Michael Barker-Caven

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Director

Awards

2016 Winner of Best Opera Production The Barber of Seville

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 

Productions directed by Michael have garnered a total of 20 nominations at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards including;

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

Artistic Positions Held

2016 - Present Artistic Director of The Civic Theatre, Dublin 2011 - 2014 Artistic Director of Everyman Theatre, Cork 2001 - 2003 Head of Creative Development, The Gate Theatre, Dublin 2001 - 2005 Programme Director, New York University/TISCH School of the Arts Special Programmes, Dublin 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


Michael has been Artistic Director of The Civic Theatre in Dublin since 2016. He studied History and Politics at Warwick University, and graduated from The Actors Institute, London.


The Barber of Seville - Wide Open Opera
What makes the production work so well is that all the characters are carefully drawn. The scheming shows real strengths on both sides, and the outcome is not to be taken as a foregone conclusion… a night to remember.’
— Irish Times ★★★★
Suor Angelica / Il tabarro - Opera North
(Two) brilliantly successful productions.’
— ★★★★ Bach Track
La Boheme (Opera North)
...attentively revived by Michael Barker-Caven - scores the bull’s eye.
— The Daily Telegraph

Gallery


2018

Production

Company

Aida Irish National Opera, Set & Costume Des. Joe Vanek

2016

Production

Company

Barber of Seville Wide Open Opera, Wexford Opera House & Bord Gais Energy Centre, Des. Jamie Vartan
Suor Angelica / Il tabarro (Revival) Opera North

2015

Production

Company

L'Amico Fritz Danish National Opera
The Bloody Irish PBS TV Special, USA

2014

Production

Company

Wuthering Heights The Gate, Dublin
Rape of Lucretia Irish Youth Opera
Der Vampyr Cork Opera House
La bohème Opera North (revival director for Phyllida Lloyd's original production)
Conservatory Abbey Theatre, Peacock, Dublin

2013

Production

Company

Albert Herring Mid Wales Opera, Powys
Best Man Cork Festival at Everyman Theatre and Project, Dublin
Anglo, the Musical Kite/Bord Gais Theatre, Dublin
Richard II Abbey/Everyman/Ouroboros, Cork & Dublin
Best Man Everyman, Cork/Project, Dublin