co-investigator Keira Loughran

Keira Loughran


Shaking Up Shakespeare Interviewee

Co-Curator and Moderator: (Re)casting Shakespeare in Canada

Keira Loughran is an award-winning artist with over 25 years as an actor, director, playwright, dramaturg and producer. She is currently on faculty at York University, teaching Acting, Devised Theatre, Playwriting and Performance Creation. She was the inaugural Associate Producer for the Forum and the Laboratory at the Stratford Festival (2012-2018) where she spearheaded organizational change to support new work, diversity, inclusion and Indigenous reconciliation. From 2005-2007 she was Artistic Producer of the SummerWorks Festival in Toronto. Her company K’Now Theatre produced two original plays which collectively garnered 7 Dora nominations including two for Loughran for Outstanding New Play (Little Dragon) and Outstanding Direction (Pu-Erh). Other selected directing credits include 4 productions at the Stratford Festival (Wendy and Peter Pan, The Comedy of Errors, The Komagata Maru Incident, The Aeneid), Deportation Cast (York University), and Titus Andronicus (Canadian Stage). As an actor, Keira has performed in theatres across the country including Alberta Theatre Projects, Persephone Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille, Nightwood Theatre, Young Peoples’ Theatre and the Stratford Festival. She has appeared in several movies, short films and television, including CBS’s Good Sam, and Hallmark Channel’s Good Witch. Keira is currently writing and directing her first documentary feature Exclusion: A Centenary of Silence for Knowledge Network, Telus and Rogers OMNI, to be broadcast in fall 2024.