Olwen Fouéré is a renowned actor, director and creator. Her extensive practice navigates theatre, film, the visual arts, music, dance theatre and literature.
She has received numerous awards and nominations including Irish Times/ESB Best Actress (2011, 2006, 2000 and 1999), Dublin Theatre Festival Best Actor 2003, and the Dublin Theatre Festival Samuel Beckett Award in 1998.
In 2014, she received the prestigious Herald Archangel award of the Edinburgh Festivals, the Irish Times Special Tribute Award for outstanding achievement and contribution to Irish theatre, and The Stage Award for Acting Excellence. She also received an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Philosophy – Honoris Causa) from Dublin City University in 2016 for her enormous contribution to the arts and culture in Ireland.
In 2010, she established an artistic entity called TheEmergencyRoom for the development of her ongoing projects, which have included her translation and production of Danse, Morob (written for her by Laurent Gaudé); the creation of riverrun (from Finnegans Wake); her production and performance of Lessness (by Samuel Beckett); the film project Cassandra;fragments of a playscript (written by Anne Enright); and her translation and performance of Sodome, my love by Laurent Gaudé (produced in association with Rough Magic).
TheEmergencyRoom and Galway International Arts Festival’s production of riverrun, in association with Cusack Projects, written, performed and directed by Olwen Fouéré, premiered in Galway in 2013, and toured to Dublin, London, Edinburgh, New York, Adelaide, Sydney and most recently, to the Kennedy Center, Washington in May 2016. The same team produced Lessness by Samuel Beckett, also starring Olwen Fouéré, which premiered in London at the Barbican’s International Beckett Season in 2015.