biography







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Kaite O'Reilly has won various awards for her work, including the Peggy Ramsay Award for YARD (Bush Theatre, London), Manchester Evening News Best Play of 2004 for Perfect (Contact Theatre) and was one of the winners of the 2009 International Susan Smith Blackburn Award for The Almond and the Seahorse (Sherman Cymru). Her new version of Aeschylus's Persians was directed in August 2010 by Mike Pearson site-specifically on Ministry of defence land in Wales, part of the inaugural year of National Theatre Wales, and won the 2011 Ted Hughes Award for New Works in Poetry. She works extensively within disability arts and culture, and wrote the ground breaking peeling for Graeae Theatre in 2002 (two national and European tours, British Council Best of British showcase at Edinburgh Fringe 2003). She has recently received an Unlimited Commission, part of the Cultural Olympiad for the London Olympics, to create The 'D' Monologues, which will be produced in 2012 by National Theatre Wales as In Water I'm Weightless, before transferring to London as part of the official celebrations for the Olympic Games. Other productions in 2012 include The Echo Chamber with The Llanarth Group (Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff) and Leaner, Faster, Stronger, a Cultural Olympiad Commission with Chol/Sheffield Theatres (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, then on tour). She is a Fellow of International Research Centre "Interweaving Performance Cultures", Freie Universitat, Berlin.

In London, she has had plays on at the Bush, Royal Court Upstairs, Soho Theatre and Arcola; at Contact, Manchester, Birmingham Rep, Manchester Royal Exchange and the Assembly Rooms at the Edinburgh Festival. Her work has been produced in Ireland, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Germany (in repertoire at the Maxim Gorki Theatre for two years), Austria, Poland (the Grotowski Centre), Spain, Croatia and Australia. She has had seven plays produced by BBC Radio 3 and 4 and wrote and directed a Screen Gem for Channel 4/Sgrin/British Screen, which has appeared in film festivals worldwide. Her plays are published by faber&faber, Aurora Metro and Oberon books.

Her prose has appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies. She was a contributor to the 1994 Mind/Allen award winning anthology Mustn't Grumble (Women's Press) and was runner-up in the 1996 Stand International Short Story Competition with mouth . The Meat Man was one of the winners of the Image Irish Short Story Writers of the Year Awards. She is currently writing her first novel.

Kaite works internationally as a dramaturg, mentor and tutor, working with theatre companies and educational institutes to develop emerging and established artists' performance work. Companies include Breaking Cycles, Soho Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Graeae, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Hall for Cornwall, Contact Theatre, DaDa (Disability Arts and Deaf Arts), amongst others.

She has been writer-in-residence at Essex University, UCE, and visiting playwright at Korean National University of the Arts. Between 2003-06 she was AHRC Creative Fellow at Exeter University, her research through practice being 'Alternative Dramaturgies informed by a d/Deaf and Disability Perspective'. She has supervised writing for performance to postgraduate level at a number of Universities and is currently Honorary Fellow at Exeter University. For further information about Kaite's teaching and dramaturgical work, please see under 'Other Projects' in this website.




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