Jamie Vartan has worked extensively as a designer in theatre, opera and dance in the UK and Europe. He has represented the UK at Prague Quadrennials in 1999, 2007, 2011 and at World Stage Design 2013 ( WSD2013 Best Set Design Award ).
He studied Fine Art at Brighton Polytechnic and Theatre Design at Central St Martins. He was awarded an Arts Council Bursary to Nottingham Playhouse.
Designs for theatre include several productions at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, including Mrs Warren’s Profession (nomination for Irish Times Theatre Awards 2000 Best Production), The Chairs, The Third Policeman, The Last Mile, At Swim Two Birds & The Poor Mouth ( Factory Performance Space, Sligo ), Vertigo and Breaking the Silence (Nottingham Playhouse). He was involved for three years as designer and artist-in residence with the David Glass Ensemble on The Lost Child Trilogy, with residencies in Vietnam, Indonesia, China, the Philippines, Colombia, and the Young Vic, London, followed by an installation at the October Gallery, London based on the work from the overseas residencies. Recent designs for theatre include Mass Observation ( Almeida ), The Last Yankee, nominated for the Off-West End awards 2014, Best Set Design ( The Print Room ), and Misterman, starring Cillian Murphy, at the Galway Arts Festival ( Irish Times Best Set Design award 2011 ), St Anne’s Warehouse New York and the National Theatre, London ( Lyttleton ), also nominated for the Evening Standard Best Set Design Award 2012. Current work in theatre for 2015 includes a new site-specific piece for Artangel (London).
Designs for opera include Ariadne auf Naxos (Salzburg Festspielhaus, Haus fur Mozart),The Queen Of Spades (La Scala, Milan), Albert Herring and Death In Venice (Salzburg Landestheater), Don Giovanni, Romeo et Juliette (Varna), Manon Lescaut (Teatro Regio, Parma), Carmen, Aida and A Village Romeo and Juliet ( Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, Sardinia), La Statira (Teatro San Carlo, Naples), Der Zwerg (Teatro Comunale, Florence), La traviata (Malmö Opera, Sweden), Manon (ETO), La Vestale (Wexford Opera), May Night (Garsington), Il Pirata and The Saint of Bleecker Street (Opera de Marseille), L’isola disabitata, nominated for Helpmann Awards Best Opera 2013, Australia (Royal Opera House and Hobart, Tasmania ), Carmen ( Teatro Sao Carlos, Lisbon),Falstaff ( Teatro Farnese, Parma ), The Pirates of Penzance ( Scottish Opera ), and A Village Romeo and Juliet ( Wexford Opera ) , which won the Irish Times Best Set Design Award 2012. Current work in opera for 2015 includes Falstaff (Royal Opera House Muscat), La Boheme (Grange Park Opera), and a new opera The Last Hotel, composed by Donnacha Dennehy, written & directed by Enda Walsh, for the Edinburgh International Festival 2015, with transfers planned for Dublin (O’Reilly Theatre) and London (ROH Linbury).
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).