John Comiskey has worked extensively in theatre, music, film and television. He has won Best Design at the Irish Theatre awards (for Copenhagen) and has been nominated several times for Best Lighting Design. His previous operas as lighting designer include Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Puccini’s La bohème (Opera Theatre Company); Eric Sweeney’s The Invader (Theatre Royal, Waterford); and Mozart’s La finta giardiniera (RIAM). He makes his Irish National Opera debut in Madama Butterfly.
He curated and designed the first ever Irish participation at the Prague Quadrennial exhibition of world theatre design in 2007. His film directing credits include the award-winning dance drama Hit and Run; documentaries on German singer Agnes Bernelle and the history of Ireland's mental asylums; the recent two-part drama The Bailout; the original concert film of Celtic Woman; and the live transmission of the Eurovision Song Contest.
He was associate director on Centenary, RTÉ’s commemorative concert for the anniversary of 1916. He has had a lengthy association with Riverdance beginning with the original Eurovision Song Contest performance, followed by two years as production director worldwide of Riverdance - the Show and returning more recently as lighting designer. His music projects have included Antarctica (with David Power and Linda Buckley), and The Frost is All Over and The Well (with Tony MacMahon).