Jody O’Neill 

UCC / Cork Opera House Theatre Artist in Residence 2022-24

Jody is an autistic writer, performer, creative producer and disability advocate, based in Dublin. She has spent the past five years researching and developing making inclusive theatre that promotes acceptance, accessibility and social change. She wrote and co-produced (with The Abbey Theatre) the award-winning play, What I (Don’t) Know About Autism.

She is currently Theatre Artist-in-Residence at UCC and Cork Opera House, received a 2022 Markievicz Award, and was shortlisted for the Virgin Media Discovers Award 2022.

She is actively engaged in artist development. She offers dramaturgical input, mentorship and practical support in developing work (including advice on applications, development opportunities, etc.) to other artists. She recently founded The Working Group, an online work and peer support space for neurodivergent artists and creators. She facilitated the Abbey Begins programme for the Abbey Theatre in 2021. She was co-founder and curator of Project Brand New – a multidisciplinary new work platform at Project Arts Centre for several years. In 2023, Jody co-produced Neurofestivity, a festival of neurodivergent art as part of her residency at UCC and Cork Opera House.