The Archivists | Photographer: Andy Colbourne | From the show The Archivists
The Archivists | Photographer: Andy Colbourne | From the show The Archivists
Photographer: James Lark | From the show Dickens' Ghosts
Photograph from The Party - lighting design by Sherry Coenen
© Ludovic Des Cognets Photographer: Ludovic Des Cognets | From the show The Party
Photograph from Your Last Breath - lighting design by Sherry Coenen
© Richard Davenport Photographer: Richard Davenport | From the show Your Last Breath

Sherry L Coenen

SHERRY COENEN Lighting Designer

Sherry has been lighting shows in the US and UK since graduating with a BFA in Lighting Design from the University of Miami in 2003.

Shows include: This is How We Die (UK/International Tour), Conquest of the South Pole (Arcola),  CELL (UK tour), Skin Tight (Park90), Your Last Breath (UK tour), Anton Chekhov (Hampstead Theatre),Moby Dick (Arcola), Home Sweet Home (UK tour), Snow Spider (UK tour), Bernarda Alba (Union).

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
Frankenstein Theatre Members Bar, Battersea Arts Centre
A BAC Beatbox Academy and Battersea Arts Centre Production
Lighting Designer Director: Conrad Murray & David Cumming
Mar 2018, Oct 2018
Paradise Circus Theatre The Playground Theatre
The Playground Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Anthony Biggs
Set designer: Cecilia Trono
Oct 2018
Women of Aktion Theatre Stage@Leeds, then touring
Bent Architect
Lighting Designer Director: Mick Martin & Jude Wright
Oct 2018
Reflected Theatre Platform Southwark
The Milo Wladek Co.
Lighting Designer Director: Simon Ryninks
Set designer: Emma Tompkins
Sep 2018
Persuasion Theatre The Playground Theatre, then touring
Theatre6
Lighting Designer Director: Kate McGregor
Set designer: Charlotte Cooke
Apr 2018, Sep 2018
High Ridin' Theatre Kings Head Theatre
Em-Lou Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Peter Darney
Set designer: Fin Redshaw
Sep 2018
Free and Proud Theatre Theatre503 and Assembly Studio 4
Em-Lou Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Peter Darney
Jul 2018
An Evening, A Beginning Dance Blue Elephant Theatre
KAMIENSKI
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Andre Kamienski
Jul 2018
Margo: Half Woman, Half Beast Theatre JW3, then touring
Cheyne Productions Ltd
Lighting Designer Director: Sarah Sigal
Jun 2018
Director's Cut Theatre Lowry Studio, then touring
Kill The Beast
Lighting Designer Director: Clem Garrity
Set designer: Clem Garrity
Jun 2018
Shirleymander Theatre Playground Theatre
Playground Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Anthony Biggs
Set designer: Gregor Donnelly
May 2018
Tenome - Eyes on Hand Dance Cockpit Theatre, London, then touring
Edifice Dance Theatre
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Carmine De Amicis
, Choreographer: Harriet Elizabeth Waghorn
Apr 2018
Oath Dance Swindon Dance, then touring
Watkins Dance Company
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Anna Watkins
Apr 2018
Persuasion Theatre The Playground Theatre, then touring
Theatre6
Lighting Designer Director: Kate McGregor
Set designer: Charlotte Cooke
Apr 2018, Sep 2018
Frankenstein Theatre Members Bar, Battersea Arts Centre
A BAC Beatbox Academy and Battersea Arts Centre Production
Lighting Designer Director: Conrad Murray & David Cumming
Mar 2018, Oct 2018
Female Parts: Shorts Theatre Hoxton Hall
Hoxton Hall
Lighting Designer Director: Karena Johnson
Set designer: Libby Watson
Mar 2018
Electra Theatre The Bunker Theatre
DumbWise
Lighting Designer Director: John Ward
Set designer: Sam Wilde
Feb 2018
Evocation Theatre The Space on the Mile & Bridewell Theatre
Theatre Voliere
Lighting Designer Director: Eric Domenicone
Set designer: La SoupeCie
Aug 2017, Feb 2018
The Singing Mermaid Theatre Royal and Derngate Underground 1&2, then touring
Royal & Derngate with Little Angel Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Samantha Lane
Set designer: Laura McEwen
Dec 2017, Feb 2018
Arnika Theatre Bridewell Theatre
Theatre Voliere
Lighting Designer Director: Natasha Wood
Feb 2018
The Singing Mermaid Theatre Royal and Derngate Underground 1&2, then touring
Royal & Derngate with Little Angel Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Samantha Lane
Set designer: Laura McEwen
Dec 2017, Feb 2018
This is Not a Safe Space Theatre Contact Theatre Manchester, then touring
Big Feast & Unlimited
Lighting Designer Director: Jackie Hagan
Set designer: Kat Heath
Oct 2017
Virtually Blackfriars Theatre Platform Southwark
The Milo Wladek Co.
Lighting Designer Director: Simon Ryninks
