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).

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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.

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Sinead McKenna

Lighting Designer


Sinead’s recent designs include Pageant (Cois Ceim), Zoe’s Play (The Ark), Opera Briefs (The Lir/RIAM) and Alice in Funderland at The Abbey. Her design for Ladies and Gents (Semper Fi) won an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Lighting Design, an award she has been nominated for three times. Sinéad Mckenna will teach the Lighting Design Workshop on the MFA, make a significant contribution to the technical training on the Stage Management programme and will design at least one graduate acting production each year.

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Loughlin Deegan

Director


Loughlin Deegan’s many achievements include working as a playwright, an arts manager for The Belltable and Druid, as director of ITI’s Irish Playography archive, as literary manager and later company producer of Rough Magic, and for five years he was the Artistic Director and CEO of the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival. As the first Director of The Lir, Loughlin is responsible for the overall direction of the Academy and the curation of the artistic programme.

info@thelir.ie

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Brian Singleton

Academic Director


Samuel Beckett Chair of Drama and Theatre

Brian Singleton is Samuel Beckett Professor of Drama & Theatre at Trinity College Dublin and is the Academic Director of The Lir –National Academy of Dramatic Art in Ireland. He is co-editor of the series ‘Studies in International Performance’ published by Palgrave Macmillan for which he and Janelle Reinelt won the 2012 ATHE prize for sustained achievement in editing. He has published many articles and book chapters on interculturalism/orientalism and performance including the mongraph Oscar Asche, Orientalism and British Musical Comedy (Praeger, 2004), as well as two books on the life and work of Antonin Artaud. His latest monograph is entitled Masculinities and the Contemporary Irish Theatre (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).


bsnglton@tcd.ie

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Anne Fitzpatrick

Administrator


Anne’s role as Administrator ensures the smooth running of the internal workings of The Lir on a day to day basis from processing the first application form to seeing to a student’s graduation at the end of their training - and all the bits in between!

anne.fitzpatrick@thelir.ie

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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.

barry.conway@thelir.ie

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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.

danny.persse@thelir.ie

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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.

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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.

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Wayne Jordan

Associate Resident Director


Wayne Jordan was Associate Artist at The Abbey Theatre from 2010 to 2012. His work at the Abbey Theatre included Alice in Funderland, The Plough and the Stars, Christ Deliver Us! and more recently Twelfth Night. He has directed The Threepenny Opera and Enemy of the People at The Gate Theatre, is Artistic Director of Randolf SD and is involved with Project Catalyst, an initiative of the Project Arts Centre.

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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.

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Sue Mythen

Head of Movement


Sue is Head of Movement at The Lir Academy where she teaches on the BA Acting, Foundation Diploma in Acting, SMTT and MFA Directing. She has also taught at the Samuel Beckett Centre at TCD, RADA and ALRA. Sue also works as a freelance Movement Director in theatre, opera and film.  Recent credits include The White Devil at Shakespeare’s Globe, Crestfall for Druid, Radamisto for NI Opera and RUR at The Peacock for NYT. 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 The Sin Eaters, On Corporation Street, Sunder, Pals and Angel Meadow. Other recent work includes Displaced at Montreal Fringe Festival and winner of 3 SATA awards, Elektra for Canadian Opera Company, Semele for RIAM, Dead Man Walking for Opera Ireland, Richard II at Smock Alley. Her work on film includes choreography for Northanger Abbey for ITV/Diplomat films.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Vinny 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.

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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.

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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.

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April Pierrot

Alexander Technique


April Pierrot, MSTAT (Member of the Society of Teacher of Alexander Technique) has been a senior tutor in Alexander Technique at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) since 1992. Born in Montreal, Quebec, April qualified as a Five Element Shiatsu therapist with the Irish School of Shiatsu in Dublin in 2001 and as a Yoga Trainer in 2006.

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Cathal Synnott

Singing and Choral Singing


Cathal was Musical Director for Riverdance (Broadway 2000), Improbable Frequency (Rough Magic 2003), Sweeney Todd (Gate Theatre 2007), The Threepenny Opera (Gate Theatre 2013) and Into The Woods (The Lir 2014).

Cathal has been the Singing and Choral coach at The Lir since it opened in 2011.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Anne O’Mahony

Wardrobe


Anne started her theatre career as a wardrobe assistant at Abbey Theatre.  She worked as a freelance costume maker for major Irish theatre companies, as well as international film productions.  Anne’s recent work includes Glyndebourne Opera and Byzantium.

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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.

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Val Sherlock

Hair and Make Up


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Marie Breen

Production Manager and Head of Stage Management


As a senior member of the technical team, Marie is responsible for the smooth delivery of all in-house productions at The Lir and as Head of Stage Management, she oversees the teaching of Stage Management and related disciplines on the Professional Diploma in Stage Management and Technical Theatre.

