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Rani O’Brien excavates the truth of the human condition through irreverent play. Rhythm, action, crescendos, dissonance, fermatas, character, contradictions, ecstasy, interruptions, laughs, spirit, uncomfortability, and rupturing are on Rani's mind.


Recent: Rani recently directed Robert O’Hara’s Mankind as a thesis production to culminate an M.F.A. in Directing. Rani has worked for Kansas City Repertory Theatre, The Second City, The Lark, Pacific Symphony, McCarter Theatre Center, The Vagrancy, Howl! Happening, Chicago College of Performing Arts, Boston University, amongst others.


LORT: Twelfth Night, Associate Director, Kansas City Rep; Skylight, SDCF Observer, McCarter Theatre. Select NYC Directing: Modern Chalk Circle, A Midsummer Night’s DreamMachine, Disconnected Touch, etc. Select Directing: Mahsa's Last Song, The Theory of Relativity, Three Sisters, Hamlet, ConstellationsCandidate Confessions: A 2016 Cabaret, Break In, Scifiology the Musical, Oh, The Magical Musical Places You'll Go!, The Big Funk, Les Misérables, etc.


Rani produces and directs new works and ensemble developed plays. Rani enjoys writing, designing scenery, mentoring artists, and traveling.

 SDC Associate. The Second City Directing program graduate.

investigate | play | subvert

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