Set designer: Emma Tompkins
Oct 2017
The Party Theatre Watermans Arts Centre, then touring
Nearly There Yet
Lighting Designer Director: Mary Swan
Set designer: Sue Mayes
Feb 2016, Feb 2017, Oct 2017
Izindava Dance The Showroom, Chichester, then touring
Tavaziva
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Bawren Tavaziva
Sep 2017
In Our Hands Theatre New Diorama Theatre, London, then touring
Smoking Apples
Lighting Designer Director: Smoking Apples & Red Threaders
Set designer: Samuel Wyer
Jun 2015, Aug 2016, Sep 2016, Sep 2017
Evocation Theatre The Space on the Mile & Bridewell Theatre
Theatre Voliere
Lighting Designer Director: Eric Domenicone
Set designer: La SoupeCie
Aug 2017, Feb 2018
These Trees Are Made Of Blood Theatre Arcola Studio 1
Arcola Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Amy Draper
Set designer: Georgia Lowe and Alex Berry
Jun 2017
Give Me Your Skin Theatre Battersea Arts Centre (BAC), London, UK, then touring Lighting Designer Director: Tom Ross-Williams and Oonagh Murphy
Jun 2017
The Last Ones Theatre Jermyn Street Theatre
Upstart Theatre Ltd, Jermyn Street
Lighting Designer Director: Anthony Biggs
Set designer: Cecilia Trono
Jun 2017
Africarmen Dance Bernie Grant Arts Centre, then touring
Tavaziva
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Bawren Tavaziva
Set designer: Joseph Bisat Marshall
Sep 2015, Mar 2017
The 'Neath Environmental The Vaults, London
Specifiq
Lighting Designer Director: Oscar Blustin and Dean Rodgers
Set designer: Kat Heath
Feb 2017
The Party Theatre Watermans Arts Centre, then touring
Nearly There Yet
Lighting Designer Director: Mary Swan
Set designer: Sue Mayes
Feb 2016, Feb 2017, Oct 2017
What the Circus Theatre The Garage, Norwich
Flight of the Escales
Lighting Designer Director: Sarah Calver
Set designer: Cate Blanchard
Feb 2017
The X Theatre Arcola Studio 2
Queer Collective
Lighting Designer Director: Rubyyy Jones
Jan 2017
The Drag Theatre Arcola Studio 2
Queer Collective
Lighting Designer Director: Peter Darney
Jan 2017
Cinderella Theatre Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
Lighting Designer Director: Martin Berry
Set designer: Mark Walters
Dec 2016
Brrr! Theatre Canada Water Culture Space, then touring
Proteus Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Mary Swan
Set designer: Sam Pine
Oct 2016
Muvvahood Theatre Stratford Circus, then touring
Em-Lou Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Julie Addy
Set designer: Emily Harwood
Oct 2016
Phone Home Theatre Shoreditch Town Hall
Upstart Theatre Ltd, Pathos Munchen, Highway Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Tom Mansfield
, Director: Yannis Kalavrianos
, Director: Michael Sommer
Set designer: Hannah Sibai
Oct 2016
5 Guys Chillin' Theatre King's Head Theatre
Em-Lou Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Peter Darney
Set designer: Jaime Simmons
Oct 2015, Feb 2016, Oct 2016
A Well Remembered Voice Theatre OSO Community Arts Centre, then touring
Io Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Delyth Jones
Set designer: Florence Hazard
Oct 2016
The Northern School Theatre Bradford Playhouse
Bent Architect
Lighting Designer Director: Mick Martin & Jude Wright
Oct 2016
In Our Hands Theatre New Diorama Theatre, London, then touring
Smoking Apples
Lighting Designer Director: Smoking Apples & Red Threaders
Set designer: Samuel Wyer
Jun 2015, Aug 2016, Sep 2016, Sep 2017
Til Death Do Us... Dance Cockpit Theatre, London
Edifice Dance Theatre
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Harriet Elizabeth Waghorn
, Choreographer: Carmine De Amicis
Set designer: Andy Pilbeam-Brown
Aug 2016
In Our Hands Theatre New Diorama Theatre, London, then touring
Smoking Apples
Lighting Designer Director: Smoking Apples & Red Threaders
Set designer: Samuel Wyer
Jun 2015, Aug 2016, Sep 2016, Sep 2017
Lights Out Theatre Rose Theatre Kingston Studio
Page One Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Chloe Stephens
Set designer: Helen Coyston
Jul 2016
Happy to Help Theatre Park Theatre, Park 90
Celia Dugua
Lighting Designer Director: Roxy Cook
Set designer: Emma Tompkins
Jun 2016
CAUTION: Safety Goggles Required Theatre Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury, then touring
Daredevil Labs
Lighting Designer Director: Delyth Jones
Set designer: Emma Bailey
May 2016
CELL Theatre Little Angel Theatre, then touring
Smoking Apples & Little Cauliflower
Lighting Designer Director: Smoking Apples & Little Cauliflower
Mar 2014, Mar 2016
The Party Theatre Watermans Arts Centre, then touring
Nearly There Yet
