Costume Designer

Catherine Fay

Selected credits

  • The Crucible (Upcoming)National Theatre
  • 14 Voices from the Bloodied FieldAbbey Theatre
  • EmbargoFishamble/Iarnród Éireann/Dublin Port Company
  • Näher......closer, nearer, sooner Liz Roche Dance Company
  • Orfeo and EuridiceIrish National Opera/United Fall
  • The Threepenny OperaGate Theatre


Catherine is an award winning Costume Designer for theatre, dance and opera.  She was selected as one of the artists to represent Ireland at The Prague Quadrennial 2019.  Her extensive experience has seen her design for most of Ireland’s major companies including Abbey Theatre,  Liz Roche Dance Company, Irish National Opera,  Gate Theatre, Landmark Productions and Emma Martin Dance.

Dogs for Emma Martin Dance was the Winner for Best Production and Best Design at the ABSOLUT Fringe Festival 2012.  Catherine received nominations for Best Costume Design Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in 2017 for  Abbey Theatre production of Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and The Stars, and in 2014 for Breaking Dad (Landmark Productions) and Our Few and Evil Days (Abbey Theatre).

Catherine’s latest production will be The Crucible on the Olivier Stage at The National Theatre, directed by Lindsey Turner ( Top Girls, Under Milk Wood) in September 2022.


Featured work

The Crucible (Upcoming)

Olivier Theatre, National Theatre
Director: Lindsey Turner
Set Design: Es Devlin
Costume Design: Catherine Fay
Lighting Design: Tim Lutkin
Sound Design: Tingying Dong

Arthur Miller’s gripping parable of power and its abuse returns in an urgent new staging by director Lyndsey Turner (Under Milk WoodTop Girls).


Fishamble: The New Play Company
In association with Iarnród Éireann and Dublin Port Company
Written by Deirdre Kinahan
Directed by Maisie Lee
Lighting & Set: Zia Bergin-Holly
​Music & Sound: Denis Clohessy
Produced by Eva Scanlan

Bastard Amber

Liz Roche Company
Choreography and concept: Liz Roche
Set Design: Paul Wills
Lighting Design: Lee Curran
Music Composition: Ray Harman

Co-commissioned by the Abbey Theatre, Dublin Dance Festival and Kilkenny Arts Festival the work’s premiere at Dublin Dance Festival in May 2015 was the first time ever for an Irish choreographer to be commissioned to create a full length dance work for the main stage of Ireland’s National Theatre.


The Threepenny Opera

Gate Theatre, Dublin
Director: Wayne Jordan
Music Director: Cathal Synnott
Set Design: Ciarán O'Melia
Lighting Designer: Simon Mills
Choreographer: Philip Connaughton

The Return of Ulysses

Opera Collective Ireland/Kilkenny Arts Festival
Conductor: Christian Curnyn
Director: Patrick Mason
Set & Lighting Design: Paul Keogan

“… a Ulysses to remember, which is unlikely to be equalled on these shores for some time” ***** Financial Times

“The musical equivalent of the world’s best chef using just a clutch of the finest ingredients” The Irish Times

“A multiplicity of elements that made for a rare and memorable night of music and drama” **** Irish Examiner


Emma Martin Dance Company
Dublin Dance Festival/Samuel Beckett Theatre
Created by Emma Martin
Producer: Jen Coppinger
Lighting: Sarah Ann Shiels
Set: Sarah Jane Shiels & Emma Martin
Music and live performance: Nick Roth, Francesco Turrisi, Olesya Zdorovetska, Oleg Ponomarev

Performed by and created in collaboration with: Neil Brown, Justine Cooper, Oona Doherty, Simon Jaymes Humphrey, Raymond Keane.

Photography: Luca Truffarelli and Ros Kavanagh

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