Simon Corder – very short biography

Award winning designer Simon Corder has completed over 350 projects. His practice embraces lighting for performance, set & production design, light-art, zoo design, event production, lighting for exhibitions, and photography.

Simon Corder – short biography

Award winning designer Simon Corder left school in 1978 and joined the circus as a ring boy.

Opera includes productions for: La Scala, Milan; English National Opera; The Royal Opera House Covent Garden; LA Opera; Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; Greek National Opera; Teatro Regio di Parma; Teatro delle Muse, Ancona; Teatro Lirico di Cagliari; Teatro Verdi di Pisa; Opéra Municipal, Marseille; Opera Holland Park, London; Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, NY; Opera North, Leeds; Operosa, Bulgaria/Serbia/Montenegro; Palau des les Arts, Valencia; OTC, Ireland; Angers Nantes Opera; English Touring Opera; Scottish Opera, Glasgow; Welsh National Opera, Cardiff; Wexford Festival Opera; Hobart Baroque, Tasmania. He designed projections for Operama’s stadium Aida, widely seen in Europe and South America. He was nominated for an Irish Times Irish Theatre Award in 2013.

1988-1994 Simon created lighting for the Night Safari attraction in Singapore, the first night-time zoo in the world – since visited by over twenty million people. He went on to light the second, in Guangzhou, which opened in 2000. He has worked as a designer and consultant for Yerevan Zoo, Armenia; Jardin Zoologique de Rabat; Paignton Zoo, Cornwall; Night Safari, Xiamen; Taipei City Zoo; Twycross Zoo, England.

Currently: he is a regular advisor and designer at Artis Zoo, Amsterdam; he is revising the light installation of Night Safari, Singapore; and he is working with Chimelong Safari Park to develop their attraction lighting for evening opening in 2017.

Theatre includes productions for: The Bush Theatre; Lumiere & Son; The Lyric Hammersmith; The National Theatre; Peter Hall Company; Royal Shakespeare Company; Royal Court. His work has appeared several times in the West End, and he was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2004.

Major musicals include: Dancing Shadows, Seoul Arts Center; Arirang, LG Arts Center, Seoul; Frank’s Closet, Hoxton Hall, London.

Dance productions include set and lighting for The Featherstonehaughs and The Cholmondeleys 1994-2010, and several site specific works with Stephen Koplowitz in Britain and Germany. In 2009 and 2011 he designed set and lighting for dance-theatre pieces for Jochen Ulrich at the Landestheater, Linz.

Simon makes his own installation and art works including fluorescent pieces Bough 1 (London, 2004) – winner of the Lighting Design Awards 2006 ‘special projects’ category; Bough 2 (Glasgow 2006); Winter Garden (Durham 2009). Standing Still (2002) was a night walk through the ancient oaks of Sherwood Forest. Cascade (2006) was a site-specific event in and around the Cascade at The Alnwick Garden, commissioned for a world cultural summit. Fogscape #03238 was made in collaboration with Fujiko Nakaya for the Lumiere Festival in Durham (2015).