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
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
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