Des Kennedy

The Belfast Director is quickly collecting the credits

Des Kennedy is one of NI’s most exciting directors. From Belfast, Kennedy trained at Queen's University, Belfast and Kings College, USA. He works extensively with new writing and theatre for young people. 

He is now bringing Owen McCafferty’s 2003 play Scenes from the Big Picture to Washington, with Tinderbox Theatre Company in Belfast and Solas Nua in DC.

Jude Quinn, left, and Des KennedyKennedy was the writer and lyricist for Brundibar, a musical based on the famous Children’s Opera by Hans Krasa. He has worked as a development officer for the Rainbow Factory, during which time he started Connections – Rainbow Factory’s first performing arts programme for young people with disabilities. 

He is the recipient of the Bush Theatre Directing Award and has worked as a director and facilitator for Teatro-Senza Frontiere, Milan.

Theatre credits as assistant director include L’Elisir del’amor (John Doyle, Welsh National Opera), Monte Cristo (Stephen Jameson, YMT:UK, Birmingham Hippodrome), Red Noses (John White, Lyric Theatre Belfast), Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Andrew Loretto, Lyric Theatre Belfast), and Crooked (Mike Bradwell, Bush Theatre).

Theatre credits as director include The Laramie Project (Irish Premiere, Bush Theatre Directing Award), Our Country’s Good (Tyrone Guthrie Society), Yerma (Belfast Institute), The Witches (Glenveagh Special Needs School), Brundibar (Rainbow Factory) and On the Batter (Tinderbox). 

Most recently he has worked with the Youth Lyric to produce a version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night which premiered at the Waterfront Studio in Belfast in January 2007.