Shonagh Murray graduated from the Masters in Musical Directing programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, after first gaining a Bachelor of the Arts with honours in Applied Music at the University of Strathclyde, specialising in contemporary, jazz and musical theatre vocals. Shonagh co-founded the female-led theatre company Fearless Players, which focuses on uplifting women in the theatre scene, be it in story, performance or creative team. Next up for Fearless Players is a collaboration with writing team O'Neill & Savage on The Great Elf Escape: LIVE, an online musical escape room show as part of The Gaiety's Christmas season. Fearless Players have been commissioned to be part of Dundee Rep "This Is For You Dundee" programme in March 2021. Working with Alzheimer's Scotland, Fearless Players will create a piece of theatre reflecting the lives, loves and stories of a group of Dundonians living with Alzheimer's.
Shonagh's most recent compositions, Burns: A Lost Legacy & Armour: A Herstory of the Scottish Bard, produced by Fearless Players, successfully concluded a full run of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019 with four and five star reviews and being nominated for Musical Theatre Review's Best New Musical Award. For both shows, Shonagh received a special award for score composition from Musical Theatre Review. Her musical Home From Here: A Scottish Musical was showcased at BEAM2018 (Mercury Musical Developments, Musical Theatre Network) alongside 5 other new works from Scotland and went on to be workshopped at the Scottish Youth Theatre in March 2018.
As a musical director, Shonagh's recent works include Anything Goes and The Wild Party (London College of Music 2019), Cinderella and Aladdin (Jordan Productions). Other works include Alice in Wonderland, Jr (Stagecoach Malta), Table (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) at Glasgow's Citizens' Theatre & London's The Cockpit, and Atlantic: A Scottish Story at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017, which was the culmination of an exciting partnership with the American Musical Theatre Project in Chicago and Noisemaker in Scotland.
In her capacity as a singer, Shonagh has performed live and in studios with fellow musicians such as Fat Suit, Roddy Hart, Tommy Reilly, Angus Munro, London Contemporary Voices, the Glasgow Gospel Choir, Hannah Jackson and many more. Fun fact - Shonagh can be heard on the the opening song of zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse, a brand new film released internationally by Blazing Griffin, Parkhouse Pictures, Constellation Creatives and Creative Scotland.
In 2015, Shonagh became a fully qualified secondary music teacher and is a passionate believer in music and the arts being vital in the delivery of a child’s education. As such, Shonagh has worked as an instructor with the community learning project Horsecross Arts to bring music to children as young as nursery and most recently, as a singing teacher at the London College of Music's BA Musical Theatre Programme. Shonagh is thrilled to be returning to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland's Junior Conservatoire as module instructor in 2021.