Kirsty Housley

Kirsty Housley Portrait

Agent: Davina Shah


Current and future credits include: MYTH (RSC – co-written with Matt Hartley, from an original idea by Kirsty) and THE BELIEVERS ARE BUT BROTHERS (Ovalhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse Transform17 Season – Co-Director).

Recent credits include: THE ENCOUNTER (Complicite, EIF, Warwick Arts Centre, Theatre Vidy, Bristol Old Vic - Co-Director); A PACIFIST'S GUIDE TO THE WAR ON CANCER (Dramaturg, National Theatre and Complicite); WANTED (Chris Goode and Company, Transform Festival, West Yorkshire Playhouse); WALKING THE TIGHTROPE (Offstage and Theatre Uncut); ALL I WANT (Live Theatre, Leeds Libraries and Jackson’s Lane); MASS (Amy Mason at Bristol Old Vic, CPT); THE BEAUTY PROJECT, THEATRE UNCUT 2012 (Young Vic); HOW TO BE IMMORTAL (Penny Dreadful at Soho and tour); BANDAGES (Corn Exchange Newbury and tour); 9 (West Yorkshire Playhouse for Chris Goode and Company); THIRSTY (The Paper Birds).

Kirsty has been the recipient of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust award and the Title Pending award for innovation at Northern Stage.

She is currently collaborating with Bryony Kimmings, Complicite, The Unicorn, and The Bush Theatre, and is an Associate of Complicite.

03 October 2016

Kirsty Housely and Will Duke open THE ENCOUNTER on Broadway

Kirsty Housely and Will Duke open THE ENCOUNTER on Broadway

Following sell-out runs at Edinburgh International Festival 2015 and The Barbican, Simon McBurney and Complicite’s production plays at the Golden Theatre until 8th January 2017. Co-conceived and co-directed by Kirsty Housley, with Projection Design by Will Duke.

New York Times

“no production on Broadway has ever thrown the doors of perception open as widely as “The Encounter””


“summons those sensations not just through sound but also through lighting (by Paul Anderson) and projections (by Will Duke) that transform a sterile stage into a phosphorescent jungle where shadow trumps substance or an American suburb illuminated by a bonfire of discarded worldly goods.”

Timeout ★★★★★

“utterly transfixing mind-tickler”

“offers a meeting of ear, mind and soul you will never forget.”

The Guardian ★★★★

“unusual and enthralling” 

“mood-altering and mind-expanding”

The Hollywood Reporter 

“resembles no other theater piece in memory.”

“an extraordinarily visceral, often hypnotic piece of storytelling”

Wall Street Journal

“a piece of storytelling that is as haunting and enthralling as a half-remembered dream.”