Lighting Designer Director: Mary Swan
Set designer: Sue Mayes
Feb 2016, Feb 2017, Oct 2017
5 Guys Chillin' Theatre King's Head Theatre
Em-Lou Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Peter Darney
Set designer: Jaime Simmons
Oct 2015, Feb 2016, Oct 2016
This is How We Die Theatre The Junction Cambridge, then touring Lighting Designer Director: Christopher Brett Bailey
Jun 2014, Jan 2016
Your Last Breath Theatre The Little - Southwark Playhouse
Curious Directive
Lighting Designer Director: Jack Lowe
Set designer: Cai Dyfan
Dec 2015
In a Vulnerable Place Theatre The Bush Theatre
Bush Theatre and Steve Waters
Lighting Designer Director: Boz Temple-Morris
Set designer: Georgia Lowe
Nov 2015
10,000 Litres Dance The Place Theatre, London
Evangelia Kolyra
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Evangelia Kolyra
Set designer: Sisters From Another Mister
Oct 2015
The State vs John Hayes Theatre King's Head Theatre
Epsilon Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Jemma Gross
Oct 2015
5 Guys Chillin' Theatre King's Head Theatre
Em-Lou Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Peter Darney
Set designer: Jaime Simmons
Oct 2015, Feb 2016, Oct 2016
Nobody's Business Theatre King's Head Theatre
King's Head
Lighting Designer Director: John Adams
Set designer: Jamie Simmons
Sep 2015
Africarmen Dance Bernie Grant Arts Centre, then touring
Tavaziva
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Bawren Tavaziva
Set designer: Joseph Bisat Marshall
Sep 2015, Mar 2017
Pierrot Lunaire Dance Bridewell Theatre
Theatre Voliere
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Mick Wood and company
Set designer: Rūta Irbīte
Aug 2015
Consolation Theatre Bridewell Theatre
Theatre Voliere
Lighting Designer Director: Natasha Wood
Set designer: Rūta Irbīte
Aug 2015
In Our Hands Theatre New Diorama Theatre, London, then touring
Smoking Apples
Lighting Designer Director: Smoking Apples & Red Threaders
Set designer: Samuel Wyer
Jun 2015, Aug 2016, Sep 2016, Sep 2017
Easy for You to Say Theatre Cambridge Junction, then touring Lighting Designer Director: Daniel Pitt
May 2015
The State vs John Hayes Theatre The Main Space (Brighton Fringe)
Epsilon Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Jemma Gross
May 2015
Speech Acts Opera Courtyard Theatre
Shadwell Opera
Lighting Designer Director: Jack Furness
Set designer: Georgia de Gray
Apr 2015
These Trees Are Made Of Blood Theatre The Little - Southwark Playhouse
Theatre Bench
Lighting Designer Director: Amy Draper
Set designer: Georgia Lowe
Mar 2015
Lab Rat Theatre Little Angel
Genius Sweatshop
Lighting Designer Director: Kaveh Rahnama & Alison Alexander
Set designer: Alison Alexander
Mar 2015
This Room Theatre Battersea Arts Centre, then touring
Laura Jane Dean
Lighting Designer Director: Laura Jane Dean & Daisy Orton
Set designer: Alison Neighbor
Feb 2015
The Archivists Theatre Battersea Arts Centre
BAC & Edith Tankus
Lighting Designer Director: Edith Tankus
Set designer: Sarah Mills
Feb 2015
Dickens' Ghosts Theatre Cheltenham Playhouse
Io Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Delyth Jones
Set designer: Florence Hazard
Dec 2014
A Christmas Carol Theatre Cheltenham Playhouse
Io Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Delyth Jones
Set designer: Florence Hazard
Dec 2014
Faraway, So Close Theatre Old Fire Station
Tug of War Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Amy Hailwood
Set designer: Isobel Power Smith
Dec 2014
England, Arise! Theatre Lawrence Batley Theatre, then touring
Bent Architect
Lighting Designer Director: Jude Wright
Set designer: Barney George
Oct 2014
Home Sweet Home Theatre Ukrainian Centre, then touring
Freedom Studios
Lighting Designer Director: Tom Wright
Set designer: Hannah Sibai
Sep 2014
Chicken Shop Theatre Park90
Epsilon Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Jemma Gross
Set designer: Florence Hazard
Sep 2014
Crystal Springs Theatre Park90
Epsilon Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Jemma Gross
Set designer: Mike Lees
Aug 2014
This is How We Die Theatre The Junction Cambridge, then touring Lighting Designer Director: Christopher Brett Bailey
Jun 2014, Jan 2016
A Well-Remembered Voice Theatre Weston Auditorium
Io Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Delyth Jones
Set designer: Florence Hazard
Jun 2014
Home Sweet Home Theatre Ukrainian Centre
Freedom Studios
Lighting Designer Director: Tom Wright
Set designer: Hannah Sibai
Apr 2014
CELL Theatre Little Angel Theatre, then touring
Smoking Apples & Little Cauliflower
Lighting Designer Director: Smoking Apples & Little Cauliflower
