MAKE 2011

The third make ran in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annnaghmakerrig from Saturday 26 March to Sunday 3 April. 

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MAKE 2011.


MAKE 2011 Participants

Matt Ball has been Artistic Director of Camden People’s Theatre (CPT) since October 2006, where he programs and develops work with emerging artists. He is the mentor for Central School of Speech & Drama’s Graduate Theatre Company Scheme and is on the Board of dANTE OR dIE. His latest work for CPT Icarus 2.0  was nominated for a Stage Award and a Total Theatre Award. Prior to joining CPT he worked as a freelance director on projects including AriadnePoint & Shoot & Wapping:audio, an Arts Council funded digital audio tour of Wapping.

He has previously worked as a freelance stage manager and was Production Manager at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts from 2004-06.

Matt has a degree in Drama & Theatre Arts from Goldsmiths College, an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from Central School of Speech & Drama and is a Fellow of the RSA.



Brian Bennett is a graduate of the Professional Actor Training Programme (BAS) at Trinity College. He is a founding member of The Company whose work includes As you are now so once were we (Winner Best Production Absolut Fringe 2010, commissioned by the Abbey Theatre 2011, Under The Radar LA 2011), Who is Fergus Kilpatrick? (Winner Spirit of the Fringe 2009, commissioned by Project Arts Centre in 2010 and Festival National Teatru, Romania 2010).  He was also a participant in Irish Theatre Forum's The Next Stage programme in 2010.

Other theatre credits include; TRASH -Live Art Electro Trash Band (Lynnette Moran), Richard III (Fast & Loose),  The Family, THEATREclub stole your clock radio what the fuck you gonna do about it? (THEATREclub, Project Arts Centre and Cork Midsummer Festival 2010), Christ Deliver Us! and The Big House (Abbey), Big Love (Peacock), Serious Money (Rough Magic AIB Seeds), Complexity (Complex Productions), Everybody Loves Sylvia (Randolf SD), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Storytellers), Not Afraid? (Arezzo Festival, Italy), Terrorisim, The Hostage, Black Snow and Love's Labour's Lost (Samuel Beckett Centre). Film & TV include This is Night Live (RTE) and 2 Tonne Songs.



Shane Byrne is an actor and performance artist and he wishes that he could be a dancer too. A dancer that could sing better than he danced! He is one third of Dublin based collective THEATREclub or “les enfants terribles of Irish Theatre” as they’ve come to be known. Shane's work centres on his own experience and aims to capture your attention, tickle your funnybone, tug on your heartstrings and deliver a point. He is interested in using his own life to encourage an audience to think about theirs. His most recent work was The Family conceived by Doireann Coady and Grace Dyas Directed by Grace Dyas. I Got My Haircut A Year Ago, a performance piece he created as part of THISPOPBABY’S Queer Notions Festival 2010 in Project Arts Centre. Other previous work includes Shane Byrne Left His SLEEPING BAG in The Car Again...- A self-reflective solo piece about his teenage years spent in the scouts. Group Therapy For One (nominated for Spirit of The Fringe Award ‘09) which he devised with Grace Dyas for ABSOLUT Fringe 2009 and was also performed as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival 2010. He performed in THEATREclub’s THEATREclub stole your CLOCK RADIO what the FUCK you gonna do about it? For two separate runs in Project Arts Centre and as part of The Cork Midsummer Festival 2010. Acting credits include Daily Bread (dir Rachel West, Project Cube). This Is Still Life (dir Brokentalkers, Project Space Upstairs), The Cripple of Inishmaan (dir David Horan, Project Cube). Word.



Amy Conroy has recently established HotForTheatre, a new theatre company. She wrote ‘I (heart) Alice (heart) I’ which ran in Absolut Fringe 2010 winning her ‘The Fishamble Award for Best New writing’, the show will run again this year.

Amy has been a professional actor for over ten years. Since graduating in 1999 roles have included Clytemnestra in 'The Agamemnon', Martha/ Philip in 'The Mysteries 2000', Monk in 'Dreaming of the Bones' and 'The Matchmaker', all with The Machine Theatre Company.

