TUTOR PROFILES

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Hilary Wood

Head of Acting

Hilary is a graduate of the RADA, where she held the Queen Elizabeth Coronation Scholarship. She was Senior Lecturer in Acting at the Webber Douglas School of Dramatic Art from 1985 until 2006. She is the London Director of the Georgian International Theatre Festival, an Associate Director of the Tumanishvili State Theatre, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, and Senior Lecturer in Acting on Fordham University New York’s London program.

Cathal Quinn

Head of Voice and Speech

Cathal has a Masters in Voice Studies from Central School of Speech and Drama. He taught at Oxford School of Drama and was Head of Voice at the Gaiety School of Acting before coming to teach Voice and Dialect at The Lir. Cathal’s film credits include Albert Nobbs, Parked, Eden and The Escapist and his TV work includes Love/Hate, Kitchen and Omagh.

Cathal coached the American Premiere of The Home Place at the Guthrie Theater where he also taught Shaw, Wilde and Beckett.

Sue Mythen

Head of Movement

Sue worked as an actor and physical performer for many years prior to completing an MA Movement for Actors at Central School of Speech & Drama, London. Since then she has worked as a freelance Movement Director and teacher. Recent movement direction work at The Abbey Theatre include Oedipus, The Shadow of a Gunman, Hedda Gabler, Twelfth Night, The Plough & the Stars, Heartbreak House, 16 Possible Glimpses, The House, The Rivals, Pygmalion and Major Barbara. Sue’s work for Anu Productions includes Sunder, Pals and Angel Meadow. Other recent work includes Displaced at The Montreal Fringe Festival, Elektra for Canadian Opera Company, Semele for RIAM, Dead Man Walking for Opera Ireland at the Gaiety Theatre, Richard II at Smock Alley and Coraline for Puca Puppets and Devotion, Last Call and Jumping on my Shadow for TEAM Theatre Co. Her work in the UK includes Not I, Timon of Athens, Electra, A Devilish Exercise and Chelsea Valentine and choreography for Northanger Abbey (ITV/Diplomat films).  Sue is Head of Movement at The Lir Academy and at teaches at Trinity College Dublin.

Bryan Burroughs

Physical Theatre

Bryan is an actor, director, movement director and more recently “writer” having penned and performed the award winning Beowulf : The Blockbuster earning Bryan a STAGE award for acting excellence at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. Other notable performances include Barabbas’ Johnny Patterson : The Singing Irish Clown for which he received the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor and “B” in Company SJ’s production of Beckett’s “Act Without Words II ” which toured most recently to The Barbican in London. 

Bryan is a graduate from the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College Dublin and has taught Movement/Physical Theatre at Trinity College Dublin, NYU / Tisch School of the Arts and at the Accademia dell ’ Arte in Arezzo, Italy.

David Horan

Acting

David graduated from the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College with a BA in English and Theatre Studies. Having directed plays with a number of companies, he became Director-in-Residence for Inis Theatre Company in 2000. He was made Staff Director at the Abbey Theatre in 2003 where he continued to work until October 2004 before relocating to Paris for a year, studying the principles of movement at the Ecole Internationale de Theatre, Jacques Lecoq. In 2007, David became Artistic Director of Bewley’s Café Theatre while continuing to teach and direct freelance. David still holds this position as well as teaching Acting Technique at The Lir.

Vincent Murphy

Acting for Camera

Vinny Murphy has worked as a Writer, Director, Actor and Composer for Film, Television and Theatre.

He teaches screen acting at the Lir and brings with him experience in many different aspects of film making as well as his vast experience of working with screen actors.

He has acted in over 40 films and TV programs, he has directed nearly as many and has also written films including co-writing the international award-winning “Accelerator” which he also directed. He has composed music extensively for films including 2 feature films, so when he reminds an actor to “leave some room for the music” he’s not kidding.

Gavin O’Donoghue

Voice and Speech

Gavin is a graduate of The Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin and The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He worked as an Actor in the Theatre and on Radio in the UK before studying for his MA in Voice Studies at Central School of Speech and Drama.

