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Ria is Director of The North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford.

She is a director and producer, and has produced four Fringe-First Award winning productions at the Edinburgh Festival, most recently Brown Boys Swim by Karim Khan. The show has recently completed a 7 week UK tour through Autumn 2023.


Ria has recently co-directed a family production of Pied Piper with Conrad Murray and the BAC Beatbox Academy, opening at BAC and touring nationally 2023-2024.

Other directing work includes: Burntout in Biscuit Land (Touretteshero, Co-Director), The Apology by Kyo Choi (New Earth / Arcola), A Gig for Ghosts by Fran Bushe (45 North / Soho Theatre), E8 by Marika McKennell (North Wall/ Edinburgh Festival), Love and Money by Dennis Kelly (Rada), Spring Awakening (Lamda), The Island Nation by Christine Bacon (Ice and Fire at Arcola Theatre),  Jane Wenham: The Witch of Walkern by Rebecca Lenkiewicz (Out of Joint national tour), The Girl Who Never Looked Up (National Theatre Learning), Albion by Chris Thompson (Bush Theatre), Bike by Katherine Mitchell and On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson (Salisbury Playhouse), The Winter's Tale Re-imagined (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre), Dr Korczak's Example by David Greig (Unicorn Theatre), Tales of Winter (Southbank Centre), Fen by Caryl Churchill (Finborough Theatre) and Creative Associate on Not I by Touretteshero. 


She has worked extensively with young people and emerging artists with organisations such as the The North Wall, Young Vic and National Youth Theatre. 

Ria was awarded the Leverhulme Bursary for Emerging Directors in 2010, becoming Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio.


She was previously Assistant Producer and a Creative Producer at Watford Palace Theatre. She is an alumna of the Step Change Cultural Leadership Programme.

Photographer credit: Philippa James 2022

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