Bridget Kathleen O’Leary

Director of New Play Development and Literary Engagement

Bridget Kathleen O’Leary is a freelance director, dramaturg and theater educator. From 2008-2018 she served as the Associate Artistic Director at New Repertory Theatre. Locally, Bridget has directed productions with New Repertory Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Gloucester Stage Company, Central Square Theatre, Whistler in the Dark and SpeakEasy Stage Company. Select world premiere directing credits include: HeartlandRipe Frenzy (IRNE Award winner for Best New Play), Blackberry Winter (Elliot Norton Nomination, Best New Play), Pattern of Life (IRNE Award winner for Best New Play), Jado Jehad, Reconsidering Hanna(h) and The Devil’s Teacup (IRNE Nomination, Best New Play, 2007). Bridget served on the Executive Committee for the National New Play Network (NNPN) from 2014-2020 where she oversaw the selection process for both the NNPN Showcase of new works and the Kennedy Center’s MFA Playwrights’ Workshop. She was the production dramaturg on the premiere of Finish Line: A documentary play about the 2013 Boston Marathon (Elliot Norton Nomination, Best New Play) and has worked as a dramaturg with the Kennedy Center and Washington University’s Hotch Fest. Before moving to Boston, Bridget worked in Washington, D.C. Bridget received her MFA in directing at Boston University.

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