Mar 2014, Mar 2016
Cat in the Cupboard Theatre Little Angel Theatre
Tiny Light
Lighting Designer Director: Anna Tolputt
Set designer: Amy Honour
Mar 2014
The Snow Spider Theatre Cheltenham Playhouse, then touring
Io Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Delyth Jones
Set designer: Florence Hazard
Dec 2013
Much Ado about Nothing Theatre Park90
ACS Random
Lighting Designer Director: Andrew Shepherd
Set designer: Zahra Mansouri
Dec 2013
Arvoles Lloran Por Lluvia Dance Battersea Mess and Music Hall
Sefiroth
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Katarzyna Witek
Set designer: Maya Angeli
Oct 2013
Skin Tight Theatre Park90
Epsilon Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Jemma Gross
Set designer: Jessamy Willson-Pepper
Jul 2013
After the Rainfall Theatre The Garage, then touring
Curious Directive
Lighting Designer Director: Jack Lowe
Set designer: Georgia Lowe
May 2013
Githa Theatre York Theatre Royal Studio
The Flanagan Collective
Lighting Designer Director: Peter Darney
May 2013
Moby-Dick Theatre Arcola Studio 1
Simple8
Lighting Designer Director: Sebastian Armesto
Apr 2013
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari Theatre Arcola Studio 2
Simple8
Lighting Designer Director: Dudley Hinton & Sebastian Armesto
Feb 2013
Steve and Then It Ended Theatre Theatre503
Paulden Hall Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Oscar Blustin
Set designer: Ian Latimer
Jan 2013
The Shakespeare Conspiracy Theatre The Chelsea Theatre
ACS Random
Lighting Designer Director: Jack Bowman
Set designer: Zahra Mansouri
Nov 2012
TRAILER/trash Theatre Hen and Chickens
Slippery When Wet
Lighting Designer Director: David Verrey
Set designer: Jacob Corn
Oct 2012
ENTER Theatre Embassy Theatre
TYPT:12
Lighting Designer Director: Anthony Ekundayo Lennon
Set designer: Christopher Giles
Aug 2012
After the Rainfall Theatre Pleasance King Dome
Curious Directive
Lighting Designer Director: Jack Lowe
Set designer: Georgia Lowe
Aug 2012
Camille Claudel Theatre Pleasance Beside
Footprint Project
Lighting Designer Director: Gael le Cornec
Set designer: Sophie Mosberger
Aug 2012
A Midsummer Night's Dream Theatre Chelsea Theatre
ACS Random
Lighting Designer Director: Andrew Shepherd
Set designer: Zahra Mansouri
Jun 2012
Goodnight Mrs Calabash Musical Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Ovation
Lighting Designer Director: Racky Plews
Set designer: Simon Anthony Wells
May 2012
Conquest of the South Pole Theatre Arcola Studio 1
Arcola Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Stephen Unwin
Set designer: Hayden Griffin
Apr 2012
Tristan and Yseult Theatre Oval House
BADA
Lighting Designer Director: Lynn Farleigh
Set designer: Becky Gunstone
Apr 2012
Yerma Theatre Oval House
BADA
Lighting Designer Director: Jake Murray
Set designer: Yole Lambrecht
Apr 2012
Spring Awakening Theatre Oval House
BADA
Lighting Designer Director: Leonie Kubigsteltig
Set designer: Signe Beckmann
Apr 2012
Your Last Breath Theatre Ustinov Studio, then touring
Curious Directive
Lighting Designer Director: Jack Lowe
Feb 2012
Oh What A Lovely War Theatre Oval House
BADA
Lighting Designer Director: Rania Jumaily
Set designer: James Turner
Dec 2011
99% Theatre Oval House
BADA
Lighting Designer Director: Guy Retallack
Set designer: Katie Bellman
Dec 2011
Christmas is Miles Away Theatre Hen and Chickens
Tremers Theatre Co
Lighting Designer Director: Tom O'Brien
Set designer: Emily Revell
Nov 2011
Othello Theatre Chelsea Theatre
ACS Random
Lighting Designer Director: Andrew Shepherd
Set designer: Zahra Mansouri
Nov 2011
Bernarda Alba Musical Union Theatre
Triptic Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Katherine Hare
Set designer: Hilary Statts
Aug 2011
Your Last Breath Theatre Pleasance King Dome
Curious Directive
Lighting Designer Director: Jack Lowe
Aug 2011
Snap.Catch.Slam Theatre Pleasance Beneath
Aslan Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Ben Caplan
Set designer: Beck Rainford
Aug 2011
The Shakespeare Conspiracy Theatre Chelsea Theatre
ACS Random
Lighting Designer Director: Chris Hislop
Set designer: Zahra Mansouri
Jun 2011
Where the Flowers Grow Theatre Warehouse Theatre
Prussia Lane Productions Ltd
Lighting Designer Director: Jeffrey Kissoon
Set designer: Heike Scharrer
Jun 2011
Edges Musical Landor Theatre
Notion Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Katherine Hare
Set designer: Hilary Statts
May 2011
Mysterious Skin Theatre Theatre 36 & Drill Hall
Em-Lou Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Peter Darney
May 2011