Ciaran O’Grady

Stage Combat

Ciaran has been working in the film and theatre industry since 1998. In 2003 he graduated from the Theatre Studies programme at Inchicore College and later went on to train with the Irish Dramatic Combat Academy. Ciaran has trained extensively in armed and unarmed stage combat in Ireland and in the USA. He is among Ireland’s leading experts in theatrical violence and regularly works as a stage combat instructor, stunt performer, fight director, and actor.

Ciaran is a member of Stunt Register Ireland and has worked as a stunt performer on Vikings, Penny Dreadful, Into the Badlands, Red Rock, Reign, Jekyll & Hyde and the music video for Kodaline’s hit song All I Want, for which he also created the fight choreography.

Gavin Kostick

Dramaturgy

Gavin Kostick has written over twenty plays for a wide range of companies, which have been produced in Dublin and have toured internationally. Gavin has provided dramaturgical support for dozens of theatrical productions throughout Ireland and he is also the Literary Manager for Fishamble: The New Play Company.

Gavin O’Donoghue

Foundation Diploma and Short Courses Director

Gavin studied Drama at The Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin, spending his ERASMUS year at Goldsmiths College, The University of London.  On graduating from Trinity Gavin trained as an actor at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. He worked as an Actor in the Theatre and on Radio in the UK before studying for his MA in Voice Studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Prior to his work at The Lir Gavin taught on Drama programmes at UCC and the University of Ulster. He continues to work as a freelance Dialect Coach as well as teaching voice at the Dundalk Institute of Technology. Alongside his duties on the Foundation Diploma and Short Courses Gavin teaches Dialect and Sight Reading on the BA Acting course.

Morgan Cooke

Singing Tutor

Morgan Cooke is an actor, composer, musician and singing tutor at The Lir Academy. Recent work includes piano and vocal coaching on The Wake at the Abbey, the role of Flann O’Brien in the documentary An Béal Saibhir, multiple roles in YOUtopia at the Coombe Hospital and the Abbey, multiple roles in Star of the Sea in the Dublin Theatre Festival 2015 and the role of Daddy Warbucks in Annie at Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, Christmas 2015. He composed the soundtrack for Fornocht A Chonac at Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, a coproduction with the Abbey (Galway International Arts Festival 2016), and is currently in rehearsal for Breaks with BezKinte for the Dublin Fringe 2016.

Christine Caleo

Alexander Technique

Christine is an Actor’s Alexander Technique teacher. She teaches at The Juilliard School, Drama Division (NYC) as an adjunct faculty member (2002-present), and The Lir Academy.  She has trained and coached actors individually and in ensemble to apply the Alexander Technique to their individual process and in performance on over 20 Shakespeare and contemporary productions.

She holds an MFA in Acting from UNC Chapel Hill, AMSAT certification in the Alexander Technique from ACAT NYC, and mentored under Carolyn Serota (who taught with Judy Leibowitz). Her theatrical, tv and film experience has taken Christine to Pittsburg, Paris, Spain, London, NYC, Dublin and Florida where she currently lives with her spouse, Brian and their four children.

Her acting experience includes roles with Theater Off Park, Wilkinsburg Arts Theater, Playmakers Repertory Company, C.W. Post Theater Company, Chautauqua Theater Company and Open Stage Theater in Pittsburgh, of which she is a founder. Her television appearances include Law and Order, The View, The City, The Learning Channel and several commercials: her film credits include Home, Raw, Rhythm of the Saints and Till Proven Innocent.

Christine incorporates Judy Leibowitz’s challenge to ‘dare to be wrong’ as a vital point of view for artistic excellence.

Michaela Wohlgemuth

Alexander Technique

Michaela Wohlgemuth came to the Alexander Technique in 1993. After training in the Alexander Technique Institute Los Angeles and working with the performing community in LA, she moved to Ireland and developed there her busy teaching practice.  She is training people one-to-one from all walks of life and particularly those in high performance like acting and music to improve performance with the Alexander Technique. She is one of the Co-founder of the Irish Society of Alexander Technique Teachers (ISATT) and has been training teachers since 2003. In 2006, she became the Assistant Director of Ireland’s only Alexander Teaching College in Galway, Ireland. In 2016 she joined the faculty at The Lir Academy of Dramatic Art Dublin.