Marie has extensive experience in Irish theatre as both a Stage and Production Manager. She has worked as a Stage Manager for companies such as Opera Theatre Company, Rough Magic, Field Day, Gaiety Panto and Rex Levitates. She has worked as Production Manager for many of Ireland’s leading production companies and festivals including Dublin Theatre Festival, Galway Arts Festival, Dublin Dance Festival, Opera Ireland, Rough Magic, Druid, Cois Ceim and Abhann Productions. 

marie.breen@thelir.ie

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Seána Skeffington

Marketing Manager


Seána Skeffington joined The Lir in November 2012 as the Academy’s first Marketing Manager. She is responsible for the delivery of the Marketing, Communications and Press strategy for The Lir aimed at promoting the Academy, its courses and working towards the stated ambition of establishing The Lir as one of the World’s leading centres for drama training. With over twenty years marketing experience, Seána’s most previous role was as a member of the senior management team within the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s delivering the overall campaign of the annual Festival.  Prior to this Seána was Marketing Manager with Queen’s Students’ Union.

Seána has an Executive Diploma in Digital Marketing from the Marketing Institute of Ireland, an MSc in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Ulster University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.  Seána is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

seana.skeffington@thelir.ie

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Ivan Birthistle

Sound


Ivan has been working as a composer and sound designer in theatre for over fifteen years and has worked with most major theatre companies in the country.
He is the Head of the Sound Dept. at The Lir Academy and is the Resident Sound Designer and Composer. He also runs courses for the Fringe Festival and the AIST.

He has a background in live music having played in many bands and released many records over the last 25 years.

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Caroline Byrne

Actor Trainer / Director


Caroline Byrne is a director and actor trainer. She was formally Associate Director at The Gate Theatre and is currently an Education Associate Practitioner at Royal Shakespeare Company. Caroline has worked as an actor trainer at National Student Drama Festival, Lyric Belfast, East 15, Central School of Speech and Drama and the Actors Centre. As Creative Projects Manager at the Actors Centre she ran several creative initiatives such as BBC Talent Boost and Acting the Classics.

Caroline’s directing credits include Katie Roche (Abbey Theatre), Oliver Twist (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe) The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Richard Burton Theatre), Parallel Macbeth (Clare Theatre, Young Vic) Macbeth (Chapter Arts, RWCMD), Old Vic New Voices Festival (Old Vic), Electra (Caird Studio) Eclipsed (Gate Theatre, London), By Mr Farquhar (Waterside Theatre, Derry); Text Messages (Project, Dublin) and Shakespeare in a Suitcase (co-directed with Tim Crouch for RSC). She has also directed for the Bush Theatre, Farnham Maltings, Central School of Speech and Drama, RWCMD and Durham Theatre, Berkeley, USA. Her work as associate director includes Grounded (Fringe First Winner at Traverse Theatre).

 

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Associate Resident Director

Associate Resident Director


Wayne Jordan’s recent work at The Abbey Theatre, where he was associated artist from 2010 to 2012, includes Alice in Funderland, The Plough and the Stars and Christ Deliver Us!. His production, of Ibsen’s The Enemy of the People is currently in rehearsal at The Gate Theatre where he also directed Celebration for the 2010 Dublin Theatre Festival.

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Gavin Kostick

Writing Workshop


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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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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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.

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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.

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Sarah Symes

Venue Manager and Admissions Officer


Sarah has worked for a number of artists, studios, galleries and venues around Ireland.  She curated the rehanging of the Frank X. Buckley collection at The Irish Writers’ Centre and has worked Front of House for the last ten years at venues and festivals all over Dublin.

sarah.symes@thelir.ie

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Niamh Lawlor

Puppet Maker, Performer, Director and Designer


Niamh Lawlor is a founder and Artistic Director of Púca Puppets since 1997. With a Bachelor of Design from the National College of Art and Design and a Masters in Theatre Direction from the University of Hull, she has extensive experience as a maker, performer, director and designer for Púca and other theatre companies including The Ark, Team, The Abbey, Upstate, and Wide Open Opera. Her work with Púca Puppets has won several awards including Guinness Living Dublin Award, AIB Better Ireland Award, and most recently the Fisín Award from Dingle International Film Festival. Her hand made performers for Púca have toured from Ballymun to Bangkok. Please see www.pucapuppets.com and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Púca/153761464651626 for further info.

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Valerie O’Connor

Classical Text Tutor


Theatre:  Jezebel (Rough Magic) Plaza Suite (Rough Magic), Serious Money (Rough Magic SEEDS Showcase)  The Threepenny Opera (Gate Theatre); Durang Durang (Brazen Tales Theatre Company); TEXT Messages; Richard III (Southwark Playhouse); Raccoon (Cobalt Café).

