Sheelagh Killeen

Sheelagh Killeen Rees

Sheelagh Killeen Rees studied at Tiffins then Wimbledon College of Art, Theatre Department and completed a post-graduate course at Slade School of Fine Art, University College London where she also studied stage design.

She started work at Covent Garden, the Old Vic and Sadler’s Wells, working in different departments before being employed as Assistant Designer to Adrian Vaux at the Mermaid Theatre for three years of tenure. There she designed the costumes and sometimes sets for many productions.

Sheelagh moved onto the BBC Costumes Department in Birmingham before working for ABC TV where she spent 11 years at the ATV Elstree Studios becoming a Senior Costume Designer working on many big Period productions including Life of Nelson directed by Simon Langton, and filming in Italy for Life of Disraalie directed by Claude Whatham .

Sheelagh created costumes for Bubbling Brown Sugar, the west end musical re-realised for television. She became a freelance costume designer and worked on films Sweet William and Buddy’s Song for Don Boyd Productions.

Sheelagh created 200 costumes for Giordano’s Opera, Andrea Chenier, for the Welsh National Opera Company and 1,000 Costumes for Forbidden Territory, directed by Simon Langton, for Hallmark Productions, filmed in Kenya, Africa.

Sheelagh was on the board of FOCO NOVO Theatre Company and designed costumes for their Productions A Seventh Man, Play Mas, Puntila, Snap and Bloody Poetry.

After a career as a costume designer Sheelagh started her own Company Art/Lit Consultancy Ltd promoting writers to publishers and artists to galleries.

Sheelagh is Treasurer of The Alfred Fagon Award and has been associated with it since it began. She is the Award archivist and sits on the judging panel for the Best New Play of the Year Award.