Imelda O' Reilly est née à Kildare (Irlande). Elle a vécu à Paris, Séville, Londres et au Maroc. Elle est écrivain, dramaturge, scénariste et réalisatrice.
Imelda O' Reilly is a native of Kildare Ireland who has lived in Paris, Seville, London and Morocco. Her published books include; "I Wake In Half Dream", (Lapwing Press in 2004). "Stovepipe", a short story, appeared in "Shenanigans", a Sceptre collection about the European Rave Phenomena, in February 1999. She also has a compilation of poetry to music entitled In "People's Heads" with Grammy Nominee Joel Diamond.
Imelda has written and directed numerous plays. Her first play "Twilight Café" was developed through The Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York, 1997. Her second play "CooooLouds" was developed at The Dublin Fringe Festival, 1998. Her third, "Faz In Ate" was selected as part of the Mabou Mines Artist in Residence Program in 2000. It was then co-produced by Deadalus Theatre Company in New York. Imelda's "Emilita and the Faery Glen", first broadcast at Symphony Space on Broadway at WNYC was commissioned and co-produced by Deadalus Theatre Co., (NY, 2001). Most recently, Imelda was commissioned as a writer on Mabou Mines upcoming production of "Song For New York", directed by Ruth Maleczech. It will be performed outdoors on a barge in all five boroughs of New York in the summer of 2007.
Imelda began studying for her Masters in Fine Art at Columbia University in September 2004, where she was selected for the New York Women in Film Fellowship for the most promising female director attending Columbia University where she is currently an MFA candidate in Film.
She has written and directed five short films. These include, "The Seamonster" and "the Milk Thistle" that appeared in numerous Film Festivals, and won an award for Best Cinematography. "Beneath the Boy's Cry" her feature length screenplay was selected to participate in Moonstone International that is modeled in consultation with The Sundance Institute for 2007. Her feature length screenplay entitled "Beneath the Boy's Cry" is currently short-listed for the Sundance Screenwriters and Directors Lab for 2008.
Individual artists grants include New York Foundation for the Arts, The Irish Arts Council, The Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation and Unity Theatre Co.
Imelda was awarded the Fulbright Fellowship in 2007 to write and direct a narrative film in Morocco. Established in 1946, America's most prestigious fellowship is awarded annually to those who have already demonstrated outstanding promise and leadership in their field to allow them time to work on their next project. Previous recipients included Muhammad Yunus, Noble Peace Prize in 2006, Shamshad Akhtar, the first woman to hold the position of Governor, State Bank of Pakistan, Robert Shaye, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO, New Line Cinema.
Imelda leaves for Morocco on September 2nd, 2007 to begin work on her upcoming film "The Chocolate Office" and also to develop a screenwriting retreat and filmmaking lab for young aspiring filmmakers in Fez.