Nicola Murphy is an Irish Director/Actress and Co-Founder of On The Quays Productions, a New York based international production company. She is a graduate of The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts NY conservatory acting program, and received her MFA in Directing from The Lir, National Academy Of Dramatic Art, Trinity College Dublin.
Directing credits include; A Girl is a Half-formed thing (New York Times Critic's Pick) Pumpgirl (New York Times Critic's pick) & The O'Casey Cycle reading series at The Irish Repertory Theatre. The premiere production of Stop/Over by Gary Duggan, presented promenade style at The Chocolate Factory Dublin as part of FRINGE 2018. The premiere production of RENT at Cas Di Cultura, Aruba's National Theatre, this production also performed a sold-out run at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe.The World Premiere of Beef by Michael Musi, at The Box Theatre in Toronto, the short films Reemergence: A Queer Visual Album & FLOAT (Co-Written & Directed with Katy Wright-Mead), The Events by David Greig at The Lir Academy, Alone With Friends at Holiday House NYC & Belfast Girls, Be My Baby, Europe,Mighty Atoms & Dancing at Lughnasa at The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts.
Assistant Directing credits include Katie Roche at The Abbey Theatre, Dublin (Caroline Byrne), Silence is Requested at The Lir Academy (Louise Lowe),Trans-Euro Express at The Irish Arts Center (Christine Henry) & an assistantship placement with Neal Street Productions on the hit UK Show Call The Midwife (BBC & PBS).
Nicola directed the radio plays; Kipper by Gemma Doorly, The Love Of Small Appliances by Maura McHugh & Plain Speak by Dorothy Cotter for Dublin's NEAR FM (2019)
Nicola was selected to participate in Director’s Lab North 2014 in Toronto, Canada, & Director’s Lab Chicago in 2016. She is a faculty member teaching artist on NJPAC's arts education program, and member of The Young Vic Director's Program, London.
Nicola was selected as part of SDCF's 2018-2019 Observership Class.