Timothy O’Brien

Born in India

1949–1952

Cambridge University

1952–1953

Henry Fellowship at Yale University

1956–1966

Head of Design ABC Television, London

1966–1988

Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company

1988–

Honorary Associate Artist of the RSC

1984–1991

Chairman of the Society of British Theatre Designers

1975

Joint winner of the Gold Medal for set design at the Prague Quadriennale

1991

Joint winner of the Golden Triga for the Best National Exhibit at the PQ

1991

Commissioner General of the British Participation

1991

Appointed a Royal Designer for Industry

1999–2001

Master of the Faculty of Royal Designers for Industry

1999–2008

Member of the RSA Council

2000–2002

Director of the RDI Summer School at Dartington Hall

1998

Established Highwater Jones Limited with Jenny Jones

2009

Trustee of The Useful Simple Trust

Early in his career, he worked on productions of plays by Ionesco, Pinter and Beckett. In addition to his work for the Royal Shakespeare Company, he has designed productions for the Royal Opera, the English National Opera and the National Theatre. He has worked at La Comédie Française, the Berlin Opera, the Vienna State Opera, the Kirov Opera in Leningrad, La Scala Milan, The Birmingham Opera Company and in New York, Amsterdam, Oslo, Gothenburg, Adelaide, Sydney, Athens, Geneva and Cologne. In 1978, he designed Evita, jointly with Tazeena Firth. This production was later presented in New York and worldwide. In 2009, he completed The Ring, directed by Graham Vick at Teatro Naçional di Sao Carlos in Lisbon.

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