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 2016 takes place from 27 February to 6 March.  

2016 MAKE Mentors:  Ragnheiður Skúladóttir, Mark Storor, and Maiko Yamamoto.

The 16 participants are: 

Working individually: Eoghan Carrick, Veronica Dyas, Catherine Ireton, Sue MacLaine, Fiona McGeown, Emma O’Grady, Martin Sharry, Dick Walsh, Louise White  

Working in groups: Christopher Brett Bailey & Anne Rieger;  
Deirdre Dwyer, Eadaoin O Donoghue, & Rosie O'Regan;
Gemma Paintin & James Stenhouse 



Ragnheiður Skúladóttir (Iceland)

Ragnheiður Skúladóttir is currently the artistic director of LÓKAL - international Theatre Festivalin Reykjavík. She is educated in the U.S and spent 13 years in Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota and New York (1987-2000). She was the artistic director of Akureyri Theatre Company (2012-2014) and dean of the department of performing arts at the Iceland Academy of the Arts (2000-2011).  

Under her leadership the department broadened its scope with the addition of a contemporary dance programme and a theory and practice programme to the existing acting line.  Ragnheiður is also  one of the founders and artistic director of Reykjavík's only international theatre festival, LÓKAL.  

In addition to this she has been the producing dramaturge to numerous Icelandic contemporary performance makers and projects. It has been her aim to strengthen the dialogue between art disciplines and to broaden the scope of the performing arts in Iceland in addition to forge the bond between Icelandic and International performing arts.

Mark Storor (UK)

Mark Storor is an award winning artist who works in the space between live art and theatre. He has been described in the press as:  ‘a genuinely visionary theatre maker’, ‘an alchemist’ and ‘one of the most distinctive voices in British theatre’ His work is devised, often site specific and always collaborative.

"It is an honour and a privilege to be invited to participate as a mentor for Make. I very much look forward to: meeting the other artists, getting to grips with their ideas, and assisting in the midwifery of the work. I hope that my experience can be useful."

Photo by Stephen King 

Maiko Yamamoto (Canada)

Since 2003, Maiko has been an Artistic Director of Theatre Replacement, a company she formed with fellow artist James Long. The company’s work has focused on building performances that react to contemporary existence through a highly evolved and extended process of collaboration, and explores unique and challenging ways of exploring content and staging material. In addition to her work with TR, Maiko directs, writes, teaches and creates performance for a diverse range of companies and venues. She holds a BFA in Theatre from Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts and a MAA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. 


Eoghan Carrick (Ireland)

Eoghan is a freelance director and designer. He is an Associate Director with Corn Exchange Theatre Company and a founding member of WeGetHighOnThis Collective. 

Recent directing work includes The Matador (Bewleys Café Theatre at Powerscourt, 2015), Panned (Theatre Upstairs, 2015), The Ugly One (The Lir, 2014). Credits as a lighting designer include Panned, The Man in Two Pieces, Hollow Ground (Theatre Upstairs, 2015), Leper+Chip (Theatre Upstairs and international tour 2014/15) and Stella Full of Storms (Theatre Upstairs and Irish tour, 2014/15). As an assistant director, he has worked with Corn Exchange Theatre Company on a number of productions, with the Abbey Theatre on Shibboleth (Peacock Theatre, 2015) and with Tom Creed on a number of operas, most recently The Magic Flute (Beckett Theatre, 2016).

Eoghan has a B.A. International in Drama and English from UCD and an MFA in Theatre Directing from The Lir Academy at Trinity College Dublin.

Veronica Dyas (Ireland)

I am an Artist. 

Facilitation, Action and Love are crucial to my practice. I recently completed work with Saol on The Rosie Hackett Project (Performance), The Roles We Play (short film) and Sounds of Poverty (Sound Installation). Between 2012 & 2015 I presented HERE & NOW as Extracts of the HERE & NOW : HOME/SICK, SCIENCE GALLERY DUBLIN 2015; HERE & NOW , Project 2014; This Is My Body , Live Collision 2014; all that signified me … THE THEATRE MACHINE TURNS YOU ON: Vol. 3, Project 2013; Sorcha Kenny’s Walking We Ask Questions, DFF 2012, concurrently volunteering with Focus Ireland. For DFF 2011, In My Bed , made in collaboration with Niamh Burke Kennedy (Forest Fringe 2012, HOME Festival Cork 2013). At DFF 2009, YOU series of installations in private/public spaces. I studied Drama & Theatre Studies with Sociology at Trinity College Dublin, completing my M.A. in Text & Performance Studies at RADA and King’s College London 2008.

