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PhD University of South Wales
MA Newport Film School
BA (Hons) University of Wales, Aberystwyth


Bridget Keehan is a Theatre Director & Writer, as well as being a part-time lecturer at the University of South Wales. She is Artistic Director of Papertrail She has produced and directed numerous Theatre productions for companies such as Sherman Cymru, NTW, Chapter, Living Pictures and for Papertrail. As well as writing for theatre she is also a published short story writer and her work has been broadcast on Radio 4. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is a recipient of a Creative Wales Award.
Recent credits include:
Project Hush (2017) Papertrail, Theatre Clwyd & NTW
Hibakusha project (2015) NTW
Day to Go (2014) produced by Papertrail with the support of Arts Council for Wales, NTW & Chapter;
The Container by Clare Bayley (2011) Co-production with Sherman Cymru, Welsh Refugee Council & Chapter, funded by ACW; The Prestatyn Assembley (2010) for National Theatre Wales; The City by Martin Crimp (2009) produced by Living Pictures & Sherman Cymru.


Director of Community Engagement Sherman Cymru
Writer & Theatre Director in Residence at HMP Cardiff
Founder member & Co-Director of Alma Theatre
Directing Training includes workshops and mentoring with: Eugenio Barba, Elen Bowman, Paul Hunter, Katie Mitchell and Ian Rickson.


Theatre in Prison: new narratives of purpose (forthcoming) RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre & Performance (2015)
‘Day to Go’ performance text – co written with Anna Maria Murphy (2014)
‘Is Radical Theatre in Prison Possible?’ (2013) Planet: the Welsh Internationalist
Sorry for the Loss (2008) BBC Radio 4, Read by Eve Myles, Producer Kate Mcall
Sorry for the Loss (2007) Cinammon Press


Associate member of the Theatre & Drama Research Unit, USW
Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce.
Member of the Arts Alliance
Member of TaPRA

ArtsWork Cymru – Lead Facilitator for PAN Cymru
Clore Leadership Network


Developing a Wales wide network for Artists working in Criminal Justice, supported by ArtsWork Cymru (2015-17)
Theatre in Prison: new narratives of purpose (forthcoming) RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre & Performance (2015)
Evocations of Past, Present & Future in Day to Go, paper presented at TaPRA Scenography Working Group (2014)
Strategies for Engagement – Paper Presented at Shakespeare in Prisons Conference, the University of Notre Dame, Illinois, USA, (2013)
Doctoral thesis: ’Limitations on the Arts in Prison: performing reform & restrictive narrative identity (2013)

Areas of Expertise

Theatre in Prisons; Applied Theatre; Directing, Devising, Developing New Writing, Theatre in Wales, Contemporary British Theatre & Performance.



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