Hotel (Brink Films and Sky Arts).

Exhibitions include Prague Quadrennials 1999, 2007, 2011 & 2019; and World Stage Design 2013 ( Best Set Design Award for Misterman).