Frankenstein

With choreography as tight as their singing, and with Sherry Coenen’s dramatic lighting design, this Frankenstein is exciting and compelling.
Richard Maguire, The Reviews Hub 25/10/2018
With choreography as tight as their singing, and with Sherry Coenen’s dramatic lighting design, this Frankenstein is exciting and compelling.
Richard Maguire, The Reviews Hub 25/10/2018

Paradise Circus

a sensitive and unobtrusive lighting plot from Sherry Coenen that enhances each scene.
Richard Beck, Broadway Baby 16/10/2018
The lighting is very important as it heralds all the scene changes and follows scenes which take place off the stage. Very important and clever lighting design by Sherry Coenen
Aline Waites, Remote Goat 15/10/2018

Free and Proud

Peter Darney’s production of Charles Gershman’s Free & Proud is a stripped down affair...The only theatrical support comes from Nicola Chang’s soundscape and Sherry Coenen’s subtle lighting design.
Paul F Cockburn, Broadway Baby 02/08/2018

An Evening, A Beginning

Sherry Coenen’s lighting is darkly oppressive
Nicholas Minns, Writing about dance 04/08/2018

Female Parts: Shorts

The use of lighting to symbolise the turning on and off of the video camera is also an interesting quirk from Lighting Designer Sherry Coenen.
Roberta Wiafe, A Younger Theatre 21/03/2018
Sherry Coenen’s lighting is architecturally daring (see especially the light from the window in A Woman Alone)
Katherine Waters, The Arts Desk 17/03/2018
with very little set, the lighting is the main supporting component. Switching between yellow and blue, it takes us between flashbacks and the present.
Laura Foulger, The Upcoming 17/03/2018

Electra

Sherry Coenen’s lighting is simple and playful, engaging the audience and inviting them into the narrative.
Max May, Live Theatre UK 20/03/2018
Atmospheric lighting also helps to make the production feel edgy, and compelling.
Harriet Wilson, Onstage Blog 16/03/2018
Electra’s throbbing soundtrack is accompanied by an equally pulsating lighting design by Sherry Coenen, which incorporates both the strip lights that make up the bulk of the set and the little table lamps that are dotted around the auditorium. The overall picture is evocative, and when the lighting works in tandem with the music, like in the scene where Orestes consults the oracle, the effect is absolutely fab
Eva de Valk, Everything Theatre 11/03/2018
David Hewson effortlessly weaves composition into the show, as natural and effective as Sherry Coenen’s subtle lighting shifts.
Daniel Perks, Miro Magazine 08/03/2018
The live music effectively creates atmosphere and develops tonal shifts – the lighting by Sherry Coenen is similarly well designed.
Alice Carlill, Theatre Full Stop 07/03/2018
Sherry Coenen’s excellent lighting is a meeting of cold blue fluorescence one end of the stage and earthy oranges on the other
Tim Bano, The Stage 02/03/2018
Sherry Coenen’s lighting design works perfectly with this setup, the strip lights providing much of the atmosphere (the bloody red that symbolises death is especially striking) – and there’s an intriguing touch as some table lamps set amongst the audience light up at various stages.
Debbie Gilpin, Mind the Blog 02/03/2018
commendable work from lighting designer Sherry Coenen,
Edward Lukes, Once a Week Theatre 02/03/2018

The Singing Mermaid

A three-man cast, plus vivid lighting, well-delivered sound, catchy melodies, props and a host of deliciously designed puppets, it makes for top grade daytime entertainment.
Musical Theatre Review 17/12/2017
The set and lighting was spectacular and really made you feel as though you had stepped right into the dastardly Sam Sly’s Circus – much to the children’s delight!
Emily-Jane Clark, Northamptonshire Telegraph 13/12/2017
A three-man cast, plus vivid lighting, well-delivered sound, catchy melodies, props and a host of deliciously designed puppets, it makes for top grade daytime entertainment.
Musical Theatre Review 17/12/2017
The set and lighting was spectacular and really made you feel as though you had stepped right into the dastardly Sam Sly’s Circus – much to the children’s delight!
Emily-Jane Clark, Northamptonshire Telegraph 13/12/2017

