Rachel O'Riordan

Director for the Stage

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Rachel is the Artistic Director of the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff. She was previously Artistic Director of Perth Theatre and founding Artistic Director of Ransom Productions, Belfast.  She has a PhD from the University of Ulster and wrote her doctoral thesis on Shakespeare’s Physical Text. Ransom’s first production, HURRICANE, about the snooker player Alex Higgins, won multiple awards and transferred to the West End. Recently, IPHIGENIA IN SPLOTT, written by Gary Owen, transferred to the NT where it received extensive critical acclaim and won UK Theatre Awards best New Play 2016 and is the current winner of the James Tait Black award.




The Royal Court
Sherman Theatre/Tobacco Factory
WriterKatherine Chandler
Sherman Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange
WriterGary Owen
NT/Sherman Theatre National Tour 2016
Arabian Nights
Wales Drama Award - Best Show for Children and Young People
Sherman Theatre
WriterOwen McCafferty
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival
Perth/Tron Theatre
The Seafarer
CATS Best Director and Best Ensemble Awards
WriterConor McPherson
Perth Theatre/Lyric, Belfast
WriterRon Hutchinson
Perth Theatre
WriterChristopher Norby, Deirdre McKay, Ed Bennett, Brian Irvine and Conor Mitchell
MAC Belfast and Southbank London

CATS Best Director nomination

Perth Theatre
Perth Theatre
WriterDavid Ireland
Oran Mor
Over The Bridge
Irish Times Theatre Awards Best Director
WriterSam Thompson
Waterfront Hall Belfast
WriterOwen McCafferty

UK Theatre Awards Best Director Nomination

Lyric Belfast/Tricycle Theatre
Grimm Tales
M.E.N. Best Family Show
WriterCarol Ann Duffy
Library Theatre, Manchester
WriterFraml <cGiommess
Library Theatre, Manchester
WriterRichard Dormer
Tron, Glasgow
1st Irish Festival NYC Best Director
WriterOwen O'Neill
Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival
Theatre Royal, Bath
WriterRichard Dormer
Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival

UK Theatre Awards: Best Director nomination

Lyric Theatre, Belfast
ProducerRansom Productions
WriterLeo Butler
Belfast Festival
WriterSimon Block
Hampstead Theatre
WriterAugust Strindberg
Theatre Royal, Bath
WriterTennessee Williams
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
WriterConor Mitchell
Lyric Theatre, Belfast
WriterRobert Welch
Traverse Theatre
ProducerRansom Productions
WriterRichard Dormer
Soho Theatre