MAKE is an initiative of Cork Midsummer FestivalTiger Dublin Fringe Project Arts Centre and Theatre Forum for the purpose of generating new performance work. MAKE 2015 took place from Saturday 21- Sunday 29 March 2015.

15 participants took part in MAKE 2015 which were: Anthony Black, Robbie Blake, Doireann Coady, Micheal Gallen, Kate Guelke, Emmet Kirwan, Evan Lordan, Aoife McAtamney, Gavin McEntee, Conor Mitchell, Sophie Motley, Maud Ní Riordáin, Zoe Ní Riordáin, Peter Power, Hannah Sullivan. 

They worked with our three MAKE Mentors: Brett Bailey, Justin Vivian Bond and Ragnheiður Skúladóttir. 


Anthony Black

Anthony Black is a director, writer, actor, designer, and artistic co-director of Canada’s internationally acclaimed 2b theatre company.
His work has toured to major festivals and venues across Canada and around the world including stops in PuSh, Magnetic North, Luminato, Sydney Festival, Perth Festival, Under The Radar, Cork Midsummer, The Edge (Auckland), Arts Centre Melbourne.

He trained as a director at the National Theatre School of Canada and York University and has directed work for both studios and large regional theatres. His plays include When it Rains, which premiered in Halifax in April 2011 and has toured to across Canada, to the Edinburgh Fringe, and LaMama theatre in New York; Invisible Atom, a solo show which has over 125 performances in both English and French and which won a Herald Angel Award in Edinburgh in 2010;  Homage which premiered in 2009, Soul Alone (with Conor Green, 2006), and The Story of Mr. Wright (with Christian Barry and Globe Theatre Young Company, 2011). 

Robbie Blake

Robbie is a singer, choral director and performance-maker based between the York and Dublin. A music and philosophy graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he holds a teaching and performance diploma from the Royal Irish Academy of Music and continues his studies in the UK with Robert Hollingworth (director of UK vocal ensemble I Fagiolini). His practice is informed by dance, live art and contemporary theatre.

Robbie is artistic director of Tonnta vocal ensemble which regularly engages in collaborative and interdisciplinary projects as well as concert performances. Tonnta is collaborating with composer George Higgs between 2015–18 to create commemorative works of choral theatre as a contemporary engagement with the experience of Irish soldiers in WW1.

Doireann Coady

Doireann Coady is a performer, theatre director and stage designer. She is a recent graduate of Trinity College Dublin where she studied Drama and Theatre Studies. In 2008 she co-founded THEATREclub where her roles have varied from design,direction,conception and performance.

Most recently she directed and designed a version of Phaedra’s Love in the Samuel Beckett Centre in 2013.
Stage designs for THEATREclub include; HISTORY, HEROIN, and THE FAMILY, Direction for THEATREclub include THEATREclub stole your CLOCK RADIO what the FUCK you gonna do about it? and TWENTY TEN.
In 2010 she created and performed in MAXIMUM JOY (Can I Lick The Crumbs From Your Table?).

Other design work includes Loose Canon’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hotel Chambermaids by Lola Arias as part of Ciudades Paralelas in the Cork Midsummer Festival 2012. While a member of Dublin Youth Theatre, Doireann performed in The Cripple of Inis Maan (directed by David Horan) This Is Still Life (Brokentalkers) and Daily Bread (directed by Rachel West).

Micheal Gallen

Michael Gallen is a composer and performer hailing from Monaghan. Having been brought up primarily with Irish traditional and folk music, he later pursued studies in composition with Jose Manuel Lopez Lopez in Paris, and is comfortable meandering at the borders of different musical styles. He has been commissioned to write for solo instrument, small ensemble and orchestra, and is fast developing a reputation as one of Ireland's most exciting composers of new choral music. In 2011 his piece The Hidden/The Dead was winner of the Densité 93/Cervantes prize.

Since his return to more familiar shores, Michael has been involved in several collaborations with dance and theatre, including the award-winning Fringe production TARDIGRADE, a collaboration with choreographer Philip Connaughton. His music has been used extensively in film, radio and television; the orchestral score for RTÉ's Citizens: Lockout 1913-2013 series won Gold Medal at this year's New York Radio Awards.

He is currently working on a large-scale commission for the RTÉ National Concert Orchestra and Cór na nÓg under the umbrella of RTÉ Lyric FM/Athena Media's "Wilde Stories" project. Michael is also the pianist and lead vocalist with Irish band Ana Gog. He is also a producer on the radio series "Vocal Chords", which explores the role of the singing voice in diverse musical cultures across the globe. 