In Our Hands

Sherry Coenen’s lighting reaches its finest moment in correspondence of a radio conversation between boats, when the auditorium is immersed in darkness and the cast uses flashlights to illuminate the mini-vessels alternately.
Marianna Meloni, Pocket Sized Theatre 18/09/2016
Sherry Coenen’s lighting reaches its finest moment in correspondence of a radio conversation between boats, when the auditorium is immersed in darkness and the cast uses flashlights to illuminate the mini-vessels alternately.
Marianna Meloni, Pocket Sized Theatre 18/09/2016
Sherry Coenen’s lighting reaches its finest moment in correspondence of a radio conversation between boats, when the auditorium is immersed in darkness and the cast uses flashlights to illuminate the mini-vessels alternately.
Marianna Meloni, Pocket Sized Theatre 18/09/2016
Sherry Coenen’s lighting reaches its finest moment in correspondence of a radio conversation between boats, when the auditorium is immersed in darkness and the cast uses flashlights to illuminate the mini-vessels alternately.
Marianna Meloni, Pocket Sized Theatre 18/09/2016

Give Me Your Skin

Cameron Macaulay’s catchy stings work with Sherry Coenen’s low-tech, glitzy lighting to make something warmly ironic and home-made enough to get people willingly onstage.
Emily Holyoake, Exeunt Magazine 30/06/2017

Africarmen

As I arrive at the performance space, I immediately feel the heat, as I notice the stage is lit up as if the sun is shining directly on it.
Gemma Hirst, Northern Lights 15/02/2016
Sherry Coenen’s shadowy lighting sometimes drenched in direct red light, certainly helps to build the mystery and excitement.
Ron Simpson, The Reviews Hub 05/11/2015
As I arrive at the performance space, I immediately feel the heat, as I notice the stage is lit up as if the sun is shining directly on it.
Gemma Hirst, Northern Lights 15/02/2016
Sherry Coenen’s shadowy lighting sometimes drenched in direct red light, certainly helps to build the mystery and excitement.
Ron Simpson, The Reviews Hub 05/11/2015

Cinderella

Sherry Coenen’s lighting adds to the magical impression.
Anne Morley-Priestman, Annie at the Theatre 07/12/2016

5 Guys Chillin'

Blackouts, eerie dimness, and an incidental soundtrack of pop songs are features of Sherry Coenen’s lighting design and Jo Walker’s sound design, respectively. Their vibrant efforts are intrinsic to the production’s success.
Darryl Reilly, TheaterScene.Net 29/09/2016
The show is nicely lit by Sherry Coenen, especially in the brief slo-mo cuddle- huddles
Peter Yates, London Theatre 1 10/02/2016
Blackouts, eerie dimness, and an incidental soundtrack of pop songs are features of Sherry Coenen’s lighting design and Jo Walker’s sound design, respectively. Their vibrant efforts are intrinsic to the production’s success.
Darryl Reilly, TheaterScene.Net 29/09/2016
The show is nicely lit by Sherry Coenen, especially in the brief slo-mo cuddle- huddles
Peter Yates, London Theatre 1 10/02/2016
Blackouts, eerie dimness, and an incidental soundtrack of pop songs are features of Sherry Coenen’s lighting design and Jo Walker’s sound design, respectively. Their vibrant efforts are intrinsic to the production’s success.
Darryl Reilly, TheaterScene.Net 29/09/2016
The show is nicely lit by Sherry Coenen, especially in the brief slo-mo cuddle- huddles
Peter Yates, London Theatre 1 10/02/2016

Happy to Help

Using a glaring strip-light approach throughout, perfectly designed by Sherry Coenen, the eternal dreary repetitiveness of the work is firmly established and mirrors the play’s references to broken dreams and resigned futility.
Maryam Philpott, The Reviews Hub 16/06/2016

CELL

Sherry Coenen’s lighting is also refreshing, with simple washes and specific illuminations being employed to highlight poignant moments in Ted’s story
Adam Bruce, A Younger Theatre 23/05/2016
Smoking Apples and Little Cauliflower have created a partnership that truly understands the power of what they do and the limitless potential of their artform. From Sherry Coenen’s lighting design and the great use of light in telling ‘Ted’s’ story, and Samuel Wyer’s shadow puppetry to composer Emily Appleton Holley’s music which is hauntingly beautiful there isn’t a moment within this production that hasn’t been greatly thought of.
The New Current 15/03/2015
Sherry Coenen’s lighting is also refreshing, with simple washes and specific illuminations being employed to highlight poignant moments in Ted’s story
Adam Bruce, A Younger Theatre 23/05/2016
Smoking Apples and Little Cauliflower have created a partnership that truly understands the power of what they do and the limitless potential of their artform. From Sherry Coenen’s lighting design and the great use of light in telling ‘Ted’s’ story, and Samuel Wyer’s shadow puppetry to composer Emily Appleton Holley’s music which is hauntingly beautiful there isn’t a moment within this production that hasn’t been greatly thought of.
The New Current 15/03/2015

