Kirsty Housley is a director, writer and dramaturg.


Current and future work includes The Tao of Glass at The Royal Exchange for Manchester International Festival (co-director with Phelim McDermott), Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran at The Traverse, Edinburgh (co-creator with Javaad Alipoor); Avalanche: A Love Story at Sydney Theatre (Dramaturg), I’m a Phoenix, Bitch (co-director with Bryony Kimmings) and Mephisto (Rhapsodie) at The Gate. 

Other theatre includesThe Encounter for Complicite (co-director with Simon McBurney), Philip Pullman’s Grimm Tales at the Unicorn; Misty at The Bush and in the West End (dramaturg), The Distance at the Roundhouse; The Believers are but Brothers at the Bush, Ovalhouse, West Yorkshire Playhouse Transform17 Season and Northern Stage Edinburgh (as co-director); Myth at the RSC (co-written with Matt Hartley); A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer for Complicite at the National Theatre and Home Manchester (as dramaturg, and director on 2018 international tour); Wanted and 9  for Chris Goode and Company, Transform Festival and West Yorkshire Playhouse (co-director); Walking the Tightrope for Offstage and Theatre Uncut; All I Want for Live Theatre, Leeds Libraries and Jackson’s Lane; Mass for Amy Mason at Bristol Old Vic and Camden Peoples Theatre; The Beauty Project and Theatre Uncut 2012 at the Young Vic; How to be Immortal for Penny Dreadful at the Soho and on tour; Bandages at the Corn Exchange Newbury and on tour; Thirsty for The Paper Birds and Blue Jam for Etcetera Theatre Company. 

Kirsty was the recipient of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award for Cue Deadly, a Live Film Project, and the Title Pending award for innovation at Northern Stage. She won The Stage award for Innovation in 2017 for The Encounter and was nominated again in 2018 for The Believers are but Brothers.