Caitlin Ryan O’Connell is a theatre director and teaching artist focused on creating work that reflects the immediacy of our current social, cultural, environmental, and political life. Her work attempts to excavate the collision of all the minds and bodies in the room to generate a collective story. Originally from Waterville Valley, New Hampshire she now lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

photo by Elizabeth Maney

Caitlin has worked with Ars Nova, Signature Theatre, LCT3, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Trinity Repertory Company, and Clubbed Thumb. At Brown/Trinity Rep Caitlin directed Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Love of the Nightingale, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline and Will Eno’s GNIT. She also served as one of the founding creative producers for Brown’s graduate student theatre collective Romp of Otters where she directed, wrote, and performed in many late night new works. 

Caitlin is a 2017 Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellow and a former Directing Apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville. She has trained with the National Theater Institute, St. Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Simon McBurney’s Complicite and the NY Neofuturists. She is a teaching artist with The International Theatre and Literacy Project and works in Rwanda to devise theatre with Rwandan youth. In 2010, she conceived and directed A World of Girls, an original play based on interviews with teenage girls from twenty-two countries worldwide. Caitlin is an alumna of Wellesley College and a graduate of the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Directing class of 2016.