Rex Daugherty

Rex is a DC based theatre artist and currently serves as the Artistic Director of Solas Nua. Originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, he has made the DC area his home for the past eleven years. Rex shares his life with his wife, Lee, and son, Beckett. 

 During his four years as AD of Solas Nua’s theatre programming, Rex has garnered international acclaim for his productions, earned multiple Helen Hayes Award nominations, and provided the company with steady growth. The Washington Post said that Rex“is hope for Solas Nua to re-plant its imaginative flag forcefully on this city’s theatre map.” His work has been featured in The Irish Times and aired on RTE - Irish TV. Rex looks forward to ensuring a vibrant future for Solas Nua, the only US organization exclusively dedicated to contemporary Irish arts.

As an actor, he has performed at The Kennedy Center, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, The National Theatre, The Warner Theatre, Ford's Theatre, Signature Theatre, Round House Theatre, Folger Theatre, Rep Stage, Solas Nua, and Off Broadway at 59E59. Daugherty has received three Helen Hayes nominations as part of Outstanding Ensembles and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association. Directing credits include: Wild Sky, Little Thing, Big Thing, Coolatully, Misterman (Solas Nua) Night Falls on the Blue Planet (Theater Alliance); Late: a cowboy song (No Rules Theatre Company); Suite Surrender, The Prince and the Troubadour (1st Stage); Wake Up, Brother Bear (Imagination Stage); Snow Day, BEEP BEEP! (Arts on the Horizon); Yours, Isabel (Edinburgh Fringe); The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Electric Chair Gallery); Bad Dates (Wayside Theatre); Angels in America (assistant - Forum Theatre); The Flick, Billy Elliot (assistant - Signature Theatre), Mockingbird (fight director - The Kennedy Center)

Rex is the co-creator of DC Dead - a zombie apocalypse survival experience. Find out more about this immersive, live action production on their website,

Rex is also a singer songwriter and has written several TYA musicals which have enjoyed regional theatre productions. You can follow Rex's band, The Magi, on Youtube, or download some music here!