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Barry Conway

Director of Technical Training

Barry Conway began his career with the first Dublin Fringe Festival in 1995 which led to him working for both Arena Lighting and the Electric Light Company. Since 2003 Barry has held the position of Production & Lighting Department Manager of Avcom Ltd. Barry has worked consistently as a freelance Chief Electrician on numerous theatre productions in Irish theatre. Barry has also acted as Senior Technician for many of Ireland’s leading festivals and events including Galway Arts Festival, Belfast Festival at Queen’s, the Dublin Theatre Festival as well as a long career with the Dublin Fringe Festival in culminating in being its production manager in 2003. Barry has also led many teaching and training initiatives at Avcom and elsewhere. Barry is also a founding member of the Association of Irish Stage Technicians.

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Danny Persse

Construction Manager and Technical Stage Manager

After a brief spell at Adelaide University in 1985 studying a BA with Drama, Danny settled in to the staging department of the Adelaide Festival Centre in South Australia. In 1993 he spent a year in the West End before coming to Ireland and working as a staging technician number of Dublin stages and production companies. Danny was Senior Technician at The Helix for 10 years before arriving at The Lir where he is now Workshop and Technical Stage Manager with a teaching role. He is completing a BA in Education and Training in May 2013 and has served on the board of the Association of Irish Stage Technicians (AIST) for several years.

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Craig Starkie

Props and Scenic Art

Craig Starkie has been working in the area of scenic art for theatre film and television for the last ten years and having graduated from both model making and animation in IADT in 2007 Craig expanded from cosmetic finishes to structural fabrication of props. Craig has constructed models and props for many theatre, t.v. and film productions most recently the award winning ‘Irish Folk Furniture’, (Best animation in the Sundance Film Festival) and the puppet construction for Anglo the Musical.
Craig is currently teaching Scenic Art and Prop Construction in The Lir.

Kate Ferris

Head of Stage Management

Kate completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Technical Production and Stage Management) at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Since graduating, she has worked as a Production, Stage and Event Manager with Australian companies and festivals including C!RCA, Queensland Theatre Company, LaBoite Theatre Company, Brisbane Festival, Malthouse Theatre Company and David Atkins Enterprises (15th Asian Games, Doha, Qatar).

Since re-locating to Ireland Kate has worked as Company Stage Manager with The National Theatre of Scotland, The Gate Theatre, Opera Ireland, Pan Pan Theatre Company, Fishamble Theatre Company and The Corn Exchange.

Catherine Fay

Head of Costume

During 2014 Catherine designed Neither Either for Liz Roche Dance Company, Our Few and Evil Days and Aristocrats for The Abbey Theatre, Breaking Dad for Lane Productions, Tundra for Emma Martin Dance and Ice Child for Barnstorm. Previously she designed The Threepenny Opera for The Gate Theatre, Carmen for Opera Theatre Company, Quietly by Owen McCafferty at the Peacock Theatre, Edinburgh Festival (winner of Fringe First) and Romeo and Juliet for Corcadorca. She has designed The Government Inspector, Macbeth, The Playboy of the Western World, Saved, Doubt, Doldrum Bay, Henry IV Part I (for which she received an Irish Times/ESB nomination), On Such As We and Chair (Operating Theatre) for The Abbey Theatre. Catherine is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design.

Maree Kearns

Auto CAD and Design Tutor

Design credits include the acclaimed Pageant for CoisCéim Dance Theatre, The Factory Girls for The Millennium Forum in Derry, Zoe’s Play at The Ark in Dublin, Romeo and Juliet for Second Age Theatre Company, These Halcyon Days, a Landmark/Tall Tales co-production and Anglo the Musical at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. Previous designs include: Macbeth, Dancing at Lughnasa & Hamlet for Second Age, The Goddess of Liberty (Guna Nua Theatre Company)  Moment (Tall Tales Theatre Company) Plasticine (CorcaDorca Theatre Company) As You Are/ Faun for CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Happy like a Fool (Red Kettle Theatre Company), Splendour (RAW/Project Arts Centre), 84 Charing Cross Road and Over & Out (Lane Productions).

Eve D’Alton

Head of Lighting

Eve has been working in theatre across the U.K for the last 11 years specialising in lighting. She has worked across multiple platforms including new writing, touring, tv and digital media. Her previous role as Deputy Technical Manager at Soho Theatre included working as Production Electrician and Chief Lighting Programmer for new and innovative theatre including “Fleabag” (Olivier Nominated) and “Silent” (Olivier Award Winner).

