Olivia Songer is a freelance theatre director based in Brooklyn, NY.

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Olivia holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from the Lir Academy, Ireland's National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin, and a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.


Having worked all over the world, her strengths lie in creating across cultures and languages with an ability to seek out and engage atypical audiences. Her work takes on a highly collaborative, integrated approach.


Olivia places the ensemble at the center of her work and often works closely with playwrights throughout the various stages of new play development. 


She served from 2014-2016 with the United States Peace Corps as a Primary Literacy Education Volunteer in Grenada, an island in the West Indies. She is a trained modern dancer and fluent in Italian. She was raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan.




  • Made by God, World Premiere, Irish Repertory Theatre, NYC, developed with Origin Theatre

  • Venus in Fur, Rough Magic SEEDS Showcase Show, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland.

  • We Are Not Well, The Clifford Odets Commission, The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New York City 

  • We Can't Have Monkeys in the House, Original Commission, The Abbey Young Curators Festival, The Peacock Stage, Abbey Theatre and The New Theatre, Dublin, Ireland 

  • Disconnected, Developed at Scene and Heard Festival, Smock Alley Theatre and Premiered at The New Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

  • The Playboy of the Western World*, adapted by Bisi Adigun & Roddy Doyle, Irish Repertory Theatre, NYC

  • Each Day Dies with Sleep, GradFest, Studio 2, The Lir Academy, Dublin, Ireland

  • Athbrhreith [rebirth]*, Playground-NY, NYC

  • The Elusive Budgie*, International Women's Day Make a Play, The New Theatre, Dublin, Ireland.

  • Gravity*, The Lab, Dublin

  • My Father's Funeral*, GAP Production, NYU Tisch, New York City

  • Midsummer, One Trick Circus, Rubin Auditorium, New York City​​

*Denotes Reading


  • Ironbound, dir. Tyne Rafaeli, The Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles, California

  • Tribesdir. Oonagh Murphy, The Gate Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream, dir. Lynne Parker, Rough Magic Theatre Company and the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland

  • Unwoman III, dir. Maeve Stone, Emma Valente and Kate Davis, The Rabble, Dublin Fringe Festival, Ireland

  • Tales of Hoffman, dir. Tom Creed, Irish National Opera*, Dublin, Ireland

  • Much Ado About Nothing, dir. Ronan Phelan, The Lir Academy, Dublin, Ireland

  • The Place We Builtdir. Portia Kreiger, The Clifford Odetts Commission, New York City

  • R+J: Star-Cross'd Death Match, dir. Lori Wolter Hudson, Three Day Hangover, New York City

  • A Hatful of Rain, dir. Johanna McKeon, The Lee Strasberg Institute of Theater and Film, New York City

  • Spring Awakening, dir. Johanna McKeon, The Lee Strasberg Institute of Theater and Film, New York City

*Denotes Observership​


  • SEEDS (Seek Out, Encourage, Enable, Develop and Stage) Resident Director, Rough Magic Theatre Company, 2018-2020

  • Contemporary Artist in Residence, The National Gallery of Ireland, 2019

  • Artistic Intern, Dublin Theatre Festival 2019

  • Observership Class Member, SDCF (Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation) 2019-2020

  • Participating Artist, Prague Quadrennial (PQ), Prague, Czech Republic, 2019 

  • United States Peace Corps Volunteer, Corinth, St. David's, Grenada, West Indies, 2014-2016

  • Drama Teacher and Company Member, Conception Dance Theatre, Grenada, 2014-2016

  • Workshop Director and Company Member, La Boucan Creative Center, Grenada, 2015-2016

  • One Trick Circus, Founding Member and Resident Director, 2012-2014, New York City

  • Acoustic Sin, President, Music Director and Founding Member, NYU A Cappella, 2010-2013

  • Dance Body, Company Member and Choreographer, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2005-2009


  • MFA Theatre Directing, The Lir Academy, National Academy of Dramatic Art at Trinity College Dublin (Minor in Dramaturgy)

  • BFA Drama with Honors, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University (Double Major in Anthropology)

  • The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute, Kip Fagan, Lyle Kessler, Karen Allen, Geoffrey Horne, Lola Cohen, Tim Crouse, Robert Ellerman, Irma Sandrey, Hope Arthur

  • Theater Studies (West Africa Concentration), University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, 2011

  • International Theater Schools Festival, 2011, Warsaw, Poland

  • Musical Theater Intensives, Interlochen Arts Camp, Interlochen, Michigan 2007, 2008, 2009

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"Director Olivia Songer keeps the action moving at a fast pace; portions of the show become stylised and choreographed, others verge towards realism... This is a highly effective way of recreating the monstrous Mammy.” Katy Hayes, The Irish Independent

"It’s clear in director Olivia Songer’s impressive production that she’s stepped into a traumatised house."  Musings in Intermissions

"Director Olivia Songer keeps things moving along nicely...she certainly comes to grips with her first class cast who each turn in memorable performances." The Arts Review

"The cast put great energy into the production and there are a number of impressive dance scenes that are well coordinated... We see the world through the eyes of a typical millennial and it is not a pretty place, with the focus on creating a vision of a perfect world and not much concern on the effects it has on mental health." No More Workhorse

"The dynamics between the four sisters are well drawn out and seem to have developed over many years...It is certainly one of the more unusual new works you’ll see on stage in Dublin this year."  

No More Workhorse

The whole team at Rough Magic Seeds is to be congratulated for bringing this funny, sophisticated and topical play to Dublin audiences...  It is a funny, subtle play within a play with many twists and turns and fine observations that are relevant to the dynamics between the sexes. It is to be celebrated and enjoyed.  No More Workhorse

“Olivia Songer directs with a keen eye for movement… Performances use the big gestures of improv comedy. Disconnected is a timely presentation of the vapidity of social media and the culture of self-hatred espoused by the desire for the perfect, Instagrammable life.” Sarah Keating, The Sunday Buisiness Post

“Director Olivia Songer for ILA Productions steers the action adroitly, in particular enhancing the moments of humour.” Katy Hayes, The Irish Independent

Listen to Olivia be interviewed on the Strasberg Podcast, In The Chair and talk about new play development and creating the darkly comedic world of "We Are Not Well"