MAKE is an initiative of Cork Midsummer FestivalDublin Fringe FestivalProject Arts Centre and Theatre Forum for the purpose of generating new performance work. MAKE 2017 takes place from 25 February to 5 March.  

2017 MAKE Mentors:  Francisco Frazão, Mariano Pensotti, and Maiko Yamamoto.

The 16 participants are: 

Working individually:
Emma-Cecilia Ajanki, Ira Brand, Tracy Martin, John Morton, Caitríona Ní Mhurchú  

Working in groups:
Caroline Campbell, Philip Stewart
Brogan Davison, Petur Armannsson
Breffni Holahan, Claire O'Reilly
Liv O'Donoghue, Gina Moxley, John McIlduff
Hanan Sheedy, Conor Clancy 


Francisco Frazão (Portugal)

Francisco Frazão is since 2004 the theatre programmer at Culturgest, an arts centre in Lisbon. During his tenure, Culturgest has co-produced shows by The TEAM, Sylvain Creuzevault, Tim Crouch and Gerardo Naumann, as well as local theatre-makers like Tiago Rodrigues, Cão Solteiro, Teatro Praga, Mala Voadora and Mónica Calle; it has presented plays by Jenny Schwartz, Chris Thorpe, Miguel Castro Caldas and Jacinto Lucas Pires, as well as work by Elevator Repair Service, Forced Entertainment, Angélica Liddell, Lola Arias, Philippe Quesne, Deborah Pearson, tg STAN and Richard Maxwell, among others.

Francisco graduated in Modern Languages and Literatures (Portuguese and English) from the University of Lisbon. He has collaborated with theatre company Artistas Unidos as translator, magazine editor and dramaturg. He has translated works by Beckett, Pinter, Howard Barker, Tim Crouch, Abi Morgan, Katori Hall, Chris Thorpe, Ant Hampton and Tim Etchells. He has written and taught classes and seminars on theatre, film and literature. 

Mariano Pensotti (Argentina)

Mariano Pensotti (Buenos Aires 1973) is an argentine author and theater director based in Buenos Aires. He studied cinema, visual arts and theater in Argentina, Spain and Italy. 

In theater as an author and director he created more than fifteen pieces in the past ten years. Among his latest creations are Arde brillante en los bosques de la noche (2017) premiered at HAU Theater in Berlin, Cuando vuelva a casa voy a ser otro (When I get back home I’ll be another one) (2015) premiered at Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Cineastas (Filmmakers) (2013) premiered at Kunstenfestivaldesarts, El Pasado es un animal grotesco (The past is a grotesque animal) (2010) premiered at Complejo Teatral de Buenos Aires and Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Sometimes I think I can see you (2010/2014) premiered in Berlin at HAU Theater. Encyclopaedia of unlived lives (2010) premiered at Schauspielhaus Graz (Austria) and Steirischer Herbst Festival and La Marea (2005/2013) premiered at the Buenos Aires International Festival.

His pieces where presented in the main International Festivals, including Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, Festival d’Avignon, Under the Radar in New York, Festival d’Automne Paris, Zürcher Theater Spektakle, PuSh Festival Vancouver, Santiago a Mil, Temporada Alta Girona, HAU in Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg, Yokohama Festival and Wiener Festwochen.

He formed the Grupo Marea together with set designer Mariana Tirantte and musician Diego Vainer. For his work he received several awards worldwide. His texts has been published and translated to more than twenty languages. In his work he developed two different lines, one composed by stage performances where he write his own texts and the play is strongly based in the work with the actors, and in paralell he produced several site specific performances and installations where the main intention is to create a particular contrast between fiction and reality in public places.

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. 


Emma-Cecilia Ajanki (Sweden)

I’m a dancer and choreographer from Sweden, I just moved to Dublin after 10 years in Denmark. Since 2007 I've mainly created work under the name The Mob. Together with my colleague Julia Giertz we have created black box pieces, site-specific work, concerts and installations. Our work centered around concepts dealing with feminism and the problems of patriarchy through an emphasis on music, playfulness and presence and communication with the audience.

Outside of The Mob I have collaborated with different choreographers/directors such as: Bojan Jablanovez/Via Negativa (Slovenia), Kitt Johnson (Denmark), Jeremy Nelson (NZ/US), Two-Women-Machine-Show&Jonathan Bonnici (Denmark/UK), Sara Gebran (Denmark/Venezuela) and Miriam Horwitz (Germany). As a dramaturge with Sorcha Kenny (Ireland) and My Grönholdt/MYKA (Sweden/Denmark).

