Lighting Designer

Katy Morison

Selected credits

  • A Dead Body In TaosFuel Productions/ Bristol Old Vic/ Wilton's Music Hall
  • The Wife of Cyncoed/ A Hero of the PeopleSherman Theatre
  • The Suspicions of Mr WhicherThe Watermill Theatre
  • Waldo’s Circus of Magic & TerrorExtraordinary Bodies/ Bristol Old Vic/ UK Tour
  • CinderellaChester Storyhouse
  • Typical GirlsClean Break/Sheffield Crucible
  • The Glee ClubUK Tour/Out of Joint


Katy is a Lighting Designer working across theatre, opera, dance and live performance.  She is also a lecturer and supervisor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Her recent designs include:  A Dead Body in Taos directed by Rachel Bagshaw (Fuel Productions/ Bristol Old Vic/ Wilton’s Music Hall), Cinderella (Chester Storyhouse), Waldo’s Circus of Magic & Terror  (Extraordinary Bodies/ Bristol Old Vic/UK Tour), The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (Watermill Theatre), Typical Girls directed by Roisin McBrinn (Clean Break/Sheffield Crucible),  Anthem (Wales Millenium Centre), A Tale of Two Cities (Lost Dog/UK Tour), The Glee Club directed by Kate Wasserberg (Out of Joint/UK Tour),   A Gig for Ghosts (45 North/ Soho Theatre), The In-Between (NYAW/ Theatre Clywd), The Wife of CyncoedThe Snow Queen (Sherman Theatre) and The Violence Series  (The Other Room).

Featured work

A Dead Body in Taos

Bristol Old Vic/ Wilton's Music Hall
Writer: David Farr
Director: Rachel Bagshaw
Designer: Ti Green
Lighting Design: Katy Morison
Sound Design & Composition: Ben and Max Ringham
Video Design: Sarah Readman

‘an existential mystery exploring what constitutes humanness and how we can be truly free’
★★★★ The Guardian

‘Katy’s Morison’s lighting design was… striking and effective‘  North West End UK

★★★★ Financial Times
★★★★ The Stage


The Watermill Theatre, Newbury
Directed by Kate Budgen
Design by Amy Jane Cook
Lighting Design by Katy Morison
Sound Design and Composition by Beth Duke
Projection Design by Rachel Sampley

‘Beautifully, with fleeting changes of voice, posture and lighting (by Katy Morison), characters move between conversations 20 years apart.’
★★★★ The Guardian

‘with sharply shifting lighting courtesy of Katy Morrison…a stylish and evocative design has been crafted’
★★★★ Broadway World

★★★★ The Times


Chester Storyhouse
Written by Samantha O’Rourke
Directed by Hannah Noone
Designed by Jacob Hughes
Lighting design by Katy Morison
Sound design by Sam Jones

 ★★★★ The Stage

★★★★★ CheshireLive

Waldo's Circus of Magic & Terror

Bristol Old Vic/UK Tour/ Extraordinary Bodies
Co-Written by Hattie Naylor and Jamie Beddard
Co-Directed by Claire Hodgson and Billy Alwen
Designed by Ti Green
Lighting Design by Katie Morison
Sound Design by Andy Rose

★★★★ The Guardian


Typical Girls

Clean Break/Sheffield Crucible
Written by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
Directed by Roisîn McBrinn
Designed by Kat Heath
Lighting Design by Katie Morison

A Tale of Two Cities

Lost Dog Dance
Devised by Ben Duke and the Company
Director: Ben Duke
Associate Director: Pip Duke
Designer: Amber Vandenhoeck
Lighting Designer: Katy Morison
Projection Designer: Will Duke

A Gig for Ghosts

45 North/ Soho Theatre
Written by Fran Bush
Music by Becky CJ
Designed by Erin Guan
Lighting Design by Katy Morison

‘A joyous musical meditation on love and death’
★★★★ The Guardian

★★★★ The Stage


The Glee Club

Out of Joint Theatre Company
Written by Richard Cameron
Director: Kate Wasserberg
Designer: Mark Bailey
Sound: Dyfan Jones
Photo by Marc Brenner

“This gorgeous play by Richard Cameron – revived with tender élan by Kate Wasserberg – zeroes in with extraordinary skill.”
★★★★ The Times


Wales Millenium Centre
Director: Alice Eklund
Set Designer: Jacob Hughes
Costume Designer: Delyth Evans
Lighting Designer: Katy Morison
Video Designer: Zsolt Balogh
Sound Designer: Tic Ashfield


Welsh National Youth Opera
Music: Peter Maxwell Davies
Libretto: David Poutney
Director: Polly Graham
Design: Gabriella Slade
Projection Design: Will Duke
Movement Director: Jo Fong
Photo by Kirsten McTernan

“At once inspiring and appalling, and with an immediacy that was sometimes as brutal as the tyranny being portrayed, here was documentary opera at its most compelling.”   The Guardian

Alice in Wonderland

Sherman Theatre
Adaption by Mike Kenny
Director: Rachel O'Riordan
Design: Hayley Grindle
Composer & Musical Director:
Lucy Rivers
Sound: Ian Barnard
Photo by Mark Douet

“Quirky, entertaining and emotionally resonant staging of Lewis Carroll’s classic.”
★★★★ The Stage


The Other Room
Written by Hywel John
Director: Kate Wasserberg
Designer: Mark Bailey
Sound: Dyfan Jones
Photo by Aenne Pallasca

“Sound and lighting effects add to the enthralling intensity of the piece, punctuating shifts in the narrative, and giving the scene an unearthly menacing quality when the play calls for it.”   ★★★★

Peggy's Song

National Theatre Wales
Written by Katherine Chandler
Director: Phil Clark
Design: Carl Davies
Sound: Sion Orgon
Cast: Christian Patterson
Photo by Glenn Edwards

“An accessible, emotional but frequently funny story, while sensitively taking in subjects such as mental health, bereavement and homelessness.”

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