Catherine Ireton (Ireland/UK)

Catherine Ireton is a singer, songwriter and theatre maker based in Brighton. She creates performances pieces in unusual spaces in which music is a central part, exploring the smallness of things and celebrating the ordinary. She specialises in intimate site-specific performances and has performed her music and storytelling in a variety of locations including a museum of taxidermy, the lost and found room of a railway station and your bedroom. She recently performed her musicals in Seoul and Hong Kong and in 2016 will make In Good Hands a show performed in a working hair salon. As a vocalist she has collaborated with numerous bands including Belle and Sebastian, God Help the Girl and Go Away Birds. Catherine’s work is produced by Farnham Maltings.

Sue MacLaine (UK)

I am a theatre-maker, writer and performer based in Brighton, England.  I began my career in 1984 working as devisor, performer and writer for a diverse range of companies.  In the last seven years I have concentrated on building my own company and have created three works all of which have been funded by Arts Council England. I co-produce each project with an independent producer.

I am currently working on two commissions; one from the Royal Court Theatre to create a 10 minute companion piece for Caryl Churchill's new play and the other from Battersea Arts Centre for the new work I will be investigating at the MAKE residency.

I also work as a dramaturge and director with a particular interest in working with dance artists.

I am a qualified and registered British Sign Language/English interpreter and specialise in performance interpreting.

Fiona McGeown (Ireland)

Fiona McGeown is an actor, writer and director. She has been a core ensemble player and collaborator with Blue Raincoat Theatre Company for 20 years performing in and helping create shows including The Third Policeman, At Swim Two Birds, Alice in Wonderland, Rhinoceros and many more. Recent performance credits with Blue Raincoat include ‘The Only Jealousy of Emer’  and ‘At the Hawks Well’ by WB Yeats for A Country Under Wave Festival, Sligo and ‘The Playboy of the Western World’. Fiona's next role will be a restaging of her solo piece for kids Losha with Monkeyshine Theatre Company. 

Fiona started Painted Bird Productions in 2014. Since inception, the company have won the Fishamble Best New Writing award at Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 2014 and also received an Irish Times Theatre Award nomination for best sound design for the company's first production Between Trees and Water. 

Emma O’Grady (Ireland)

Emma O’Grady is a Galway-based actor, theatre-maker, production manager and lighting technician. She has an MA in Drama & Theatre Studies (NUIG) and was co-founder and co-artistic director of Mephisto Theatre Company 2007-2014. The focus of the company was to make work by women and/or work with good female roles. She performed in most of Mephisto’s productions including Grenades by Tara McKevitt; The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy, The Honey Spike by Bryan MacMahon; Blackbird by David Harrower and Eclipsed by Patricia Burke Brogan. Emma regularly works with Macnas, Branar, Moonfish and THEATREclub in various capacities. She is currently working on her next show What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside? by Paddy O’Grady.

Martin Sharry (Ireland)

I write, direct and perform.

My latest one man show Marky Mac Sherry Tells It Like It Is was a double nominee for the Tiger Dublin Fringe Awards 2015. ‘For the intelligence and detail of its form, for his disarming performance in the role of Marky’ It played with a comic persona in a theatre context and delighted in the struggle to say something real.  

During the summer of 2015 I collaborated with sound designer Brendan Rehill for an event on Inis Oirr. The Impossible Address was a sound walk, performance and post show discussion.

I am interested in the boundaries of the live event and this usually informs the ensuing play. 

Dick Walsh (Ireland)

Dick began making work in 2009 when he set up Side-show productions with Martin Sharry in Galway. His first solo show was A Dangerman which was first performed in Dublin Fringe Festival 2012. ‘Some Baffling Monster’ was performed in Dublin Fringe the following year. In 2014 he became an associated artist with Pan Pan Theatre, and wrote Newcastlewest which was produced by them for Dublin Theare Festival in 2015. His work looks at how language games affect meaning and create drama. It looks at how looks at how ideas are communicated and explores the political implications of that.


Louise White (Ireland)

Louise White is a theatre and performance maker originally from Co. Laois. She trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College and the Oxford School of Drama, and has an MA in Socially Engaged Art from NCAD.

Louise works site-specifically, with installation and in theatres and develops performance collaboratively and inter-disciplinarily.

Her most recent work Mother You; was an ambitious large scale performance for a disused commercial building. This fused performance, installation and video art to create a tender theatrical moment of activism and communion.

Previous works include: Way Back Home 2013, WINNER Spirit of the Fringe Award 2013, and From the Heart 2010 NOMINATED Spirit of the Fringe, Best Off-Site Production & Best Design.

Louise has taught in NCAD, DYT and in Further Education. She has worked with The Y Factor; the youth initiative of the National Women’s Council. She is currently working with The International Women’s Group of the Lantern Centre.

