Arts Council of Wales | Rachel O’Riordan

Rachel O’Riordan

Rachel O’Riordan became a Member of Arts Council of Wales in April 2017.

Rachel O’Riordan is the Artistic Director of the Sherman Theatre, for whom she has directed The Weir, Bird, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, A Doll’s House, Iphigenia in Splott (UK tour/ National Theatre), Romeo & Juliet and Arabian Nights.

Currently, she is working on the first co-production between a Welsh theatre and the Royal Court, Killology. Her work has been performed internationally and will shortly be part of the Schaubune FIND festival in Berlin, and Brits off Broadway in New York. Recently, she worked for the British Council in Kiev, developing new artists.

Before joining the Sherman, she was Artistic Director at Perth Theatre where work included: Macbeth (Perth/Tron); The Seafarer (Perth/Lyric); The Odd Couple (Female Version); Moonlight and Magnolias, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (CATS Best Director nominee) and Twelfth Night. She won the CATS Award for Best Director for The Seafarer and Best Director at the First Irish Theatre Festival Awards for Absolution. Iphigenia in Splott won both the UK Theatre Awards ‘Best new Play’ and the James Tait Black prize. It was the first production from Wales to transfer to the NT.

Other work includes: Unfaithful (Traverse Theatre); The Absence of Women (Tricycle, UK Theatre Awards Best Director nominee); Hurricane (West End/59E59 Off-Broadway); Everything Is Illuminated (Hampstead Theatre); Miss Julie, Animal Farm (Peter Hall Company); Absolution (Guna Nua/First Irish NY); Much Ado About Nothing (UK Theatre Awards Best Director nominee), The Glass Menagerie, Merry Christmas Betty Ford (Lyric, Belfast); A Christmas Carol, Gates of Gold, Grimm Tales (Library Theatre, Manchester); Over the Bridge (Green Shoot/Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Irish Times Theatre Awards Best Director nominee); Protestants (Soho Theatre); Arguments for Terrorism, (Òran Mór). Opera includes NI5 for Northern Ireland Opera at the MAC, Belfast.

She has been named as one of the 100 most influential people in British theatre by The Stage, and holds a PhD from the University of Ulster.

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Rachel O’Riordan

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