Deirdre Dwyer is a theatre maker. She spent much of her career working as a set and costume designer and, in the past number of years, has transitioned to creating her own work, sometimes adaptations. She is interested in making work that is accessible to people of all ages and her practice now encompasses writing, working as dramaturg and directing, alongside continuing to work as a designer. She is based in Waterford, Ireland.
Her training includes an M.A. in Theatre Design from the RWCMD Cardiff, a first class honours degree in Drama and Theatre Studies and English from UCC and participating, as the Designer, in Rough Magic SEEDS3.
She was awarded the first Pat Murray Bursary in 2009.
She is an artistic director of BrokenCrow, a multidisciplinary, ensemble led theatre company, with whom she has designed seven productions, created and directed two shows and produced three audio dramas. http://brokencrow.ie/
She will be directing Gavin McEntee’s play The Settling for the company in June 2023 as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival.
She is also a founder member of Shakespeare Squared, a new Waterford theatre collective, for whom she will be co-directing Twelfth Night, an outdoor promenade production in Waterford’s Viking triangle, in Sept 2023.
She teaches design, and related theories, to students in UCC and has guest lectured at and Mary Immaculate College Limerick, IADT and SETU. She is a founder member of the Irish Society of Performance Designers (ISPD), and was chairperson of the ISPD’s Prague Quadrennial Subcommittee for PQ23.
She has been Theatre Artist in residence in Garter Lane Arts Centre from 2020-2022 and Mary Immaculate College, Limerick 2017 - 2020.