Kirsty Housley


Kirsty Housley is a director, writer and dramaturg.

Recent work includes “Extinct” for Theatre Royal Stratford East, “The Long Goodbye Livestream” for Manchester International Festival and Wetransfer, “Tao of Glass” at The Royal Exchange for Manchester International Festival (co-directed with Phelim McDermott), “Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran” at Sundance Film Festival, BAC and The Traverse, Edinburgh (co-created with Javaad Alipoor); “Avalanche: A Love Story” at Sydney Theatre, “I’m a Phoenix, Bitch” (co-directed with Bryony Kimmings), and “Mephisto (A Rhapsody)” at The Gate.

Other plays include “The Encounter for Complicite” (co-directed with Simon McBurney); “Misty” at The Bush and in the West End; “The Believers are but Brothers” at the Bush, Ovalhouse, West Yorkshire Playhouse Transform17 Season and Northern Stage Edinburgh (as co-director); “Myth” at the RSC (co-written with Matt Hartley and available at DCPAS); and “A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer” for Complicite at the National Theatre and Home Manchester.

Housley was the recipient of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award for Cue Deadly, a Live Film Project, and the Title Pending award for innovation at Northern Stage. She won The Stage award for Innovation in 2017 for “The Encounter” and was nominated again in 2018 for “The Believers are but Brothers”.

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