Rachel O'Riordan

Director for the Stage

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Biography

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.

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Theatre

Director

 
The Royal Court
 
 
Sherman Theatre/Tobacco Factory
 
Writer Katherine Chandler
 
Sherman Theatre and Manchester Royal Exchange
 
Writer Gary Owen
 
NT/Sherman Theatre National Tour 2016
 
Arabian Nights
Wales Drama Award - Best Show for Children and Young People
 
Sherman Theatre
 
Writer Owen McCafferty
 
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh Festival
 
 
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
 
 

CATS Best Director nomination

Perth Theatre
 
 
Perth Theatre
 
Writer David Ireland
 
Oran Mor
 
Over The Bridge
Irish Times Theatre Awards Best Director
Writer Sam Thompson
 
Waterfront Hall Belfast
 
Writer Owen McCafferty
 

UK Theatre Awards Best Director Nomination

Lyric Belfast/Tricycle Theatre
 
Grimm Tales
M.E.N. Best Family Show
Writer Carol Ann Duffy
 
Library Theatre, Manchester
 
Writer Framl <cGiommess
 
Library Theatre, Manchester
 
Writer Richard Dormer
 
Tron, Glasgow
 
Absolution
1st Irish Festival NYC Best Director
Writer Owen O'Neill
 
Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh Festival
 
 
Theatre Royal, Bath
 
Writer Richard Dormer
 
Underbelly, Edinburgh Festival
 
 

UK Theatre Awards: Best Director nomination

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