Film/Televison – Roy (Jam Media); Romantic Road (Octagon Films); Jack Taylor (Taylor Made Films); Made in Temple Bar (Park Films); Love/Hate II (Octagon Films); Dublin in Pieces (i-Wire Films); Round Ireland with a Fridge (Fridge D’Or Films); The Daisy Chain (Subotica); City of Ember (Playtone/Walden Media); English Class (VIP Films); Damage (Subotica); The Tudors (Peace Arch Entertainment Group/Showtime Networks/Reveille Productions);The Clinic (RTÉ/Parallel Films); The Kings Tradition (Corazón Lost); The Sound of People (Divamedia).


Directed for Fast&Loose Theatre Company:
Midsummers Night Dream, Twelfth Night and Richard the Third


Workshops in Shakespeare: D.I.T, The Abbey Theatre, and various secondary schools across Ireland. Other drama teaching work includes work with adults with special needs throughout Dublin.

Valerie trained through the Masters in Classical Acting at Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

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Philip Connaughton

Movement and Choreography Teacher


Originally from Dublin, Philip began dancing locally and then went on to train at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London. He was Associate Artist of Dance Ireland 2013/14 and before that in 2012 he was Artist in Residence at Axis Ballymun where he had the opportunity to create Mortuus Est Philippus for Dublin Dance Festival and also performed in, The Generalist, a duet by New York Artist Jon Kinzel. His first solo, Embody, was created during a residency at Movement Research (NYC), and since then has been performed around the world. Also working in theatre and opera he just choreographed Der Vampyr for Cork’s Midsummer Festival, The Gate Theatre’s production of The Threepenny Opera for Dublin Theatre Festival and Noel Coward’s The Vortex, also at The Gate. He is currently working on a full-length dance piece, TARDIGRADE, to be performed at this years Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival.

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Tom Creed

Acting Technique


From 2011-2013 Tom was Festival Director of Cork Midsummer Festival, one of Ireland’s leading contemporary arts festivals. He has directed productions for the Abbey Theatre, Gate Theatre, Rough Magic, his own company Playgroup and many independent Irish companies, which have played in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA. He was nominated for Best Director at the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards in 2007. His production of Watt by Samuel Beckett with acclaimed Irish actor Barry McGovern has been presented at the at major venues and festivals in Ireland, the UK, Australia and the USA. Most recently he directed Into the Woods for The Lir and Ray Scannell’s solo performance DEEP at Galway International Arts Festival and on tour.

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Ruth McGill

Singing Teacher


Ruth graduated from the Professional Acting Program at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin and trained as a soprano with Dr. Veronica Dunne at The Royal Irish Academy of Music. She is also a qualified music teacher, having received a 1st Class honor in H. Dip in Music Education (Griffith College Dublin) and is a singer-songwriter with the 3-part harmony and musical collective (or lady-band as she likes to call it) The Evertides.
She is an actress and singer. Her latest work in theatre includes; Twelfth Night, Alice in Funderland, Christ Deliver Us!, The Last Days of a Reluctant Tyrant and The Cherry Orchard (Abbey Theatre), The Threepenny Opera, for which she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Irish Times Theatre Awards 2013 and Sweeney Todd (Gate Theatre), Dubliners,  Film and television credits include Miscalculation (Still Films), Jack Taylor: Shot Down (Magma Productions), Damo & Ivor, Love/Hate and The Clinic (RTÉ), Wonderhouse (Wonderhouse Productions), What Richard Did (Element Pictures) and Leap Year (Spyglass Entertainment).

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Sean Pagel

Rigging Instructor


Sean Pagel is a Director of Production Services Ireland (PSI). He was the first practitioner in Ireland to achieve the NRC Level 3 Rigging Certificate. His qualification and long experience of more than twenty years in rigging made him the ideal person to design and teach The Lir’s rigging Awareness Course.

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Niamh McKernan

Movement Teacher


Niamh Mckernan is a movement teacher for actors and movement director. She trained in Lecoq based physical theatre at the London International School of Performing Arts and specialised in movement for actors during an MA at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  She is based in London where she teaches at various drama schools as well as movement directs for plays. Her teaching is influenced by the work of Jaques Lecoq, Laban, Trish Arnold, Feldenkrais and Yoga

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Lisa Mahony

Head of Lighting


Lisa graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2004 with a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies.  After graduating Lisa worked as a venue technician in Project Arts Centre for several years before embarking on a freelance career.  Since 2007 Lisa has worked as a production manager and/or lighting technician with companies such as Corn Exchange, Coiscéim Dance Theatre, Pan Pan Theatre Company, Field Day, Junk Ensemble and Brokentalkers, and has toured nationally and internationally with many of the above.  She has also worked for Wexford Festival Opera, Dublin Theatre Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Dublin Dance Festival, Galway International Arts Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival, and at far too many Edinburgh Fringe Festivals to remember.

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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.

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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). 

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Barbara Mahon

Global Relations Officer


Barbara joined The Lir as Global Relations Officer in September 2014, focussing on international student relations and recruitment. With a keen interest in global affairs, Barbara has worked for various international organisations both in Ireland and abroad such as The European Commission and Department of Foreign Affairs. Prior roles have seen her work in locations such as Brussels, Buenos Aires, Madrid and Paris, in the areas of marketing, public relations and communications.

