Stage Director

Jim Culleton

Selected credits

  • On Blueberry HillOff-Broadway 59E59 /West-end Trafalgar Studios / Audible Books
  • Silent, Before, Underneath, ForgottenOlivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre 2016
  • The AlternativePlay for Ireland / Irish Times 2019 Best Director Award
  • Rathmines RoadAbbey Theatre/Fishamble


Jim Culleton is the Artistic Director of Fishamble: The New Play Company, for which he has directed productions on tour throughout Ireland, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US.   His productions for Fishamble have won many Irish and international awards, including Olivier, The Stage, Scotsman Fringe First, and Irish Times Best Director.

Jim has also directed for Audible, the Abbey, the Gaiety, the Belgrade, 7:84 Scotland, Project, Amharclann de hÍde, Tinderbox, The Passion Machine, the Ark, Second Age, Dundee Rep, Draíocht, CoisCéim/Crash Ensemble/GIAF, RTÉ Radio 1, Frontline Defenders, Amnesty International, Little Museum of Dublin, Fighting Words, RTÉ lyric fm, Soho Theatre, Scripts Festival, Vessel and APA (Australia), TNL (Canada), Solas Nua and Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Odyssey (LA), Origin, Irish Arts Center and 59E59 (Off-Broadway), as well as for Trafalgar Theatre Productions on the West End, and IAC/Symphony Space on Broadway.  Jim has taught for NYU, NUI, GSA, Uversity, the Lir, Villanova, Notre Dame, UM, UMD, and TCD.

Featured work

On Blueberry Hill

Written by Sebastian Barry
Directed by Jim Culleton
Set & Costume Design Sabine Dargent
Lighting Design Mark Galione
Sound Design Denis Clohessy
Dramaturgy Gavin Kostick
Produced Eva Scanlan
Photograhy by Patrick Redmond
Starring Nially Buggy and David Ganly

‘Jim Culleton’s rapt production for Fishamble wonderfully captures the idea of bullseye moments, of episodes of an electric awareness – the cell “vibrates” with the energy of the two men – but also a stately mythology, the bringing of shades to life.’
★★★★ The Guardian


Written and Performed by Pat Kinevane
Directed by Jim Culleton
Music composed by Denis Clohessy
Costume styled by Catherine Condell
Co-Producer (London, New York and Los Angeles) Georganne Aldrich Heller
Produced by Eva Scanlan
Photograph by Patrick Redmond


The Alternative

Written by Michael Patrick and Oísin Kearney
Directed by Jim Culleton
Set Designer Maree Kearns
Lighting Designer Mark Galione
Sound Designer Denis Clohessy
Costume Designer Saileóg O’Halloran
Dramaturg Gavin Kostick
Producer Eva Scanlan

‘The dialogue is both wicked and intelligent… a top-class, edgy, no-expense spared production under Jim Culleton’s fast paced acute direction, with superb performances from all concerned’ Sunday Independent

‘An irreverent, hugely entertaining political satire that brilliantly reflects Ireland right here, right now.’
★★★★★ The Sunday Times

Rathmines Road

by Deirdre Kinahan
Directed by Jim Culleton
Set and Costume Design by Maree Kearns
Lighting Design by Kevin Smith
Sound Design by Carl Kennedy
Dramaturgy Gavin Kostick
Producers Eva Scanlan and Jen Coppinger
Photography Patrick Redmond

‘superb…magnificent…masterful direction…unapologetically challenging’
★★★★ The Arts review

‘explosively relevant… precise direction… remarkably stirring’
Sunday Business Post

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