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Órla Mc Govern

Adults, Children, Festivals, Special Needs


Full time storyteller, facilitator and performer. Available to travel nationally and internationally.


Experienced & versatile award-winning storyteller, performer, playwright, author and facilitator. From fireside traditional stories, to improvisational stories on international stages, to original work for site specific projects, Órla is comfortable with all.

A published author, and artistic director of The Moth & Butterfly festival, Órla makes new work, facilitates creative workshops, and is happy to chat with you about your bespoke event or festival.

Background experience:

Órla Mc Govern is a multi-award-winning Storyteller, Performer, Writer and Facilitator based in Galway, Ireland. She regularly performs and teaches around the world from arena stages, to cottages, to libraries, from the Antrim Glens to the Finnish Forests, and has been a featured performer at several major Storytelling, Theatre and Arts Festivals around the world.

Her telling has been described as “a powerful presence, full of warmth”. 

Órla is the Artistic Director of Moth & Butterfly Storytelling.  As a teller, she works with the traditional and the contemporary, often weaving them together in original work.  She was commissioned by The Arts Council of Ireland to make a site-specific promenade storytelling piece, set in the West of Ireland Órla works regularly in theatre, film and television as an actor and writer.

Her award-winning plays and short films have been produced globally. She also has written two books of stories ‘Dublin Folk Tales For Children’ & ‘Wild Waves & Wishing Wells’ (The History Press). 

Órla is a master-level practitioner of improvisation, and loves to weave this skill set into her storytelling work. She offers workshops in this for educational, commercial and artistic clients. She is a listed artist on a number of educational programmes, as well as Writers In Schools for Poetry Ireland.

She is the Artistic Director of Moth & Butterfly, a Storytelling collective and festival based in Galway.  She is particularly excited by collaborative work -  projects that weave different types of telling, music etc in search of grounded performance. She welcomes conversations about bespoke performances for Festivals and Performances. She’s been a member of Interface Inagh, The Ohana Collective, Theatre 57, a Committee Member of Storytellers of Ireland and loves the odd dip in the sea!



Twitter: @mothbutterstory

(+353) 86 8865507

Órla Mc Govern
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