Mae Leahy

Mae Leahy

Mae Leahy is a cos­tume designer, pri­mar­ily for stage.

Orig­i­nally from Water­ford, she is based in Dublin and is a grad­u­ate of Drama and The­atre Stud­ies in Trin­ity Col­lege.

Mae has designed for com­pa­nies such as Dead Cen­tre, Four Rivers, Corn Exchange, ANU, Gift Horse and the National Youth The­atre at the Abbey The­atre. She has a par­tic­u­lar inter­est in new writ­ing and devised prac­tices, imple­ment­ing design in a production’s world-​building from the very begin­ning of the process.

Her cred­its include To Be A Machine (ver­sion 2.0), Good Sex (both Dead Cen­tre); Like We Were Born To Move (National Youth The­atre on the Pea­cock stage); Blue Thun­der (Cathal Cleary & Kelly Phe­lan co-​production); Isla, Happy Birth­day Dear Alice, Black­bird and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Four Rivers); The Wan­der­ing Rocks (ANU); Dublin­ers (Corn Exchange 2022); Blis­ter (Síofra O Mara & Sinead Gal­lagher); Tess, Twelfth Night and War and Peace (Gift Horse The­atre); and In Heat (Philom­ena Pro­duc­tions).

Upcom­ing design work includes Don’t Copy Me with Gift Horse The­atre as part of the Samuel Beck­ett Theatre’s 30th anniver­sary; The­atre For One with Land­mark pro­duc­tions as part of the Cork Mid­sum­mer Fes­ti­val. Good Sex will also fea­ture as part of the Cork Mid­sum­mer Fes­ti­val pogramme, at the Every­man Theatre.

Mae is also design­ing the 2024 Spraoi Parade in Water­ford. Fur­ther pro­duc­tions to be announced.

She was awarded an Arts Coun­cil bur­sary in 2021 for her explo­ration and inter­est in designer-​led the­atre prac­tices.

She is a found­ing mem­ber of Gift Horse The­atre, a the­atre com­pany ded­i­cated to mak­ing sus­tain­able work with a focus on play­ful adap­ta­tions of clas­sic texts.