MAKE 2013

The fifth make ran in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annnaghmakerrig from Saturday 2nd March to Sunday 10th March 2013. 

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MAKE 2012 Participants


Marc Atkinson

Marc Atkinson is a director and designer that graduated from Trinity College Dublin last year. As a director with Sugarglass Theatre, Marc recently directed Philip Ridley's Tender Napalm in Project Arts Centre. Also with Sugarglass, he co-created All Hell Lay Beneath as part of the Dublin Absolut Fringe Festival 2012. This was named as one of the ‘Top 3 Highlights’ of the Fringe by The Irish Times. Marc co-directed Ethica: Four Shorts by Samuel Beckett, in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Other directing/design projects include Mercury Fur by Philip Ridley (Best Prodcution and Best Direction – ISDA 2010). During 2011, Marc was Assistant Director to Selina Cartmell. As Chair of Dublin University Players (11/12), he hosted the visit of the renowned theatre directors, Professor Anne Bogart and Chiara Guidi of Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio. Marc was recently awarded the Jennifer Johnston Theatre Directing Bursary and, as such, will be given the opportunity to travel and train with a renowned European director over the coming months.

Jo Bannon

Jo is a UK based artist making live art and performance. She has presented work in the UK and Europe and is In Between Time associate artist and founder member of Residence. She also works as a dramaturg and director for devised theatre and as a producer of performance and live art.

At the core of her work is a fascination with exchange and the hope and futility which this endeavour entails. Her work explores how the sensory experience of living can only be conveyed in a faltering rudimentary language which continually fails to express how we see the world to each other and how live performance and encounters might be used as a strategy against this.

Dan Colley

Dan Colley is a director, dramaturg and facilitator. He holds a BA in English and Philosophy from NUI Galway and trained in Youth Theatre Facilitation with the National Assoication of Youth Theatre. As a director, Dan's previous credits include Monster/Clock by Eoghan Quinn (Smock Ally, The Lir and national tour) Postscript by Noelle Brown (Theatre Machine Turns You On Vol. 3) Black Wednesday by Gavin Kostick (Dublin Fringe 2012 - Show In A Bag) and Boxes by Louise Melinn (Theatre Machine Turns You On).

As a dramaturg, Dan has worked on FARM for WillFredd (nominated Irish Times Theatre Awards - Best Production) and All Hell Lay Beneath for Sugarglass Theatre, Anna in Between for Pillowtalk, Spurt and Bang Shoot Blast, both for Come As Soon As You Hear. Dan produced and co-wrote You Can't Just Leave - There's Always Something for Spilt Gin Theatre which was nominated for the Fishamble New Playwriting award in 2011. Dan is an alumnus of The Next Stage and a member of The Playback Company.



Abigail Conway

Abigail is a creator of live art performance who creates site-specific installations and immersive experiences for audiences. She is committed to exploring intimacy, within instruction-based works. Much of her work involves teaching a craft or skill to audiences in order to engage them in new and exciting ways. These crafts and skills include model building, archery, dancing and book making. 

Abigail is founder, and co-director, of Subject to_ change, a live Art Company to which the company’s show home sweet home has toured to national and international acclaim. The Company is committed to challenging the boundaries of artistic performance. The works of Subject to _change give priority to spectator perception and engagement.

Individual performance pieces devised, produced and directed by Abigail include; on the tip of your tongue*, The lighthouse keeper, On Dancefloors and every minute, always with Melanie Wilson. Abigail’s work has been selected and showcased by the British Council and presented at: Shunt Vault's, Battersea Arts Centre, The ICA, The Basement, Bristol Old Vic, Warwick Arts Centre, The Arches, Summerhall, Almost Cinema Ghent, Flatpack and Forest Fringe.

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Ruairi Donovan

Ruairí Donovan is re-imagining himself and the world around him.

Donovan has been working on making dances in Ireland since 2009 and holds a joint honors B.A in Drama & Theatre Studies and English from University College Cork. Donovan is from County Cork and is concerned with the need for roots and the relationship between his topographical surroundings and notions of cultural identity. Donovan has performed for Mårten Spångberg, toured internationally with Keith Hennessy and TURBULENCE (a dance about the economy) and is engaged in a radical ongoing research with collaborator Siriol Joyner (Cmyru). 

Donovan has curated a week long, multi disciplinary, residential event and professional symposium, called Solstice for the past three years which was awarded the Charlemagne Youth Price by the European Commission. He is currently working on a micro festival called HOME, investigating performance and intimacy. 

