Neasa is a BAFTA-winning Director and Writer for film and television drama. Born in Dublin, she began her career with a Double First from the National College of Art and Design Ireland, winning a scholarship for her Master’s at the Universität der Künste Berlin.
Neasa returned to Ireland to make award-winning documentaries with RTÉ, while completing a second Master’s degree in Politics and Aesthetics as well as designing the national broadcaster’s rebranding. Neasa moved into drama as the youngest ever director of RTÉ serial drama Fair City. This led to writing and directing for the theatre in her native Dublin. The quality of her work led to commissions with Channel Four and the BBC, where Neasa carved her reputation in making world-class drama.
Neasa has just been awarded her second BAFTA, this time for the gritty murder drama Happy Valley (BBC / Netflix). After making Happy Valley, she teamed with Killer Films and Amazon to direct the 1920s story of Zelda Sayre and her troubling life with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Z: The Beginning of Everything, starring Christina Ricci. Her earlier works include the two-hour story finale for BAFTA-nominated homicide thriller Scott & Bailey and acclaimed BBC six-part drama In The Club.
As a screenwriter, Neasa’s work circles around themes of outsiders and connection, identity and alterity. Her three feature screenplays have won awards from Creative Europe, the London Film Awards and the Irish Film Board. Neasa’s short films have screened in competition at A-list festivals across the world including the Berlinale, IFFRotterdam and Palm Springs. Her award-winning art film This Is Going To Take More Than One Night is in the permanent collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
While she was still at college, Neasa founded Language Communications with Adam May. In 2015, she founded major new national initiative Big Stories on the Small Screen. Neasa’s bilingual in German, she speaks French and Irish as well as her native English.