Sinéad O’Donnell-Carey is a theatre maker from Donegal, Ireland. Trained in theatre design, Sinéad explores digital media technology for theatre and performance art, combining visual art practices with the body in the space. With interests in site specific and responsive theatre and installation, Sinéad is the artistic director of Fidé which is currently focusing on former psychiatric asylums in the North West of Ireland, revealing histories in these socially matrixed places using digital media, information art, witness verbatim with ensemble and ethical devised performance. Sinéad is also currently developing and directing children’s theatre performances Dr. Proctor and Alice in Wonderland.
Previous design work includes: Alice in Wonderland (Combarro, Murvagh Forest, Donegal, August 2020), Irish Food. A Play. (Dublin Fringe Festival, September 2019 + 2020 Irish Tour – Cancelled due to the pandemic), May the Road Rise Up (The Lyric Theatre, Belfast and Northern Ireland Tour, C21 Theatre Company, 2018, Brussels, and Melbourne, Australia Tour 2019), Meet Me in the Gardens (Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Shiva Productions, 2018), The Sword and the Sand (The Lyric Theatre, Belfast, Rawlife Theatre Company, 2018), Room and Jimmy’s Hall (Production Assistant, Abbey Theatre, Dublin 2017), Ulysses (Puppetry Assistant, Abbey Theatre, Dublin, 2017), Let the Right One In, (Blood Special Effects, Abbey Theatre, Dublin, 2017), The Unmanageable Sisters (Costume Assistant, Abbey Theatre, Dublin, 2017), Porcelain (Production Assistant, Peacock Theatre, Dublin, 2017), Oliver! The Musical (DYMT August 2019), Jesus Christ Superstar (An Grianan Theatre, Donegal, DYMT, 2018), At the End of the Day (The Balor Theatre, 2018), An Other Playboy (Project Arts Centre, Dublin 2017), Phantom of the Opera (An Grianan, 2017), The Plough and the Stars, Kathleen Mavourneen (Sligo 2016), Marian and Joseph: A Revolutionary Love Story (Sligo and Samuel Beckett, Dublin 2016), An Triail, (The Abbey Arts Centre, 2015 and 2017), Les Misérables (Bosco Productions 2016 and 2017, O’Reilly Theatre 2018) and many more productions in the North West.
Sinéad has an MA in Film & Theatre from NUI Galway and BA in Performing Arts and Theatre Design from IT Sligo. She was on the committee for the Irish Prague Quadrennial team 2019 and exhibited her work in the Irish Student and Graduate section of the PQ. Sinéad was the Yeats Design Resident in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin for 2017 to 2018. Her performance art piece Thick Skin was performed at the Research in Real Time conference at the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance at NUI Galway in May 2017.
Sinéad is extremely grateful to be representing Ireland for this ambitious project and looking forward to creating new partnerships with Romanian theatre artists.