Briony O’Callaghan (she/her) is a working-class artist and member of the LGBTQ+ community based in London. She trained as an actor in Manchester (Arden, 1st BA (hons) Acting) and then as a maker, collaborator and peddler of professional stupidity at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris for two years (2012-2014).
She is a director, performer, theatre-maker, writer and movement director. Her work has been supported by ACE; Arts Council Norway; The Grotowski Institute, Poland; The Pleasance; HOME mcr; Grusomhetens Teater, Oslo; Sychrono Teatro, Athens; Topi Dalmata, Italy; Bloomsbury Festival; Tramshed; RADA and Rose Bruford.
As a collaborative deviser and performer, she has worked with companies including the BBC, Making Faces Theatre, Vamos, Liz Richardson, The Pleasance, Mark Winstanley, Mark Bell (The Play That Goes Wrong). In this capacity she works regularly with Henry Maynard and Flabbergast (Macbeth (playing Lady Macbeth), The Grotowski Institute, 2021; The Swell Mob, Edinburgh Fringe, Critics Choice Award); Babel (The Fall, HOME Mcr); David Glass Ensemble(Mortgage, London and European tour; Galapagos; Lost Child Project; Silence). She is core member with these companies and artistic director of Created a Monster, with whom she performs/devises (Conspiracy of Orphans; Mortgage) and directs (Unforgettable Girl (offie-nominated, 5 stars from The Stage, Voila! 2021); HOLD/FALLING; The Yellow Wallpaper).
Most recently she has been co-devising and performing with David Glass in new two-hander Silence (Theatre Royal Winchester), working with Edinburgh-based theatre company SALTYDOLLS on their show Abattoir at Dancebase; and collaborating with François Testory (Lindsay Kemp Company; Akram Khan; Gecko) and Matej Matejka on a new film project at the Grotowski Institute, Poland.
She regularly directs and teaches at UK drama schools/arts organisations including RADA, Rose Bruford, East 15 (bouffon module), The Point and up north (Salford University, ICT, Arden).