Holly Race Roughan
Holly Race Roughan is a director of new work and was Associate Artistic Director at Headlong between 2019 and 2021, leading the company artistically from mid-2020.
During the pandemic she co-created SIGNAL FIRES, a nationwide festival for touring companies, and directed THE GHOST CALLER by Luke Barnes, an interactive audio drama for the city of Liverpool. She was an Executive Producer on UNPRECEDENTED, the BBC Four, Century Films and Headlong drama anthology, directing HOUSE PARTY by April De Angelis and PENNY by Charlene James for the series. Previously for Headlong she directed the Ibsen adaptation HEDDA TESMAN by Cordelia Lynn, and the UK tour of PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS by Duncan MacMillan with Jeremy Herrin.
Holly was the Director of the Lyric Ensemble at the Lyric Hammersmith between 2018 and 2019, directing THE MOB REFORMERS by Omar El-Khairy. Other directing credits include BROKEN DREAMS by Simon Longman for the Royal Court, PRURIENCE for Southbank Centre and the Guggenheim Museum, EYE OF A NEEDLE for Southwark Playhouse, Milly Thomas’ A FIRST WORLD PROBLEM and CLICKBAIT for Theatre 503, and BEST SERVED COLD by Cordelia Lynn for the VAULT Festival. This Autumn, Holly is co-directing a new version of Ovid’s Metamorphoses for Shakespeare’s Globe.
Holly sits on the board of arts-in-prisons charity Kestrel Theatre Company, where she was Associate Director from 2015 to 2019.