'The Country Woman' (Upstate Theatre Project), 'Reverse Psychology' (Daghdha Dance Company) as part of the International Dance Festival Ireland, 'The BFG' (Civic Theatre), 'Don't Take Your Coat Off (Darkhorse Theatre Company) and an Irish tour of 'Bumbogs and Bees' (TEAM Educational Theatre Company).

'Displace' (Anonymous Theatre Company), 'The Gist of it' (Fishamble Theatre Company).

Amy has also worked with Barabbas... The Company in 'Blowfish', including an Irish and Northern Irish tour, 'Parable of the Plums' for ReJoyce Dublin 2004, 'Luca' in Project Arts Centre and '40 Songs of Green' in The National Concert Hall.

Radio work includes ‘No Handouts in Europe’, and ‘27’ (winner of the World Gold Medal Award at the New York Festival Awards 2006), ‘Hold This’ (which she also wrote) all for RTE Radio One, and ‘1923’ for Radio Kerry.

She has just finished a successful Tour of ‘The Blanch’, a Buffoon show that she devised with Carpet Theatre Company.

Amy is currently partaking in the ‘Six in the Attic’ initiative in Irish Theatre Institute, and is part of this years New Playwrights Programme in the Abbey Theatre.



Veronica Dyas. For the past few years I’ve focused mainly on making installations: The Unthinkingness Chair with Fintan Walsh at WERK, October 2010; vera/veronica (Radio Art Documentary) at ABSOLUT Fringe & RTE Radio 2010; YOU: A Series of Installations in Public/Private Spaces at ABSOLUT Fringe 2009; WC(#2) a Project Brand New’s Magic Moment, Dublin Fringe Festival 2008, subsequently installed at Le "Tasse-livre", Lyon, France (Jan 2009), Piedescalso Art Cafe, Dublin (March 2009), WERK 2 (June 2010) & Stoke Newington International Airport’s Live Art Speed Dating ABSOLUT Fringe 2009; Born the Year of the Silent Movie - installed by Grace Dyas for The Resembled Self, an exhibit of Installed Theatre in Pallas Contemporary Art co-produced with Una Mc Kevitt.

Theatre work includes: producer for Théâtre -Re-‘s (France) Your Letter, At Last! at ABSOLUT FRINGE 2009; director Oh! How Very Ordinary by Sarah Maria Griffin at THEATREclub’s The Theatre Machine Turns You On 2009; Teiresias in Epidemic (after Antigone), co-director/performer No More Masterpieces, creative translator gLoved with Guillaume Pigé at the Forest Fringe Festival, Edinburgh 2008; Mr. J in Who the Hell Does she Think She Is? with ShopFloor at Bewley’s Café Theatre & The Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in 2007; director The Backwoods Boys by Una Mc Kevitt in 2006 at the International Bar; writer/director N.E.S in a Noose at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2003 & aLAF (A Lesbian Arts Festival); writer/director Much As I Love You at Andrews Lane Studio 2001.  I graduated from The Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin with a B.A. in Drama & Theatre Studies with Sociology in 2007, and completed my M.A. in Text & Performance Studies at King’s College London and RADA in 2008.  I've been running Roundabout Youth Theatre in Ballymun since March 2009 in both an artistic & administrative capacity.



Franziska Marie Gramss is a 28 year old theatre producer and director. She studied fine art at the Hochschule der Künste, Bern and theatre direction at the Hochschule in Essen.

From 2008 – 2009 she was an assistant director at the Deutches Theatre in Berlin. She assisted renowned director Michael Thalheimer on a production of Twelth Night and Roland Schimmerpfennig on Alice in Wonderland. She has assisted other directors including Christian Petzold, and Oliver Reese.

Her own productions include Die Schwarmer by Robert Muisil at the Deutches Theatre, Der Gestiefelte Kater at the Theatre Koblenz, KasparHause Meer at the Trier theatre and Nathan der Weise at Theatre Bonn. She wrote and directed her own dramatization of Arthur Schnitzlers novel „Sterben“ at the Schauspiel Theatre Frankfurt.