Donovan has completed a year long residency with Daghdha Dance Company and was awarded a place on the prestigious DanceWeb scholarship at Impulstanz, Wien. Donovan was awarded and completed the first Node Residency with Queer Performance incubator THEOFFCENTRE, San Francisco, USA. His choreographic practice centers around dissonance and authenticity, biography and anti -biography. His recent works, Celtic Radical, Transcending Boundaries, FURTHER, A Sonnet for Dark Love, Slow and Dance Bingo are explorations of choreography as an expanded practice and new ways of being together.

His work has been supported by the CCC Arts Office, Arts Council Ireland, Culture Ireland and Youth In Action. He is a member of Jardin D’Europe, the European network Y.P.A.L. and is a board member of Corcadorca Theatre Company and the Theatre Development Center @ Triskel Arts Centre, Cork.

Grace Dyas

Grace is has just finished producing and curating THE THEATRE MACHINE TURNS YOU ON: Vol 3 with fellow THEATREclubber Shane Byrne. She is currently researching and developing HISTORY (the third part of THEATREclub's social history trilogy) as part of her Public Art Commission Residency in St. Michael's Estate, will we premiere at Project Arts Centre in Dec 2013.

Grace is looking forward to working with Quarantine on a show with her and her sister called The Dyas Sisters premiering at Contact in July.

Grace is one third of THEATREclub. She is an activist, a theatre director,  a writer,  a theatre producer and sometimes she changes things or makes new things happen. She makes theatre because she wants to change the world. She lives and works in inner city Dublin, Ireland where she is from.

Recent work for THEATREclub includes TWENTY TEN, THE FAMILY, HEROIN, (Spirit of The Fringe Award) THEATREclub stole your CLOCK RADIO what the FUCK you gonna do about it?, GROUP THERAPY FOR ONE and ROUGH  (Fishamble New Writing Award). Other theatre includes I am A Home Bird (It’s very hard) which she produced for Talking Shop Ensemble and The Fall which she produced for Ella Clarke.

Grace has also worked as an assistant to directors Jason Byrne, Annie Ryan, Wayne Jordan & Neil Watkins.

Grace is a proud board member of Dublin Youth Theatre.

Grace is a member of Project Arts Centre and is on the  Advisory Board of the Irish Centre of UNESCO’s organisation of International Theatre Institutes.

She regularily works through performance with young people and vulnerable adults. Experience includes; Rialto Community Drug Team, The Star Project Ballymun, Mountview Blakestown Community Drug Team, The Family Resource Centre, St Michael’s Estate, Ballymun Regional Youth Resource, Ballymun Comprehensive, Independent Youth Theatre, Roundabout Youth Theatre & Dublin Youth Theatre.


Grace also holds workshops for performers in THEATREclub’s signature devising and improvising style.


Meadhbh Haiceid

Meadhbh graduated from the MA in Drama & Theatre Studies, NUIG, in 2008 and now lives in Dublin.  Much of Meadhbh’s work as a director has been with Waterdonkey, who create performance together from a chosen starting-point, often text-based.  Through the devising process, the company move away from a literal representation of the text and explore tone, atmosphere and ways of presenting a multiplicity of meanings.  Productions Meadhbh has directed with Waterdonkey include Be Right Back (2012), Happening (2011) and The Very Best of John Lennon (2011).  Meadhbh also writes plays, including The Hero Returns (2011), A Different Animal (2011), and The Real World (2010).  She recently stepped onstage in MADONNA; a one-woman piece she wrote, directed and performed about how herself and Madonna are probably soul-mates.  Meadhbh is interested in the act of attention, the notion of self, human connection, pre-existing narratives and long walks on the beach.

Aideen McDonald

Aideen McDonald is a classically trained, ensemble performer who enjoys making new work both solo performances and devised collaborations. As a trained arts in conflict practitioner, mediator and facilitator she also work as an applied artist with various groups addressing issues of social justice and personal growth. Ongoing preoccupations include identity construction, gender politics, justice reform and secularity.

Bush Mouzarkel

Bush started the company Dead Centre last year. Our first project Souvenir, was part of the 2012 Dublin Fringe Festival and was nominated for three Fringe Awards. We have workshopped Lippy at Fringe Lab in Dublin and at the Young Vic in London. We presented a work-in-progress at Project Arts Centre in January 2013. We will continue to develop Lippy throughout 2013.

Eszter Némethi

Eszter is a theatre maker from Hungary based in Cork with a specialised interest in collaborative performance making in various different contexts. She is also a creative producer and is interested in designing projects and infrastructures that enable creative growth and collaboration across art forms. She is currently the Artist In Residence at CUH with Helium’s Cloudlands project and the Artistic Director of the Cork based Makeshift Ensemble. Since graduating from UCC in 2010 Eszter has directed Osteoporosis and No One Can Hear You In There and co-curated and produced the Quarter arts resource centre for Makeshift Ensemble; she has also co-curated and produced Solstice as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival and ran TITLE a month long mentored artist residency programme; she was also Assistant Director to Pol Heyvaert on Fuck My Life (Cork Midsummer Festival/CAMPO) and Artist In Residence with Helium’s Puppet Portal Project.

