Rachel
O'Riordan

Director for the Stage

Rachel O’Riordan recently joined the Lyric Theatre in London as their Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive. Prior to this she was Artistic Director of Cardiff’s Sherman Theatre, for whom she has directed The Cherry Orchard, Killology (& Royal Court Theatre, London); The Weir (& Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol); Bird (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester); A Doll’s House; Iphigenia in Splott (UK tour/ National Theatre); Romeo & Juliet and Arabian Nights. Killology won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre and was the first co-production between a Welsh theatre and the Royal Court. Iphigenia in Splott won both the UK Theatre Awards ‘Best New Play’ and the James Tait Black prize for drama. It was the first production by a Welsh producing house to transfer to the National Theatre. Under Rachel’s leadership, Sherman Theatre became the first theatre in Wales to win The Stage Awards Regional Theatre of the Year title in 2018.

Rachel’s work has been performed internationally. In 2018 Rachel directed Come On Home at Abbey Theatre, Dublin. In 2017 Iphigenia in Splott was performed at New York’s Brits Off Broadway season and was the only production by a UK company to be selected to be part of FIND Festival at Berlin’s iconic Schaubühne. She has recently worked for the British Council in Kiev, developing new artists.

Before joining Sherman Theatre, Rachel was Artistic Director at Perth Theatre Scotland. She holds a PhD from the University of Ulster.

CV

Theatre

Director

Writer Phillip McMahon
Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Writer Gary Owen
Sherman Theatre
Writer Dawn King
Ambassadors Theatre
Killology
Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre
Writer Gary Owen
The Royal Court
Writer Conor McPherson
Sherman Theatre/Tobacco Factory
Writer Katherine Chandler
Sherman Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange
Iphigenia In Splott
'Best New Play' at UK Theatre Awards
Writer Gary Owen
NT/Sherman Theatre National Tour 2016
Arabian Nights
Wales Drama Award - Best Show for Children and Young People
Writer Dominic Cooke
Sherman Theatre
Writer Owen McCafferty
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival
Writer William Shakespeare
Perth/Tron Theatre
The Seafarer
CATS Best Director and Best Ensemble Awards
Writer Conor McPherson
Perth Theatre/Lyric, Belfast
Writer Ron Hutchinson
Perth Theatre
Writer Christopher Norby, Deirdre McKay, Ed Bennett, Brian Irvine and Conor Mitchell
MAC Belfast and Southbank London
Someone Who'll Watch Over Me
CATS Best Director Nomination
Writer Frank McGuinness
Perth Theatre
Writer William Shakespeare
Perth Theatre
Writer David Ireland
Oran Mor
Over The Bridge
Irish Times Theatre Awards Best Director
Writer Sam Thompson
Waterfront Hall Belfast
The Absence of Women
UK Theatre Awards Best Director Nomination
Writer Owen McCafferty
Lyric Belfast/Tricycle Theatre
Grimm Tales
M.E.N. Best Family Show
Writer Carol Ann Duffy
Library Theatre, Manchester
Writer Frank McGuinness
Library Theatre, Manchester
Writer Richard Dormer
Tron, Glasgow
Absolution
1st Irish Festival NYC Best Director Award
Writer Owen O'Neill
Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival
Writer George Orwell
Theatre Royal, Bath
Writer Richard Dormer
Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival
Much Ado About Nothing
UK Theatre Awards Best Director Nomination
Writer William Shakespeare
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Producer Ransom Productions
Writer Leo Butler
Belfast Festival
Writer Simon Block
Hampstead Theatre
Writer August Strindberg
Theatre Royal, Bath
Writer Tennessee Williams
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Writer Conor Mitchell
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
Writer Robert Welch
Traverse Theatre
Producer Ransom Productions
Writer Richard Dormer
Soho Theatre