Rani O’Brien (she/they) is a New York City based generative, queer, ensemble director who directs plays that subvert audience expectations. Rani’s concerned with equity in the rehearsal room and creating an inclusive and supportive space for the emotional risky business of theatre to be forged. New York directing credits: Lights Out! Dark in the Library (Artistic New Directions Theatre Co.), A Midsummer Night’s DreamMachine, and Disconnected Touch (Howl! Happening: an Arturo Vega Project), Welcome Home Catherine Scott; or, a girl•friend play (workshop), Hard Sexy Serious Love Conversations (workshop). Rani curated and produced the Full Moon Show dedicated to Tom Murrin in 2018 at Howl! Happening: an Arturo Vega Project. Collaborations included: Mad Jenny Show, Rebirth of Rabbit’s Foot, Séance by Matt Dennie. Select Chicago/LA directing credits: The Magical Places You’ll Go! (Pacific Symphony), Candidate Confessions: A 2016 Cabaret (The Second City), Break In (The Hollywood Fringe Festival), Serial Killers: Employee of the Month (Sacred Fools). Northeast Assisting/Observing Credits: Angus dir. Nelson Eusebio, Skylight (McCarter Theatre) dir. Emily Mann, SDCF Observer. Staff at The Lark. SDC Associate.

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director of new work, comedy & subversive stories