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Sue Mythen

Head of Movement

Sue worked as an actor and physical performer for many years prior to completing an MA Movement for Actors at Central School of Speech & Drama, London. Since then she has worked as a freelance Movement Director and teacher. Recent movement direction work at The Abbey Theatre include Oedipus, The Shadow of a Gunman, Hedda Gabler, Twelfth Night, The Plough & the Stars, Heartbreak House, 16 Possible Glimpses, The House, The Rivals, Pygmalion and Major Barbara. Sue’s work for Anu Productions includes Sunder, Pals and Angel Meadow. Other recent work includes Displaced at The Montreal Fringe Festival, Elektra for Canadian Opera Company, Semele for RIAM, Dead Man Walking for Opera Ireland at the Gaiety Theatre, Richard II at Smock Alley and Coraline for Puca Puppets and Devotion, Last Call and Jumping on my Shadow for TEAM Theatre Co. Her work in the UK includes Not I, Timon of Athens, Electra, A Devilish Exercise and Chelsea Valentine and choreography for Northanger Abbey (ITV/Diplomat films).  Sue is Head of Movement at The Lir Academy and at teaches at Trinity College Dublin.

Bryan Burroughs

Physical Theatre

Bryan is an actor, director, movement director and more recently “writer” having penned and performed the award winning Beowulf : The Blockbuster earning Bryan a STAGE award for acting excellence at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival. Other notable performances include Barabbas’ Johnny Patterson : The Singing Irish Clown for which he received the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor and “B” in Company SJ’s production of Beckett’s “Act Without Words II ” which toured most recently to The Barbican in London. 

Bryan is a graduate from the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College Dublin and has taught Movement/Physical Theatre at Trinity College Dublin, NYU / Tisch School of the Arts and at the Accademia dell ’ Arte in Arezzo, Italy.

David Horan

Acting

David graduated from the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College with a BA in English and Theatre Studies. Having directed plays with a number of companies, he became Director-in-Residence for Inis Theatre Company in 2000. He was made Staff Director at the Abbey Theatre in 2003 where he continued to work until October 2004 before relocating to Paris for a year, studying the principles of movement at the Ecole Internationale de Theatre, Jacques Lecoq. In 2007, David became Artistic Director of Bewley’s Café Theatre while continuing to teach and direct freelance. David still holds this position as well as teaching Acting Technique at The Lir.

Paul Meade

Acting/Classical Text

Paul Meade is a Writer, Director, Actor and Artistic Director of Gúna Nua Theatre. Paul trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, and later received an M.A. in Modern Drama from U.C.D. He is currently artist in residence at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght.

Vincent Murphy

Acting for Camera

Vinny Murphy has worked as a Writer, Director, Actor and Composer for Film, Television and Theatre.

He teaches screen acting at the Lir and brings with him experience in many different aspects of film making as well as his vast experience of working with screen actors.

He has acted in over 40 films and TV programs, he has directed nearly as many and has also written films including co-writing the international award-winning “Accelerator” which he also directed. He has composed music extensively for films including 2 feature films, so when he reminds an actor to “leave some room for the music” he’s not kidding.

Kate Ferris

Head of Stage Management

Kate completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Technical Production and Stage Management) at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Since graduating, she has worked as a Production, Stage and Event Manager with Australian companies and festivals including C!RCA, Queensland Theatre Company, LaBoite Theatre Company, Brisbane Festival, Malthouse Theatre Company and David Atkins Enterprises (15th Asian Games, Doha, Qatar).

Since re-locating to Ireland Kate has worked as Company Stage Manager with The National Theatre of Scotland, The Gate Theatre, Opera Ireland, Pan Pan Theatre Company, Fishamble Theatre Company and The Corn Exchange.

Iseult Golden

Acting/Audition Masterclass Teacher

Iseult Golden is an actor, writer and director and is a founder member of Inis Theatre Company.

