Teeside designer Francis O'Connor trained at Wimbledon School of Art under Richard Negri. His career in the last thirty years has encompassed work across drama, musical theatre and opera. He is based in the UK where he has designed numerous plays for the National Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company. He has also premiered much new work with the Royal Court and Hampstead Theatre .
He has designed internationally including productions for Komische Oper,Berlin. Grand Théâtre de Genève, Opéra national du Rhin, English National Opera and Opera North.
He has a long association with Garsington Opera and the Buxton and Grange Park Festivals.
His designs for the world premieres of Kevin Puts’s Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Silent Night for Minnesota Opera won much acclaim. His designs for Jonathan Dove’s Pinocchio for Opera North were nominated for the prestigious Faust Prize and this production has toured the world.
Francis is perhaps best known for his collaboration with Garry Hynes and Druid Theatre. The many award-winning productions they have created have toured widely and include Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Leenane Trilogy, Druid Synge, Druid Murphy and Druid Shakespeare. His awards include the Boston Critics Circle Award, the Elliot Norton Award, three Irish Times Theatre Awards and he was part of a team that won the UK Golden Triga Prize at the Prague Quadrennial. He makes his Irish National Opera debut in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in April.