This is How We Die

What I hadn’t noticed before in the show was how masterful Sherry Coenen’s lighting design is even before the spectacular ending – imperceptibly connecting us to Bailey then isolating him again. It matches the almost trance-like effect of the text itself
Lilith Wozniak, Exeunt Magazine 09/05/2018
The gentle shift of the lighting subtly underscores the tone and eventually dominates at the coda.
Christopher Hong, The Public Reviews 31/10/2014
The subliminal lighting design of Sherry Coenen adds to the spirituality of the last fifteen minutes of the production. Coenen lights the stage in a mixture of elements of a great rock concert and instances of higher ascension, like celestial gates opening upon death. Fading in and out with barely a glimmer of the musicians, painting them as haunting angels of death, Coenen elevates the performance.
Andres Ordorica, A Younger Theatre 19/06/2014
At the end of Christopher Brett Bailey’s performance of This is how we die the audience are subjected to – and it is a case of being subjected to rather than being passive observers of – a sonic assault that is best imagined as the sound of an imploding, decaying universe and the tentative hope that something new and beautiful can rise from the fading flickering light. The stage lights turn their impassive bulbs on the audience, bathing the observers in a harsh, unforgiving light whilst ear-shattering, fuzzy rhythms rise and fall, roll and repeat, looping and overlaying motifs amongst discordant sounds.
Civilian Theatre
What I hadn’t noticed before in the show was how masterful Sherry Coenen’s lighting design is even before the spectacular ending – imperceptibly connecting us to Bailey then isolating him again. It matches the almost trance-like effect of the text itself
Lilith Wozniak, Exeunt Magazine 09/05/2018
The gentle shift of the lighting subtly underscores the tone and eventually dominates at the coda.
Christopher Hong, The Public Reviews 31/10/2014
The subliminal lighting design of Sherry Coenen adds to the spirituality of the last fifteen minutes of the production. Coenen lights the stage in a mixture of elements of a great rock concert and instances of higher ascension, like celestial gates opening upon death. Fading in and out with barely a glimmer of the musicians, painting them as haunting angels of death, Coenen elevates the performance.
Andres Ordorica, A Younger Theatre 19/06/2014
At the end of Christopher Brett Bailey’s performance of This is how we die the audience are subjected to – and it is a case of being subjected to rather than being passive observers of – a sonic assault that is best imagined as the sound of an imploding, decaying universe and the tentative hope that something new and beautiful can rise from the fading flickering light. The stage lights turn their impassive bulbs on the audience, bathing the observers in a harsh, unforgiving light whilst ear-shattering, fuzzy rhythms rise and fall, roll and repeat, looping and overlaying motifs amongst discordant sounds.
Civilian Theatre

10,000 Litres

Sherry Coenen’s lighting completes a predominantly clinical environment for these breathing machines
Nicholas Minns, Writing about dance 18/05/2017

The State vs John Hayes

Sherry Coenen’s lighting also does well to augment moments of The State vs John Hayes, creating different colours and tones for when certain personalities are being explored. These prick your visual attention, but never take away from Roslyn’s performance, merely adding atmosphere and definition to some of the things that are going on rather than distracting or being overbearing.
JWaygood, Grumpy Gay Critic 02/11/2015
It’s an extraordinary physical performance from Roslyn, cleverly enhanced by Sherry Coenen’s lighting, as the two facets of her self are delineated but also marked as two ends of the same gender-fluid spectrum as opposed to two separate personae
Ian Foster, There Ought To Be Clowns 31/10/2015
Lighting Designer, Sherry Coenen made a brilliant contribution with her expert timing.
Heather Jeffery, London Pub Theatres 30/10/2015
It’s a disjointed and fragmented tale that is often difficult to follow, though that only feeds into the notion of the character’s psychiatric imbalance, mirrored by subtle changes in lighting
The Gizzle Review 30/10/2015
Lighting designer Sherry Coenen reminds us of John’s threatening presence with greenish pulses when Elyese is struck with a crippling back spasm, a symbol of the control he has over her. The subtle heartbeat in dangling filament lights is Elyese’s, which will cease all too soon as electricity surges through her slender, fragile-looking body.
Laura Kressly, The Plays The Thing UK 30/10/2015

