Set & Costume Designer

Katie Davenport

Selected credits

  • La Traviata/ Maria Stuarda / Griselda / Tales of Hoffmann / 20 Shots of OperaIrish National Opera
  • Audrey or Sorrow/ TartuffeAbbey Theatre, Dublin
  • Yes and Yes/ DēmosLiz Roche Company
  • DOLOROSA/ Dark Days Need Ceremony: King Shrine / Night DancesUnited Fall
  • Peter Pan/ Endgame / The Visiting HourThe Gate Theatre, Dublin
  • Elsewhere / Opera by Michael GallenAbbey Theatre
  • I Am Ireland United Fall / RTÉ Film Feature for Culture Night 2020


Katie is a Set and Costume Designer based in Dublin.  She trained in Production Design for Stage and Screen at IADT and has twice been nominated for an Irish Times Irish Theatre Award (Costume Design) in 2019 and 2022.

She has designed for many major theatre, opera and dance companies in Ireland, including The Abbey, The Gate, Irish National Opera, Landmark, United Fall, Liz Roche Dance Company, Northern Ireland Opera, Theatre Lovett, thisispopbaby and Rough Magic and has associated at St Ann’s Warehouse (New York) and The Barbican (London). She recently created the installation Pegeen’s at The Abbey Theatre – a pop up theatre café.  She has also designed for RTÉ, Ardmore studios art department and won an ICAD for Piranha Bar in 2016.

Katie is vice chair of the Irish Society of Stage & Screen Designers. She was Designer in Residence at The Gate Theatre Dublin in 2017.  She represented Ireland in Beijing NCPA at Evolving Design for Performance in 2016 and again at The Prague Quadrennial 2019, a world exhibition of theatre design. In 2020 She participated in a cross disciplinary group curated by Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) and Project Arts centre, Studio Interruptions and is currently contributing work towards a collaborative publication later in 2022.

Featured work

La Traviata

Irish National Opera
Conducted by Killian Farrell/ Fergus Sheil
Directed by Olivia Fuchs
Set & Costume Design by Katie Davenport
Lighting by Paul Keogan


Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Director: Caitríona McLaughlin
Set and Costume Designer: Katie Davenport
Lighting Designer: Sinéad Wallace
Composer and Sound Designer: Philip Stewart

‘Davenport’s costumes playfully combining styles, and mobile phones and laptops erratically incorporated, the period in which the drama is set is deliberately blurred, slipping between centuries.’  
The Guardian

★★★★ Financial Times 

‘Visually it’s a full blooded spectacle with a lavish set and a smashing array of costumes (both by Katie Davenport)’
★★★★ The Irish Mail on Sunday 

Audrey or Sorrow

Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Written by: Marina Carr
Directed by: Caitríona McLaughlin
Set Designer: Jamie Vartan
Costume Designer: Katie Davenport
Lighting Designer: Sinéad Wallace
Sound Designer and Composer: Sinéad Diskin

‘Katie Davenport’s divinely wild costumes and Jamie Vartan’s superb set hinting at a Mad Hatter’s tea party at times.’
★★★★  The Arts Review



Directed by Emma Martin and Hugh O'Conor
Produced by Zlata Filipovic
Production Design by Katie Davenport
DOP: Albert Hooi

Dolorosa is a short film reflecting on humanity in all its glory, innocence and desperation, power and vulnerability.

Peter Pan

Gate Theatre, Dublin
Director: Ned Bennett
Set Designer: Niall McKeever
Costume Designer: Katie Davenport
Lighting Designer: Sarah Jane Shiels
Composer: Stefan French

‘Katie Davenport’s costumes and Niall McKeever’s set chime nicely in their evocation of Neverland’s childish anarchy’
The Irish Examiner 

★★★★  The Irish Times


Junk Ensemble/ Cork Midsummer Festival
Creation and Direction: Jessica Kennedy, Megan Kennedy
Choreography created in collaboration with dancers
Lighting Design & Scenography: Sarah Jane Shiels
Costume Design: Katie Davenport

Merging visceral movement, striking visuals and live sound, RITUAL is a disturbance, a happening, an unveiling of an experiment unique to Cork Midsummer Festival.

★★★★  The Irish Examiner

Yes and Yes

Liz Roche Dance Company
Project Arts Centre, Dublin/ Washington/ Philadelphia/ Irish Arts Center, NYC
Choreography: Liz Roche
Music: Ray Harman
Stage and Costume Design: Katie Davenport
Lighting Design: Davison Scandrett
Film/Videography: José Miguel Jiménez

‘[Liz Roche] and her team, including the cast of four excellent dancers, have distilled the famously convoluted text into a poetic, beautifully wrought 70 minutes.” [Yes and Yes is] a fluent expression of Roche’s lush and lyrical sensibility’.

New York Times 2023 Critic’s Pick

★★★★  The Arts Review

Night Dances

United Fall/ Dublin Theatre Festival 2021/ Edinburgh Festival 2022
Created & Choreographed by Emma Martin
Music by Daniel Fox
Design: Katie Davenport
Lighting Design: Stephen Dodd

Night Dances is not about something, it’s for something, and this intention is where hopefully some kind of feeling of ceremony can be felt. What we want to leave behind and what we want to carry towards the future. There’s no need to understand. The making of this work was driven purely by instinct rather than intellect. Because dance is enough and it belongs to us all

★★★★  The Irish Times


The Gate Theatre, Dublin
Director: Danya Taymor
Set Designer: Sabine Dargent
Costume Designer: Katie Davenport
Lighting Designer: Isabella Byrd
Composer and Sound Designer: Denis Clohessy

“Katie Davenport’s utilitarian, mud-coloured costumes… complete the stark surrealism that fuels Beckett’s austere dramatic vision” 
★★★★  The Stage

★★★★  The Guardian 


Composer: Michael Gallen
Libretto: Michael Gallen, Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Dylan Coburn Gray
Director: Tom Creed
Set and Costume Design: Katie Davenport
Lighting Design: Sinéad McKenna
Video Design: Luca Truffarelli
Photo: Ros Kavanagh


Liz Roche Dance Company, Abbey Theatre
Choreographer: Liz Roche
Composer: David Coonan
Set & Costume Designer: Katie Davenport
Lighting Designer: Sinéad McKenna
Films by José Miguel Jiménez, Steve O'Connor and Peter Martin
Projection: José Miguel Jim´nez
Photo: Steve O'Connor

The Visiting Hour

Written by Frank McGuinness
Director: Caitriona McLaughlin
Set and Costume Design: Katie Davenport
Lighting Design: Paul Keogan
Sound Design: Tom Lane
Photo: Rich Gilligan

I Am Ireland

RTÉ Film feature for Culture Night 2020
Chorographer: Emma Martin
Set and Costume Design: Katie Davenport
Photo: Sean Breithaupt

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

Nominee Best Costume Design
Irish Times Theatre Award 2019

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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