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Chris Collins

Theatre History Tutor


Dr Chris Collins lectures on theatre history. He also teaches Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies at the Samuel Beckett Centre, TCD. He has published widely on Irish theatre history and memory, particularly in relation to J.M. Synge’s plays. He sits on the Executive Committee of the Irish Society for Theatre Research. He also works professionally in Dublin as a dramaturg, director and an applied theatre practitioner.

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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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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.

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Tess Motherway

Administrative Assistant


Tess joined The Lir as Administrative Assistant in March 2015.  With a background in both the Irish Arts and Film industries, Tess has worked for an array of established festivals and creative organisations in the areas of Programming, Administration and in Co-Ordination posts, respectively.  In 2013, she founded Dublin Doc Fest, a short documentary film festival and screenings, and in 2015 she co-ordinated the ‘I Love My City’ programme of multi-disciplinary cultural events for St Patrick’s Festival.

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Eimear Chaomhánach

Development Manager


Eimear Chaomhánach joined The Lir in 2015 as the Academy’s first Development Manager.  Eimear is responsible for devising and delivering development, sponsorship and fundraising strategies as well as building philanthropic relationships with friends, the corporate sector, alumni and foundations.  With fifteen years’ experience working in the arts, cultural and heritage sectors, Eimear’s most recent roles include Marketing & Development Manager at Solstice Arts Centre, Festival Manager at Darklight Festival and Audience Development Manager at TBCT.

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Alan David

Performing Shakespeare Tutor


Theatre includes extensive work for the Royal Shakespeare Company,  Royal National Theatre, Royal Court and Almeida Theatre including Jerusalem, (Royal Court, West End, Broadway), Nicholas Nickleby, (R.S.C., Los Angeles, Broadway), Coriolanus/Richard II,  (Almeida, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Tokyo), Hamlet (R.S.C., B.A.M.). Television includes: The Hollow Crown, The Last Kingdom, The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister, Dr. Who and Inspector Morse. Film includes: The Painted Veil, The Oxford Murders, Death Defying Acts, Wimbledon and The Man Who Cried.

Alan has worked as guest lecturer/director at Cal State University, Fullerton and Rice University, Houston and is a member of the audition panel at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

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Niamh McKernan

Movement teacher


Niamh Mckernan is a movement teacher for actors and a movement director. She trained in Lecoq based physical theatre at the London International School of Performing Arts and specialised in movement for actors during an MA at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.  She is based in London where she teaches at various drama schools as well as movement directs for plays. Her teaching is influenced by the work of Jaques Lecoq, Laban, Trish Arnold, Feldenkrais and Yoga

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Jim Culleton

Director


Jim Culleton is artistic director of Fishamble: The New Play Company for which he has directed award-winning productions that have toured throughout Ireland, UK, US, Canada, Australia and 12 European countries.  He has also directed for companies including the Abbey, 7:84 (Scotland), Project Arts Centre, Amharclann de hÍde, Amnesty International, Tinderbox, The Passion Machine, The Ark, Second Age, RTÉ Radio, the Belgrade, TNL Canada, Scotland’s Ensemble @ Dundee Rep, Draíocht, TCD School of Drama, RTE lyric fm, Origin (New York), Vessel/ATF/Sydney Festival and Woodpecker Productions/Gaiety. He has taught at the Lir, is Adjunct Lecturer at TCD, and has taught for Notre Dame, NYU, NUIM/GSA, and UCD, where Fishamble is theatre-company-in-association.

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Andrew Synnott

Singing Tutor


Andrew Synnott is a Dublin-based composer, arranger, conductor and pianist.
Synnott was organ scholar in Christ Church Cathedral and the Pro-cathedral while studying Music at Trinity College Dublin. He has conducted for Opera Theatre Company (The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, Il mondo della luna, Orfeo, Bastien and Bastienne, Xerxes, Acis and Galatea, Diary of Anne Frank, Orfeo, Carmen, Susanna’s Secret); Co-Opera (La traviata, Carmen, Die Fledermaus), Glasthule Opera (Die Zauberflote), and the Royal Irish Academy of Music (The Telephone, Hand of Bridge, For A Look Or A Touch, Renard, Greed, Sensational and Suor Angelica). In January he conducted the premiere of his own opera, Breakdown, in the National Concert Hall in Dublin. His arrangements of La Bohème and The Magic Flute have toured extensively in Ireland and the UK. His latest arrangement of Susanna’s Secret was successfully premiered at this year’s Kilkenny Arts Festival, and will tour nationally in November. Andrew is the resident composer for Opera Theatre Company’s Opera Hub and has written music for The Abbey Theatre, Pan Pan Theatre,  Irish Modern Dance Theatre and, most recently, Finghin Collins and the WhistleBlast Quartet and Music Generation. His organ and choral music has been performed and broadcast worldwide. He has conducted for many theatre productions and musicals including several Derby Playhouse productions of Sondheim shows, which he also arranged. He is a former artistic director and conductor of Crash Ensemble, a group he co-founded in 1997. Andrew is a member of the vocal faculty in the RIAM. He is also a member of the tango quartet Le Grand Tango.

