Kirsty Housley is a director, writer and dramaturg.


Recent work includes Extinct for Theatre Royal Stratford East, The Long Goodbye Livestream for Manchester International Festival and Wetransfer, 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 Sundance Film Festival, BAC and 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 (A Rhapsody) at The Gate. 

Other theatre includes The Encounter for Complicite (co-director with Simon McBurney), Misty at The Bush and in the West End (dramaturg), 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); 

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