Maree Kearns

Costume design
Set design

Maree Kearns has worked as a set and costume designer for many of Ireland’s leading companies. She teaches set design in The Lir Academy and the drama department of Trinity College.

Maree has designed for the Abbey, the Gaiety Theatre, CoisCéim Dance Theatre, the Royal Irish Academy of Music, The Corn Exchange, The Lir Academy, Landmark Productions, Tall Tales Theatre Company, The Ark, Second Age Theatre Company, Verdant Productions, The Millennium Forum, Gúna Nua Theatre Company, Corcadorca, Nomad Theatre Network, Lane Productions, Livin Dredd and RAW Productions.

Awards
Edinburgh Fringe First 2013 for These Halcyon Days (Landmark/Tall Tales)
Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Set Design 2009 for Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme (Nomad Theatre Network)

Maree Kearns   Agnes

2014
Stage Dance
Costume design
Set design
Other featured designers
Sinead McKenna
Ivan Birthistle
Vincent Doherty
Val Sherlock
Production company
CoisCéim Dance Theatre
Premiere Venue
Project Arts Centre, Dublin (Space Upstairs)
Choreographer
David Bolger
Photographer
Ros Kavanagh

Artist Statement

To me, designing for performance is one of the ultimate expressions of collaboration at work. The way in which many minds and talents come together to create a show will never cease to surprise me. Designing for CoisCéim has been some of the most creatively thrilling work I have done. There is no safety net of the script to return to, only the theme of the piece and spirit of collaboration for inspiration. So far I have been on journeys through the idea of the pageantry of life, the beauty of Nijinsky and the multi-faceted life of Agnes Bernelle. In working with CoisCéim I have discovered that the best work weaves all the elements of a production together to create something better than any one part and that being at the heart of that creative team is thoroughly enjoyable and exciting. Each show is unique, each design an amalgamation of individual ideas and experience, each performance a new and never to be repeated event.


Maree Kearns   Pageant

2013
Stage Dance
Costume design
Set design
Other featured designers
Sinead McKenna
Ivan Birthistle
Vincent Doherty
Val Sherlock
Production company
CoisCéim Dance Theatre
Premiere Venue
Project Arts Centre, Dublin (Space Upstairs)
Choreographer
David Bolger and Muirne Bloomer
Photographer
Ros Kavanagh

Artist Statement

To me, designing for performance is one of the ultimate expressions of collaboration at work. The way in which many minds and talents come together to create a show will never cease to surprise me. Designing for CoisCéim has been some of the most creatively thrilling work I have done. There is no safety net of the script to return to, only the theme of the piece and spirit of collaboration for inspiration. So far I have been on journeys through the idea of the pageantry of life, the beauty of Nijinsky and the multi-faceted life of Agnes Bernelle. In working with CoisCéim I have discovered that the best work weaves all the elements of a production together to create something better than any one part and that being at the heart of that creative team is thoroughly enjoyable and exciting. Each show is unique, each design an amalgamation of individual ideas and experience, each performance a new and never to be repeated event.


Maree Kearns   Desire Under the Elms

2013
Stage Theatre
Costume design
Set design
Other featured designers
Sinéad Wallace
Mel Mercier
Val Sherlock
Production company
The Corn Exchange
Premiere Venue
Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin
Writer
Eugene O'Neill
Director
Annie Ryan
Photographer
Fiona Morgan