Neasa O'Callaghan

Neasa O'Callaghan


  • Location: London / Galway
  • Career stage: Entry
  • Freelancer: Available

Irish playwright, based between London and the West of Ireland.

Graduate of NUI Galway with B.A. in English, Classics and Creative Writing (First Class Honours), the M.Phil in Irish Writing Programme at Trinity College, Dublin and the M.Res in Playwriting Studies Programme at the University of Birmingham.


• Shortlisted for Old Vic 12 Playwriting Residency (2016-17). One of the final 50 selected out of 700 applications.

• TheatreCraft Writer-in-Residence at North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford (April 2016).

• Writer-on-Attachment at Oxford Playhouse (2015-16).

• 503Five Resident Writer at Theatre503, London. (2015-16).


Playwriting credits include:

• 'The Minimum Requirement', public rehearsed reading at PlayWROUGHT Festival, Arcola Theatre, in July 2017.  

• 'Flight', staged reading of extracts, at North Wall Arts Centre, April 2016, and at Oxford Playhouse, June 2017.

• 'Blinkered', in-house rehearsed reading at Theatre503, September 2015.

• 'ELEXION', co-written with members of 503Five, performed at Theatre503, May 2015.

• 'People You May Also Know', short play written in response to 'Wink' by Phoebe Eclair-Powell; performed at Theatre503, London, in March 2015.

• 'Stammer', rehearsed reading of extracts at George Cadbury Hall, Birmingham, June 2014.

• Mad(e) in Hades, co-written with students on MRes in Playwriting Course, performed at Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham, March 2014.

• 'Georgian Streets': performed at Outlet Festival, Birmingham 2013.

Work History

Box Office Team Member - Theatre503

Mar 2015 - Dec 2016

Box Office Assistant - Soho Theatre

Oct 2015 - Oct 2016

Trainee Workshop Leader - Almeida Theatre

Sep 2015 - Aug 2016

Writers' Lab Participant - Soho Theatre

Sep 2015 - Jul 2016

Playwright-on-Attachment (Playhouse Playmaker) - Oxford Playhouse

Sep 2015 - Jul 2016

503Five Resident Writer - Theatre503

Jan 2015 - Jul 2016


Playwriting Studies - MRes - University of Birmingham

Sep 2013 - Sep 2014

Irish Writing - MPhil - Trinity College, Dublin

Sep 2012 - Sep 2013

English, Classics & Creative Writing - BA - NUI Galway

Sep 2008 - Jul 2012



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