Yvonne Murphy has been a freelance theatre director, creative producer and creative practitioner and consultant since 1992, working across the UK and Internationally. In 2008, Yvonne founded Omidaze Productions and, in 2013, was awarded an Arts Council of Wales Clore Fellowship and was mentored by Jude Kelly. For her Clore secondment, Yvonne was Strategic Lead for the national arts and cultural movement – What Next?
Yvonne has been an associate artist of Wales Millennium Centre, Theatr Iolo and Artis Community and a board member of Chapter Arts Centre and Awen Cultural Trust. She was one of the first creative agents for the Arts Council of Wales/Welsh Government Lead Creative Schools Scheme and has also been a creative practitioner on the scheme.
She was an elected councillor for Penarth Town Council from 2019 to 2022 and stood as a Parliamentary Candidate in the 2019 general election. Yvonne was named one of Wales’ 100 Changemakers by the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales in 2022 and one of Wales' most influential women in theatre in 2016. Yvonne strives to make work that empowers, informs, entertains new audiences, challenges the status quo and inspires positive social change. Yvonne works across the cultural and creative, democracy and corporate sectors and is particularly interested in the intersection between cultural and democratic participation, access and engagement, alternative economic and business models and creative learning.
Yvonne is the creator of The Democracy Box and The Talking Shop, two creative solutions to our current democratic deficit.