Current Artists in Residence

Smock Alley is delighted to announce that our 2022 Artist in Residence is Kate Ferris. Kate will be in residence as creative producer and will be utilising Smock Alley’s theatre space and technical facilities to develop two new pieces of work, both adaptations of pre-existing classic texts. In addition to developing two new pieces of work, Kate will be facilitating round-table discussions with a group of emerging producers.

Kate is a Dublin based theatre producer and curator working with Olwen Fouéré and Sonya Kelly. Kate curates ‘Young Radicals’ a new strand of work with young people at Dublin Fringe Festival and has previously partnered and co-produced with the Abbey Theatre, Rough Magic Theatre Company, Dublin Theatre Festival, The Ark, Other Voices, Soho Theatre (UK), Dublin Dance Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival and Music Town. She has toured work extensively throughout Ireland and internationally.
Within her role with ‘Young Radicals’ with Dublin Fringe Festival Kate pioneered the co-commissiong network TRACKS established in 2017 with Cork Midsummer Festival and Baboró Children’s Festival for Children, Galway; all three festivals commission and present new work by Irish artists for young audiences.
In 2016 Kate was a core committee member of #WakingTheFeminists; and since 2018 Kate has been leading on WIT (Women In Theatre), a nation-wide workshop series partnering with The Lir Academy and the Abbey Theatre encouraging young teenage women to consider a career in technical theatre.
Kate has sat on the boards of Youth Theatre Ireland and Girls Rock Dublin. In 2019 – 2020 Kate was the curator of talks at the Dublin Theatre Festival, organising and hosting public events. Kate’s Smock Alley Theatre Artist in Residence is supported by Dublin City Council and The Arts Council.




Fight2Flight Theatre Company’s aims are simple:

To create, develop and present original plays to debut in Smock Alley Theatre.

Fight2Flight are committed to being a company that supports and employs the best of Irish talent across all disciplines in theatre to work on our productions.

We aim to pay the Equity Minimum to all members of the company with a rough parity for all involved involved on an equal or pro-rata basis.

We aim to create a repertoire of new plays that can be toured nationally and internationally, bringing the Smock Alley Theatre and Fight2Flight brand to audiences new and existing in and outside the Dublin area.

We aim to further develop the profile of Smock Alley as the “Go To” venue for exciting new and original plays.

Our productions in Smock Alley in 2020 seeks to develop a style that is unique, exciting accessible and recognisable, whilst keeping the core ambition of bringing new work to a growing Dublin audience. Fight2Flight are a company that committed to growing year on year together in partnership with Smock Alley.

The Fight2Flight team for 2020 are :

Peter Gowen, Actor, Writer, Director.
David Herlihy, Actor.
Eoin Winning, Lighting Designer
Sarah Foley, Set and Costume Designer
Irene Buckley, Composer.
Donal Gallagher, Director.
Medb Lambert, Designer

All of these creative professionals are highly distinguished artists and have agreed to work on our first two productions in Smock Alley Theatre for our 2020 residency.

The first play The Chronicles Of Oggle is a revival with Asylum Productions. The play was originally produced by The Everyman Cork

Previous Artist in Residence

We are really delighted to announce that Sonya Kelly has joined Smock Alley as Resident Artist. Throughout the residency, Sonya will be utilising Smock Alley’s theatre space and technical facilities to develop two new pieces of work, one for an adult audience and another for a young audience. Sonya will be working on a monthly basis with a group of emerging playwrights, sharing what she has learned about writing for theatre.
Sonya Kelly’s Smock Alley Theatre Artist in Residence is supported by Dublin City Council and The Arts Council.

Sonya is an Irish writer for theatre and TV. Her debut play The Wheelchair on My Face produced by Fishamble won a Fringe First Award Edinburgh Fringe 2012 and received a Critics Pick New York Times. Sonya’s second play How To Keep An Alien produced by Rough Magic won Best Production at Dublin Fringe 2014 before touring both nationally and internationally to Brisbane Festival, Traverse Edinburgh, Soho Theatre London, The Irish Arts Center New York and New Zealand. Sonya’s third play Furniture was developed and produced by Druid at Galway International Arts Festival 2018, toured Ireland in 2019 and received the Stewart Parker Award and an Irish Writers Guild Award for Best New Theatre Script. She is currently working on a new play with Druid and a number of TV projects with BBC Scotland, Wildfire Films, Green Pavilion and Treasure Entertainment.


tonnta is a music company and vocal ensemble dedicated to new music.

Led by vocalist and composer Robbie Blake, tonnta champions interdisciplinary creation of music performance

tonnta’s sound is vibrant and dynamic and its work brushes against the worlds of contemporary dance, theatre and live art.

tonnta believes in creating experiences for all. We prioritise making performances and events that are fully accessible.

Recent Work
In Clouds

Led by director and co-composer Peter Power, In Clouds saw an award-winning group of artists come together to create a unique site-specific piece in Triskel Christchurch in June 2018 as part of the Cork

Midsummer Festival.

This new immersive musical experience invited you, alongside the artists, to examine the human struggle to encompass and understand scientific theory, natural phenomena and human behaviour.


Rise Productions are an award-winning Irish theatre company, telling stories across various platforms and media.

Their debut show Fight Night won both the Best Actor and the Bewley’s Little Gem award at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2010, and was nominated for Best New Play at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2012.

In November 2011, Rise Productions unleashed its groundbreaking Irish Theatre Podcast on an unsuspecting public. For 52 weeks straight, the series sought to “support, promote, and celebrate all that’s great about Irish Theatre.” These weekly conversations granted unprecedented access to some of the most influential figure in Irish Theatre, creating the most comprehensive archive of Irish Theatrical voices ever compiled.

Recent Work
The Good Father

2017 saw a return to touring for Rise Productions, with Christian O’Reilly’s The Good Father selling out venues nationwide and receiving rave reviews.

“Breathtakingly Brilliant – Not to be missed” – The Arts Review ★★★★

“Perfectly pitched, sensitive and powerful. Never puts a foot wrong. This is a thoroughly enjoyable evening at the theatre” – Sunday Independent

“Two winning performances – catch it if you can.”– Sunday Business Post ★★★★

The Good Father ran in Smock Alley Main Space 10 -16 July 2018.


Dublin based theatre company directed by Rex Ryan, committed to the work of exceptional Irish and International playwrights.

Glass Mask Theatre commit to presenting plays that thrill our audiences. Electric Theatre. We commit to the playwright and will stage work, new and classic, from Irish and International playwrights who possess a fire and commitment to the stage.


Revenge started a gangland tragedy. Now only sacrifice can finish it.

Dublin 2018 – After a bitter gangland feud between two childhood friends has reached a deadly impasse, only a terrifying sacrifice can end the bloodshed.

Company Members 

PRODUCER: Mags Keohane







The Seamster’s Daughter

We all know what she should do, but what would you do…?

Megan always dreamt of meeting her birth father, but after discovering she was conceived through rape she sets out in search of a monster.

Through Megan’s story Glass Mask presents a challenging and conflicting drama that looks at consent, choice and the right to life.


CAST: Úna Crawford O’Brien, Michael Ford-FitzGerald, Aoife O’Sullivan, and Rachel Pilkington