Isabella Byrd is a lighting designer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her design collaborations have been presented in New York City, across the U.S, and soon in the U.K.
With a special interest in developing new works and igniting classics, her practice pivots/activates/blooms around design dramaturgy, movement, and color composition. Her work investigates the human scale as neighbor to architecture, poetry and shadow play. The uncanny is among her current interests.
Recent recognition of her designs include the 2020 Lucille Lortel Award for Heroes of the Fourth Turning, as well as a 2019 Obie for her work on Light Shining in Buckinghamshire. She has received multiple Henry Hewes nominations, as well as a Drama Desk nomination.
Previously, Byrd was a contributor and producer at Chance Magazine. Aside from curating content for the magazine, she was invited to lead a symposium and seminar at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial, exploring the fertile encounter of photography, theatrical design and thought artifacts.
Byrd was the Creative Producer for 13Playwright's archival website www.13p.org. In 2012, the Obie Award-winning downtown collective completed their producing mission and 'imploded' into the interactive digital time capsule.
Byrd is a proud member of USA-829, and interested in expanding her creative interactions to redefine the theatrical bubble.
Learn more on Byrd’s website.