Kate Guelke

Kate Guelke is an opera director and producer from Belfast.  
As the artistic director of Spark Opera, she has produced six new chamber operas and one new requiem mass, as well as several showcases of extracts.  In 2013, Spark Opera's Requiem for the Disappeared was a 'Top Three Classical Pick of the Year' (Belfast Telegraph, ****) and was nominated for a National Lottery Award. Following Spark Opera workshops with Judith Weir, her mini opera 'Science' was also awarded a 'Director's Choice Award' at the Boston Contempo Festival that year.  

In addition to projects with Spark Opera, Kate has worked as an assistant director for Northern Ireland Opera three times.  She has recently completed a residency at Den Jyske Opera in 2014, as one of twelve artists awarded ACES funding by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Upcoming productions include La Traviata in association with North West Opera and Rashomon for Stage Beyond. 

Emmet Kirwan

Emmet Kirwan in an actor and writer. He trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre Trinity College Dublin.

As an actor in theatre he has worked for companies such as The Abbey Theatre, The Gate and Olympia, Rough magic, Fishamble, Guna Nua, Corn Exchange, The Soho, Pan Pan, Barabas, Tall Tales, The Traverse, Broken talkers, 15th Oak, Island TC, Purple Heart TC, Lane Productions and the Ark amongst others.
He has also appeared in many Irish Films and TV series

As a writer he wrote and played the title character in the RTE2 comedy series ‘Sarah and Steve’, for Accomplice Television. Based loosely on his life growing up in Tallaght.

His first full length play Dublin Oldschool was produced as part of the 'Show in a Bag' programme in conjunction with Fishamble the new play company, The Irish Theatre Institute and the Tiger Dublin Fringe. It was directed by Phillip McMahon and performed in Bewley’s Cafe theatre for the 2014 Dublin Fringe. It was produced for a second sell out run by the Project Arts Centre and performed there in December of the same year.
It was nominated for the Bewleys’s Little gem and First Fortnight awards, Emmet and Ian Lloyd Anderson were jointly awarded the Best performer award for the the show at Tiger Dublin Fringe festival.

Dublin Oldschool has also been nominated for the Stewart Parker trust award for 2015.

Evan Lordan

Evan Lordan is a graduate of UCC Drama and Theatre Studies and a founding member of Conflicted Theatre.

Evan has directed Conflicted's most recent works, We Make Gods and Mirror, co-directed 18-35 with Conflicted co-founder Gavin McEntee and was assistant director on the Cork Operatic Society and Everyman production of Orpheus in 2013.

He penned Conflicted Theatre's first show, After Jekyll, and has contributed to text on all subsequent productions. More recently, however, most writing for Conflicted tends to come as a result of devising sessions.

Evan has also performed in a number of Conflicted Theatre's pieces, Red Shoes, 18-35, The Scarlet Letter, and outside of this has performed with Cork based company Broken Crow and Cork Community Art Link. 

Aoife McAtamney

Aoife McAtamney is a choreographer, living and working from Dublin. After graduating from London contemporary Dance School, Aoife went to study with choreographers William Forsythe, Wayne McGregor, Angelin Preljocaj and Frédéric Flamand in the D.A.N.C.E II programme.
Since 2009, her choreography continues to be presented in Ireland and abroad. Her solo, Softer Swells, has toured as Aerowaves selection for 2014.
Aoife has collaborated with DISH Dance, Nina Vallon and more recently with Igor&Moreno to create various performances.

Gavin McEntee

Gavin McEntee is a director, theatre maker and graduate of Drama and Theatre Studies at University College Cork (B.A.). He is a member of BrokenCrow Theatre Co. and Co-artistic Director and founding member of Conflicted Theatre.

Most recently Gavin directed Ronan Fitzgibbons “Enter Juliet” at the Everyman Theatre Cork for BrokenCrow. Other directing credits include “Hang Up” ( HOME Fest, Galway theatre Festival 2013) by Adam Wyeth for BrokenCrow, “The Scarlet Letter “(Cork Midsummer Festival 2013) and ”18-35”  both by Conflicted Theatre.

At present, Gavin is writing his first play”Unit A6", learning how to be a lighting technician and developing “Neon Western” Conflicted Theatre’s current work in progress.

Conor Mitchell

Conor Mitchell is a composer and playwright from Lurgan, Co. Armagh.  

He has recently completed the score for The Family Hoffman's Christmas Mystery Palace, his second Christmas show for the MAC and Cahoots children's theatre company, and conducted a street performance of 20, an orchestral work marking 20 years since the Northern Irish ceasefire.  Mitchell has also recorded the song cycle Ten Plagues with singer Marc Almond through independent label Cherry Red (****, The Times). Other recent works include Britten centenary commission Cabaret Songs - After Britten and Auden for Aldeburgh, Olympics commission Our Day for NI Opera,  chorale Shadowtime for the London Gay Men's Chorus, and National Lottery award nominated Requiem for the Disappeared for Spark Opera.  

