Aisling Byrne


Aisling Byrne

Aisling Byrne

Independent Artist

Aisling Byrne (she/her) is an award-winning Writer/Director and Artist Facilitator working across theatre and film.

She is the founder and Artistic Director of Run of the Mill– a multi-award-winning arts organisation that platforms the work of intellectually disabled artists, and co-founder of Dublin based theatre collective, Talking Shop Ensemble. Recent and upcoming work includes REAL LIFE (Run of the Mill, Project Arts Centre, 2024), Turnaround (A Screen Ireland Focus Short), Misread (Winner RTE/ Ardan Short Film Commision, 2023), the Oscar-Qualifying Headspace (Winner Grand Prix Best Irish Short at 67th Cork International Film Festival, European Film Awards Candidacy 2023), FUTURE TAPESTRY (in collaboration with John Conway) and Making a Mark by Shaun Dunne (National Tour, 2022, Dublin Fringe, 2019, Winner Judges Choice Award). In 2023 she was selected for Screen Ireland’s flagship ‘Spotlight Scheme’ where she is under commission to adapt her stage play Singing for Survival (2019) into a feature screenplay. As a facilitator Aisling collaborates regularly with CREATE, Dublin Theatre Festival, Theatre Forum and Dublin City Council Culture Company.  She has been responsible for facilitating Dublin Theatre Festival’s Next Stage Programme 2022-23. Aisling is Represented for Writing and Directing by Jethro Thompson, Curtis Brown.

The incredible but true stories of Mark Smith — The Irish Times (Making A Mark by Shaun Dunne)

People are waking up to the idea that diversity makes for really interesting art. — (Culture Night 2020)


1. Mark Smith and Aisling Byrne in Making A Mark by Shaun Dunne. Photo credit: Luca Trufarelli (2019)

2. Lauren Larkin, Ella Jane Moore and members of the Run of the Mill ensemble in Singing for Survival by Aisling Byrne. Photo credit: Fenna von Hirschheydt (2019)

3. Mark Smith in Outside History by Aisling Byrne and Arcade Film, poetry by Eavan Boland. Photo credit: Daniel Keane (2021)