Nicole Rourke

Nicole is a freelance performer, writer, workshop facilitator and tutor. She trained in theatre and facilitation in the Middle East and has performed with many theatre companies in Ireland and abroad, as well as solo performances of original work for theatre/spoken word. Her work has received critical acclaim at festivals throughout Ireland, England, Scotland, Poland, Singapore, Italy and India. 

In 2018, Nicole premiered her spoken word collection, ‘Tea or Gin & other stories’ in New York and Berlin and toured festivals throughout Ireland. She co-wrote and performed in a spoken word theatre production entitled ‘Raven & The Crone’ which premiered at the International First Fortnight festival in Dublin in January 2019. Most recently, Nicole premiered her solo play, ‘Baggage’, which was written for and presented by the SoloSIRENS festival at The Civic Theatre. 

Outside of performance, Nicole is a highly experienced facilitator and has conducted a wide variety of Creative Writing and Creativity workshops in Ireland and abroad. She designs and lectures on a course entitled Writing The City at Champlain College study abroad programme and is co-director of Big Smoke Writing Factory.

Nicole is currently an associate artist at Axis theatre and will research and develop a new piece of work over the coming months, working title WHAT?, which investigates hearing loss in the female line of her family. Her proposal for this piece was awarded an Axis Playground disability award in June 2020.

Below are Youtube links to pieces from her spoken word collection, Tea or Gin & Other Stories: 

Enough Link | Tea or Gin, Pt 1 – Link & Pt 2 – Link