Yvonne Murphy

Artistic director & executive producer at Omidaze Productions

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I am a freelance Theatre Director and Producer and run Omidaze Productions (Oh My Days! -A colloquial expression of amazement and disbelief originating in schools in Inner London at the turn of the Century.) Our mission is to use theatre to empower, inform, entertain new audiences & inspire change. Its what gets us out of bed in the morning.


Independent Theatre Director & Producer
Artistic Director, Executive Producer and Founder of Omidaze (Oh My Days!) Productions
Associate Artist of Wales Millennium Centre
Clore & RSA Fellow
Trustee of Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff & AWEN Bridgend Cultural Trust
Member of the Welsh Deputy Minister for Culture Arts Policy Forum.
Labour Councillor for Penarth Town Council

Yvonne Murphy read Drama at Manchester University before going on to train as an actor at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and afterwards also train as a teacher of English & Drama at UCL. Yvonne has been a freelance Director/Producer and Arts Practitioner for over twenty-five years working regularly with such companies as The Royal National Theatre and the Shakespeare Schools Festival. Yvonne returned to South Wales from London eleven years ago where she now lives with her husband and three children.
In 2008 Yvonne founded Omidaze Productions with the express purpose of using theatre to empower, inform, entertain new audiences, shake stuff up and inspire change. Through Omidaze Yvonne uses theatre to promote social justice and equality within the arts sector and beyond and has produced and directed four sell-out and critically acclaimed productions ‘Things Beginning With M’ (Tour including Arcola Theatre London) and two site-specific promenade productions -‘The All-Female Richard III’ in association with Wales Millennium Centre and ‘The All-Female Henry VI’ , co-productions with Wales Millennium Centre.
Romeo and Juliet, the final part of Yvonne’s Shakespeare Trilogy opened at Wales Millennium Centre for the Cardiff leg of its tour on April 27 2017
Omidaze Productions also produces annual Shakespeare and Young Actor Summer Schools in South Wales for 7-15 year olds and workshops for young people throughout the year, offering full scholarships to young people who would not otherwise access theatre.

Yvonne was the Arts Council of Wales Fellow on the Clore Leadership programme 2013/14 where she was mentored by Jude Kelly OBE. For her secondment, as part of this intensive development programme, Yvonne was Strategic Lead for the National Arts & Cultural Movement - What Next? This post continued beyond the Clore Programme through until Autumn 2014 and Yvonne remains actively involved as Co-Chair and Co-Founder of the Cardiff Chapter of What Next?

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Omidaze Productions
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Artistic Director & Executive Producer