As an actor, Iseult has performed in a wide variety of theatre productions ranging from Shakespeare to Stoppard and has toured nationally and internationally. Her television credits include Fair City, The Clinic and The Importance of Being Whatever for RTE and Ri Ra and Aifric for TG4.
Directing work includes Breathless (Smock Alley, 2014), Mangan’s Last Gasp (Bewley’s Café Theatre, 2013), Payback! (Show in a Bag,2012) and Connected (Show in a Bag,2010) which transferred to Project Upstairs in 2011.
As a writer, Iseult has worked on the Irish soap opera, Fair City (2012/2013). She was co-writer on The Importance of Being Whatever (RTE 2011) which was awarded an IFTA, 2012.  She also co-wrote the film Belonging to Laura for Accomplice Television/TV3, which received an IFTA Nomination, 2009.  In 2007, she wrote Fireworks, a one-act play for Tall Tales Theatre Company (published in the collection TXTs). 

Morgan Cooke

Singing Tutor

Morgan Cooke is an actor, composer, musician and singing tutor at The Lir Academy. Recent work includes piano and vocal coaching on The Wake at the Abbey, the role of Flann O’Brien in the documentary An Béal Saibhir, multiple roles in YOUtopia at the Coombe Hospital and the Abbey, multiple roles in Star of the Sea in the Dublin Theatre Festival 2015 and the role of Daddy Warbucks in Annie at Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, Christmas 2015. He composed the soundtrack for Fornocht A Chonac at Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, a coproduction with the Abbey (Galway International Arts Festival 2016), and is currently in rehearsal for Breaks with BezKinte for the Dublin Fringe 2016.

Maisie Lee

Naturalistic Theatre Project

Maisie is a freelance theatre director & Artistic Director of MIRARI Productions. Recent work includes ‘Our Island’ by Barry McStay for Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival (nominated for 5 Fringe Judge’s Awards including Best Production), ‘Playcation’ a series of readings of contemporary European plays in Project Arts Centre, June and July 2015 and ‘In Dog Years I’m Dead’ by Kate Heffernan winner of 2014 Stewart Parker Trust Award. MIRARI Productions were Artists in Residence in Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise 2013 -14, creating community Radio Drama ‘Hometruths’ for live broadcast on Midlands 103fm. Maisie was Resident Assistant Director in the Abbey Theatre 2013-2014

Louise Lowe

Devising Project Tutor

As Artistic Director of ANU Productions, her work includes: Last Words and PALS (National Museum of Ireland), Road To The Rising (RTE), Beautiful Dreamers (Limerick City of Culture), Vardo (Dublin Theatre Festival), Angel Meadow (Winner of two Awards at Manchester Theatre Awards including Best Production and Best Ensemble / HOME Manchester), Thirteen (Winner of the Judges Special Award, Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards), Dublin Tenement Experience, The Boys of Foley Street (Dublin Theatre Festival, Dublin City Council Public Art Commission, Winner Best Theatrical Production of the Year Award ERICS, Nominated for two Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards including Best Director Award), Laundry (Dublin Theatre Festival 2011, Winner of Best Production Award, Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, Nominated for Best Director Award Irish Times Theatre Awards), World’s End Lane (Dublin Theatre Festival 2011, Dublin Fringe 2010, Winner Best Off-site Production Award, Nominated Best Production Award, Irish Times Theatre Awards), Fingal Ronan (Robert Wilson Watermill Center New York), Memory Deleted (Winner Best Production Award) and Basin (Dublin Fringe Festival 2009).

At The Lir Academy Louise has devised and directed Given the Day, Coop and The Sin Eaters.

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Graham Whybrow

Head of Playwriting

Graham Whybrow is Course Director of the MFA (Playwriting). He was Literary Manager of the Royal Court Theatre in London for twelve years (1994–2007), when it premiered more than 200 new plays and launched a new generation of over 50 playwrights.

Thomas Conway

Contemporary Theatre

Thomas Conway works as a theatre director, dramaturg and theatre instructor. Directing credits include Whoop It Up for Liberty!, Gentrification, The Winter’s Tale, The King of Friday’s Men, Once Upon a Barstool, Closer, In the Blood, Beowulf and What Where. As a dramaturg, he has worked with Druid, Pan Pan, Fabulous Beast and Barabbas, among others. He is the editor of The Oberon Anthology of Contemporary Irish Theatre, and has been Literary Manager with Druid since 2005.

