Photograph from Together, Not the Same - lighting design by Ryan Stafford
Christopher Thomas' 'To the Ocean Floor' | Photographer: Helen Murray | From the show Together, Not the Same
Photograph from Crave - lighting design by Ryan Stafford
Photographer: Kirsten Mcternan | From the show Crave
Photograph from Together, Not the Same - lighting design by Ryan Stafford
Anthony Matsena's 'Vessels of Affliction' | Photographer: Helen Murray | From the show Together, Not the Same
Photograph from Crave - lighting design by Ryan Stafford
Photographer: Kirsten Mcternan | From the show Crave
Photograph from Together, Not the Same - lighting design by Ryan Stafford
Anthony Matsena's 'Vessels of Affliction' | From the show Together, Not the Same
Ryan Stafford's picture

Ryan Joseph Stafford

Ryan works across the UK and Europe as a Lighting Designer for theatre, musicals, and dance.

He trained at Rose Bruford College, graduating with a First Class BA Honours Degree in Lighting Design.

Theatre includes: Not Quite Jerusalem (Finborough); When the Sea Swallows Us Whole (Vault Festival, London); Wind of Heaven (Finborough); Cyrano de Bergerac (The Watermill); Crave (The Other Room/RWCMD); Hauntings & Pork Pies (Theatre Clwyd/National Trust); Easy Virtue (The Watermill); The Island (Fio/UK Tour); Cardiff Boy (Red Oak Theatre/The Other Room); The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives (Elufowoju, Jr. Ensemble/Arcola Theatre); Dames (Siberian Lights/Pleasance London); Finding Mr Hart (Blackburn Cotton Exchange); The River (Red Oak Theatre); Landmines (Bridge Company/Ovalhouse); Flew the Coop (New Diorama Theatre).

Musicals include: Sleeping Beauty (Rhodes Arts Theatre/Wisecracker Ent.); Pippin (UWTSD, Cardiff); Becoming (Stratford Circus); Robin Hood (The Watermill); Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Bournemouth Pavilion); Wondertown (Bohemian Theatre Co.); Assassins (Rose Bruford/Stratford Circus).

Dance includes: Left from Write (Norwegian National Ballet II/Linbury, Royal Opera House; European Tour); CODI (National Dance Company Wales/National Tour); When It Arrives; Shall We Just Retire to the Lake? (Messums Gallery, Wiltshire); Together, Not the Same (Sadler’s Wells).

Ryan regularly works as an Assistant/Associate Lighting Designer for LDs including Michael Hulls, Richard Howell, Hansjörg Schmidt, Nic Farman, and Dan Saggars.

As Associate: Umm Kulthum & The Golden Era (London Palladium); Faustus: That Damned Woman (Headlong Theatre/UK Tour); Spiral Pass (Lyon Opera Ballet); The Thread (Sadler’s Wells; Megaron, Athens); Toujours et Près de Moi (ERRATICA/Edinburgh Fringe; Operadagen Festival, Rotterdam); Under Glass (Clod Ensemble/UK Tour); Orfeo ed Euridice (LFO/Greenwood Theatre).

Ryan is an Associate Artist of Red Oak Theatre Company and Bohemian Theatre Company.

In 2019, Ryan received the ‘Michael Northern Award for Excellence in Lighting Design’, from the Association of Lighting Designers.

