Deirdre Kinahan is a Dublin-based playwright and theatre producer.
Deirdre wrote her first play in 1999 when a group of women at Ruhama Women's Project asked her to write a play about their lives as prostitutes. Be Carna was widely regarded as a powerful debut.
Deirdre’s play MOMENT played at the Bush Theatre to critical acclaim and sell out audiences in 2011 whilst These Halcyon Days won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival in 2013. SPINNING, 2014 was a sell out hit at the Dublin Theatre Festival and opens in Chicago next Spring whilst her latest drama WILD SKY written in commemoration of the Irish Easter Rising of 1916 opened in Ireland in 2016 before transferring to New York.
Deirdre has been part of the Open Court season at the Royal Court with a play about the Irish economic crisis and is currently writing for the Old Vic New Voices Programme.
Deirdre is a member of the Board of the Abbey Theatre and is published by Nick Hern Books.
In 2016, Deirdre was invited to join the prestigious Irish cultural group Aosdána.
New commission with Manhattan Theatre Company
A rich powerful new play by Deirdre Kinahan exploring the extraordinary energy and complexity of events in Ireland in the lead up to Easter 1916.
Community project with the Old Vic.
A celebration of the human spirit and our quest for meaning in even the most seemingly hopeless circumstance
Co-written with Alice Barry