Bridget Kathleen O’Leary is a Boston-based theater artist specializing in directing and new play development.
Bridget is currently the Associate Artistic Director at New Repertory Theatre, where she has worked since 2008. At New Rep, she works as the company’s Casting Director, Literary Manager and heads up all of the audience engagement activities. Bridget runs the Next Voices Playwrighting Fellowship, a program she established in 2011 to help nurture the work of Massachusetts based playwrights. Bridget currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National New Play Network as their Literary Chair. Through the NNPN she works with over 100 theater companies across the United States who are dedicated to the production, development and continued life of new plays. She has served on the selection committees for the NNPN showcase of new works, The Kennedy Center’s MFA Playwrights Workshop, where she has directed several readings, and PlayPenn.
As a director, Bridget has directed over a dozen productions for New Rep including world premieres of Blackberry Winter (Elliot Norton nomination for Best Play), Scenes from an Adultery, and Pattern of Life (IRNE Award for Best New Play). Also receiving accolades were her productions of Collected Stories and Dollhouse, both of which were nominated for Best Production for Elliot Norton Awards.
Other Freelance directing credits include Grand Concourse for Speakeasy Stage Company, Othello for Actors Shakespeare Project, The Flick for Gloucester Stage Company, and The Other Place for the Nora Theatre Company. Her Boston fringe theatre credits include Mud Blue Sky for Bridge Repertory Theater, the world premieres of Reconsidering Hanna(h) and The Devil’s Teacup for Boston Playwrights Theatre, Recent Tragic Events and Aunt Dan and Lemon for Whistler in the Dark, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead for Summer Festival Theatre at Roxbury Latin.
Bridget is the Visiting Artist in Directing at Tufts University and a guest Lecturer at Northeastern University’s Theatre department. She regularly teaches Page to Stage classes for New Rep. In the past, she has also taught development workshops for Lesley University’s playwrighting program. Other teaching experience includes New Rep’s Summer Studio and Master Class series, as well as acting and directing courses at the New England Institute of Art, Harvard’s Teacher’s as Scholars, and Acting for Non Majors at Boston University.
Before moving to Boston Bridget lived in Washington, D.C., where she co-founded Phoenix Theatre DC. For Phoenix, she directed the world premieres of Lulu Fabulous and Unwrapped: An Evening of Women’s Voices, along with production of Parallel Lives: The Kathy and Mo Show and Independence. Bridget earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Directing from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts in 2008 and a Certificate in Arts Administration from Boston University in 2013. She currently lives in Watertown, MA.