She is currently working on her own dramatization of Thomas Manns „Die Bekenntnisse der hochstablers Felix Krull“. which has premiere at the 17th of june in Baden Baden.



Katie Holmes is a writer, producer, and most recently a theatre maker. Co-founder and co-Artistic Director of Rampant Productions with Sinéad O Loughlin, the company was formed to produce work in theatre and literature. Amy, I want to make you hard is Rampant’s first creation and was first performed as part of Project Brand New 6.

A recent graduate of the MA Arts Policy and Practice in NUIG, Katie has worked predominantly in literature with Poetry Ireland and The Stinging Fly. She has produced shows for the NUIG Jerome Hynes One Act Series, the Flat Lake Festival and Electric Picnic. Katie is currently interning with the Craft Council of Ireland’s Education and Outreach Department while working with Rampant and the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland to create a theatre piece with the women of the Domestic Workers Action Group.



Jose Miguel Jiménez studied theatre in Universidad de Chile for four years, after which he formed two theatre companies currently active in Santiago. In 2004 he moved to Ireland and completed the Bachelor in Acting Studies in Trinity College. Theatre credits in Ireland include Love's Labour Lost directed by Tom Creed; Big Love directed by Selina Cartmell in the Peacock Theatre; Caligula in the Dublin Theatre Festival '08 and Everybody Loves Sylvia in Project Arts Centre by Randolf SD, directed by Wayne Jordan. He has formed a new theatre company in Ireland known as The Company and with it he debuted as director during the last version of the Fringe Festival with Who is Fergus Kilpatrick? which won the Spirit of the Fringe '09 award and went on to be regarded as one of the best shows of the year by press and audience. After that, he returned to Chile where he designed the sound for Arturo and performed in Ernesto as part of the international theatre festival Santiago a Mil. His second show with The Company entitled As you are now so once were we, based on James Joyce's Ulysses, recently received the Best Production award as part of Absolut Fringe Festival 2010. Who is Fergus Kilpatrick? toured to the 20th edition of the Bucharest National Theatre Festival in Romania, the first week of November 2010. As you are now so once were we was commissioned by The Abbey theatre, restaged in January 2011 and will tour to LA and Portugal in June 2011. Jose Miguel is part of Project Catalyst, an initiative of Project Arts Centre.He was shortlisted by the Sunday Times as one of 30 most promising artists of 2011. He will soon direct the Rough Magic’s SEEDS showcase at Project Arts Centre.



Oonagh Murphy is a theatre-maker with an interest in directing and creating new work. She founded collective Talking Shop Ensemble in 2008 and has directed their three productions to date - I am a Home Bird (It’s Very Hard), as part of The Theatre Machine Turns You On: Volume II, (also to be presented in Project Arts Centre in April 2011) and Ann and Barry: What Kind of Time Do You Call This? and FAT at Absolut Fringe 2009 and 2010 respectively. Oonagh has also worked as a dramaturg with company Brokentalkers.

In 2009, she was a participant on The Next Stage, an artists' development programme run in conjunction with Theatre Forum, the Abbey Theatre and Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival. Oonagh is also a research student at Trinity College.



Alex Napier is from Toronto, Canada. Her latest work Foster Child Play received the Royal Bank of Canada Arts Professional award at the 2010 SummerWorks Festival. Other recent work includes Guns at the 2011 Rhubarb Festival, and Lear, an ongoing collaboration with director Philip McKee and others, to be presented as part of HATCH 2011, Harbourfront Centre. Alex studied playwriting at the National Theatre School of Canada.



Molly Naylor is a writer and performer. Her poems have been featured on BBC Radio and in publications including The Rialto and Pen Pusher.  She has performed her poems at a variety of festivals and events worldwide including Latitude, Glastonbury and Palabra y Musica. Her first solo show, Whenever I Get Blown Up I Think Of You debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010 and was described by the Metro as ‘a riveting hour of poetic, beautifully crafted testimony’. Molly has been commissioned to adapt the show as an audio play for BBC Radio 4.