Awards include BEST SCORE (New York Musical Theatre Festival), the Stiles and Drewe Song Writers Award, The Arts Foundation Fellowship Award for Composition and two Fringe Firsts. 

Sophie Motley

Sophie is a regular Staff Director at English National Opera and was Resident Assistant Director at the Abbey Theatre. She studied at Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, Dublin, trained with Rough Magic’s SEEDS and the National Theatre Studio’s directing course.

She is Associate Director of Rough Magic and Co-Artistic Director of WillFredd Theatre.

She is currently rehearsing Michel van der Aa’s Sunken Garden for Opera de Lyon whilst Everything Between Us plays at Project Arts Centre for Rough Magic. Upcoming in 2015 includes WillFredd Theatre’s BEES and JOCKEY.

Sophie’s directing credits include:

CARE, FOLLOW, FARM, Truth of The Moon (WillFredd Theatre), The Sleeping Queen (Wexford Festival Opera), Mice Will Play (Caoimhín O’Raghallaigh & Nic Gareiss) Man On Bicycle ’73, Burger Burger Death Burger, Manchester, The Well Made Life (Miniaturists, Arcola/Soho Poly Festival), Everything Between Us, Plaza Suite, Pilgrims of the Night-SEEDS3- (Rough Magic), Tejas Verdes, Vincent River (Prime Cut), The Party, Corners (ANU), Extremities (Spark to a Flame), Invisible Atom (ShinyRedChocolatePaper), Autobahn (DYT), The Gleaming Dark (Old Vic Productions) 

Maud Ní Riordáin

Maud is the lead singer and violinist of Maud in Cahoots. The band was founded with Zoe Ní Riordáin in New York City in 2009 and since, they have performed across America, the UK and Ireland. They are currently recording a new EP with producer Cormac O’Halloran of Kormac’s Big Band due for release in April 2015.

International performances are scheduled at Canadian Music Week in Toronto, Irish Arts Center, New York, Great Escape, Brighton amongst many other festivals in Ireland and the UK.

Maud in Cahoots presented The Well Rested Terrorist at the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 2014. The piece was based on songs the band had written with Zoe directing and Maud performing alongside actor Rory Fleck – Byrne. Maud and Zoe are currently developing a new piece for theatre called Recovery, The Musical. 

Zoe Ní Riordáin

Zoe is a theatre director and musician from Dublin. She is a participant on the Rough Magic SEEDS artist development programme 2014.

Recently, she co-wrote and directed The Well Rested Terrorist (Peacock Theatre, Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 2014). Other directing credits include The Lesson by Eugene Ionesco (Project Arts Centre, May 2013), After The End by Dennis Kelly (BAC, London, 2010), Exit The King by Ionesco (Samuel Beckett Theatre).

As a cellist, Zoe is a member of Maud in Cahoots and performed live in Dusk Ahead by Junk Ensemble (Dublin Theatre Festival). She toured with the Brokentalkers production of Silver Stars by Sean Millar (New York, Paris, Auckland 2009/10). She works regularly as an assistant director to Gavin Quinn of Pan Pan Theatre Company.

Peter Power

Peter is a composer and director with Eat My Noise – a collaborative music group based in Cork Ireland. He holds a degree in Biochemistry and a Master’s in Composition and Electronics from University College Cork.

His compositional work includes collaborations with Ruairí Donovan, performance poet Carl Plover, Duncan Molloy, Limerick Youth Theatre, Clinic Media, Broken Crow, Cathy Walsh, Corcadorca, Broken Crow, and Cork New Music Ensemble and Artists in residence at Hotel Pro Forma.

In 2011, Peter formed Eat My Noise with co-composer David Duffy and performed two pieces at Solstice as part of Cork Midsummer Festival premiering: b(R)ass,  a Tuba quartet with surround sound electronics and Symestesia, a 4 dimensional surround sound immersion installation. In following from the success of these performances, Eat My Noise created A:Volution as part of Cork Midsummer Festival 2012, a symphony cycle based around 9 poems with a 30 piece ensemble and live electronics and visuals.

In 2013, Eat My Noise premiered and toured new electro-percussive work Moiety at Cork Midsummer Festival and FIERCE Festival in Birmingham, composed and performed an outdoor operetta entitled The Spindle for Big House Festival in Kildare and created a bespoke performance for HOME Festival in Cork exploring the process of producing electronic music entitled AnyRoom Producer.  

