Orla O'Loughlin

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Orla O'Loughlin is an award winning theatre director. She joined the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh as Artistic Director in January 2012.[1]

Orla O'Loughlin was previously Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre. Orla joined the company in 2007, moving from the Royal Court Theatre where she was the International Associate.

Directing work includes:

  • The Devil Masters (Traverse Theatre)
  • Spoiling (Traverse Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East)
  • Ciara (Traverse Theatre, Citizens Theatre)
  • Clean and A Respectable Widow takes to Vulgarity (Traverse Theatre, Oran Mor, Theatre 59E59, NYC)
  • Dream Plays: Scenes from a Play I'll Never Write (Traverse Theatre)
  • The Arthur Conan Doyle Appreciation Society (Traverse Theatre)
  • The Artist Man and the Mother Woman (Traverse Theatre)
  • For Once (Hampstead Theatre, National Tour)
  • Tales of the Country, Origins (Pleasance, Theatre Severn, National Tour)
  • Relatively Speaking, Blithe Spirit, Black Comedy (Watermill Theatre)
  • Kebab (Dublin International Festival, Royal Court Theatre)
  • Small Talk: Big Picture (Royal Court Theatre, ICA, BBC World Service)
  • How Much is your Iron? (Young Vic)
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (West Yorkshire Playhouse, National Tour and West End)
  • Underland (Clearwell Caves)
  • A Dulditch Angel (National Tour)
  • The Fire Raisers, sob stories, Refrain (BAC).

Orla was winner of the James Menzies Kitchin Directors Award and recipient of the Carlton Bursary at the Donmar Warehouse where she assisted Sam Mendes, Michael Grandage, John Madden and Mark Brokaw. She trained at the National Theatre assisting Katie Mitchell, Howard Davies and Lindsay Posner. She has a B.A in Theatre and Performance from Warwick University, an M.A in Advanced Theatre Practice from Central School of Speech and Drama and a P.G.C.E in Drama from the University of Reading.

Last year the Observer listed Orla as one of the top 50 Cultural leaders in the U.K. Since taking up post as Artistic Director of the Traverse Theatre her work has won a variety of Herald Angels, Fringe Firsts and Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland.


  1. ^ "New Artistic Director for the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh".