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Zia Bergin-Holly

Lighting & Set Designer

The Night Alive, Director Conor McPherson, Lighting Zia Bergin Holly, Photography © Ros Kavanagh (1)

Zia is a lighting and set designer. She designs for theatre, dance, opera and live music events. She works internationally and has a base in both the UK and Ireland. She recently won the 2017 Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Lighting Design for her design of Pan Pan Theatre Company’s 2016 production of ‘The Importance of Nothing’.

​Zia is a graduate of Drama and Theatre Studies, Trinity College Dublin where she specialised in lighting and set design. She went on to participate on the Rough Magic SEEDS Programme 2012-2013 and is currently the Resident Associate Designer with Pan Pan Theatre.

​Her work has included designs for performances as part of the Dublin and Belfast Theatre Festivals, The Dublin Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe, IPAY, On The Edge, Kilkenny Arts, Baboró and 10 Days In Dublin festivals, as well as assistant design credits for performances on the West End. More recently, she has designed for Northern Stage, Dante or Die and English Theatre Frankfurt, among others.

Upcoming work includes lighting Ghost Girl for Camden People’s Theatre, and lighting Apologia for English Theatre Frankfurt.

Selected Theatre Credits

2018

Bullet Tongue
Sets
Big House, London
director: Maggue Norris // lighting: Michael Harpur // design: Zia Bergin-Holly

Pravda
Lighting
Arts Educational Schools, London
director: Jennifer Tang // design: Helen Coyston // lighting: Zia Bergin-Holly

The Bystander
Lighting
Dublin Theatre Festival // Irish Tour
creation, directors and choreographers: Jessica Kennedy & Megan Kennedy // sets: Sabine Dargent // lighting: Zia Bergin-Holly

The Misfits
Sets & Lighting
The Corn Exchange, Dublin Theatre Festival
director: Annie Ryan // costumes: Saileóg O’Halloran // sets & lighting: Zia Bergin-Holly

The Lion in Winter
Lighting
English Theatre Frankfurt
director: Derek Anderson // sets and costumes: Alyson Cummins // lighting: Zia Bergin-Holly

User Not Found
Lighting & Sets
Dante or Die, UK Tour
director: Daphna Attias // costumes & design assistance: Alessia Mallardo // lighting & sets: Zia Bergin-Holly

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
Lighting
director: Mark Calvert // design: Rhys Jarman // lighting: Zia Bergin-Holly

The Importance of Nothing
Lighting
Pan Pan Theatre, Dublin // Irish Tour
director: Gavin Quinn // sets: Aedín Cosgrove // lighting: Zia Bergin-Holly

Hand to God
Lighting
English Theatre Frankfurt
director: Derek Anderson // sets and costumes: Rachel Stone // lighting: Zia Bergin-Holly

2017

They Called Her Vivaldi (Revival, original 2016)
Lighting and Sets
Theatre Lovett // The Abbey Theatre, Peacock Stage, Dublin and
Irish National Tour// Capitol Theatre // Overture Arts Centre // Madison Wisconsin
Director Carl Kennedy and Muireann Ahern

Melt
Lighting
Rough Magic // Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin
Director Lynne Parker

The Shitstorm
Lighting and Sets
The Abbey Theatre (Peacock stage) and Dublin Fringe Festival
Director Maeve Stone

You Forgot The Mince
Lighting
Imagine If Theatre // Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Fringe
Director Stephen Whitson

Annie
Lighting
Cork Opera House
Director Ronan Phelan

The Ladykillers
Lighting
The Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Director Jimmy Fay
Lighting Designer

The Importance of Being Earnest
Lighting
Bruiser Theatre // The MAC, Belfast
Director Lisa May

Before Monsters Were Made (Revival)
Lighting and Sets
15th Oak // Irish National Tour
Director Ronan Phelan and Ben Kidd

Benighted
Lighting
Damien Tracey Productions // The Old Red Lion
Director Stephen Whitson

2016

The Importance of Nothing
Lighting
PAN PAN // Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Director Gavin Quinn

The Nest
Lighting
The Lyric Theatre Belfast and The Young Vic London
Director Ian Rickson

GRACE JONES: Bloodlight and Bami
Dublin Unit: Production Designer
Olympia Theatre Dublin // Musical of My Life Films DAC
Director Sophie Fiennes

FABRIC
Lighting
Robin Rayner Productions Ltd. in association with TREMers // English National Tour and Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe
Director Tom O’Brien

