Stephen Carmody is a New York-based scenic designer focused on creating story-driven visual experiences for live entertainment and immersive environments.
Stephen has been hired by design firms Hotopp Associates, ARDA Studios, Poleshuck Design, Clickspring, and Batwin+Robin, among others, for projects including amusement parks, branded events, broadcast studios, exhibits, and touring attractions. Working both digitally and by hand, Stephen generates 3D models, conceptual renderings, and CAD drawing packages. Stephen is currently designing the new interactive theatre experience at The Fire Zone, New York City’s fire safety learning center.
Stephen also has extensive experience in theatrical design. As Scenic Coordinator for the new musicals “Havana” and “Palace of Lights,” directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle and produced by Norwegian Cruise Lines, Stephen adapted award-winning visual artist Ruben Toledo’s work into three-dimensional scenery. He served as the Associate Scenic Designer on the three-city tour and Broadway production of Escape to Margaritaville, as well as the Broadway productions Ruben and Clay’s First Annual Christmas Show and Anastasia. As an assistant, Stephen has worked alongside designers Scott Pask, Derek McLane, David Gallo, Todd Rosenthal, Alexander Dodge, Josh Zangen, and Walt Spangler, producing design drawings and building miniature scale models. Originally from Chicago, Stephen has designed over 25 productions for regional theater companies including Fox Valley Rep, Bailiwick Chicago, Steep, Stage Left, Theater at the Center, Milwaukee Rep, Remy Bumppo, and Bucks County Playhouse. New York design credits include the off-Broadway production of A Twist of Water, Keen Teens for Keen Company, A Wake or a Wedding for Encompass New Opera Theater, and The Astronaut's Tale at BAM.
Awards and honors include the John Murbach Scholarship for Collaborative Design presented at the 2010 Michael Merritt Awards, an Equity Jeff Award nomination for Best Scenic Design for Broadsword, and the 2014 Broadwayworld.com Chicago Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Sweeney Todd. Stephen’s work was also showcased at the 2011 Prague Quadrennial. An advocate of using creativity as a problem solving and learning tool, Stephen has served as an adjunct professor at Long Island University, lectured and designed at the New School, and taught for Opera for All, an educational program empowering public school students to develop and produce original operas.
Stephen is a graduate of the Theater School at DePaul University and lives with his (much smarter) wife on the Upper West Side. He is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.