Previous productions

Show name Type Venue/Company Role Creative Team Opened
Shades of Blue Dance Sadler's Wells
Matsena Productions
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Anthony Matsena & Kel Matsena
Jan 2021
NYDC X Russell Maliphant Dance Sadler's Wells
National Youth Dance Company
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Russell Maliphant
Aug 2020
Not Quite Jerusalem Theatre The Finborough Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Peter Kavanagh
Set designer: Ceci Calf
Mar 2020
Left From Write Dance Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, then touring
Norwegian National Ballet
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Charlotte Edmonds
Jun 2019, Feb 2020
Faustus: That Damned Woman Theatre Lyric Hammersmith, then touring
Headlong
Touring Re-Lighter Lighting designer: Richard Howell
Director: Caroline Byrne
Set designer: Ana Inés Jabares Pita
Jan 2020
Sleeping Beauty - Pantomine Musical Rhodes Arts Theatre
Wisecracker Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Ian McFarlane
Dec 2019
Wind of Heaven Theatre The Finborough Theatre
Weighed In Productions
Lighting Designer Director: Will Maynard
Set designer: Ceci Calf
Nov 2019
CODI Dance Theatr Clwyd, then touring
National Dance Company of Wales
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Anthony Matsena
Nov 2019
Cyrano de Bergerac Theatre The Watermill Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Seamus Allen
Set designer: Cory Shipp
Oct 2019
Spiral Pass Dance Lyon Opera Ballet Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Michael Hulls
Choreographer: Russell Maliphant
Sep 2019
Shall We Just Retire to the Lake? / When It Arrives Dance Messums Wiltshire Lighting Designer Choreographer: Ruby Portus
, Choreographer: Anthony Matsena
Sep 2019
Me and My Girl Musical Frinton Summer Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Ben Stock
Set designer: Gregor Donnelly
Aug 2019
Together, Not the Same Dance Sadler's Wells Theatre Lighting Designer Choreographer: Christopher Thomas
, Choreographer: Ruby Portus
, Choreographer: Anthony Matsena
, Choreographer: Wilhelmina Ojanen
Jul 2019
Left From Write Dance Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, then touring
Norwegian National Ballet
Lighting Designer Choreographer: Charlotte Edmonds
Jun 2019, Feb 2020
Crave Theatre The Other Room, Cardiff
RWCMD/The Other Room
Lighting Designer Director: Samantha Jones
Set designer: Mimi Donaldson, Set designer: Zoe Brennan
May 2019
Hauntings and Pork Pies Theatre Powis Castle
Theatr Clwyd / National Trust
Lighting Designer Director: Hannah Noone
Set designer: Heledd Rees
Apr 2019
The Thread Dance Sadler's Wells Theatre Associate Lighting Designer Lighting designer: Michael Hulls
Choreographer: Russell Maliphant
Mar 2019
Becoming Musical Stratford Circus, London Lighting Designer Director: Debo Oluwatuminu
Mar 2019
Pippin Musical The Gate, Cardiff
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Lighting Designer Director: Angharad Lee
Set designer: Cory Shipp
Feb 2019
Robin Hood Theatre The Watermill Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Laura Keefe
Set designer: Frankie Bradshaw
Nov 2018
Easy Virtue Theatre The Watermill Theatre Lighting Designer Director: Seamus Allen
Set designer: Cory Shipp
Nov 2018
Cardiff Boy Theatre The Other Room, Cardiff
Red Oak Theatre
Lighting Designer Director: Matthew Holmquist
Set designer: April Dalton
Nov 2018
The Island Theatre Fio Lighting Designer Director: ABDUL SHAYEK
Set designer: BECKY DAVIES
Oct 2018
Wondertown Musical Ugly Duck, Tanner Street
Bohemians Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Benjamin Mowbray
Set designer: Kimmy Hanseo Kim
Jun 2018
The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives Theatre The Arcola Theatre
Elufowoju jr Ensemble
Lighting Designer Director: Femi Elufowoju jr
Set designer: Ultz
Jun 2018
Dames Theatre The Pleasance London
Siberian Lights
Lighting Designer Director: Jamie Garven
Set designer: April Dalton
Apr 2018
Assassins Non-professional Stratford Circus, London
Rose Bruford College
Lighting Designer Director: Laura Keefe
Set designer: Sarah Kemp
Mar 2018
Finding Mr Hart Theatre Blackburn Cotton Exchange
Being Human Festival
Lighting Designer Director: Will Maynard
Set designer: Anna Lewis
Nov 2017
Under Glass Dance Clod Ensemble Touring Re-Lighter Lighting designer: Hansjorg Schmidt
Set designer: Sarah Blenkinsop
Oct 2017
The River Theatre Loco Klub, Bristol
Red Oak Theatre Co.
Lighting Designer Director: Matthew Holmquist
Set designer: April Dalton
Sep 2017
Landmines Theatre Ovalhouse Theatre
Bridge Theatre Company
Lighting Designer Director: Emma Higham
Set designer: Ryan Dawson-Laight
Jun 2017
After the Heat We Battle for the Heart Theatre The Vaults
Tangled Thread
Lighting Designer Director: Carla Kingham
Feb 2016

Not Quite Jerusalem

Design by Ceci Calf and lighting by Ryan Joseph Stafford create a believable world with some beautiful images.
Derek Benfield, UK Theatre Web
..lit with poetic imagination by the also new and one-to-watch Ryan Joseph Stafford: his handling of density, saturation and fading, combined with an unerring sense of what to do with the set, make his work a joy in itself.
Julian Eaves, British Theatre

Wind of Heaven

…lithe changes in lighting help create a world imbued with a heavenly glow.
Mert Dilek, The Stage
The lighting design by Ryan Joseph Stafford is glowingly warm for much of the play, but there are also poignant apocalyptic bursts that startlingly interrupt the domestic quietude at crucial moments.
Richard Beck, Broadway Baby

Together, Not the Same

This caging of the dancers is viscerally presented as the lighting rigs begin to drop from above the stage, pressing down on the writhing bodies below. It is a powerful piece, and the combination of the dance, lighting and soundscape is perfection.
Esme Mahoney, Upper Circle

Cardiff Boy

..once Ryan Joseph Stafford’s lighting comes into full force, it all makes sense. As Hammett reminisces on times gone by, the lights flicker over the images, creating a beautiful and ethereal atmosphere.
Jafar Iqbal, Wales Arts Review 07/11/2018
..while Ryan Joseph Stafford’s lighting hints at an ethereal outside world brimming with opportunity.
Nicholas Davies, The Stage 07/11/2018
[Ryan Joseph Stafford’s] lighting design is also excellent, with the use of colour, projection and silhouette creating visually stunning moments.
Whiplash Review 07/11/2018

The Island

Ryan Joseph Stafford’s lighting achieves the same effect – when characters John and Winston dream of the outside world the stage takes on a hauntingly bright, almost ethereal, quality. Reality is far dimmer, enhancing the claustrophobia..
Jafar Iqbal, Wales Arts Review 24/10/2018

Dames

The design, highlighted by Ryan Joseph Stafford’s lights, brings just the right amount of stylisation and other worldliness to Dames, which keeps the content raw, but still allows the audience to celebrate and enjoy what is being revealed.
Eloise Poulton, The Spy in the Stalls 20/04/2018
Theatre:
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Regional (Studio)
  • Fringe / Pub Theatre
  • Education Establishment
  • Touring relights
Musical:
  • Regional (Main House)
  • Small Scale / Fringe
  • Pantomime
  • Education Establishment
Opera:
  • Small scale
  • Touring relights
Dance:
  • International
  • UK National Company
  • Large Scale
  • Medium Scale
Contact method Details
Email address ryan@rjsld.com
Website www.rjsld.com
Agent name Jasmine Daines Pilgrem
Agent email jasmine@lisarichards.co.uk
Agent phone +44 (0) 20 7287 1441

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