Ira Brand (Germany)

Ira is a London-based artist, performance-maker and writer, originally from Germany. She works across theatre and live art, creating live performances that are rooted in a fascination with what it means and feels like to be human. Her work usually incorporates text, video, research processes, the use of found material, and an exploration of dance and movement through ‘untrained’ bodies. Her shows are visceral, funny and tender attempts to explore vast contemporary topics in a way that celebrates both personal and collective experience.

She has shown her work throughout the UK and internationally, including at Shoreditch Town Hall, The Yard, Cambridge Junction, Glasgow Buzzcut, SPILL Festival National Platform, Kanagawa Arts Theatre Japan, Abrons Arts Centre New York, Madrid Fringe Festival, and Hessisches Landestheater Marburg.

Ira is also one of the co-directors of Forest Fringe, with whom she has delivered projects as an artist and producer in Edinburgh, London, Hong Kong, New York, Dublin, Lisbon and Kanazawa, Japan.

Caroline Campbell (Ireland)

Caroline Campbell is a visual artist, writer and filmmaker. Her short films have screened at international film festivals such as Edinburgh International Film Festival, Sheffield doc fest, Indie Cork, Cork Film Festival, Dublin International Film Festival and Dok Liebzig. Caroline also works in the visual art practice Loitering Theatre Loitering Theatre work across video, text, performance and site-specific sculptural installation. Their work engages with the hidden structures of networked capitalism and the abstractions of the worldwide military industrial complex.  Loitering Theatre use varied techniques to decode and oppose current systems of consensus reality  – recent projects have mobilised the affective power of the culture industry’s expanded Hollywood blockbuster; or created radical synapses between future-present sci-fi and lost systems of ancient ritual power (See: Heston’s Folly featuring theatre maker and activist Margaretta D’Arcy'sFolly/ for Tulca Festival 2016). Loitering Theatre’s work has received mention in The New York Times, Vice Magazine and Wired and has been the subject of censorship by the Irish police.

In 2015 Caroline was selected to take part in a residency at the Delfina Foundation London on The Public Domain. In 2016 she was a recipient of an Arts Council Visual Artists Bursary and a further bursary from Fingal Arts Council towards the development of new work. In 2017 she will direct her self-penned short film Bellwether with the support of the Irish Film Board.  She is also currently working on a project on what it means to be radical - with women active in protest from the 70’s to the present day (with the support of Create/the Irish Arts Council).

Conor Clancy (Ireland)

Conor is a composer, songwriter and playwright from Waterford. He began his work as assistant musical director for the Chinese Elevator Music Ensemble, which won the 'Best Sound Design' award from the Irish Student Drama Association in 2013 for The Big Boy. Following this, he continued his compositional work, collaborating with Cork based companies such as Strive Theatre and No Kissin' Ensemble on shows such as Cassandra (2013) and The Storehouse (2015). He has recently been chosen to participate in a year long creative mentorship programme with Gare St. Lazare and he is currently working with Strive on producing his third original play Will it Fit in the Van? which was awarded a playwrighting bursary from the Waterford City and County Council. As well as this, he is working on minimal techno, deep house and electronic compositions for No Kissin' Ensembles' current immersive theatre piece SLSD


Brogan Davison and Pétur Ármannsson (Iceland)

Dance For Me are a Reykjavík based performance group lead by Brogan Davison and Pétur Ármannsson. Dance For Me work with staging the lives of real people. Since forming in 2013, Dance For Me have presented work in over 40 venues worldwide (Iceland, Germany, Norway, Denmark, the UK, Finland and Canada), making it one of the most prolific independent groups in Iceland today.Dance For Me are associate artists of Lókal Performance Festival in Reykjavík and part of the N.O.W. network, a European research and development project for performing arts, including partners Lókal Performance Festival in Reykjavík, Fabbrica Europa and Terni Festival in Italy, WP Zimmer in Antwerp, Trafo in Budapest and Extrapole in Paris.

Breffni Holahan (Ireland)

Breffni is a recent graduate of Drama & English at TCD. As a performer, she has toured extensively with Dead Centre and Brokentalkers, and frequently collaborates with other leading Irish companies such as Collapsing Horse, Rough Magic, and Anu Productions.

