Andy is a Dublin-based theatre producer and co-founder of Ill-Advised Theatre Company, a company set up with the goal of bringing accessible, cutting edge musical theatre to Dublin, (but without the high-kicks and jazz hands). He is also the resident producer of Bitter Like A Lemon and works extensively as a freelance producer with various other companies. He is interested in creating theatre which challenges and engages a younger millennial audience, while embracing fresh and innovative ways of storytelling through music and technology.
Bren resides in Clonmel Co. Tipperary. He is a graduate of The Gaiety School of Acting; holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Education and Training (DCU) an M.A. in Theatre Directing (UCD). As an actor, he has appeared at Dublin’s Gate Theatre and received excellent reviews for his performance in the one man show ‘The Hole’. Also, Bren worked as a director and dramaturg on the Friar’s Gate Theatre New Writing Initiative Most recently, he worked as the Creative Producer on ‘three shows for Scene + Heard Festival 2017. He wishes to co-produce multi-disciplinary theatre, that draws from all aspects of art and life.
Cathal McGuire is a Dublin-based theatre maker, dramaturg, facilitator and creative skills coach. He formed his company Game Theory in 2014, and he created and performed their debut production Always Alone Together, which premiered as part of Tiger Dublin Fringe and has since gone on to the Galway Theatre Festival and the Electric Picnic Theatre Tent.
With a background in storytelling and training in contemporary dance and physical theatre, Cathal is primarily focused on devised and documentary theatre. He hopes to produce work that is accessible, original and heartfelt, regardless of genre.
Davey is an interdisciplinary theatre maker based in Dublin with an interest in visual & music led theatre, and collaborative devised work. He is a graduate of the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin, and holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from The Lir Academy Dublin; as well as a Higher Diploma in Business. Davey has worked extensively as a Director, Producer, and Dramaturg in Ireland and the UK. His most recent project GLOWWORM, was part of Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016, and will be touring in 2017. As a producer, he is interested in focussing on challenging and compelling human stories, that engage with audiences through multiple vocabularies.
Emma holds a MA in Theatre Studies from DCU, exploring Postcolonial influence in Shakespeare’s theatre. She has worked with theatre companies such as Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, SPARC and Sundrive Players. Her most recent work was RISK as part of the Dublin Tiger Fringe festival 2016. Emma loves theatre that questions society and it’s perceptions of different ‘sidelined’ groups such as women, youth or racial minorities and the daily impacts on their lives. Emma has worked as part of the Abbey theatre Literary Department for their 2017 programme ‘What happens next’, in addition to freelance dramaturgical support.
Grace is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin where she studied Drama and English, and the Oxford School of Drama. She has worked in film and theatre, both in Ireland and London, from the Cork Opera House with Corcadorca with The Winter’s Tale to the Soho Theatre, London, with director Cordelia Monsey.
I am interested in producing adaptations, children’s theatre, and classical works – particularly comedies!
Producing is something I fell into, sort of a happy accident. I’ve been working with Red Bear Productions since 2014 when I was production assistant on ‘Wrapped’ (Civic Theatre Tallaght/Axis Ballymun). They decided to keep me around for ‘Harder Faster More’ at Fringe 2015 and as assistant director for ‘Coast’ at Fringe 2016. Since then, I’ve been producing hardcore. Through Generator, I produced my first independent shows for the Scene & Heard festival. I have recently graduated with a degree in English and Human Development from DCU and plan to hit the ground running; I am particularly interested in work that is cross-disciplinary with a strong sense of social activism. As a creative producer, I pride myself on being dedicated and fun to work with.
Kelley graduated from UCD in English & Drama in UCD. There, she performed, directed, stage managed before realising producing was her craft. She began a seasonal internship with Dublin Theatre Festival as Artistic Intern before moving to the Gate theatre. She has produced work for Scene + Heard 2016. She is intent on producing theatre with a spectacular and structural dexterity. Her favourite work does not sit under a particular genre but is surprises, challenges and generates new perspectives.
Liam Hallahan is originally from the United States, and has been living here since he was 12. He wishes he was really Irish. After graduating from D.I.T’s Conservatory of Music and Drama in 2012, he’s produced and directed several American plays under the mantle of Some Yank’s Theatre Company. Most recently, he staged the Irish premiere of In Arabia We’d All Be Kings by Stephen Adly Guirgis. As a maker and facilitator of work, he’s particularly interested in storytelling, biographical and verbatim theatre; he loves theatre that expands the mind and imagination.
LOUISE O MEARA
Louise is from Celbridge in Co.Kildare. She has trained with Galway Youth Theatre, The English Drama Ensemble in Salzburg and The Gaiety School of Acting. Louise has worked as production manager for the Gaiety School of Acting’s Youth Theatre Company and has worked as Assistant Director with Articulate Anatomy on The Spinning Heart. Louise is currently co-producing Illustrated Production’s upcoming show Bronte by Polly Teale. Louise wants to make quirky, character-driven theatre that reflects on the madness of humanity.
NEASA O CALLAGHAN
Neasa O’Callaghan is a producer and playwright from Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon; she is currently based in Galway. She holds a BA in English, Classics and Creative Writing from NUI Galway, an MRes in Playwriting Studies from the University of Birmingham, and she recently completed the PG Cert in Applied Theatre with Young People (Facilitation) at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama / Almeida Theatre. She is passionate about developing and producing new writing, and touring work in the West of Ireland in the future.
Hailing from Irelands beautiful west coast in Shligo, Olivia has enjoyed learning about the various strands of the Arts industry over the years. Having studied, Art, Craft and Design, dance, stage management, and Acting, Olivia has gained experience in all of these areas in both theatre and film in Sligo, Derry, London and Dublin. She has recently completed a BFA in Performing Arts and is interested in creating interactive theatre.
ROB O NEILL
From Carlow, Rob graduated from NUI Galway with an MA Arts Policy & Practice. He also has a BA (Hons) in Humanities, Certificate in Media Studies and a certificate from An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta, and has worked as Theatre Programmer, Marketing of Arts venues and managing events/working at arts festivals. On stage. Rob has various awards for his choreography, composition and productions.
Rob has a passion for storytelling, the tragic darkness of theatre arts and theatre as an escape. While working with Baboró for the past number of years Rob has developed a particular interest in children’s theatre in the genres of storytelling and theatre of objects.
ROBBIE O RAW
An actor moonlighting as a director moonlighting as a producer moonlighting as a logical human, Robbie began his career in the theatrical world a short 3 years ago and since then has completed a two year stint in Bull Alley Theatre Training Company and has gone on to found the multi-faceted Tartarus Theatre, specialising in theatre in education and immersive professional theatre where he acts as artistic director and senior producer. After a sell out run of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (Smock Alley 2016) as Tartarus’ debut production, he developed a theatrical day course for second level education. He’s excited to work with the unique and creative minds as part of Scene + Heard 2017.
SADHBH BARRETT COAKLEY
Sadhbh is a Cork based free-lance producer, actor and stage manager. She is co-artistic director of ALSA Productions, whose most recent production, Tomatoes, was produced for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016. Sadhbh holds a BA in Theatre and Drama Studies in CIT Cork School of Music where she studied performance and production studies.
Her previous production credits include producer and dramaturg for Tomatoes (directed by Alan Dalton, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016), stage manager and assistant director for My Real Life (directed by Ben Barnes, Theatre Royal, Waterford) stage manager for Animal Farm (directed by Donal Gallagher, CIT Cork School of Music), stage manager for Not I (Gaitkrash Theatre Company, Cork Midsummer Festival, 2015), dramaturg for Boys and Girls (directed by Alan Dalton, Triskel Development Centre).