Previously at Chichester Associate Designer for Running Wild (CFT/Regent’s Park); Puppetry Design and Direction for Beauty and the Beast (Festival Theatre).
Nick Barnes co-founded the puppetry company Blind Summit Theatre, where for many years he was joint artistic director. He now runs a studio in Hove designing and making puppets for theatre and film.
With Blind Summit his puppetry designs included Madame Butterfly (ENO/Metropolitan Opera), A Dog’s Heart (ENO/DNO), Shunkin and The Master and Margarita (Complicité), El Gato Con Botas (Tectonic Theatre), On Emotion (Soho Theatre), Faeries (Royal Opera House), His Dark Materials (Birmingham Rep/WYP). In 2012 he co-directed the puppetry in Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony for the London Olympic Games.
Other recent puppetry credits for opera and theatre include co-design for The Life of Pi (Sheffield Crucible), The Lorax (Old Vic), Ariodante (Festival d'Aix-en-Provence/DNO), the Angel’s wings in Angels in America (NT London and Broadway), Ten Pieces Proms (Royal Albert Hall), Dr Dolittle (UK tour); co-direction and design of The First Hippo on the Moon (Les Enfants Terribles, UK tour); design and direction Mr Popper’s Penguins (UK tour/West End/Broadway), The Little Beasts (The Other Palace), The Jungle Book (Royal & Derngate Northampton); plus a major film project for Disney and a new stage show for Disneyland Paris.
Nick studied drama at Hull University and theatre design at the Slade School of Fine Art.