Set & Costume Designer

Katie Davenport

Selected credits

  • The Tales of HoffmannIrish National Opera
  • A Midsummer Night's DreamRough Magic Theatre Company
  • The Magic Flute Irish National Opera
  • A Portrait Of The Artist as a Young ManDublin Theatre Festival
  • Twelfth Night LAMDA


Katie is a Set and Costume Designer based in Dublin and trained in Production Design for Stage and Screen at IADT.

In 2017, she was designer in residence at The Gate theatre in Dublin.

Nominated for an Irish Times Irish Theatre Award for Costume Design (The Tales of Hoffmann, Irish National Opera, 2018), her recent credits include The Magic Flute (Irish National Opera), A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Rough Magic.
2019 design work includes Irish National Opera, Northern Irish Opera, Abbey Theatre, Landmark, The Lir Academy and associate designer for Jamie Vartan

She will be representing Ireland at The 2019 Prague Quadrennial, a world exhibition of theatre design.

Featured work

The Tales of Hoffmann

Irish National Opera, Irish tour

Director Tom Creed
Set & Costume Design Katie Davenport
Lighting Design Sinéad McKenna

“Davenport’s visuals, supported by the high-energy lighting design of Sinéad McKenna, suddenly and rather magically kick in with the start of act II, the first of Hoffmann’s tales. The prologue’s dreariness is at once dispelled, replaced by the gleam and flash of Spalanzani’s laboratory, here presented as the venue for a modern-day techno-product launch. The product, of course, is Olympia, the lifelike mechanical doll, updated by Davenport to a humanoid inspired by the iconic female Maschinenmensch in Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis….costumes constantly grow and intrigue as the opera unfolds, particularly among the chorus, which sometimes presents a striking but organic gender fluidity.”
Irish Times

The Magic Flute

Irish National Opera

Director Caroline Staunton
Set & Lighting Designer Ciaran Bagnall
Costume Design Katie Davenport

“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
Costume Design Katie Davenport
Lighting & Set Design Sarah Jane Shiels
Photo 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

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Rough Magic, Dublin Theatre Festival 2018, Irish Tour
Adaptation by Arthur Riordan

Director Ronan Phelan
Set & Costume Design Katie Davenport
Lighting Design Sarah Jane Shiels
Sound/Composition Denis Clohessy
Photography  Ste Murray

“It is not surprising to see that sets and costumes are designed by Katie Davenport, and with them she captures a very fresh, bright, youthful flavour that is perfect. Davenport has created many wonderful sets before, but this is truly a triumph…”“
Red Curtain Review

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