Lighting Designer

Ryan Joseph Stafford

Selected credits

  • BaconEdinburgh/ UK Tour/ SoHo Playhouse, NYC
  • HIRPark Theatre
  • TRAPLORDIvan Michael Blackstock/ Southbank Centre
  • ISLATheatre Clwyd/Royal Court
  • Natalia Osipova: Force of Nature Bloom Dance Project/ World Tour
  • Red Riding Hood: Rock 'n' Roll PantomimeLiverpool Everyman & Playhouse
  • Left from WriteNorwegian National Ballet/Linbury ROH/European Tour
  • VORTEXRussell Maliphant Dance Company


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: HIR starring Felicity Huffman (Park Theatre), Swim, Aunty, Swim! (Belgrade Theatre), TRAPLORD (Ivan Michael Blackstock/ Southbank Centre), Bacon ( Edinburgh Fringe 2023/ Riverside Studios/Finborough/SoHo Playhouse, NYC- Winner of Best Lighting Design, Off West End Awards 2024), Breeding (King’s Head Theatre), Force of Nature (Natalia Osipova/ Bloom Dance Project/ World Tour), Red Riding Hood: Rock ‘n’ Roll Pantomime (Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse) Left from Write (Norwegian National Ballet II/Linbury ROH, European Tour); VORTEX (Russell Maliphant Dance Company); Wind of Heaven (Finborough); CODI (National Dance Company Wales); Grimeboy (Birmingham Rep); Cyrano de Bergerac (Watermill); Together, Not the Same (Sadler’s Wells); ISLA (Theatre Clwyd/Royal Court); 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


Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2023/ Riverside Studios/ Finborough Theatre/ SoHo Playhouse, NYC 2024
Written by Sophie Swithinbank
Directed by Matthew Iliffe
Set and Costume Design by Natalie Johnson
Lighting Design by Ryan Joseph Stafford



‘Ryan Joseph Stafford’s Offie-nominated lighting design is elegant, efficient and atmospheric’
★★★★ West End Best Friend
★★★★★ Broadway World
★★★★★ Theatre Weekly


Park Theatre
Written by Taylor Mac
Directed by Steven Kunis
Set & Costume Design by Ceci Calf
Lighting Design by Ryan Joseph Stafford
Sound Design and Composition by Roly Botha

★★★★ The Times

★★★★ The Stage

★★★★ WhatsOnStage

Swim, Aunty, Swim!

Belgrade Theatre
Written by Siana Bangura
Directed by Madeleine Kludje
Set Design by Claire Winfield
Costume Design by Naomi Thompson
Lighting Design by Ryan Joseph Stafford
Sound/ Composition by Duramaney Kamara

‘The sense of multiplicity in particularity is brilliantly conveyed by Claire Winfield’s shape-shifting design and Ryan Joseph Stafford’s liquid lighting.’
★★★★ The Guardian



King's Head Theatre
Author: Barry Mcstay
Producer: Gabriella Sills Productions
Associate Producer: Mark Gatiss
Director: Matthew Iliffe
Set & Costume Designer: Ceci Calf
Lighting Designer: Ryan Joseph Stafford
Sound Designer: Julian Starr

★★★★ Theatre Weekly

★★★★ All That Dazzles

Young Associates Artists: To Start With

Sadlers Wells
Choreography and Direction: Vidya Patel
Set Designer: Shankho Chaudhuri
Costume Designer: Manuela Fleming
Lighting Designer: Ryan Joseph Stafford

Under the artistic guidance of Ben Duke (Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Lost Dog) the young choreographers will be creating an ambitious evening of new works: To Start With.

The Young Associates are collaborating with a team of young creatives from a range of art-forms, giving a platform to a new generation of artistic voices.

Left From Write

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

Left From Write was created on Norwegian National Ballet Ung and is a physical exploration of my experience with dyslexia. This work explores literacy, orientation and miscommunication from the viewpoint of someone with dyslexia.


Birmingham Rep
by Casey Bailey
Directed by Madeleine Kludje
Designed by Ebrahim Nazier
Lighting Design by Ryan Joseph Stafford
Sound Design by Clive Meldrum

“very striking lighting…” The Guardian

GrimeBoy tells the story of a inner city teenage who is desperate to be the greatest grime mc, with one eye on the impact of environment on aspirations. If Kano grew up in the Cotswolds and went to Oxford University, would he be the Prime Minister now? GrimeBoy was commissioned by the Birmingham Rep.



Theatre Clwyd/Royal Court
Performed by Mark Lambert, Lisa Zahra & Catrin Aaron
Directed by Tamara Harvey
Designed by Camille Clarke
Lighting Design by Ryan Joseph Stafford
Sound Design by Beth Duke

★★★★★ WhatsOnStage 

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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