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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.

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Muirne Bloomer

Movement Director


Muirne trained as a dancer with Jill Wigham before joining Dublin City Ballet. She has performed with Dance Theatre of Ireland, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Rubato Ballet,The Lido Amsterdam, Vienna Theatre Ballet and Coisceim Dance Theatre. Her choreography for theatre work includes The Dandy Dolls, The Tempest, Drama at Inish, Cavalcaders ,A Doll’s House and She stoops to Conquer (Abbey Theatre). Borstal Boy (Gaiety Theatre), Pageant, As You Are (CoisCéim Dance Theatre) and The Ballet Ruse ( Dublin and Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Duck Death and the Tulip, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, Egg, A Spell of Cold Weather, Nivellis War (Cahoots NI), Gulliver’s Travels (National Youth Theatre), Little Women and Arcadia (The Gate Theatre), Dancing at Lughnasa (The Gate Theatre, An Grianán Theatre, The Bucharest National Theatre and Second Age), Wallflowering, Hue and Cry, Maisy Dailys Rainbow and Moment (Tall Tales), Can You Catch a Mermaid (Pavilion Theatre), How High is Up (The Ark) The Death of Harry Leon (Ouroboros), The Merchant of Venice (Second Age) The Lulu House and The Making of tis a Pity She’s a Whore (Siren Productions). Television credits include Rock Rivals (UTV Television). Muirne also choreographed the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony in Belfast in 2005. Together with David Bolger she devised A Dash of Colour (Special Olympics Croke Park 2004), Intimate Details and Golf Swing (Opening Ceremony Ryder Cup 2006) and the opening ceremony for UEFA League Final (Aviva Stadium 2011). Last year she was commissioned by Dublin City Council to create outdoor, pop up dance pieces to celebrate the Giro d’Italia in Dublin and for Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival.” Most recently she was movement director for Ouzel for Riverfest at Dublin Docklands Festival and Opera Theatre Company’s Rigoletto, directed by Selina Cartmell.

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Stephen Whitson

Musical Theatre tutor


Stephen is originally from Edinburgh and trained at The Arts Educational Schools, London.

Recent Theatre Directing credits include: The Last Five Years (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Elegies (Criterion Theatre, London), Little Women (Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham), If Only (Bread & Roses Theatre, London), Circuit Breaker (Timewave Festival, London),The Wizard of Oz (St. Ives Theatre), Cross Purpose (King’s Head Theatre), After The Gold Rush (Tristan Bates Theatre), The Merchant (Chats Palace, London) and Jubilee Street (Theatre503, London).

Film Directing credits include: Shooting Star (Music Video/The Big Bads/Rare Moustache), The Trip (Short/London Sci-Fi Festival 2014), 13 (Short/Rare Moustache) and Leaving Home (in development).

Associate/Assistant Director credits include: Barnum (Cameron Mackintosh/Michael Harrison) From Here To Eternity (West End, 2014 Cinema Release), Private Lives (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh), La Fanciulla del West (Opera Holland Park), RENT (Greenwich Theatre), Noye’s Fludde by Benjamin Britten (Aldeburgh Music Festival/BBC), What You Will (The Globe Theatre/London 2012 Festival), While The Sun Shines (Top Goat Productions, Lion & Unicorn Theatre), One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (LOST Theate), Goodnight Mrs. Calabash and Guys & Dolls (both Ovation Productions, Upstairs at The Gatehouse).

On stage, Stephen’s credits covered several large scale productions, including the 2012 Olivier Award Winning (Best Musical Revival) Crazy For You (West End and Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), My Fair Lady (BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall and Sheffield Theatres) and The Producers (West End).

Stephen is also co-Director of Rare Moustache, a film and theatre production company. 
Stephen is a creative consultant to the St. Ives Theatre, Cornwall which was recently featured on the BBC in Comic Relief’s The People’s Strictly.

More information can be found at www.stephenwhitson.com.

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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).

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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).

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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

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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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Ruth Lehane

Clown tutor


Ruth Lehane is an award winning actress, writer and theatre maker.
She trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris and the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, Dublin.  Having worked for two years with Jacques Lecoq where she discovered the European approach to clown, she later studied Clown Through Mask, a Native American approach, developed by Richard Pochinko with Sue Morrison in Toronto.
She is the founder of Fourth Leaf Theatre Co. Ruth’s company, makes theatre that provokes, challenges and delights an audience.