Northern Star
Lighting and Sets
Rough Magic // The Project Arts Centre, Dublin // The Tron, Glasgow // The Lyric Theatre, Belfast.
Director Lynne Parker

Inhabitance
Lighting and Sets
Glass Doll Productions // Project Arts Centre, Cube Theatre, Dublin
Director Ronan Phelan

East of Berlin
Lighting
Brinkmanship Theatre // Project Arts Centre, Cube Theatre, Dublin
Director Lee Wilson

The Dead
Lighting and Stage Design
Dublin Theatre Festival // Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin
Director Conor McPherson

Enjoy
Lighting
Rough Magic // Project Arts Centre, Cube Theatre, Dublin
Director Zoe Reardon

Anna Bella Eema
Lighting
Rough Magic // Project Arts Centre, Cube Theatre, Dublin
Director Shane Ward

The Night Alive
Lighting
The Lyric Theatre, Belfast // Dublin Theatre Festival // The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin
Director Conor McPherson

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel
Lighting and Sets
Theatre Lovett // Smock Alley, Boys School, Dublin
Director Muireann Ahern and Louis Lovett

East of Berlin
Lighting
The Lir Academy // The Lir, Studio 2, Dublin
Director Lee Wilson

Saints and Sinners
Lighting and Sets
Mouth on Fire // The New Theatre, Dublin
Director Cathal Quinn

Teanga an Ghrá
Lighting
Guthanna Binne Síoraí // The New Theatre, Dublin
Director Tristan Rosenstock

Before Monsters Were Made
Lighting and sets
15th Oak // Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Director Ben Kidd

HUMAN CHILD (Revival)
Lighting and Sets
Collapsing Horse // Irish National Tour
Director Dan Colley

Northern Star
Lighting and Sets
The Lir Academy, Studio 1, Dublin
Director Lynne Parker

FUSED (revival)
Lighting and Sets
Director Dan Bergin
Project Arts Centre, Cube Theatre, Dublin

2014

On The Wire
Lighting
Wildebeest Theatre // The Sailor’s Home, Limerick
Director Terry O’Donovan

Mavericks
Lighting
Mavericks Theatre Co. // Theatre Upstairs, Dublin
Director Nick Lee

The Unquiet Grave of Garcia Lorca
Lighting
Theatre Sotto Voce // The Drayton Arms, London
Director Hamish McDougal

Reckoners
Lighting and Set
15th Oak // The Lir, Studio 1, Dublin
Director Dan Herd

Everlasting Voices
Lighting and Sets
Guthana Binne Síoraí // Samuel Beckett Theatre, TCD, Dublin
Director Tristan Rosenstock

HUMAN CHILD (Revival)
Lighting and Sets
Collapsing Horse // Underbelly, Edinburgh Fringe
Director Dan Colley

The Last 5 Years
Lighting and Sets
Trees Rd Productions // Project Arts Centre // Cube Theatre, Dublin
Director Christopher Collins

The Separation
Lighting
Pixilated // Project Arts Centre // Cube Theatre, Dublin
Director Simon Evans

LAMBO (Revival)
Lighting and sets
Underscore_Productions // Irish National Tour
Director Ronan Phelan

Flesh and Blood Women
Lighting
Green Shoot Productions // Grand Opera House // Baby Grand Studio, Belfast and National Tour
Director Noreen Kershaw

Assassins
Lighting and Sets
Rough Magic // Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Director Ronan Phelan

2013

Way To Heaven
Lighting and Sets
Rough Magic // Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Director Rosemary McKenna

LAMBO
Lighting and Sets
Underscore_Productions // The New Theatre, Dublin
Director Ronan Phelan

FUSED
Lighting and Sets
The Lir, Studio 1, Dublin
Director Dan Bergin

HUMAN CHILD
Lighting and Sets
Collapsing Horse // Smock Alley, Boys School, Dublin and Mermaid Arts Centre, Co Wicklow
Director Dan Colley

BROADENING (Revival)
Lighting and Sets
Glass Doll Productions // The Project Arts Centre, Cube Theatre, Dublin
Director Ronan Phelan

Broken Promise Land
Lighting and Sets
Stones Throw // Theatre Upstairs, Dublin
Director Aoife Spillaine Hinks

Clear_The_Air
Lighting and Sets
Underscore_Productions // Theatre Upstairs, Dublin
Director Ronan Phelan

