Featured Designs:

The Conversion of Ka’ahumanu

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Pumpboys and Dinettes

The Mountian Playhouse

Dancing at Lughnasa

Southern Virginia University

Copyright © 2016 by David Dwyer


-Scenic Designer


Niagara University

         Welcome to the official webpage of David Dwyer. David is  a free-lance scenic designer for theatre and film with over 150 realized productions all along the east coast from Florida to Maine.  More...

         “I have to say that rarely do I get the chance to work with someone so fully versed and proficient at so many technical aspects of theatrical stagecraft. Everything David did for me; from his sketches, to drafting, to implementation of his ideas, was way above industry standards and the call of duty and I am very grateful for his professional nature and his ability to collaborate.”

-Larry Tobias; AEA SAG/AFTRA SDC



From Fortunato Pezzimenti’s thoughtful and effective direction to the small cast’s touching, funny, and nuanced performances, this production of Outside Mullingar understands and does not overplay this subtle, realistic dynamic.  The creative combination of David Dwyer’s cozy farmhouse set design, Brian Cavanagh’s soft, intimate lighting, and Tom Makar’s stormy Irish-folk infused sound design perfectly set the play in modern-day Ireland, matching well with the working class markers of Susan Drozd’s simple hair and makeup design and Jessica Wegrzyn’s purposefully drab costuming. 


"Outside Mullingar" - New York Theatre Guide
by Dianne Gebauer, nytheatreguide.com

“Set Designer David Dwyer, has converted the arena setting of the Andrews Theatre into a deep thrust in order to lend the space the more traditional feel, compatible with a naturalistic piece. He has devised a grand and convincing kitchen, the perpetual off-stage life of a privileged family we never see—except through the unwelcome visitation of Miss Julie.  “

- Anthony Chase
“Strindberg Redux”
Artvoice, March 5, 2015

After Miss Julie

Irish Classical Theatre Company

“The set is remarkable, using lighting to emphasize the scene's mood. In particular, they used a projection of the moon to make the nights more romantic for clandestine wooing. The stage itself is built to feel grand and lofty while also allowing for the action to take place fluidly across the stage and even the audience. “- The Newark Advocate—June 2, 2012



Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Weathervane Theatre

Outside Mulligar

Irish Classical Theatre Company

The set. . . was of a quality that I have seen at small regional theatres or universities with professional staff and/or graduate students responsible for construction. The fact that this magnificent set was built by undergraduate students at a small university with fewer than 800 students is an extraordinary achievement. “  - From the Kennedy Center American College Theatre festival Adjudication

Dancing at Lughnasa

Southern Virginia University