The 2019 Obie Awards honored the Lighting Design for
Light Shining in Buckinghamshire!


ONSTAGE NOW:

  • NOISES OFF at the Cape Playhouse rings out the summer, directed by Jeffry Denman. Playing through Aug17.

SELECTED UPCOMING:

  • HEROES OF THE FOURTH TURNING by Will Arbery, will be directed by Danya Taymor on Playwrights Horizons’ Main Stage.

  • WMILMA’S TALE by Lynn Nottage and directed by Mark Lamos.

  • JORDAN, written by Brenda Withers and directed by Jess Chayes at Northern Stage.

  • PigPen’s THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX transfers to BERKELEY REP for the holiday season.

  • PETER PAN will be a part of the 19/20 season at Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC, directed by Alan Paul.

MORE ON THE HORIZON… 2020


RECENTLY IN 2019:

  • TELL ME I’M NOT CRAZY takes the Nikos stage at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Written by Sharyn Rothstein and directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel.

  • Manhattan Theatre Club presented Bess Wohl's CONTINUITY, a play in six takes. It is directed by Tony winner Rachel Chavkin, on MTC’s Stage II.

    • “What’s so brave and so harrowing about Wohl’s project is that it is unsparing with itself: It questions not only art’s utility in the face of something as massive and dire as the warming of the planet, but also the very ethics of its existence.“ Sara Holdren, Vulture

  • ClubbedThumb remounts PLANO, by Will Arbery and directed by Taylor Reynolds. Onstage at the Connelly Theater… ”Tonight, and later, and earlier, three sisters (no, not those ones) are stricken with a series of strange plagues. Let’s talk about family nightmares. I mean, uh, memories."

    • “Director Taylor Reynolds presides over a production that does Arbery proud: Daniel Zimmerman’s set looks normal, but the more you look at the simple wooden house in Isabella Byrd's slanting light, the more you mistrust its geometries.'“ Helen Shaw, TimeOut New York

    • “With its mysterious plagues and its slug infestations, its multiplying men and its cornered, fighting women, its sense that the drab, weird, grossly unfair universe is always on the edge of an apocalypse that never comes, Plano is a fiercely smart contemporary dream play — to paraphrase Ursula Le Guin, a ‘realism of a larger reality.’ “ Sara Holdren, Vulture NYMag


  • DADDY, by Jeremy O. Harris, directed by Danya Taymor. DADDY stars Ronald Peet and Alan Cumming. A co-production with The Vineyard Theatre and The New Group, staged on the Linney Theatre at Signature Theatre Center, pool side.

    • “… whenever the ensemble members are in the pool, which has been lighted like a movie star by Isabella Byrd… Were there an award for best supporting body of water in a play, this highly expressive pool would be a shoo-in.” - NYTimes

      “Matt Saunders’ pulsating blue pool dominates the set … Adding to this visual effect is Isabella Byrd’s exquisite lighting that reflects not only the mood, but the inner feelings of the play.” TmSqChronicle

      “Some breathtaking design work has gone into the sleek production of Jeremy O. Harris’ ‘Daddy,’ … Lighting designer Isabella Byrd has washed the entire scene in luscious shades of sun-washed blue.” Variety


  • A.C.T. (American Conservatory Theater) in San Francisco, produces SEASCAPE by Edward Albee, directed by Pam MacKinnon, with Set and Costume by David Zinn.

  • “The brilliant set design by David Zinn …. is enhanced by Isabella Byrds’s skill in capturing that rare light of the Atlantic sea coast.” - 48Hills.com

“DADDY”. Emiliano Ponzi, illustration for The New Yorker

“DADDY”. Emiliano Ponzi, illustration for The New Yorker


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2018 highlights



  • March 2018 concluded a collaboration with director, Noah Baumbach, production designer Jade Healy, and DP Robbie Ryan on Noah's new untitled film.