Katie Davenport is a young and prolific talent on the Irish design scene. Her creation of an enormous eye was an arresting vision in the opera Tales of Hoffmann. In the national exhibition at the National Opera House, Wexford organised by ISSSD, it glowered at the viewer from on high. In the Virtual Reality film it will be an animated presence rendered in 3D, perfectly suited to the digital medium as well as the analogue one.
Katie is a costume and set designer and trained in Production Design for Stage and Screen at IADT (Institute of Art, Design & Technology) Dublin, graduating with a First Class Honours in 2014. In 2017 she held the position of designer in residence at The Gate theatre in Dublin. This year she was nominated for an Irish Times Irish Theatre Award for Best Costume Design for The Tales of Hoffmann (Irish National Opera).
Her recent credits include Sure look it fuck it for Thisispopbaby, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and A Midsummer Night’s Dreamfor Rough Magic Theatre Company.
Katie has designed for many of Ireland’s leading theatre companies and works regularly as Jamie Vartan’s associate designer. She has also worked as assistant designer in film and TV for Ardmore Studios, RTE, PBS and Sky Arts.
She is currently designing for Irish National Opera’s autumn season, Northern Irish Opera and The Abbey and will represent Ireland at The Prague Quadrennial, a world exhibition of Theatre design, in June 2019.
The Tales of Hoffmann
Conductor Andrew Synnott
Director Tom Creed
Set and Costume Designer Katie Davenport
Lighting Designer Sinéad McKenna
Assistant Director & Movement Director Paula O’Reilly
Hoffmann Julian Hubbard
Olympia / Antonia / Giulietta / Stella Claudia Boyle
Nicklausse Gemma Ní Bhriain
Lindorf / Coppélius / Miracle / Dappertutto John Molloy
Andrès / Cochenille / Franz / Pitichinaccio Andrew Gavin
Crespel Brendan Collins
The Voice Carolyn Holt
Spalanzani Fearghal Curtis
Schlemihl Kevin Neville
Nathanaël Peter O’Reilly
Hermann Cormac Lawlor
Luther Robert McAllister
Photography Patrick Redmond