Karin McCully

Dramaturgy

Karin McCully holds an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from The Yale School of Drama.  She was the first full-time resident Dramaturg at the Abbey Theatre where she subsequently became Literary Manager.  She has twenty years experience as a professional Dramaturg and lecturer in Theatre History and Dramaturgy having taught at Yale, UCLA, IADT, UCD and TCD.

Gavin Kostick

Dramaturgy

Gavin Kostick has written over twenty plays for a wide range of companies, which have been produced in Dublin and have toured internationally. Gavin has provided dramaturgical support for dozens of theatrical productions throughout Ireland and he is also the Literary Manager for Fishamble: The New Play Company.


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Annabelle Comyn

Resident Director

Annabelle Comyn is universally regarded as one of Ireland’s leading theatre directors. Her previous work includes the sell-out Festival hit The Talk of The Town by Emma Donoghue in a co-production with Hatch Theatre Company (where Comyn is the founding Artist Director), Landmark Productions and Dublin Theatre Festival; the highly successful and critically acclaimed production of The House by Tom Murphy (for which Comyn won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Director) and the critically and commercially successful production of G.B. Shaw’s Pygmalion, both produced on the main stage of The Abbey Theatre.  Annabelle has previously contributed to directing and acting programmes at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, University College Dublin and NUI Maynooth.

Sue Mythen

Head of Movement

Sue worked as an actor and physical performer for many years prior to completing an MA Movement for Actors at Central School of Speech & Drama, London. Since then she has worked as a freelance Movement Director and teacher. Recent movement direction work at The Abbey Theatre include Oedipus, The Shadow of a Gunman, Hedda Gabler, Twelfth Night, The Plough & the Stars, Heartbreak House, 16 Possible Glimpses, The House, The Rivals, Pygmalion and Major Barbara. Sue’s work for Anu Productions includes Sunder, Pals and Angel Meadow. Other recent work includes Displaced at The Montreal Fringe Festival, Elektra for Canadian Opera Company, Semele for RIAM, Dead Man Walking for Opera Ireland at the Gaiety Theatre, Richard II at Smock Alley and Coraline for Puca Puppets and Devotion, Last Call and Jumping on my Shadow for TEAM Theatre Co. Her work in the UK includes Not I, Timon of Athens, Electra, A Devilish Exercise and Chelsea Valentine and choreography for Northanger Abbey (ITV/Diplomat films).  Sue is Head of Movement at The Lir Academy and at teaches at Trinity College Dublin.

Thomas Conway

Contemporary Theatre

Thomas Conway works as a theatre director, dramaturg and theatre instructor. Directing credits include Whoop It Up for Liberty!, Gentrification, The Winter’s Tale, The King of Friday’s Men, Once Upon a Barstool, Closer, In the Blood, Beowulf and What Where. As a dramaturg, he has worked with Druid, Pan Pan, Fabulous Beast and Barabbas, among others. He is the editor of The Oberon Anthology of Contemporary Irish Theatre, and has been Literary Manager with Druid since 2005.

Karin McCully

Dramaturgy

Karin McCully holds an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from The Yale School of Drama.  She was the first full-time resident Dramaturg at the Abbey Theatre where she subsequently became Literary Manager.  She has twenty years experience as a professional Dramaturg and lecturer in Theatre History and Dramaturgy having taught at Yale, UCLA, IADT, UCD and TCD.

Louise Lowe

Directing Workshop Tutor

As Artistic Director of ANU Productions, Louise’s work includes: Vardo (Dublin Theatre Festival), Angel Meadow (Nominated for Best Director Award, UK National Theatre Awards), Thirteen (Winner of the Judges Special Award, Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards), Living the Lockout: Dublin Tenement Experience, The Boys of Foley Street (Dublin Theatre Festival, Dublin City Council Public Art Commission, Winner Best Theatrical Production of the Year Award ERICS, Nominated for two Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards including Best Director Award), Laundry (Dublin Theatre Festival 2011, Winner of Best Production Award, Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, Nominated for Best Director Award Irish Times Theatre Awards), World’s End Lane (Dublin Theatre Festival 2011, Dublin Fringe 2010, Winner Best Off-site Production Award, Nominated Best Production Award, Irish Times Theatre Awards), Fingal Ronan (Robert Wilson Watermill Center New York), Memory Deleted (Winner Best Production Award), Basin (Dublin Fringe Festival 2009, Winner Best Supporting Actress Award Irish Times Theatre Awards) and Down The Valley (winner Best Production Award).

