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Sophie Motley

Sophie Motley



Sophie is Artistic Director of Pentabus Theatre Company.

She was previously Associate Director of Rough Magic Theatre Company and Artistic Director of WillFredd Theatre. She studied at Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, Dublin, trained with Rough Magic’s Seeds and the National Theatre Studio’s directing course. Sophie was Resident Assistant Director at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin.


Wolves are Coming For You (Tour)

Pentabus Theatre Company

written by Joel Horwood

The Last Hotel

New York & Washington

(continuation of 2015 tour)

Blank Out - new Chamber Opera Disquiet


Amsterdam and tour

By Michael van der Aa

(Assistant Dir and Dramaturge)

Sunken Garden (Associate Director)

Opera de Lyon

Dir. Michael van der Aa

Everything Between Us by David Ireland Rough Magic, Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Jockey WillFredd
The Last Hotel (Associate Director to Enda Walsh) Landmark co-Production with Wide Open Opera. Edinburgh Festival, Dublin and Linbury, ROH
Bees a new musical by Stacey Gregg, by Jack Cawley WillFredd

Tejas Verdes
by Fermin Cabal

The MAC, Belfast
Dir: Sophie Motley


Project Arts Centre, Dublin (and touring hospices as part of Beltaine Festival)
Dir: Sophie Motley

Assistant Director: Cosi fan Tutte at ENO: Caligula by Detlev Glanert at ENO and Buenos Aires

The Sleeping Queen
by M.W. Balfe

Wexford Festival Opera
Dir: Sophie Motley

Mice Will Play
by Caoimhin O Raghallaigh & Nic Gareiss

Project Arts Centre for Dublin Fringe Festival
Dir: Sophie Motley

Assistant Director: The Sunken Garden at ENO, Barbican, Holland Festival and tour: The Perfect American by Philip Glass at ENO

Farm (Winner of Best Offsite Production, Lir Revival Award, Dublin Fringe 2012 and nominee of Best Production Award, Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards)

The Lir, Dublin
Dir: Sophie Motley

Assistant Director: The Pilgrim's Progress by Benjamin Britten at ENO

Follow (Winner of Spirit of Fringe Award 2011 - nominated for Best Actor, Best Production, Best Design)

The Lir, Dublin
Dir: Sophie Motley

Plaza Suite
by Neil Simon
Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, tour and The Gaiety Theatre Dublin
Dir: Sophie Motley
by Owen McCafferty
The Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Dir: Sophie Motley
Assistant Director: The Marriage of Figaro at ENO: The School for Scandal at Barbican and Holland Festival

Vincent River
by Philip Ridley

Belfast, Dublin and Northern Irish Tour
Dir: Sophie Motley

The Truth of The Moon
by Simon Doyle (Nominated for Best Actress Award, Dublin Fringe 2010)
Dublin Fringe Festival
Dir: Sophie Motley
The Party
by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Sophie Motley & Caitriona Ni Mhurchu
Bewleys Cafe Theatre, Dublin
Dir: Sophie Motley
Assistant Director: John Gabriel Borkman by Henrik Ibsen at The Abbey Theatre, Dublin:  Memory Deleted (Winner of Best Production, Limerick Unfringed Festival) at ANU
Centenary Song Cycle Liberty Hall Theatre
Dir: Sophie Motley
by Declan Feenan

Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Dir: Sophie Motley

by William Mastrosimone
The Mill Theatre, Dublin
Dir: Sophie Motley
Assistant Director: The Seafarer at The Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Basin (Winner of Best Actress Award Dublin Fringe 2009, Irish Times Theatre Award 2010) at ANU: Tales of Ballycumber at The Abbey Theatre, Dublin
Invisible Atom
by Anthony Black
Players Theatre, Dublin
Dir: Sophie Motley
by Neil LaBute
Dublin Youth Theatre
Dir: Sophie Motley

The Gleaming Dark

by Philip Ridley

Trafalgar Studios, London
Dir: Sophie Motley

Pilgrims of the Night

by Len Jenkin

Project Arts Centre, Dublin
Dir: Sophie Motley
Assistant Director: I am Shakespeare by Mark Rylance at Chichester Festival and London Theatre of Imaginatiom

The Pitchfork Disney

by Philip Ridley (Winner of Best Production & Best Director - Irish Student Drama Awards)

Players Theatre, Dublin & The Granary, Cork
Dir: Sophie Motley


“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Sophie Motley as the new Artistic Director of Pentabus. Pentabus has a long tradition of appointing talented young directors and we are confident that Sophie will continue to build on the extraordinary success of the company under Elizabeth’s Freestone’s leadership. Sophie brings a wealth of experience of creating theatre with and for rural audiences and we look forward to her joining the company at the beginning of 2017..."

Pentabus Chair Ros Robins

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