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 to the Universität der Künste Berlin, achieving a Master’s degree in Politics and Aesthetics at NCAD, before completing her PhD in Film Theory at Trinity College Dublin.
Early in her career, Neasa made award-winning documentaries with RTÉ, as well as designing the national broadcaster’s logo and branding. She 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 BBC, Channel Four, Amazon and Netflix, where Neasa has carved a reputation in making world-class drama.
Neasa’s currently in post-production on Netflix international mystery thriller serial Hit and Run. Her feature début Sea Fever screened to critical acclaim on the opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival 2019. A sci-fi thriller grounded in the realities of trawler life, the film was denied a theatrical opening by Covid. It was released digitally across the US on April 10th 2020, becoming one of the top five digital downloads, then across Europe April 24th 2020, before its release in Russia, China and Australia. Neasa was recently commissioned by Dreamworks to adapt a noir thriller for the big screen. In 2017, Neasa was awarded a BAFTA for the gritty murder drama Happy Valley (BBC / Netﬂix), before directing the ﬁnale of noir superhero drama Jessica Jones (Marvel / Netﬂix). Neasa 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.
While she was still at college, Neasa founded creative design consultancy Language Communications with Adam May. In 2015, she founded major new national initiative Big Stories on the Small Screen, aimed at increasing global opportunities for Irish screenwriters and directors. Neasa is bilingual in German, she speaks French and Irish as well as her native English.