Christopher Brett Bailey (Canada/UK)

Christopher Brett Bailey is a London-based performer, writer and musician working across theatre, performance and experimental music. He has created work for National Theatre, Almeida Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre and more, and is Associate Artist of performance duo Made In China. As a performer his credits include BBC Radio 4, Unicorn Theatre, Roundhouse and collaborations with Andy Field, Ira Brand, David Rosenberg, Nigel and Louise, Caroline Horton, Mamoru Iriguchi and the late Ken Campbell, presenting work across the UK, including Arches Glasgow, Sampled Festival, Mayfest, The Yard, RADA and National Theatre Studio.  In 2013/14 Chris created THIS IS HOW WE DIE, his debut solo show.  Since its premiere in May 2014 the show has been performed over 70 times, receiving overwhelmingly positive audience and press reactions, including several five star reviews and four star reviews in The Times and The Guardian. The script was published by Oberon Books and the show will continue to tour internationally in 2016, including the Sydney Festival.

Anne Rieger (Germany/UK)

Anne Rieger is a dramaturg and creative producer working closely with Christopher Brett Bailey since 2013. Together they created THIS IS HOW WE DIE. Originally from Germany, Anne studied Theatre, Literature and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam where she completed her studies with a MA in Dramaturgy for the contemporary performing arts. Since moving to England in 2012, Anne worked with The Basement (Brighton), Sadler’s Wells (London) and supported independent artists with fundraising and development of new work. Alongside her current role as a dramaturg and creative producer for Christopher Brett Bailey, Anne works in the programming and producing department at Siobhan Davies Dance (London).

Deirdre Dwyer (Ireland)

Deirdre Dwyer designs Sets and Costumes for theatre, opera, dance and film.

She grew up in Waterford and was introduced to theatre and designing by Waterford Youth Arts and Waterford Spraoi. She trained in University College Cork (Drama and Theatre Studies and English) and at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff (Postgraduate Diploma in Theatre Design) and is currently completing her Masters. She participated, as the Designer, in Rough Magic SEEDS3. She was awarded the first Pat Murray Bursary in 2009. She is a member of BrokenCrow’s Theatre Ensemble for whom she has directed her own adaptation of Francis Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden. Favorite designs include Blátha Bána – White Blossoms for Graffiti Theatre, Cork, Pondlife for LAMDA, Linbury Studios, London, Melmoth the Wanderer, Big Telly, Portstewart, Northern Ireland and Flatpack, Ulysses Opera Theatre, Dublin.

Eadaoin O Donoghue (Ireland)

Eadaoin O Donoghue is a Cork based actor, director and dramaturg.She graduated from l’Ecole Jacques Le Coq in 2010. She is a core member of BrokenCrow Theatre and Oikos ensemble. She was dramaturg and ensemble cast member of Made- the-world- over-Theatre devised show “le reve du papillon” which has toured France,Korea and Iran. Since returning to Ireland, she has worked with Corcadorca,  Blue Raincoat, Conflicted Theatre company as well as performing and directing with Brokencrow. Assistant directing credits include: The Strange Undoing of Prudentia Hart, Faust, Desolate Heaven, at The Everyman Palace Theatre, Cork. Directing credits are Lifedeath, and Prospect House, for SHOW festival at Triskel Arts Centre, Cork.

Rosie O'Regan (Ireland)

Rosie O'Regan is a Cork based actor with a background in Dance and Art. Her theatre credits include work produced by Corcadorca, Conflicted Theatre, The Everyman, Meridian, Cyclone and more. Her work in film won her a best actress award at the L.I.T film festival 2012. Rosie joined Broken Crow in 2014. For the first half of  this year she worked for Graffiti as an early years artist on their Beag project. She was on the board of TDC from it's beginning to April of this year, and is on the board of OBhéal (Corks weekly poetry event) since 2009. In 2012 Rosie helped form oikos, a performance group that created work influenced by body weather and butoh practices, with a strong aesthetic, existing somewhere between live instalation, theatre and dance. Rosie is also a member of Snatch Comedy Improv, with whom she performs regularly and holds a studio in Sample Studios, where she is currently working on a body of images through the collage of petals and leaves.

Gemma Paintin & James Stenhouse (UK)

Gemma Paintin and James Stenhouse live in Bristol, UK, and create performances together under the name Action Hero. For the past decade, they have worked almost exclusively with each other, have toured together to more than twenty countries across 5 continents. As Action Hero they have performed everywhere from an old cinema in Bangkok to Shanghai Grand Theatre to a Satan’s Riders Motorcycle club house in Tasmania and a blues bar in Texas on the same stage as James Brown.

Their ongoing interests lie in the iconography of popular culture and its use; both as a weapon and as a shared cultural memory, and although their work manifests many different forms, the live experience is at the heart of everything they do.

Gemma & James have been shortlisted for several awards and won an Austin (Texas) Critic’s Table Award in 2013. In 2015 their first book was published by Oberon.

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