In 2014 Peter went on a 2 month residency at Hotel Pro Forma in Denmark as part of their Atelier Programme, where he developed new work “Versations”. Following this Eat My Noise co-produced with Corcadorca on Enda Walsh's How These Desperate Men Talk as the headline of the Kinsale Art's Festival. Eat My Noise went on to launch the Cork Film Festival's live music program with their electro-choral work Inquyre.

Hannah Sullivan

Hannah Sullivan is a Bristol based Performance Maker creating solo performance work that investigates emotion and expression.
Hannah works with autobiography, popular culture (films/music) and contemporary choreography, creating a collaboration of text, song and movement with a powerful simplicity. Through making performance Hannah wishes to achieve honest reflections on contemporary existence and celebrate the agency of the individual. Hannah collaborates with other artists in sound or costume to develop aural and visual aesthetics, and has recently worked with researchers in history and politics within her development periods.

Bristol Ferment, IdeasTap, Bath ICIA, Shoreditch Town Hall, The Solo Contemporary Performance Forum and Arts Council England have supported Hannah’s previous solo work. Hannah has created pieces for site and one-on-one experiences, as well as curated and produced performance festivals. Hannah is a graduate of Dartington College of Arts and The University of Bristol and is a member of Interval, an artist-led support network and space in Bristol.




Brett Bailey

Brett Bailey is a playwright, designer, play director, installation artist, and the artistic director of THIRD WORLD BUNFIGHT. He has worked throughout South Africa, in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Haiti, the UK and Europe.

His acclaimed iconoclastic dramas, which interrogate the dynamics of the post-colonial world, include BIG DADA, IPI ZOMBI?, iMUMBO JUMBO and ORFEUS. His performance installations include BLOOD DIAMONDS: TERMINAL and EXHIBITs A & B.

He directed the opening show at the World Summit on Arts and Culture in Johannesburg (2009), and from 2006-2009 the opening shows at the Harare International Festival of the Arts. From 2008-2011 he was curator of South Africa’s only public arts festival, ‘Infecting the City’, in Cape Town.
His works have played across Europe, Australia and Africa, and have won several awards, including a gold medal for design at the Prague Quadrennial (2007).

 He headed the jury of the Prague Quadrennial (2011) and was a juror on the International Theatre Institute’s Music Theatre Now competition (2012/13).

Justin Vivian Bond

Mx Justin Vivian Bond is a writer, singer, painter, and performance artist. Mx Bond is the author of the Lambda Literary Award winning memoir TANGO: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels, published by The Feminist Press and Susie Says… a collaboration with Gina Garan (Powerhouse Books, 2012).

V’s debut CD DENDRPOPHILE was self-released on WhimsyMusic in 2011 and was followed by SILVER WELLS in 2012.  In 2011 Justin Vivian’s art exhibition The Fall of the House of Whimsy  was presented at Participant Inc. in New York City.  

Mx Bond was nominated for a Tony Award for Kiki and Herb Alive On Broadway in 2007. Other notable theatrical endeavors include starring as Warhol Superstar Jackie Curtis in Scott Wittman’s production of Jukebox Jackie: Snatches of Jackie Curtis as part of La Mama E.T.C.’s 50 Anniversary Season, originating the role of Herculine Barbin in Kate Bornstein’s groundbreaking play Hidden: A Gender, touring with the performance troupe The Big Art Group and appearing in John Cameron Mitchell’s film Shortbus. Other films include Sunset Stories (2012), Imaginary Heroes (2004), and Fanci’s Persuasion (1995).

Mx Bond is a recipient of The Ethyl Eichelberger Award, The Peter Reed Foundation Grant, and The Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award for Performance Art/Theater, an Obie and a Bessie.

Please visit to download and enjoy v’s music and blog, Justin Vivian Bond is Living!

Ragnheiður Skúladóttir

Ragnheiður Skúladóttir is the co-artistic director and co-founder of LÓKAL - international theater festival in Reykjavík.

For eleven years she was the dean of the Performing arts department at the Iceland Academy of the Arts. Ragnheiður also works as an independent producer and manager, working with groups and artists such as Kviss Búmm Bang, Kriðpleir theatre group, Room 408 and 16 Lovers. She has been commissioning and dramaturgially following through number of contemporary performances over the past fifteen years. She was the artistic director of Akureyri City Theater 2012-2014. 

Ragnheiður studied theatre in the United States where she worked and lived for thirteen years. She holds a B.A degree in theatre from University of Iowa, Iowa City and a M.F.A degree in theatre from Univeristy of Minnesota, Minneapolis. 

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