Ellan Parry is an award-winning designer of sets, costumes and video for theatre, opera and live art. They are currently pursuing a PhD in performance, gender and queer studies at the University of Brighton, and maintain a personal visual and live art practice. Their work focuses increasingly on queer themes and explorations of performative gender.
Recent notable work includes the Olivier Award-Winning Rotterdam, by Jon Brittain, which played in the West End and New York between 2015 and 2017, and made theatre history as the first play featuring a trans character, and designed by a trans person, to win an Olivier. Rotterdam returns for a national tour in 2018.
Other recent designs include the world premiere of Belongings by Lewis Murphy, for Glyndebourne Opera, The Magna Carta Plays season at Salisbury Playhouse, directed by Gareth Machin and featuring world premieres of work by Anders Lustgarten, Howard Brenton and Timberlake Wertenbaker, new opera Neige by Catherine Kontz, Grand Theatre de Luxembourg, Noye’s Fludde at the Southbank Centre, The Miser, directed by Nancy Meckler in a new version by Martin Sherman, and the regional premier of Posh, at Nottingham and Salisbury Playhouses.
Forthcoming design work includes Effigies of Wickedness, directed by Ellen McDougall at The Gate Theatre, London.
Ellan is a previous winner of the Jocelyn Herbert Award, and a Linbury Prize Finalist. They trained at Wimbledon and Motley.