Colin was born and raised in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland. Where he attended Dalriada Grammar School. Whilst at school Colin was a member of The Ulster Theatre Company and The Ulster Youth Choir.
On completion of secondary school Colin trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama graduating with a first class degree in Theatre design in 2003 and the Lord Williams Prize for Design.
The same year he was a finalist in the Linbury Award for Theatre Design at the National Theatre, London.
On completion of the Linbury prize he was later awarded the commission to design for the West Yorkshire Playhouse ( now Leeds Playhouse) a theatre which he has kept close connections with having designed more than 20 shows at the venue to date.
On moving to London from Cardiff, Colin’s first job was as an assistant with the designer Bob Crowley on the original productions of ‘The History Boys’ at the National Theatre and ‘Mary Poppins’ for Disney and Cameron Mackintosh Ltd
Further assistant design work includes the series reboot of ‘DR WHO’ for the BBC 2004
Subsequent theatre training was taken at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2004- 2005. His training concluded with a design for the new works festival production of ‘Breakfast with Mugabe’ by Frazer Grace directed by Antony Sher. The show ran at the Swan Theatre in Stratford Upon Avon in 2005 and subsequently The Soho Theatre, London and finally transferred to the Duchess Theatre in London’s Westend in 2006.
In 2014 Colin was awarded companionship of The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. ( LIPA)
Colin has designed sets and costumes extensively throughout the UK, Ireland and the world.
He currently lives in South London with his husband.
Future work includes:
The Magician’s Elephant (Royal Shakepeare Company ); Carmen (Opera North); My Best Friend’s Wedding (UK Tour); The Wizard Of Oz (Curve, UK Tour); Merlin (Northern Ballet); Wendy and Peter Pan (Tokyo/ UK); Barnum (UK)