Ria is Co-Director of The North Wall Arts Centre in Oxford. www.thenorthwall.com
The North Wall has recently produced its first show at the Edinburgh Festival - E8 by Marika Mckennell, directed by Ria - winning a Fringe First Award and a Stage Award.
Ria is co-founder of Iron Shoes, previously an Associate Company at the Bush Theatre, winning two Scotsman Fringe First Awards for their productions of Mad About The Boy by Gbolahan Obisesan and Crush by Paul Charlton.
Directing work includes: 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).
She has worked extensively with young people and emerging artists with organisations such as the 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.