Joe has been designing for most of the major theatre, opera and dance companies in Ireland since 1984. He was Director of Design at the Abbey Theatre from 1995-97, and Design Associate for the Wexford Festival Opera from 2006-08. His work is closely associated with the plays of Brien Friel, including Dancing at Lughansa, Wonderful Tennessee, Molly Sweeney and Performances. Designs for Liz Roche Company include I/Thou 2018, Pilgrimage 2018, 12 Minute Dances 2017 – Interloper 2014 – Bread and Circus 2008 – I Can’t Make It Alone 2007 and Resuscitate 2004.
He has also designed new plays by many of Ireland’s leading writers including John Banville, Sebastian Barry, Marina Carr, Hugo Hamilton, Tom Kilroy, Hugh Leonard, Tom MacIntyre, Frank McGuinness, Tom Murphy and Stewart Parker.
Recent designs include Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily we Roll Along at the Lir and Aida for Irish National Opera at the Bord Gais Theatre Dublin.
Liz Roche Company is strategically funded by the Arts Council and supported by Dublin City Council