Joan O’Clery is a costume designer working in both theatre and film. Three-time winner of the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Costume, including for Rough Magic’s 2011 production of Peer Gynt. She has originated the costumes for several world premieres by major Irish writers including Seamus Heaney, Brian Friel, Tom Murphy, and Frank McGuinness. Her costumes are regularly seen at the Abbey Theatre, the Gate Theatre and many stages around Ireland.
Highlights of her costuming work include Macbeth at the Royal Shakespeare Company (2008), An Enemy of the People at the Gate Theatre (2013), DruidMurphy trilogy of Tom Murphy plays for Druid, and She Stoops to Conquer at the Abbey Theatre. Her screen work includes King of the Travellers, Swansong, Snap and Out Of Innocence. Joan costumed the dramatised sections of the documentary Learning Gravity for Littlebird Films and a short film Brixton Bob for Fastnet Films.
Joan costumed the installation film Questions for visual artist Gerard Byrne. She has also created stage clothing for U2’s Bono.
Joan’s IMDB listing can be found here.
- Best Costume Design Irish Times Theatre Awards 2012 for "Peer Gynt" (Rough Magic Theatre Company)
- Best Costume Design Irish Times Theatre Awards 2002 for "Lolita" (Abbey Theatre)
- Best Costume Design Irish Times Theatre Awards 1997 for the Pinter Festival (Gate Theatre)
- Nominated Best Costume Design Irish Film and Television Awards for "KIng of the Travellers" and "Swansong, The Story of Occi Byrne"