People

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Staff

Loughlin Deegan

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

Brian Singleton

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

Anne Fitzpatrick

Anne Fitzpatrick

Director of Administration

Anne Fitzpatrick was appointed as the Academy’s first Administrator and has been responsible for academic and operational administration for The Academy since doors opened in September 2011. Having trained and worked in theatre and education for over fifteen years previous to this Anne continues to drive The Lir administration to support the students in achieving the highest possible standards during their training at The Lir Academy.

anne.fitzpatrick@thelir.ie

Barry Conway

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

Seána Skeffington

Seána Skeffington

Director of Marketing

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

Gavin O’Donoghue

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.

Eimear Chaomhánach

Eimear Chaomhánach

Director of Development

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.

Colm Carney

Colm Carney

Academic Administrator

Colm began his career in healthcare, working for several years as a healthcare assistant before moving into medical secretary roles. Colm has worked in most of Dublin’s major hospitals in settings as varied as A&E, ICU, Palliative Care and Psychiatry. Colm later worked with both the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland, coordinating postgraduate medical education and training for Ireland’s graduate doctor’s. In 2013, Colm changed direction and began working freelance in the Arts sector. He has worked in various roles with The Abbey Theatre, Landmark Productions, Dublin Fringe Festival, Galway International Arts Festival, Cork Midsummer Festival, Clonmel Junction Festival and Dublin International Film Festival, as well as with Assembly Festival at the Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland. Colm holds a BA in Contemporary Culture & Society from Dublin City University as well as a Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy from PCI College Dublin.

Joanna Crawley

Joanna Crawley

Admissions and Short Course Manager

Joanna is a producer, journalist, translator and dramaturg. For the last two years she has worked as a project manager with THEATREclub, producing shows: It's Not Over, I'm Not Here, The Ireland Trilogy, Not At Home, We Don't Know Whet's Buried Here. Her theatre producing work includes, This Is The Funeral Of Your Life (Louise White), INLAND(S) (Loose Canon), Override (White Label), Story Machines – Theatre and Technology Symposium (White Label), East of Berlin (Brinkmanship Company), The Windstealers (Eccles Theatre), FUSED (Dan Bergin), To Space (Niamh Shaw), Way to Heaven (Rough Magic SEEDS). Her translations of Irish plays into Polish have been staged and published in Poland. She has been honoured with ASSITEJ Award for Excellence in Theatre Criticism. She lectures at University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw.


Board

  • Chair: Dermot McCrum
  • Ian Mathews
  • Anne Mulcahy
  • Danielle Ryan/Michael Binchy
  • James Hickey
  • Dana Cuffe
  • Anne Clarke
  • Darryl Jones
  • Roise Goan
  • Dearbhla Walsh

Ambassadors

  • Alan Stanford
  • Charlene McKenna
  • Colin Farrell
  • Colm Meaney
  • Conor McPherson
  • Daniel Day Lewis
  • Garry Hynes
  • Jason O’Mara
  • Jim Sheridan
  • Lorcan Cranitch
  • Lynne Parker
  • Mark O’Halloran
  • Michael Fassbender
  • Micheal McElhatton
  • Nick Dunning
  • Pierce Brosnan
  • Saoirse Ronan
  • Sarah Bolger
  • Sebastian Barry
  • Simon Delaney
  • Victoria Smurfit

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