Nicola Murphy is a 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; 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 AlbumFLOAT (Co-Wrote & Directed), The Events by David Greig at The Lir Academy, Alone With Friends at Holiday House NYC & Mighty Atoms & Dancing at Lughnasa at The American Academy Of Dramatic Arts. 

Assistant Directing credits include Katie Roche at The Abbey (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; 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.

Acting credits include Mary Tate/The Yellow Peril in DA at The Irish Repertory Theatre, Ophelia in Hamlet, Edinburgh Fringe,

Arrah in Arrah-na-Pogue at the Storm Theatre, & Tessie in Never In My Lifetime at The Access Theatre.

Film/TV Credits include FLOAT, Believe LTD, Greatest Mysteries, The Travel Channel, & Deadline:Crime With Tamron Hall, NBC Peacock Productions.

As Producer she has worked with The Irish Screen America Film Festival, N.Y & L.A, Evolution at Cherry Lane Theatre & 59E59, Trans-Euro Express at the Irish Arts Center, Bleeding On Broadway with Believe Theatrical at Playwrights Horizons, and When I was a girl I used to scream and shout with Fallen Angel Theatre Company at The Clurman Theatre,Theatre Row.

Nicola was Co-Artistic Director of Fundamental Theater Project from 2010-2014, and is currently Artistic Director and Co-Founder of

On The Quays. In 2021 Nicola became Artistic Associate at The Irish Repertory Theatre.