Lighting Designer

Sinéad McKenna

Selected credits

  • The Tales of HoffmannIrish National Opera/Tour
  • WattIrish Tour/Melbourne Festival
  • The ApproachLandmark Productions/Edinburgh Festival
  • Furniture / ShelterDruid Theatre/Galway Arts Festival
  • The Unmanageable SistersAbbey Theatre


Sinéad McKenna is one of Ireland’s most respected and in-demand set and lighting designers  working across theatre, dance, opera and film.  She has won two 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, Gate Theatre, Landmark Productions, CoisCeim, Lyric Theatre Belfast, Rough Magic and many more.

Upcoming designs include The Children and Beginning  for Gate Theatre, Dublin and an Irish Tour of Furniture forDruid Theatre.

Featured work

The Tales of Hoffmann

Irish National Opera
Conductor: Andrew Synnott
Director: Tom Creed
Set & Costume: Katie Davenport
Lighting: Sinéad McKenna
Movement: Paula O'Reilly

The Approach

Written and Directed by Mark O’Rowe
Set & Lighting Design by Sinéad McKenna
Costumes by Joan O'Clery
Starring Cathy Belton, Derbhle Crotty and Aisling O’Sullivan

exquisite ensemble performance … superlative design … the stuff of legend
The Arts Review ★★★★★

the three performances are first-rate … beautiful design’  Irish Independent

Asking For It

by Louise O’Neill
adapted for the stage by Meadhbh McHugh in collaboration with Annabelle Comyn
director – Annabelle Comyn
set designer – Paul O’Mahony
costume designer – Niamh Lunny
lighting designer – Sinead McKenna
sound designer – Philip Stewart
video designer – Jack Phelan
movement director – Sue Mythen

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


CoisCeim Dance Company
Choreography David Bolger
Set Design Maree Kearns
Photos Ros Kavanagh

With Bolger, lighting and setting are always crucial parts of any production and here Maree Kearns’ set and costume of silk slips, black waistcoats and what looks like a huge mirror transported from some old Parisian bordello, lit by the inimitable Sinead McKenna, create the timeless medium in which these incredible dancers turn motion into exuberantly dark poetry.
The Independant

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