Raymond Scannell's first play Breathing Water toured to both The Edinburgh and Dublin Fringe Festivals 2000, receiving a Judges Discretionary Award for Innovation at the ISDA (Irish Student Drama Awards) that same year. Ray’s other plays include: Losing Steam, Mix It Up (Corcadorca), Striking Distance, A Day In The Life Of A Pencil, Closed Circuit (Graffiti), Beats ‘n’ Pieces’. (Meridian) Red Sun (Civic Reception-City Of Culture 2005), & Combination (I.W.U- Cork 2005/Credit Union Residencies Scheme). Chosen as one of six writers for the Rough Magic/ Dublin Fringe incentive ‘SEEDS’ in 2002, (a project designed to nurture new Irish Writing) Ray was commissioned to write ‘Beats ‘n’ Pieces’. A rehearsed reading of which was performed at the Project. (subsequently produced by Meridian Theatre Co.) Ray graduated from the Institute of Art, Design, and Technology, Dun Laoghaire in 2004 with an MA in Screenwriting. Mimic, first performed at the Cork Midsummer Festival 2007 toured to the Galway and Kilkenny Arts Festivals, the Dublin Fringe Festival 2008 (where Ray received an award for ‘Best Male Performance’), PS122, New York as part of the COIL festival 2010, and the Centre Cultural Irlandais, Paris.



Niamh Shaw is an actor, scientist and theatre maker. She has a degree and masters in engineering and a Ph.D in Food Science and worked in full-time academic research for over 7 years. During this time, she gave award-winnning presentations at national and world conferences and published over 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals. In 2003, she decided to embark on an evolving career in performing arts which has been succesfullly progressing. Theatre credits include The Big Deal (Una McKevitt), Worlds End Lane (ANU, winner Best Off-Site Production, ABSOLUT Fringe 2010, nominee Best Production, Irish Times Theatre Awards), Fingal Ronain (Robert Wilson Center, Watermill, New York), Memory Deleted (winner Best Production, Belltable Unfringed Festival 2010), Corners (ANU); The Government Inspector, The Canterbury Tales (Bruiser Theatre); Great Expectations (Gate Theatre); Soap! (Playgroup). She was selected by ANU productions to join them on residency at the Robert Wilson Center, NYC (February 2010) in her capacilty as writer and actor to adapt/develop’ Fingal Ronain’ and presented a Science Lab installation, based on the biochemistry of obsessional love.

Niamh performs comedy improvisation weekly with The Craic Pack, Dublin and has worked with The Second City Improv in Los Angeles, and Snatch Comedy, Cork.  She writes comedy sketches and recently submitted a sitcom set in a laboratory, to the BBC.  In her capacity as scientist and performer, she regularly contributes popular-science related strands on national radio. Niamh is particularly interested in bringing science to a wider audience and continues to explore a methodology to present work which ultimately encompasses both artistic and scientific perspectives.



Evan Webber is a writer and performer who works collaboratively in theatre. He is a founding member of One Reed Theatre, and frequently contributes to performance and projects with companies like Small Wooden Shoe (Dedicated to the Revolutions), Public Recordings (Open Field Study), and surPrise Performance (Save Us!! Hamletown). His last play, Little Iliad, was developed in Toronto and premiered at The Absolut Fringe, Dublin Ireland in 2010.  Other selected works include Nor The Cavaliers Who Come With Us, It’s hard to count to a million, Never Underestimate the Power , 2 Modern Feelings (One Reed), The Dedicated to the Revolutions Series (Small Wooden Shoe) and Open Field Study (Public Recordings).

Evan is also engaged in criticism and curatorial practice. He works as a programming consultant for performance at Harbourfront Centre, and his writing about theatre, visual art and performance practice has been published online and in print for C Magazine, Alternatives, and Canadian Theatre Review.



