Oonagh Murphy is an artist working in the field of performance and theatre-making. Her directing practice is involved with staging contemporary stories, working with new writers and developing new work in unconventional ways.
Oonagh is currently working with the Y-Factor, a youth initiative of the National Women’s Council of Ireland. Collaborating with young women from youth groups and community interest groups in Dublin city, the project will culminate in a performance on what it is to experience poverty. A series of public performances will take place between International Day of the Girl October 11th and International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Octover 17th.
Oonagh recently directed Be Infants in Evil, a Druid world premiere of a new play by Brian Martin at Galway Arts Festival in July 2014.
She was Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse in 2013, sponsored by Jon and NoraLee Sedmak. Before that, she was Resident Assistant Director at the Abbey Theatre Dublin, Ireland’s national theatre, May 2011-December 2012. Credits include: Associate director on The Weir at Wyndhams Theatre, Donmar West End, January 2014; assistant director Coriolanus National Theatre Live, January 2014; director The Tinkers’ Wedding at The Lir, Dublin, March 2014, assistant director Roots, The Same Deep Water as Me, The Night Alive and The Weir, at the Donmar Warehouse, 2013; director on the following, DEEP – by Raymond Scannell, presented as a work-in-development at the Irish Theatre Institute November 2012; Taking Back Our Voices – in collaboration with Ruhama, and commissioned by the Abbey Theatre for the Abbey Stage, November 2012; Maeve’s House – by Eamon Morrissey, at the Peacock Theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival In-Development strand 2012, SQUAT – a text under construction presented with Louise Melinn, at Solstice as part of Cork Midsummer Festival, 2012; Do You Read Me? – presented by Talking Shop Ensemble with Shaun Dunne, at Smock Alley Theatre, as part of Absolut Fringe, 2011; I am a Home Bird (It’s Very Hard), presented by Talking Shop Ensemble with Shaun Dunne, at Project Arts Centre, Project Brand New, THEATRE MACHINE TURNS YOU ON VOL II, Solstice as part of Cork Midsummer Festival and Electric Picnic 2011; FAT, presented by Talking Shop Ensemble, as part of Absolut Fringe 2010; Anne and Barry: What Kind of Time Do You Call This? presented by Talking Shop Ensemble, at National College for Art and Design as part of Absolut Fringe 2009; Nineteeneightyfour, presented at the Samuel Beckett Centre, as part of the Debut Festival 2008.
She is founding member of Talking Shop Ensemble and a foundation scholar of Theatre Studies at Trinity College Dublin. Oonagh has been associate/assistant to directors Josie Rourke, Conor McPherson, James Mcdonald, John Crowley, Wayne Jordan, Conall Morrison and Jimmy Faye.