Yvonne O'Reilly

Trickster, Mayhem-maker, Artist, Yvonne studied History and English (BA), and Arts Management and Cultural Policy (MA) at UCD; Print Making and Digital Imaging at NCAD; and, briefly, Sound Design at RADA. She has worked as an arts manager, cultural entrepreneur, arts programmer, designer and artist.

Yvonne is interested in experimental and conceptual art. Her mediums are film, photography and sound design, particularly their relationship to performance and installation. Her work has been broadcast on radio, and projected around town (Dublin) as light installations, film projections and poster art. She has also conceived, directed, collaborated and produced for theatre: most recently TIMEBOMB, a performance piece, for Dublin Fringe Festival 2012. She is  working on an ongoing photographic project called HAPPINESS IS ON THE WAY – part of which, The amygdala never forgets, was selected for the Annual Royal Ulster Academy (Oct./Nov. 2012).

Fiona Sheil

Fiona Sheil is an Artist based in Dublin.

As a performance maker she presented A Blinding Glimpse Of The Obvious as part of Absolut Fringe 2011.

As a performer she had appeared in We belong dead by David Turpin, TRASH by Lynnette Moran/Live Collison, My life in dresses by Sorcha Kenny,and Laundry by ANU directed by Louise Lowe (winner Best Production at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2011).

She is currently involved in the development of DOLLS - Sorcha Kenny. which was performed as a work in progress as part of THE THEATRE MACHINE TURNS YOU ON vol.3. 

She curated the closing night of the festival "The Revolution Starts Here" in a celebration of the importance of communal song and power of music.

Dick Walsh

In 2010 Dick Walsh, along with Martin Sharry and Zita Monahan co-founded Side-Show Productions with a view to making post-dramatic theatre. They were strongly influenced by groups like Forced Entertainment, Tim Crouch, and New York City Players and sought to create a new language that mixed spectacle and narrative.

Their first show was a devised piece called 'Dreams of Love' and was accepted to the ABSOLUT Dublin Fringe 2011 and Galway Theatre Festival.

Their second show was written by Martin and directed by Dick called 'King Alfred the Great: A Mystery Play'. Performed in Townhall Theatre, Galway Mar, 2012. 

'A Dangerman' was their third show and was written by Dick. It has been performed at Electric Picnic, ABSOLUT Dublin Fringe, Galway Comedy Festival, Quarter in Cork, 2012.

Dick is currently working on his second script and a series of filmed interviews for Live Collision Festival.

Louise White

Louise is a Dublin based performer, director and theatre maker. She trained at both Trinity College Dublin and The Oxford School of Drama. She has presented several new works as part of the Dublin Fringe Festival in collaboration with actress Kate Nic Chonaonaigh; All Things Considered it’s a Nice Place to Start, Project Arts Centre (2011), From The Heart, No. 13 North Great Georges Street (2010), Nominated for Spirit of The Fringe, Best Design & Best Off-Site Production and Nurse Me (2009), St. Brendan’s Psychiatric Hospital Grangegorman. She is currently working on a new project with visual artist Clare Henderson. Clare is creating new paintings and print works that will be projected to create the landscape of a deserted city. Together with four actors, a dancer and a composer they are exploring the sense of loss generated in our communities by abandoned and vacated buildings. In 2012, she directed Through This Dark a first year one act for Dublin Youth Theatre. Work as a performer includes Serious Money as part of Rough Magic AIB SEEDS, Sir Nobonk (Tour) and Unclay a work in progress showing at The Young Vic both for Bagg Theatre Company London, Diagnosis Superstar at The Soho Theatre London, Ali to Karim for Alamut International, The Bald Prima Donna at The Etcetera Theatre London, Far Away Bedrock Theatre Company and H (after Hamlet), Loose Cannon.

MAKE 2013 - Mentors

The three mentors for MAKE 2013 were: Richard Gregory, Ruth Little and Florian Malzacher. 


Richard Gregory is founder and Artistic Director (with Renny O’Shea) of Quarantine, since 1998. 

"A recurring interest for me is to explore the edges of the territory between the everyday and familiar and the imagined and heightened. We try to concoct an appropriate formal structure and a set of tactics for each new piece - always considering the specific relationships between the work, its performers and its audience. We work with people who have not performed before and with experienced, highly skilled performers, often together in the same piece. 