Louise White is an actress and theatre maker. She trained at both Trinity College Dublin and The Oxford School of Drama. Recently she devised 2 original projects with fellow actress Kate Nic Chonaonaigh; together they presented From the Heart (2010) and Nurse Me (2009), both as part of ABSOLUT Fringe. Since returning from London in 2009 Louise has also appeared in Serious Money as part of Rough Magic AIB SEEDS. Work of note in London includes Sir Nobonk (Tour) and Unclay a work in progress showing @ Young Vic both for Bagg Theatre Company, Diagnosis Superstar at The Soho Theatre, Ali to Karim for Alamut International and The Bald Prima Donna at The Etcetera Theatre. Prior to that her Dublin Credits include Far Away, Bedrock Theatre Company and H (after Hamlet), Loose Cannon. Louise is currently undertaking some development work with director Dee Roycroft on her project Starman Fisher.

MAKE 2011 - Mentors

The three mentors for MAKE 2011 were: Vivi Tellas, Jacob Wren and Gary Winters.


Vivi Tellas has been at the cutting edge of the Argentinian theater scene since 1980, first as the originator of Teatro Malo (Bad Theater) and then as the director of a succession of innovative stage productions.

Tellas has continually explored and tested the limits of theatrical practice and institutions. Her original contributions include Homenaje a Xul Solar  (1989), Europera V  (1995), Los fracasados del mal (1992), and a groundbreaking interpretation in collaboration with artist Guillermo Kuitca of La casa de Bernarda Alba (2002). Since 2000 she has worked on the Archives Project, a cycle of radical stagings of everyday life in Buenos Aires, directing her real-life mother and aunt (Mi mamá y mi tía, 2003-4), recreating her driving lessons in the Automóvil Club Argentino (Escuela de conducción, 2006-7), staging a conversation between the writer Edgardo Cozarinsky and his doctor (Cozarinsky y su médico, 2005-2006), and exploring Buenos Aires dance nightlife in Disc Jockey (2008).

Vivi Tellas founded and directed the Center for Experimentation in Theater of the University of Buenos Aires. Between 1998 and 2000 she was in charge of the Stage Arts section of the Recoleta Cultural Center. Between 2001 and 2008 she was the Artistic Director of the Sarmiento Theater, which she transformed into the experimental space of the Theater Complex of the City of Buenos Aires. In 2008, she taught the seminar "Family Theater," first in London by joint invitation of the National Portrait Gallery and Shunt, the legendary performance space, then in Dublin by invitation of the Project Arts Center.

In 2009 she was invited as a visiting professor at New York University, where she taught a semester workshop in the Creative Writing Program and was part of Teatro Vivo Festival at NYU. She also presented her work at Princeton’s University Documentary Film Festival.

The world premiere of her project Rabbi Rabino was presented at part of COIL 2011.

Vivi was a mentor on MAKE 2010.



Jacob Wren is a writer and maker of eccentric performances. His books include Unrehearsed Beauty, Families Are Formed Through Copulation and Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed. These books have been translated into French and published by Le Quartanier.

As co-artistic director of Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART he has co-created En francais comme en anglais, it's easy to criticize (1998), Unrehearsed Beauty / Le Génie des autres (2002), La famille se crée en copulant (2005) and the ongoing HOSPITALITÉ / HOSPITALITY series which includes: 1: The Title Is Constantly Changing (2007), 2: Gradually This Overview (2010), 3: Individualism Was A Mistake (2008) and 5: The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information (2011).

He has also collaborated with Nadia Ross and her company STO Union. Together they have co-written and co-directed Recent Experiences (2000) and Revolutions in Therapy (2004). In 2007 he was invited by Sophiensaele (Berlin) to adapt and direct Wolfgang Koeppen's 1954 novel Der Tod in Rom and in 2008 he was commissioned by Campo (Ghent) to collaborate with Pieter De Buysser on An Anthology of Optimism. He frequently writes about contemporary art.

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Gary Winters is co-Artistic Director of Lone Twin with Gregg Whelan. Lone Twin have been making performance events since 1997.  Across the world the company's work is met with critical and popular acclaim with a truly international audience enjoying an ever-diverse range of works for stage, studio and public space. Lone Twin and Lone Twin Theatre are committed to creating entertaining and hopeful works that appeal to a wide audience. Projects range from touring theatrical works to public projects created for specific community contexts.

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