“This dynamic performer has the ability to make the mundane extraordinary.”
–DC Metro Theatre Arts
Siobhan O’Loughlin is a Brooklyn-based writer, performer, activist, and award-winning playwright who tours her solo work internationally. She is a Moth Story Slam Champion, a trained Joker with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, a New York Innovative Theatre Award winner, and a grant recipient of the Network of Ensemble Theatres. O’Loughlin received her BA in Acting from Towson University in Baltimore, MD, studied Devised Theatre and Choreography abroad at Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England, and practiced puppetry under the tutelage of Peter Schumann at Bread & Puppet Theatre in Glover, VT. In addition to her solo work, O’Loughlin has spent the past seven years in NYC puppeteering, playing the ukulele, hosting monthly performance art potpourris, and educating youth in creative arts.
Solo performance is Siobhan’s main vessel of creative work. She has three full-length solo shows, The Rope in Your Hands, Natural Novice, and Broken Bone Bathtub, all of which have toured nationally across the USA, and globally throughout the UK, Ireland, Japan and the Philippines. The Rope in Your Hands received five star reviews at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival and in Washington, DC., as well as awarded Fringe Crush in St. Louis, MO. Natural Novice was awarded Best of the Fest at Charm City Fringe Festival in Baltimore, MD, and also the recipient of the 2014 Fringe Crush award at the St Lou Fringe. Both of these two shows have also been presented at universities, where Siobhan pairs the performance with a workshop in storytelling, civic engagement, and activism. Broken Bone Bathtub has performed sold out site specific venues all over the world, received an Outstanding Solo Performance Award from The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation, and is named in the Top Ten Shows not to miss by City Pages Minneapolis, Best Performances in 2016 by DC Metro Theatre Arts, and Immersive Theatre Shows to See by The New York Times. In 2017, she performed at both the Festival and Summit events for The Future of Storytelling. Siobhan has been hailed as a top ten indie theatre artist in Baltimore, St. Louis, and Seattle. In 2018, she served as an artistic fellow at The Guild Hall of East Hampton, and wrapped up a 9-city performance run across the west coast, where Broken Bone Bathtub was dubbed one of the best shows in Portland by theatre critic Dennis Sparks, and amongst the top ten “Best in Arts” by the San Francisco Examiner, alongside events at Berkeley Rep and the American Conservatory Theatre.
As an educator, Siobhan has taught workshops for all ages all over the world, and recently returned from a trip to Greece with Carry the Future, providing music and educational workshops for children living in refugee camps. In St. Louis, she partnered with local #BlackLivesMatter activist Darian Wigfall to teach storytelling and personal narrative as a means of creating social change. Using Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, she enhances a student’s understanding of themselves and their environment, and in what ways that enables their personal and social strength.
Siobhan has lectured at multiple universities (ranging from her home base at Salisbury University to NYU in the city) teaching immersive art, process, production, and failure to young theatre, art, and performance students. She also recently gave a talk to local immersive artists, designers and entrepreneurs at the Adventure Design Group in San Francisco.
Siobhan is currently the social media manager for New York City’s Edge Studio, a leading authority in the voice over industry. A working voice actor herself, Siobhan has commercial, narration, and animation demos available for listening here. She is also represented by The Performance Network Agency.
As an actor and puppeteer, Siobhan has appeared in various New York venues including the Bowery Poetry Club, Dixon Place, The Bushwick Starr, The Standard Toykraft, The Actors’ Studio, The Living Theatre, and HB studios.
Internationally, Siobhan has performed and taught in Japan, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Colombia and Greece. In 2016, she collaborated with Manila-based performance artist Issa Lopez on a new piece called Colonize(d): A Duet on Identity and Intersectionality, which was supported in part by a grant from the Network of Ensemble Theatres.
Siobhan is very passionate about her activism as a fusion with her art. Siobhan is ever an Occupier of Wall Street, a devoted intersectional feminist, a vegan animal rights enthusiast, a committed bike-riding environmentalist, and an ally to the movement for queer rights and awareness. Siobhan believes that Black Lives Matter.
If you would like to see her resume, collaborate with her, book her show, cast her in your stage production or voice over studio recording, have her teach a workshop/course, or join in on your specific project for peace and social justice, contact her Here.