2012

BROADENING
Lighting and Sets
Glass Doll Productions // The Lir, Studio 2 Dublin
Director Ronan Phelan

Anna In Between
Lighting and Sets
Pillow Talk // The Players Theatre, TCD, Dublin
Director Rosemary McKenna

Love in the Title
Lighting
Room To Move // The New Theatre, Dublin
Director David Ferguson

Durang Durang
Lighting and Sets
Brazen Tales // The Project Arts Centre, Cube Theatre, Dublin
Director Ronan Phelan

Purple
Lighting
Edwina Casey // Cube Theatre, Dublin // Project Arts Centre
Director Edwina Casey

Does Anybody Ever
Lighting
The Children // The Players Theatre, TCD, Dublin
Director Sophie Meehan

2011

Do You Read Me?
Lighting
Talking Shop Ensemble and Shaun Dunne // Smock Alley, Boys School, Dublin
Director Oonagh Murphy

MaDam
Lighting
Eleonore Nicholas // The Pearse Centre, Dublin
Director Eleonore Nicholas

Bedbound (Revival)
Sets
Pillow Talk // The New Theatre Dublin
Director Rosemary McKenna

The Living End
Lighting and Sets
Pillow Talk // The New Theatre
Director Rosemary McKenna

Lovers
Lighting
Room to Move // The New Theatre
Director David Ferguson

I’m a Homebird (Its Very Hard)
Lighting
Talking Shop Ensemble and Shaun Dunne // The Project Arts Centre, Cube Theatre, Dublin
Director Oonagh Murphy

Bedbound
Sets
Pillow Talk // The Samuel Beckett Theatre, TCD
Director Rosemary McKenna

Reunion
Lighting
The New Theatre // The New Theatre and National Tour
Director Ronan Wilmot

Paperboy
Lighting
Engine Thirteen // Project Arts Centre, Cube Theatre, Dublin
Director Tara Robinson

2010

Oedipus The King
Lighting
Classic Stage Ireland // Project Arts Centre, Cube Theatre, Dublin
Director Andy Hinds

The Pillowman
Sets
DU Players // The Players Theatre, TCD, Dublin
Director Rosemary McKenna

Disco Pigs
Lighting
DU Players // The Players Theatre, TCD, Dublin
Director Tara Robinson

Dance Credits

2017

Romeo & Juliet (Revival, original 2012)
Lighting Designer
Ballet Ireland // Irish National Tour
Choreography Morgann Runacre-Temple

Images Ballet Company 2017 Tour
Lighting Designer
Images Ballet Company (London Studio Centre) // UK Tour
Choreography Jennifer Jackson, Matthew Hart, Morgann Runacre-Temple, Liz Aggiss

2015

Unspoken
Lighting Designer
Rough Magic Project Arts Centre, Cube Theatre, Dublin
Choreography Aisling McCormick

2012

The Nutcracker
Lighting Designer
Ballet Ireland Gaeity Theatre, Dublin and UK and Irish Tour
Choreography Morgann Runacre-Temple

A Christmas Tale and The Nutcracker Suite
Lighting and Set Designer
Irish National Youth Ballet // Pavilion Theatre, Dublin
Choreography Stephen Brennan

The Little Mermaid, String Serenade and Kiss me Kate
Lighting Designer
Irish National Youth Ballet // O’Reilly Theatre and Civic Theatre, Dublin
Choreography Stephen Brennan, Kilian O’Callaghan, Sarah Thornton

2011

The Snow Queen and The Nutcracker Suite
Lighting Designer
Irish National Youth Ballet
O’Reilly Theatre and Pavilion Theatre, Dublin
Choreography Stephen Brennan

2010

The Nutcracker
Lighting Designer
Irish National Youth Ballet
O’Reilly Theatre and Pavilion Theatre, Dublin
Choreography Katherine Lewis

The Work The Work
Lighting Designer
Fitzgerald and Stapleton // Project Arts Centre, Cube Theatre, Dublin
Choreography Emma Fitzgerald and Áine Stapleton

2009

Lulu
Lighting and Set Designer
Samuel Beckett Theatre // TCD, Dublin
Choreography Emma Martin

Opera Credits

#BURNED (The Death By Fire of Giordano Bruno)
Lighting and Sets
META PRODUCTIONS // Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny and Mermaid Theatre, Bray
Director Eric Fraad

The Perfect American
Assistant Lighting Designer
English National Opera / Teatro Real Madrid // London Coliseum
Director Phelim McDermitt

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