Community Theatre Practitioner & Director

Northern Ireland/Basque Country/London

A community theatre practitioner since falling inlove with the fabulous Chrissie Poulter and her company ArtsLab Ireland in 1999/2000, Orla has since been facilitating/designing/directing/devising community theatre projects 6 training with people from diverse backgrounds in diverse ways throughout Ireland & Northern Ireland and in the Basque Country in Northern Spain. At home she co-founded the educational theatre company DesertFish Productions, while also working with the Balor DCA, Donegal and St Columb’s Park House Derry/Londonderry. 2007-10 she directed a Forum Theatre programme for schools, interested professionals and community groups at Baketik Centre for Peace, www.baketik.org, Basque Country. Back home now she is making theatre with various collectives, incl. adults with learning disabilities, youth, asylum seekers, unemployed people & anyone interested in exploring change through theatre. These projects currently involve collaborations with The Playhouse & ICAN, Derry/Londonderry, The Model Theatre, Sligo, Big Telly, Portstewart, Community Relations Council and Children in Crossfire.