Her vast range of experience as an actor and theatre maker has seen her work with makers of original work and practitioners of innovative practises.  She has worked with a diverse range of companies both nationally and internationally some of which include; The Abbey, Dublin; The Lyric, Belfast; Barabbas; Blue Raincoat; The Ark; Big telly; The Belgrade Theatre; Cahoots NI; Tinderbox and Fabulous Beast.
She has toured with her work internationally to London, Edinburg, Glasgow, Barcelona, Madrid, Berlin, Bulgaria, Romania and new York.

Ruth is a highly skilled facilitator.  Influenced by the methodology of Jacques Lecoq and the disciplines of Theatre of Clown, Neutral Mask, Gestural Language and The Architecture of the Space, her unique range of experience make her workshops exciting, inspirational and fun.  This physical and creative approach draws on the imagination and offers a place to explore and be challenged.

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Justin Murphy

Venue and Events Manager


Justin began his professional theatre career in Stage Management at Wexford Festival Opera in 2001, after interviewing for an internship and leaving with a job!
As a Stage Manager, he has worked with all the major theatre companies including: Rough Magic; Druid; The Gate; and Landmark, to name just a few. He has toured nationally and internationally in this role.
In 2007, he embarked on three seasons as Assistant Company Manager for Wexford Festival Opera, and subsequently, took up the full time role of Company Manager for Rough Magic until 2013, when he decided to return to freelance Stage Management again.

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Justin Murphy

Stage Management Tutor


As a Stage Manager, he has worked with all the major theatre companies including: Rough Magic; Druid; The Gate; and Landmark Productions. He has toured nationally and internationally in this role.

In 2007, he embarked on three seasons as Assistant Company Manager for Wexford Festival Opera, and subsequently, took up the full time role of Company Manager for Rough Magic until 2013, when he decided to return to freelance Stage Management again.

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Oonagh Murphy

Director


Oonagh Murphy is a theatre director. Her work includes The Poor Little Boy With No Arms, Project Arts Centre and national tour, 2016, Foxy, Project Arts Centre, 2015, Be Infants In Evil, for Druid Theatre Company as part of Galway International Arts Festival 2014, Ribbons and Love in a Glass Jar, for the Peacock Stage at the Abbey Theatre 2012, Maeve’s House, as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival In-Development, 2012, I am a Home Bird (It’s Very Hard) at Project Arts Centre 2011. Most recently, she was Associate Director on the RSC’s Broadway transfer of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two and Resident Director on Peter Morgan’s The Audience at the Apollo Theatre, London. She was Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse in 2013, and Resident Assistant Director at the Abbey Theatre Dublin, 2011-2012. She is co-founder of Change of Address Collective. Oonagh teaches at Trinity College Dublin where she is also a Foundation Scholar.

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Aisling Morgan

Alexander Technique tutor


Aisling Morgan is from Williamstown, Co. Galway. Aisling graduated from the Alexander Technique Centre in 2011. She has also engaged in training with David Gorman and his LearningMethods approach is hugely influential in her own work helping musicians, singers, actors and other performers to overcome blocks and strains in their performance practice as well as in everyday life. Aisling’s work focuses on the individual and their unique experiences and interpretations. She established a teaching practice in Dublin over a year and a half and then moved to Australia where she taught the Alexander Technique / Learning Methods to individuals and groups in Melbourne and Hobart.Aisling has presented workshops for musicians and performers at the University of Melbourne (Music Therapy Dept); Cygnet Folk Festival, Tasmania; Rosny College Hobart; Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin; Baltimore Fiddle Fair, Cork; Galway Voice Studio; The International Congress of Music Education, UL; The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, UL and on the Access Music Project Galway.

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Alexandra Spencer- Jones

Musical Theatre Director


Artistic Director of Action To The Word, Alex Spencer-Jones created the award-winning all-male A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (West End/International Tour), directed A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (National Theatre), won the WhatsOnStage Award for writing her new musical CONSTANCE & SINESTRA AND THE CABINET OF SCREAMS and the Dark Chat Best Director Award for her creation of the new musical version of DRACULA (Arts Theatre). www.actiontotheword.com

Currently her show GOBSMACKED is receiving rave reviews at the Edinburgh Festival, she is directing BONNIE & CLYDE for Action To The Word and directing WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN for a new found space in Liverpool.
Other directing credits include CLOUD NINE and THE PRIORY (Birmingham Crescent), RENT (Birmingham Hippodrome), OUR LADY OF 121st STREET (Stratford Circus) and ALL DAY PERMANENT RED (Royal Court/Oxford Pegasus).

Associate Director credits include on BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (West End), OLIVER! and PETER GRIMES (Grange Opera), LA PERICHOLE (Garsington Opera), HOPE (Royal Court) and THE WIZARD OF OZ (West End). She is currently AD on Maria Friedman’s new production of STEPPING OUT!

