Oonagh Murphy is a creative, socially-engaged storyteller with experience across multiple contexts, including new writing for theatre, community art initiatives and documentary drama.

As a director, Oonagh has staged critically-acclaimed work for Irish and British companies such as Druid Theatre Company, the Gate Theatre, Soho Theatre and Fishamble.

Oonagh combines highly developed skills in creative project development, with a passion for social change and current affairs. She was awarded the Jo Cox Award for Young Female Activist in 2017, for her work with asylum seekers.

Oonagh was named as One of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Ireland 2018. She is committed to using her platform to develop novel story-telling projects which amplify under-represented voices and challenge the mainstream culture.

"Director Oonagh Murphy, meanwhile, assuredly wrings the script's tension and commands convincing performances from her disciplined cast." – Broadway World on Shelter.

"Murphy’s direction is exceptionally good. This sustained look at a marginalised experience is a discovery in itself; I haven’t found that at the Gate Theatre before." Exeunt on Tribes.