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Erin Murray

West Coast theatre director, adapter, and educator with a passion for femme, queer, and intergenerational stories

Erin Murray is a director, adapter educator based in Seattle/Chicago. She has directed projects across the US and western Europe including Steppenwolf Garage, Intiman Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Edinburgh International Festival Fringe, Project Arts Centre, Opera Theatre Company, and Witness Immersive. Erin co-created the video podcast "Teacakes & Tarot: Conversations with Queer Futurists" with Will Wilhelm, co-produced by HowlRound TV and Island Shakespeare Festival. Her queertopia-centered adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac: A Heroic Comedy with Many Acts (Kilroys List 2020) premiered in 2022. MFA: Northwestern University, Theatre Directing; BA: Trinity College Dublin, Drama and Theatre Studies. ErinMurrayDirects.com

Three performers act in a brightly colored bedroom set.
Consent, Courtship, and Comedy in Keiko Green’s The Bed Trick
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Consent, Courtship, and Comedy in Keiko Green’s The Bed Trick

21 May 2024

In Keiko Green’s The Bed Trick, a new adaptation of All’s Well That Ends Well, issues of consent in both the bedroom and the theatre classroom are explored in the modern context of college. Erin Murray explains how the show creates a theatrically slippery and inquisitive space which prompts audience members to examine their own role in a society that fosters rape culture. 

Dragon Lady
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Dragon Lady

One Mother of a Musical

19 October 2017

Dragon Lady, written and performed by Sara Porkalob, brings bring race, female stories, and intersectionality into the American theatre conversation.

Gender Bending Power
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Gender Bending Power

Bring Down the House

2 May 2017

Erin Murray discusses the echo of history in upstart crow collective’s Bring Down the House.