Playwright specialising in revealing untold stories of women and disabled people's experience - speaking about disability, diversity and inclusive arts
Kaite O’Reilly works internationally as a playwright, dramaturg, and tutor. She won The Ted Hughes Award for New Works in Poetry for her dramatic retelling of Persians, produced by National Theatre Wales in their inaugural year and recently published by Fair Acre Press. Other prizes include The Peggy Ramsay Award, Theatre-Wales Award, Manchester Theatre Awards and Honorary Commendations for the Jane Chambers Award (US) and Elliot Hayes International Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy. She was a finalist in the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for women playwrights and shortlisted twice for the international James Tait Black Drama Prize. Her work has been produced in fifteen countries worldwide, most recently Lie With Me (Singapore 2019) peeling (US, UK), Cosy (Cork, Ireland 2019) and The 9 Fridas in Taipei and Hong Kong.
A leading figure in disability arts and culture in the UK, she received two Cultural Olympiad Commissions for In Water I’m Weightless, produced by National Theatre Wales/Southbank Centre as part of the official festival celebrating the 2012 London Olympics/Paralympics. Her Unlimited International Commission And Suddenly I Disappear: The Singapore/UK ‘d’ Monologues which was developed and produced with disabled and D/deaf partners in Singapore in 2018 before transferring to London's Southbank Centre. Her critically acclaimed selected plays Atypical Plays for Atypical Actors and The 'd' Monologues are published by Oberon. She teaches dramaturgy at the Intercultural Theatre Institute in Singapore and is patron of DaDaFest.