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Michael Barker-Caven

Michael Barker-Caven

Director

Awards

Productions directed by Michael have garnered a total of 20 nominations at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, including the following personal nominations:

2012 Winner of Best Opera Production, I Pagliacci

2008 Winner of Best Opera Production, The Mines of Sulphur
2006 Winner of Best Opera Production, Transformations
2002 Nominated for Special Judges Award, Tales from Ovid
2002 Nominated for Best Director, The Shape of Things
2001 Nominated for Best Director, Richard III
1998 Nominated for Best Director, Anna Karenina

CV

Michael studied History and Politics at Warwick University, and graduated from The Actors Institute, London.

Artistic Positions Held

1995 - 2004 Founder and Artistic Director, The Theatreworks Company, Dublin (renamed Ouroboros in 2004)
1995 - 2001 Freelance Acting & Directing Tutor, School of drama, Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College
2001 - 2005 Programme Director, New York University/TISCH School of the Arts Special Programmes, Dublin
2001 - 2003 Head of Creative Development, The Gate Theatre, Dublin
2011 - 2014 Artistic Director of Everyman Theatre, Cork

 

Work in Opera
2016
Barber of Seville

Wide Open Opera, Wexford Opera House and Bord Gais Energy Centre, Dublin

Des. Jamie Vartan

2015
L'Amico Fritz Danish National Opera
2014
Wuthering Heights The Gate, Dublin
Rape of Lucretia Irish Youth Opera

Der Vampyr

by Heinrich Marschner

Cork Opera House

Co-director/Conductor: John O'Brien

La boheme

Opera North

(revival director for Phyllida Lloyd's original production)

2013
Albert Herring Mid Wales Opera, Powys

Best Man

by Carmel Winters
World Premiere

Cork Festival at Everyman Theatre and Project, Dublin
2012
I Pagliacci Cork Opera House
Co-director/Conductor: John O'Brien
2011
Medea Glimmerglass Opera
2010
The Duenna English Touring Opera
2008
The Mines of Sulphur 
by Richard Rodney Bennett
Wexford International Festival Opera
2006
Transformations
by Conrad Susa
Wexford International Festival Opera
Work in Theatre
 
2014

Conservatory

by Michael West

Abbey Theatre, Dublin
2013

Best Man

by Carmel Winters

Everyman Theatre Cork / Project Theatre Dublin

Richard II

Ouroboros, Everyman Theatre Cork / Project Theatre Dublin
2011
Little Women The Gate Theatre, Dublin
2010
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
by Christopher Hampton
The Gate Theatre, Dublin
2009

October

by Fiona Looney

Olympia Theatre
Landmark Productions
2008

Shadowlands

by William Nicholson

Novello Theatre, London

Miss Julie

adapted by Frank McGuinness

Landmark Productions, Dublin
2007

Shadowlands

by William Nicholson

The Wyndham's Theatre, London

Blackbird

by David Harrower

Landmark Productions, Dublin

Alice in Wonderland

adapted by Mary E. Burke-Kennedy

Helix Theatre, Dublin
2006

Play

by Samuel Beckett

Barbican Centre/Gate Theatre

Anna Karenina

adapted by Helen Edmundson

The Gate Theatre, Dublin

Dandelions

by Fiona Looney

Olympia Theatre
Landmark Productions
2005

Old Times

by Harold Pinter

The Gate Theatre, Dublin

The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

by Edward Albee

Landmark Productions, Dublin

The Secret Garden

adapted by Neil Duffield

Helix Theatre, Dublin
2000 - 2004

Amadeus

by Peter Shaffer

Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin

Skylight

by David Hare

Landmark Productions, Dublin

Macbeth

Olympia Theatre, Dublin

Shape of Things

by Neil La Bute

The Gate Theatre, Dublin

Tales from Ovid

adapted by Ted Hughes

Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin
Richard III Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin

Therese Raquin

adapted by Nicholas Wright

The Gate Theatre, Dublin

Mutabilitie

by Frank McGuiness

Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin
1995 - 2000

Anna Karenina

adapted by Helen Edmundson

Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin

Nana adapted

by Olwen Wymark

Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin
Troilus & Cressida Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin

Venus & Adonis

Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin

The Fetishist

by Michel Tournier

Cafe Theatre, Dublin

Press

Der Vampyr (Everyman Theatre)

Irish Examiner *****

Irish Times *****

...this is a superb production...
Irish Examiner

...the high production standards are matched by a shared commitment to innovation, which provides a musical experience sparkling with surprise.

Irish Times

Conservatory (Abbey Theatre, Dublin)

Irish Times ****

Sunday Independent ****

Irish Mail on Sunday ****

Irish Independent ****
... a carefully austere production ending with a coup de théâtre...
Irish Times
...Barker-Caven’s production is faultless...
Irish Independent

La Boheme (Opera North)

...attentively revived by Michael Barker-Caven - scores the bull's eye.'
The Dialy Telegraph

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