Catherine O'Shea is a British playwright of Celtic-Silesian descent. She began writing on the University of Leeds Theatre Studies course and went on to complete a Masters in Writing for Performance at Goldsmiths College, she also has a PGCE in post-compulsory education from the Institute of Education.
She is an alumni of the Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, Chichester Festival Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre Young Writers' Programmes. She has had plays performed across Britain and in New York. She has had 4 successful productions at the Edinburgh festival fringe. In 2011 her play 'Fit for Purpose' won the Charlie Hartill Special Reserve award from the Pleasance Theatre.
Her play 'John Simmonds, a Trafalgar journey' is currently being performed at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London. Her play 'Seagull' was performed at Chichester Festival Theatre in 2014 and toured with the theatre's heritage project Pass It On. She was a member of the Criterion Theatre New Writing scheme in 2014 where she had have a showcase performance of her play Shards.
At edfringe 2016 her play Carnival is being performed on 8th and 9th August at 730pm in the Evolution House Boardroom, 78 West Port.