Since 2010, Louise is Associate Director with Prime Cut Productions in Belfast.  She was individually nominated for the Special Judges Award at the Irish Times Theatre Awards for “For continuing to present challenging theatre in unusual locations that illuminates darker, often ignored parts of society and makes her audience question what theatre can be.”


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Maree Kearns

Design Course Director

So far, 2013 has seen Maree design the acclaimed Pageant for CoisCéim Dance Theatre, The Factory Girls for The Millennium Forum in Derry, Zoe’s Play at The Ark in Dublin, Romeo and Juliet for Second Age Theatre Company, These Halcyon Days, a Landmark/Tall Tales co-production and Anglo the Musical at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. Previous designs include: Macbeth, Dancing at Lughnasa & Hamlet for Second Age, The Goddess of Liberty (Guna Nua Theatre Company)  Moment (Tall Tales Theatre Company) Plasticine (CorcaDorca Theatre Company) As You Are/ Faun for CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Happy like a Fool (Red Kettle Theatre Company), Splendour (RAW/Project Arts Centre), 84 Charing Cross Road and Over & Out (Lane Productions).

Monica Frawley

Set Design Tutor

Monica Frawley is a multi-award winning designer who has designed productions for all of Ireland’s leading companies including The Abbey, The Gate, Druid, Rough Magic and Opera Ireland. Frawley’s international work includes designs for the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, The National Theatre, London, The Tricycle Theatre, London and The Traverse in Edinburgh.

Thomas Conway

Contemporary Theatre

Thomas Conway works as a theatre director, dramaturg and theatre instructor. Directing credits include Whoop It Up for Liberty!, Gentrification, The Winter’s Tale, The King of Friday’s Men, Once Upon a Barstool, Closer, In the Blood, Beowulf and What Where. As a dramaturg, he has worked with Druid, Pan Pan, Fabulous Beast and Barabbas, among others. He is the editor of The Oberon Anthology of Contemporary Irish Theatre, and has been Literary Manager with Druid since 2005.

Karin McCully

Dramaturgy

Karin McCully holds an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from The Yale School of Drama.  She was the first full-time resident Dramaturg at the Abbey Theatre where she subsequently became Literary Manager.  She has twenty years experience as a professional Dramaturg and lecturer in Theatre History and Dramaturgy having taught at Yale, UCLA, IADT, UCD and TCD.

Joe Vanek

Set Design Tutor

Joe has been designing for Irish Theatre - Opera and Dance since 1984. He has held the posts of Director of Design at the Abbey Theatre - ( 1994 - 1997 ) and Design Associate for the Wexford Festival Opera ( 2006 - 2008 ). He is currently leading an opera design project with the MFA students - Ariane and Blubeard written by the French composer Paul Dukas and first performed in 1907.

Sinead Wallace

Lighting Designer

Sinéad graduated from Trinity College in 2004 where she studied Drama and Theatre. She received Irish Times Theatre Awards for Best Lighting in 2010 for Happy Days (Corn Exchnage), in 2009 for Knives in Hens (Landmark) and in 2007 for Saved (Abbey Theatre) and Don Carlos (Rough Magic). Sinéad’s other lighting designs include Body and Forgetting (with Liz Roche Company), Christ Deliver Us!, La Dispute, The Seafarer, The Playboy of the Western World, A Number, Blue/Orange and True West. Other theatre work includes Romeo and Juliet (The Gate), A Girl is a Half-formed Thing and Happy Days (The Corn Exchange), A Tender Thing (Siren Productions), Rigoletto (OTC), Knives in Hens and Miss Julie (Landmark Productions), Ellamenope Jones, Everybody Loves Sylvia, Fewer Emergencies, The Public, The Drowned World, The Illusion and Eeugh!topia (Randolf SD | The Company), Wedding Day at the Cro-Magnons’, Roberto Zucco, This Is Not A Life and Urban Ghosts Season: Pale Angel & Self Accusation (Bedrock), King Lear (Second Age 2009), Don Carlos, Is This About Sex? and The Bonefire (Rough Magic) and The Mental (Little John Nee).