Lighting Designer

Ryan Joseph Stafford

Selected credits

  • Left from WriteNorwegian National Ballet/Linbury ROH/European Tour
  • Cyrano de BergeracWatermill Theatre
  • Together, Not The SameSadler's Wells
  • CODINational Dance Company of Wales
  • CraveThe Other Room/RWCMD


Ryan works across the UK and Europe as a Lighting Designer for theatre, musicals and dance. In 2019 he received the ‘Michael Northern Award for Excellence in Lighting Design’ from the Association of Lighting Designers. He trained at Rose Bruford College.

Recent designs include: Left from Write (Norwegian National Ballet II/Linbury ROH, European Tour); Wind of Heaven (Finborough); CODI (National Dance Company Wales); Cyrano de Bergerac (Watermill); Together, Not the Same (Sadler’s Wells); Crave (The Other Room/RWCMD); Hauntings & Pork Pies (Theatre Clwyd/National Trust); Pippin (UWTSD, Cardiff);  The Island (Fio/UK Tour); Cardiff Boy (Red Oak Theatre/The Other Room); The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives (Elufowoju, Jr. Ensemble/Arcola Theatre).

Featured work

Left From Write

Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
Norwegian National Ballet II
Choreographer: Charlotte Edmonds
Music: Katya Richardson
Animation: Sam Gainsborough
Photo: Jorg Weisner

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives

By Lola Shoneyin
Arcola Theatre
Elufowoju, Jr Ensemble
Director: Femi Elufowoju, Jr
Designer: Ultz
Photo: Idil Sukan

‘The staging is stripped back yet inventive, with the lighting and choreography creating their own visual poetry’.  The Guardian ★★★★★

‘… the work is stunningly fluid, maintaining seamless continuity via the use of lighting during scene and dress changes.’   The Up Coming

Together, Not The Same

Sadler's Wells Theatre
Artistic Director : Hetain Patel
Photo: Helen Murray

Created by Anthony Matsena
Music: Lara Agar
Costume Design: Sanja Umesh

Cardiff Boy

Red Oak Theatre / The Other Room
Director: Matthew Holmquist
Design: April Dalton
Sound Design: Joshua Bowles
Photo: Kirsten McTernan

..while Ryan Joseph Stafford’s lighting hints at an ethereal outside world brimming with opportunity.
The Stage

[Ryan Joseph Stafford’s] lighting design is also excellent, with the use of colour, projection and silhouette creating visually stunning moments.
Whiplash Review

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