Lighting Designer

Stephen Dodd

Selected credits

  • An OctoroonMain Stage, Abbey Theatre
  • The Long Christmas DinnerPeacock Stage, Abbey Theatre
  • VolcanoAttic Projects/ Galway International Arts Festival
  • The Misunderstanding of MyrrhaJunk Ensemble/ Abbey Theatre
  • Night Dances/ Birdboy/ Girl Son/ Dancehall/ DogsUnited Fall
  • riverrun The Emergency Room


Stephen Dodd is a Lighting Designer for theatre, dance, and opera.

Based between Dublin and Cork, he trained at The Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College. He won Best Lighting Design at the 2022 Irish Times Theatre Awards for Volcano, Attic Projects.

Recent lighting designs include: For The Abbey: An Octoroon, The Long Christmas Dinner. For United Fall: Night Dances, Birdboy, Girl Song, Dancehall, Dogs, Listowel Syndrome. For John O’Brien / The Everyman: Heart of a Dog. For Attic Projects: Volcano. For Irish National Opera: A Thing I Cannot Name, Orfeo ed Euridice. For Liz Roche Company: The Here Trio, I/Thou, Wrongheaded. For Junk Ensemble: Crossing Skin, Dances Like a Bomb, The Misunderstanding of Myrrha. For Dead Centre: To Be a Machine (Version 1.0), Beckett’s Room, Hamnet, Chekhov’s First Play, LIPPY. For Brokentalkers: The Examination, The Circus Animal’s Desertion. For Company SJ: Company. For The Emergency Room: riverrun.

Featured work

An Octoroon

Main Stage, Abbey Theatre
Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Anthony Simpson-Pike
Set Design by Sabine Dargent
Costume Design by Molly O’Cathain
Lighting Design by Stephen Dodd
Photograph by Ros Kavanagh

“Stephen Dodd’s lighting underscores (the) immaculately detailed performances.” The Arts Review


Attic Projects/ Galway International Arts Festival
Directed and Choreographed by Luke Murphy
Lighting Design by Stephen Dodd
Set Design Alyson Cummins and Pai Rathaya
Costume Design by Pai Rathaya
Composition and Sound Design by Rob Molone


“This is absorbing, exciting, creepy, clever. The tech and design are impressive.” **** The Guardian

The Long Christmas Dinner

Peacock Stage, Abbey Theatre
Written by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Sarah Jane Scaife & Raymond Keane
Costume Design by Sinead Cuthbert
Lighting Design by Stephen Dodd
Sound Design by Aoife Kavanagh
Set Design by Sally Withnell

“Stephen Dodd’s lighting design gives the action an otherworldly, ghostly effect, even as the white light that draws the characters in turn into the wings is the true physical manifestation of death’s inevitability.” The Irish Times

The Misunderstanding of Myrrha

Junk Ensemble/ DDF Commission
In partnership with the Abbey Theatre
Creation by Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy, Alice Maher
Direction & Choreography by Jessica Kennedy and Megan Kennedy.
Scenography & Costume Design by Alice Maher
Lighting Design by Stephen Dodd
Costume by Sarah Foley
Photography by Fionn McCann

“Exquisite and unforgettable.” **** The Arts Review

“Combines visual eloquence with the gut-punch of a victim impact statement.” **** The Irish TImes

Bird Boy

United Fall
Created by Emma Martin in collaboration with:
Kevin Coquelard- Performer
Orla Clogher- Visual Artist and Designer
Dunk Murphy- Sound Designer and composer
Stephen Dodd- Lighting Designer

“…powerful and ground-breaking…breathtakingly vivid.” **** The Scotsman

Chekhov's First Play

Dead Centre/Battersea Arts Centre
Text by Anton Chekhov, Ben Kidd and Bush Moukarzel
Directed by Ben Kidd and Bush Moukarzel
Set Design by Andrew Clancy
Effects and Onstage Design byGrace O'Hara
Costume Design by Saileóg O'Halloran
Lighting by Stephen Dodd
Sound Design by Jimmy Eadie and Kevin Gleeson
Choreography Liv O'Donoghue

“A brilliant endeavour. Riveting to watch.” **** Irish Times


Based on Finnegan's Wake by James Joyce
Adapted, Performed, Directed by Olwen Fouére
Co-Director: Kellie Hughes
Lighting Designer: Stephen Dodd

‘impeccably lit by Stephen Dodd…’**** The Guardian

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