Set & Costume Designer

Katie Davenport

Selected credits

  • A Christmas Carol The Gate Theatre, Dublin
  • This Beautiful VillageAbbey Theatre, Dublin
  • The Fall of the Second Republic Corn Exchange / Abbey Theatre (Set Design)
  • Tales of Hoffmann / GriseldaIrish National Opera
  • A Midsummer Night's DreamRough Magic Theatre Company
  • Breakfast On Pluto: The MusicalLandmark Productions/GIAF (In Development)


Katie is a Set and Costume Designer based in Dublin.  She trained in Production Design for Stage and Screen at IADT and was designer in residence at The Gate Theatre in Dublin in 2017. In 2019 she represented Ireland at The Prague Quadrennial, a world exhibition of theatre design, and was nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award.

She has designed for most of the major theatre companies in Ireland including The Abbey, The Gate, Irish National Opera, Landmark Productions, Northern Irish Opera, thisispopbaby and Rough magic.  She has also associated at St. Ann’s Warehouse (New York) and The Barbican (London).

She has also worked in the art department of Ardmore studios, has designed for RTÉ and won an ICAD for Pirhanna Bar in 2016.  Katie is Vice Chair of the Irish Society of Stage & Screen Designers.

Featured work

A Christmas Carol

The Gate Theatre, Dublin
Director: Selina Cartmell
Set & Lighting Design: Ciaran Bagnall
Sound Design: Denis Clohessy
Choreography: David Bolger
Photo: Ros Kavanagh

“Costume designer Katie Davenport will surely win awards for her creations”          TN2 Magazine

★★★★★ Irish Mail on Sunday

★★★★ Irish Times, Irish Examiner, Sunday Independent, Sunday Times, TheArtsReview


This Beautiful Village

Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Writer: Lisa Tierney-Keogh
Director: David Horan
Set Design: Ciaran Bagnall
Lighting Design: SJ Shiels
Sound Design: Carl Kennedy
Photo: Pat Redmond

“A terrific new play, utterly clued in to the zeitgeist” Irish Independent 

“An absorbing, funny, challenging play as hot as today’s bread fresh from the oven”
Sunday Independent


Irish National Opera
Director: Tom Creed
Conductor: Peter Whelan
Lighting: Sinéad McKenna
Photo: Pat Redmond

“The first piece of set design you notice… are the eight screens stacked on top of a guard booth to the right of the stage…. Centre stage is a two-floor setting; above is smart, even salubrious…. It’s a tale of two worlds: privilege and power” 

The Tales of Hoffmann

Irish National Opera
Conductor: Andrew Synott
Director: Tom Creed
Lighting Design: Sinéad Mckenna
Movement Director: Paula O'Reilly
Photo: Pat Redmond
Irish National Opera Chorus & Ensemble

Best Costume Design nomination Irish Times Theatre Award 2019.

Breakfast on Pluto the Musical

Landmark Productions/GIAF
Writer: Bob Kelly
Composer: Duke Special
Director and Co-Creator: Des Kennedy
Set & Costume Design: Katie Davenport
Lighting Design: Sinéad McKenna
Photo by Colm Hogan
& Andrew Downes

The Magic Flute

Irish National Opera
Director: Caroline Staunton
Set & Lighting Design: Ciaran Bagnall
Photo by Pat Redmond

“As director, Caroline Staunton – with the abstracted Victorian designs of Ciaran Bagnall and costumes of Katie Davenport – firmly though subtly asks us to question what audiences often traditionally accept” The Irish Times

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Rough Magic, Kilkenny Arts Festival
Director: Lynn Parker
Lighting & Set Design: Sarah Jane Shiels
Photo by Ste Murray

In a show without a set, Katie Davenport’s wonderfully brash, colourful and strikingly memorable costumes acted as a key visual link throughout.”
Irish Times

“Davenport’s vibrant, quirky, colourful costumes, showing just a hint of fetish, capture a punk-like, car crash, youthful energy that’s both striking and playful.
The Arts Review

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