Joan O'Clery | Costume Designer

Costume Designer

Joan O'Clery

This Season

The Second Violinist, Madama Butterfly


Joan O’Clery is a costume designer working in both stage and screen. She is a three times winner of the Irish Times Theatre Award, including Rough Magic’s 2011 production of Peer Gynt. Her designs for Irish National Opera can be seen in Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh’s The Second Violinist, co-produced with Landmark Productions.

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 Globe Theatre and at the RSC, An Enemy of the People, Gate Theatre, DruidMurphy Trilogy of Tom Murphy plays for Druid Theatre Company, She Stoops to Conquer at the Abbey Theatre, and Woyzeck in Winter for Landmark Productions.

Her screen work includes the feature films King of the Travellers, Swansong (both IFTA-nominated for best costume design), Out Of Innocence, The Delinquent Season and the forthcoming Rose Plays Julie. She costumed the dramatised sections of the documentary I, Dolores, The Trial of the Century and The Voting Age. She also costumed the RTÉ television series Finding Joy and the installation film Questions for visual artist Gerard Byrne.