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Judith Lyons

Singing Tutor


Judith Lyons is a familiar face on Dublin’s music scene, working as both a soloist and choral singer. In 2010, she was appointed the first female choral scholar in St. Patrick’s Cathedral and has been singing in the Cathedral, as a girl chorister, from the age of twelve. Judith performs regularly as a member of internationally acclaimed New Dublin Voices, as well as St. Ann’s Church Choir, early music ensemble Peregryne, female vocal ensemble Dulciana and also as part of St. Patrick’s’ own Close Chorale. Her love for musical theatre began when she was cast as ‘Babe’ in a school production of The Pyjama Game, since then she has studied dance and voice at the National Performing Arts School in Dublin as well as taking private classes with both classical and theatre focused vocal coaches. Recent and upcoming engagements include Bach’s Mass in B Minor (Soprano soloist), Into The Woods (Stepmother), Mozart’s Mass in C minor (Soprano soloist), The Pirates of Penzance (Mabel) and Singin’ in the rain (Chorus).

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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.

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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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Jack Cawley

Sound Design Tutor


Jack Cawley is a composer, musician and sound artist based in Dublin. 

He has composed theatre soundtracks for:

The Snow Queen (Smock Alley)
Follow, Farm, Jockey, BEES! (Willfredd)
‘score’ (Breach & Quinn/ Dublin Fringe Festival 2015)
The Bockety World of Henry and Bucket, The Ice Child, Song from the Sea (Barnstorm Theatre Co)
Ferry Tales, Pigeon (Carpet Theatre)
Pumpgirl (Lyric Belfast)
Hamlet, Macbeth (Second Age)
The Lonesome West, The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Town Hall Theatre Productions)
Juno and the Paycock (Cork Opera House/ART Northern Ireland)
Translations, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Decadent Theatre)

Sound Designs include:

The Blue Boy, Silver Stars (Brokentalkers)
Ten Dates with Mad Mary, GLITCH (Calipo)
Chicane (Gúna Nua)
The Nose (Performance Corporation)
You Are Here (Living Space/ Bedrock)
Beware of the Storybook Wolves (The Ark)

Films:
The Far Side (Upstate Theatre Co)
HAXAN (With Dublin Film Ensemble- live performance of original score as part of Horrorthon in IFI)

Jack has an M.Phil in Music Technology from Trinity College Dublin

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Davey Kelleher

Director


Davey is an interdisciplinary theatre director working in live art, music theatre, opera and devised theatre. He has worked on projects in Ireland, the United States, Zambia, Continental Europe, and in the UK. He is a graduate of the Drama Department at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin, and holds an MFA distinction in Theatre Directing from The Lir Academy, Ireland’s National Academy of Dramatic Art.

Davey works professionally as an independent theatre director, based in Ireland. As a practitioner, he leads workshops with professionals and students as well as delivering classes and individual coaching sessions. He is an associate director with London-based music-theatre company, Quite Nice Theatre, and has worked extensively across the UK and Ireland as a freelance director, producer, and workshop facilitator, as well as a festival coordinator for the UK-wide Shakespeare Schools Festival. He is Resident Director with the Umbrella Theatre Project.

Since graduating from The Lir Academy, Davey has directed Glowworm at Project Arts Centre for Dublin Fringe Festival, 2016, The Olive Tree by Katie O’Kelly and The Luthier by Lucy Caldwell at The New Theatre, Dublin.  Pinhole by Miriam Needham at The Moving Bodies Festival, MART Gallery and Ladyplay by Jane Madden at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin.  He has worked as an assistant and associate director at the Gate Theatre Dublin, National Opera House and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre Dublin, as well as acting as an Associate Artistic Advisor for the Civic Theatre, Dublin.

Recently, he has produced These Lights by Jessie Doyle, Fuck Flattering by Marianne Cassidy, Tinderella (a rehearsed reading) by Gillian Grattan, The Wallpaper by Lea Weber and Stella Godmet, and Pacemaker by Ciara Smyth for Smock Alley Theatre’s Scene and Heard Festival 2017, and is currently working on a new production, This Looks Bad, by Siofra O’Meara which will premiere at Smock Alley Theatre in late March 2017.

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James Cosgrave

Stage Combat


With a strong back round in martial arts James began training in stage combat in both unarmed and in several weapon styles with the Irish Dramatic Combat Academy (IDCA) where he later went on to become an instructor with the group. Over the last 10 years he has worked on productions for theatre, film and TV. He has choreographed the fights for ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and ‘A View from the Bridge’ for the Gate Theatre,  ‘Silent Night’  for Wexford Opera House, ‘Plasticine’ for Corcadorca in Cork and ‘Meeting at Menin Gate’ for the Green Shoot Theatre Company in Belfast. He also performs fights and stunts for both Film and TV productions.  He is currently working on ‘Vikings’ as a stunt performer.

