Róisín O’Brien is a choreographer, writer, & producer based in Edinburgh. Her expertise lies at the intersections of contemporary dance, ballet, and physical & visual theatre. She is also a qualified yoga instructor.

In 2022. Róisín was commissioned with composer Rowan McIlvride to create a new site-specific performance for Hidden Door Festival, titled Parliament of Ghosts. She wass part of L20, an artist attachment programme with The Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh.

She premiered her first full-length work, Entrails, at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016. Her short work, Great, was showcased in Dance Base’s 2017 Heads Up showcase. In 2018, Some People Say, was selected for The Place’s Resolution festival and was performed with musicians silo portem at Hidden Door Festival on the 30th of May, 2018.

In 2019, she began work on A falling ballet, which was developed with support from Creative Scotland, Citymoves Dance Agency SCIO and Summerhall, and shown across Scotland (Hidden Door, Pianodrome, Summerhall, DanceLive).

Róisín writes for numerous publications, including The Guardian, Springback Magazine, Fjord Review, and The Skinny, and collaborates with dance artists and companies in writing their show programmes. She was mentored as part of the Scottish Review of Books Emerging Critics Scheme in 2018, and Aerowaves’ Springback dance writing programme in 2016.

She has worked as producer for DanceLive Festival and MANIPULATE Festival. She is currently independent producer for artists/musicians duo Long Green Jaws. 

Photo Credit: Max Crawford.