Nobody's Business

Sherry Coenen lights the action well, and the sense of dubious exoticism created by the lighting effects is rather ingenious.
Stephen Collins, BritishTheatre.com 05/10/2015

Speech Acts

Benjamin’s 2006 opera offers a swarm of pizzicato strings, ruminative flute and angular brass suspended over the dank blink of a cimbalom. Here Sherry Coenen’s lighting designs are at their most expressive
Anna Picard, The Times 09/04/2015

This Room

Her piece is built up in a very controlled manner, and her use of lights that slowly form the walls of a room around her and the sound design of whispering voices help her to build an incredibly raw tension
Franciska Éry, A Younger Theatre 09/05/2015
The lightbulbs suspended from the ceiling flare and flicker like neurons firing in the brain.
Catherine Love, Exeunt Magazine 28/02/2015

Arvoles Lloran Por Lluvia

Sherry Coenen’s lighting design has a real softness and beauty to it, creating the barren wasteland which the company dances through
Amy Lawrence, Bargain Theatreland 08/10/2013

Skin Tight

subtle lighting changes from soft pinks to colder greens by Sherry Coenen which shift us between timeless to time-pressed
Vicky Ellis, Whats on Stage.com 19/07/2013
at the same time it is a dream landscape and it is subtly lit by Sherry Coenen
Howard Loxton, British Theatre Guide

After the Rainfall

Paired with Gareth Taylor’s movement, John-Marc Gowans’ impressive use of video and Sherry Coenen’s subtle yet effective lighting, After The Rainfall becomes a totally immersive world – a treat for both ear and eye.
Glen Pearce, The Reviews Hub 27/09/2013
magnificent lighting effects from Sherry Coenen.
Everything Theatre, Everything Theatre 01/09/2012

Githa

Sherry Coenen’s simple but evocative lighting design. As Davies switches character—for instance between a female speaker espousing economic and political equality from the lectern, and the shocked but intrigued Githa—the light similarly snaps, augmenting the sense of transformation.
Mark Smith, British Theatre Guide 29/05/2013

Moby-Dick

And Armesto’s pacy, well modulated production gains buoyancy from a sprinkling of authentic sea shanties and good lighting design from Sherry Coenen
Siobhan Murphy, The Metro 05/04/2013
It is certainly a very attractive production, heightened by beautiful lighting design by Sherry Coenen.
Lizzie Kirkwood, The Public Reviews 05/04/2013
Lighting effects (Sherry Coenen) created with hand held lanterns evoke a sense of the briny deep
Bryony Hegarty, N16 Magazine 05/04/2013
Sherry Coenen’s lighting design is atmospheric and inventive
Amy Lawrence, Bargain Theatreland 05/04/2013

The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

There’s upbeat music and humorous one-liners alongside an inventive use of lighting to create ominous shadows
Daisy Bowie-Sell, The Telegraph 19/02/2013
Impossible to praise individual actors in such an ensemble: they all perform in harmony with the writing, the effects, the music, the lighting (Sherry Coenen) in a production that is entertaining, thought-provoking, terrifying and funny.
Jill Truman, Islington Gazette 14/02/2013
Imaginative lighting and staging combine with music and physical performance to create a highly aesthetic approach to theatre
Greg Jameson, Entertainment Focus 14/02/2013
subtle lighting changes completely alter the tone, and it is often as seamless as film
Piero McCarthy, Bargain Theatreland 14/02/2013
Simon Allison, Sebastian Armesto and Sherry Coenen’s paired back, minimalist approach has the twofold benefit of saving money while harnessing the spirit of the original
Patrick Brennan, Whats on Stage.com 14/02/2013

Steve and Then It Ended

Sherry Coenen’s lighting design is used to fabulous effect, leading the audience between kitchen sink realism and stylised soliloquy with ease
Lizzie Kirkwood, The Public Reviews 11/01/2013

Your Last Breath

wonderfully lit by Sherry Coenen’s lighting
Jake Orr, A Younger Theatre 11/04/2012

Bernarda Alba

Some atmospheric lighting heightens this tension, alternating between the dull yellow of a dying day and a diffuse red glow that reflects the girls’ mounting sexual frustration.
Tom Wicker, Exeunt Magazine 26/08/2011
a beautiful lighting design by Sherry Coenen that expertly enhances the piece’s dynamic shifts between naturalism and expressionism.
Alex Ramon, British Theatre Guide

Where the Flowers Grow

Heike Scharrer’s set and Sherry Coenen’s lighting reflect the emotional underscoring to this piece
Paul Vale, The Stage 10/06/2011

Mysterious Skin

All the time, there is the simmer of something sinister and not quite right with their stories. This is helped along by Sherry Coenen’s atmospheric lighting,
James Waygood, So So Gay 23/09/2011
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