Lighting Designer, Screen Director

John Comiskey


John is a Director and Designer for set, lighting and video working across theatre, film and TV. He is based in Dublin.  He was curator and designer of the Irish participation at the Prague Quadrennial Exhibition of World Theatre Design in 2007.

His many designs for the Abbey Theatre includes; lighting for Joyce’s WomenKicking a Dead Horse, The Drawer Boy and The Doctor’s Dilemma set, lighting and video for Hamlet and set and lighting for Shape of Metal (co-designed with Alan Farquharson). Other theatre credits include set, lighting and video design for Phaedra and Sodome, My Love (Rough Magic), lighting for L’Orfeo (Opera Theatre Company), Dodgems (CoisCéim Dance Theatre), set and lighting for Mermaids, Hanging on by a Thread (CoisCéim Dance Theatre), A Particle of Dread (Field Day Theatre Company) and Copenhagen (Rough Magic Theatre Company) Winner of an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Design.

For Film/TV his directing credits include the dance film Hit and Run and the documentaries Behind the Walls, The Wren’s Day and The Berlin of Agnes Bernelle.  Filmed concerts include Celtic Woman, Brian Kennedy, Liam Lawton, Ronan Tynan (PBS television), Tammy Wynette and Johnny Cash (RTÉ) and The Eurovision Song Contest. As a director for RTÉ his credits included Nighthawks, Today Tonight, The Blackbird, The Bell and many special events.

Featured work


Pavilion Theatre/ Town Hall, Galway
Written by Colin Murphy
Directed by Conall Morrison
Set Design by Liam Doona
Costume Design by Catherine Fay
Lighting Design by John Comiskey
Composition & Sound Design by Simon Kenny

Joyce's Women

Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Writer: Edna O'Brien
Director: Conall Morrison
Set Design: Sabine Dargent
Costume Design: Joan O'Clery
Lighting Design: Ben Ormerod
Composer: Conor Linehan
Short Film Directed by John Comiskey

“Edna O’Brien’s powerful play is a fascinating portrait of a fellow writer” The Guardian ****

The Bailout

Virgin Media One/John Kelleher Media
Written by Colin Murphy
Adapted from his original stage play Bailed Out! for Fishamble.

John Comiskey, Conall Morrison
Director of Photography
John Comiskey

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