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Stephen Darcy

Director


Stephen is a graduate of the Beckett Centre in Trinity and RADA London.  Having acted professionally for over 15 years he built up a broad range of experience in theatre, tv, radio and film, before gaining an MFA from Birkbeck in Theatre Directing.  He has taught in RADA, The Lir Academy Italia Conti and StageCrazy.  He has worked at the Citizens in Glasgow where he was assistant to Dominic Hill for over a year.  He has toured plays in Scotland, Ireland and England.  His most recent production Invincible toured the UK in 2017 before playing in New York’s 59E59 Theater. 
In 2018 he will work with Mikel Murfi on a new version of Toraiocht - touring Easter 2018.
For many years he has developed new writing with dramaturg Lloyd Trott at RADA.

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Ronan Phelan

Musical Theatre Director


Ronan is a freelance theatre director based in Dublin. He was recently appointed Associate Director at Rough Magic Theatre Company and has completed a year as Resident Assistant Director at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.
Previous directing credits include Annie (Cork Opera House), Much Ado About Nothing (The Lir Academy, Dublin), The Effect (Rough Magic Theatre Company), Before Monsters Were Made (National Tour), Inhabitance (Glassdoll Productions),  To SPACE (Niamh Shaw), Assassins (Rough Magic SEEDS),  LAMBO and Clear_the_Air (Underscore_Productions), BROADENING (Glassdoll Productions), Pocket Music,  (Dublin Fringe 2011, Winner Little Gem Award) and Durang Durang (Brazen Tales Theatre Company). Radio productions include LAMBO (RTE Drama On One, Winner PPI Radio Awards Best Drama 2014).

Ronan is a former participant of the Rough Magic SEEDS programme and is a graduate of the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

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Ciaran O’Meilia

Stage Design


Ciarán O’Melia studied at the Samuel Beckett Centre, TCD and now works as a freelance designer, theatre maker and sometime performer based in Dublin. He was a finalist exhibitor, and runner-up in the Performance Design category, at World Stage Design 2013. Recent designs include The Skriker, O Go My Man and Pains of Youth (The Lir Academy), The Casement Project and Cure (Fearghus Ó Conchúir), Somethings (Shadowbox), Reason in Madness (Run of the Mill), Oedipus and Twelfth Night (Abbey Theatre), Romeo and Juliet, nominated Best Set Design Irish Times Theatre Awards 2015, and The Threepenny Opera (Gate Theatre).

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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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Des Kenny

Production Manager


Des has worked as a production manager in Irish theatre for over twenty years. During this time Des has had the opportunity to work on shows of all sizes from tiny studio performances to West End transfers to festival management and everything in between, collaborating with companies including Fishamble, Cois Ceim, the Corn Exchange and the Abbey Theatre to name but a few.

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Stephanie Enders

Receptionist and Admissions Manager


Before joining The Lir Academy as Reception and Admissions Manager Stephanie worked for over eight years in two of Ireland’s leading multi disciplinary arts centres, Project Arts Centre, and Mermaid Arts Centre. She has always had a passion for the arts and education. Stephanie is also a fully qualified Montessori teacher. She is very aware of the importance of providing a nurturing environment in which students can grow and flourish.

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Dewi Matthews

Alexander Technique


Dewi qualified as a Teacher of Alexander Technique in 1985.
From 1986 to 2010 he taught at RADA on the BA Acting course.
Over that period and ongoing he teaches on various other courses at RADA: The Foundation Course,  NYU Shakespeare in Performance, Nona Sheppard’s Acting Shakespeare, and the four week Shakespeare Summer School.
Dewi is on the RADA Audition Panel.

He taught for eight years at the Central School of Speech and Drama on both the Acting and Post Graduate Diploma in Voice Studies courses.
He has taught at The Drama Studio and at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts.
For ten years Dewi was part of a collective offering evening classes to staff at the BBC.

He sings in a choir and has active interests in Qi Gong and Argentinian Tango.

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Kevin Smith

Lighting Designer


Kevin is a freelance lighting designer and tutor at The Lir Academy. He has worked for the last fifteen years in Ireland and internationally designing for theatre, dance and opera. With well over 100 productions to his credit, his work has been seen in Ireland, UK, USA, Australia, France, Hungary, Kosovo and Macadonia.
Kevin holds a BA in Drama & Theatre Studies from Trinity College Dublin.
He has had the pleasure of working with most leading Irish theatre companies including Abbey Theatre, Rough Magic, Fishamble, Landmark, Blue Raincoat, Gaiety, Calipo, Cahoots, Big Telly and The Lir Academy; as well as choreographers such as Marguerite Donlon, John Scott, Luke Murphy, Dylan Quinn, John Jasperse, Liz Roche and Michael Keegan Dolan.

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Nicola Carragher

Marketing Officer


Nicola has extensive experience in digital marketing in the arts, her most recent roles include Gallery and Marketing Manager at CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery, Community Manager at Artfetch, and Marketing Assistant at Kinsale Arts Festival.

Nicola has a BA in Fine Art from DIT and an MA in Arts and Heritage Management from WIT.

Nicola is passionate about promoting emerging artists and spreading the word about what is happening in the arts today.

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