I begin each project with a set of questions that relate to an immediate personal concern and try to search for some wider connections... Through this, our work attempts to confront the here and now. Past projects have included shared meals, family parties and a journey in the dark for one person at a time - as well as performances on stage, watched by audiences in seats."

Richard has directed see-saw, Frank, Geneva, Domestic Science (with Renny O’Shea), White Trash, Butterfly, Grace, Susan & Darren (with Renny O’Shea), Old people, children & animals, Make-believe, The Slightest Movement and Entitled for Quarantine. He curated (with Renny O’Shea) Coming and going, a large scale project for Liverpool Capital of Culture 2008, developed with artists, academics, activists and ‘ordinary people’ from Liverpool, Marseille, Istanbul, Naples and Gdansk.  

He is currently developing Between us, we know everything… a temporary live and long-term web-based exchange of ideas about how to live.

Richard was also Associate Artist at Leicester Haymarket Theatre (2002-2003). From 2000 - 2001, he was Associate Artist at Contact, Manchester. From 1995-1998 he was Associate Director with Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne and Associate Director at Contact Theatre, 1991-1995. 

Quarantine were Fellows in Theatre at the University of Manchester from 2005 – 2007.  The company won Arts Council England’s art05 award for outstanding achievement. 

"Quarantine is quite simply a marvel, a company that's right at the forefront of British theatre…..immensely touching, totally human yet also intellectually rigorous in their examination of the nature of performance and the raising of questions about what makes theatre seem real and reality so strongly theatrical."                                          

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian


Annie Dorsen is a writer and director who works in a variety of fields, including theatre, film, dance and, as of 2009, algorithmic performance.

Most recently, her algorithmic Hamlet project, A Piece of Work, premiered at On the Boards in Seattle, and will soon tour internationally.

In 2010, Hello Hi There premiered at the streirischer herbst festival (Graz), and was presented at Black Box Teatre (Oslo), BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin) and PS122 (New York), among others.  She is the co-creator of the 2008 Broadway musical Passing Strange, which she also directed.

Spike Lee made a film of her production of the piece, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, and screened everywhere from the Tribeca Film Festival to subsequently screened at South by Southwest Film Festival and The Tribeca Film Festival, and was released theatrically by IFC in 2010 before being broadcast on PBS’ Great Performances.

Also in 2010, she collaborated with choreographer Anne Juren on Magical  (premiere at ImPulsTanz Festival Vienna) and with Ms. Juren and DD Dorviller on Pièce Sans Paroles (brut Vienna and Rencontres Choréographiques Internationales Seine-St-Denis, Paris).

She has collaborated often with musicians, including Questlove of The Roots on Shuffle Culture (BAM), Laura Karpman and Jessye Norman (among others) on Ask Your Mama, a setting of Langston Hughes’ 1962 poem (Carnegie Hall) and with the string quartet ETHEL, on Truckstop, also at BAM. Her pop-political performance project Democracy in America was presented at PS122 in spring 2008.

Her short film, I Miss, originally the centerpiece of Democracy in America, has screened at American Film Institute Festival (AFI Fest), SXSW Film Festival, The New York Film Festival’s “Views From the Avant-Garde” and the Nantucket Film Festival.

Florian Malzacher (*1970) is co-programmer of the interdisciplinary steirischer herbst festival in Graz/Austria (since 2006) and since 2009 also freelance dramaturge/curator for Burgtheater Vienna. 2013 he takes over the theatre festival Impulse in North Rhine-Westphalia/Germany.

After graduating in Applied Theatre Studies at the University of Giessen/Germany, he worked as a freelance theatre journalist for major daily papers (Frankfurter Rundschau, taz etc.) and magazines (e.g. Theater Heute, Ballettanz, etcetera, Frakcija). He is a founding member of the independent curators’ collective Unfriendly Takeover in Frankfurt. 

He has worked as a freelance dramaturge (e.g. for Rimini Protokoll, Lola Arias, Mariano Pensotti, Nature Theater of Oklahoma) and an independent curator (e.g. International Summer Academy at Mousonturm/Frankfurt 2002 & 2004, Dictionary of War 2006/07). He was a member of several juries, including the Mülheimer Dramatikerpreis 2005. He has taught among others at the Universities of Vienna and Frankfurt, and is member of the advisory board of DasArts - Master of Theatre, Amsterdam, as well as advisor for the Schillertage at Nationaltheater Mannheim. 

He has co-written and co-edited several books, including "Not Even a Game Anymore – The Theatre of Forced Entertainment" (2004), “Experts of the Everyday – The Theatre of Rimini Protokoll“ (2008), and Frakcija #55 on Curating Performing Arts (2010). 


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