Yvonne Murphy - Trustee

Yvonne Murphy read Drama at Manchester University before going on to train as an actor at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and afterwards also train as a teacher of English & Drama at UCL. Yvonne has been a freelance Theatre Director and Producer  for twenty-four years working regularly with such companies as The Royal National Theatre and the Shakespeare Schools Festival. Yvonne returned to South Wales from London ten years ago where she now lives with her husband and three children.

Yvonne believes passionately that access to the Arts & Culture is a fundamental right of every citizen and that the Arts must form a central and pivotal role within British Society and specifically within Education. In 2008 Yvonne founded Omidaze Productions and has produced and directed three sell-out productions ‘Things Beginning With M’ (Tour including Arcola Theatre London)& ‘The All-Female Richard III’ in association with Wales Millennium Centre and 'Henry VI'. Omidaze Productions also produces an annual Shakespeare and Acting Summer Schools in South Wales for 7-15 year olds and workshops for young people throughout the year.

Yvonne is a Clore and RSA Fellow, a trustee of AWEN, Bridgend Cultural Trust and an Associate Artist of the Wales Millennium Centre.

Tell us a secret

I used to be an actor and was in an episode of House of Elliott

Tell us a joke 

Surreal, weird jokes are my favourite or visual ones. This is visual…one match and one match box…how do you gather 1000 hedgehogs using only this equipment? Place match sticking out of matchbox aerial style and speak into matchbox like a walkie talkie “calling all hedgehogs, calling all hedgehogs”

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