Katie Davenport | Designer


Katie Davenport

La traviata


Katie is a set and costume designer based in Dublin. She won an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Costume Design (2021/2022) and was nominated in 2019 for The Tales of Hoffman for INO. She represented Ireland at The Prague Quadrennial 2019, a world exhibition of theatre design at which she presented a digital render of her INO set design for Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann. Previously for Irish National Opera she designed set and costumes for Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda, Vivaldi’s Griselda and The Tales of Hoffmann and costumes for 20 Shots of Opera and Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Other recent notable designs include Audrey or Sorrow (Landmark/Abbey Theatre), Tartuffe, The Fall of the Second Republic (Abbey Theatre), Krapp’s Last Tape (Landmark), Endgame, Once Before I Go, Peter Pan, A Christmas Carol and The Visiting Hour (Gate Theatre), Yes and Yes and Dēmos (Liz Roche Company), Night Dances, Dolorosa, King|Shrine and This is Ireland (United Fall), What We Hold (Irish Arts Centre/NYC), Michael Gallen’s Elsewhere (Abbey Theatre/Irish Tour) and the pop-up theatre cafe Pegeen’s for the Abbey Theatre. She has designed for many other theatre, dance and opera companies in Ireland, including Northern Ireland Opera, Junk Ensemble, CoisCéim, THISISPOPBABY and Rough Magic. She has associated at St Ann’s Warehouse (New York) and The Barbican (London). She has also designed for RTÉ, Ardmore studios art department and won an Institute of Creative Advertising and Design Award for Piranha Bar in 2016.

Katie was Vice Chair of the Irish Society Performance Designers (2020-2024) and was Designer in Residence at the Gate Theatre Dublin in 2017. Katie has recently archived her set and costume work in a book: Archive #1 [2016-2021]. She makes her International Opera debut in Bergamo later this year.

Katie works from her studio on Drury Street, in Dublin.

March 2024