Lighting Designer

Sinéad McKenna

Selected credits

  • Walking with GhostsLandmark Productions
  • Teenage DickDonmar Warehouse, London
  • ParadeThéâtre du Châtelet, Paris
  • The Tales of HoffmannIrish National Opera
  • Asking For ItLandmark Productions/Birmingham Repertory Theatre
  • Grace Jones : Bloodlight and BamiBlinder Films/Olympia Theatre


Sinéad McKenna is an internationally renowned Irish set and lighting designer working extensively across theatre, opera, dance and film.  She has won two prestigious Irish Times Theatre Awards for Best Lighting Design and a Drama Desk nomination for Best Lighting Design for a Musical.

She has worked with most major Irish companies including numerous productions for the Abbey Theatre, Druid, Gate Theatre, Landmark Productions, CoisCeim, Lyric Theatre Belfast, Rough Magic and many more. Internationally her designs have been enjoyed throughout the UK, Europe, Australia and NYC.


Featured work

Walking with Ghosts

Landmark Productions/ Gaiety Theatre, Dublin
Director Lonny Price
Set and Lighting Designer Sinéad McKenna
Costume Designer Joan O’Clery
Sound Designer and Composer Sinéad Diskin

The acclaimed Walking with Ghosts, written and performed by Gabriel Byrne, will play Wexford, Edinburgh and London from August – September 2022.

Teenage Dick

Donmar Warehouse
Written by Mike Lew
Director: Michael Longhurst
Designer: Chloe Lamford
Sound: Ben & Max Ringham
Photos: Marc Brenner

“Donmar boss Michael Longhurst’s production shines”★★★★ Time Out 

“Lew retells Shakespeare with a needed urgency…. stark and enjoyable”
★★★★ Broadway World 


Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris
Musical Director: Matthias Pintscher
Director: Martin Duncan
Set & Costumes: Francis O’Connor
Artistic Director: Stéphane Ricordel

An elaborate reopening of the grand salons of Théâtre du Châtelet after two and a half years of renovation work.

Asking For It

Landmark Productions/Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Adapted by Meadhbh McHugh
Director: Annabelle Comyn
Set Design: Paul O’Mahony
Costume Design: Niamh Lunny
Sound Design: Philip Stewart

Sinéad McKenna’s lights allow translucent glimpses of writhing bodies at a house party…… it’s an accomplished, poetic merging of technology and stagecraft.‘ The Irish Times

Breakfast on Pluto

Landmark Productions/GIAF
Writer: Bob Kelly
Composer: Duke Special
Director and Co-Creator: Des Kennedy
Set & Costume Design: Katie Davenport
Photo by Colm Hogan

Sinéad will design the lighting for the new musical production of ‘Breakfast On Pluto which is currently in development, and will premiere at the Galway International Arts Festival in summer 2020.


Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Adaption: Barry McGovern
Director: Tom Creed
Set & Lighting Design: Sinéad McKenna
Costume Design: Joan O’Clery

Watt will be once again touring internationally in 2020.

“Sinéad Mckenna’s bare and subtle lighting and set designs enhance this stillness and keep the audience closely focused on every move and word in case somewhere there is a key to the man.” The Reviews Hub

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