Breffni is a co-founder of MALAPROP which is a Dublin-based collective of emerging theatre makers. Winners of the 2015 Spirit of Fringe Award for LOVE+, their work is bold, playful, and genre-spanning. They aim to challenge, delight, and speak to the world we live in (even when imagining different ones). 

Tracy Martin (Ireland)

Tracy is Artistic Director and founding member of Red Bear Productions. She has written and directed The Wave, Wrapped (nominated for the Stewart Parker Award), Harder Faster More (nominated for the Fishamble New Playwriting Award and recorded for RTE Radio) and Coast (nominated for the Fishamble New Playwriting Award and the First Fortnight Award). She also works as a free lance director. She is interested in making theatre which looks at adult themes – addiction, pornography, dementia, sexual consent. She is interested in storytelling and plot twists and would like her audiences to never be able to predict what is going to happen next.

John McIlduff (Northern Ireland)

John is a writer, stage director and filmmaker. His work spans opera, television, film, theatre, music videos, commercials, installations and even the odd song lyric. Originally from Belfast, John studied at L’École de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He is co-artistic director of Dumbworld  and with them has written and directed the operas POSTCARDS FROM DUMBWORLD (nominated for Best Opera – Irish Times Theatre Awards), THE OLDEST WOMAN IN LIMERICK, THINGS WE THROW AWAY as well as creating NEST for the 2102 London 2012 Festival. John’s Film4 feature film BEHOLD THE LAMB premiered at the Toronto International film Festival.

John Morton (Ireland)

John is an actor, writer and theatre maker. He is a founding member of White Label in Dublin and Devious Theatre in Kilkenny. Writing for the stage includes Taboo (White Label), The Hellfire Squad (with Peter McGann), War Of Attrition, Scratcher, Smitten, Heart Shaped Vinyl (Devious Theatre) and the site specific community theatre project Bridge Street Will Be (Equinox/Asylum). Adaptations include the Irish stage premiere of Night Of The Living Dead and the PPI Award winning radio version of The War Of The Worlds. Directing credits include The Definitive View with Sneachta Ní Mhurchú (Brownbread Mixtape) which was a double nominee at Tiger Dublin Fringe 2016, The Union, Phantasm, Shifting (Devious Theatre), The Centre Of The Universe (Show In A Bag), Fishes (Bewleys Café Theatre) and The Horrors Of Economy Class (Gonzo Theatre).

Gina Moxley (Ireland)

Gina is an actor, writer and director. Recent performances include Adler and Gibb (Tim Crouch and Royal Court), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Abbey Theatre), The Seagull (Pan Pan) and LIPPY (Dead Centre). Her theatre plays include The Crumb Trail, Tea Set, Danti-Dan and Dog House. She was director and dramaturg on How to Keep an Alien, The Wheelchair on My Face and Solpadeine is My Boyfriend. Gina has also written radio plays and published short stories.  She collaborated with artist Sean Lynch on Adventure: Capital for Venice Biennale 2015 and artist Alan Phelan on Our Kind for 2016. 

Caitríona Ní Mhurchú (Ireland)

Caitríona is an an award-winning actor and writer. Recent work includes the title role in Forever Yours Mary-Lou at the Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath, directed by Laurence Boswell. She played Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh Fringe 2015 with her own show Eating Seals and Seagull’s Eggs. While there Tim Crouch asked her to take part in the 10th Anniversary Celebration of The Oak Tree at The Traverse. Other recent work includes Lippy on tour - Edinburgh, Germany, London, New York, UK, (Fringe First, Fringe Angel, Obie); Afterplay by Brian Friel for Bealtaine Festival, directed by Jason Byrne; choreographer Liz Roche’s Interloper, Dublin & National Tour; Vera in Tom & Vera, Desperate Optimists’ return to the Irish stage for Dublin Theatre Festival. She is also a regular performer on Radio Drama and has made numerous appearences on television - RTÉ, TG4, BBC, BBC NI.

Caitríona has written extensively for children’s television and her children’s books have been published by Cló Iar-Chonnachta, O’Brien Press and Cló Mhuigh Eo. She has been an Oireachtas award winner and her first book Ó Lúibíní Lú was nominated for a Glen Dimplex Award. Her first radio play Momento Mori was a PJ O Connor award-winner and broadcast on RTÉ and her second An Chanáil was shortlisted. She has adapted a number of works for the stage and her first original work, Eating Seals and Seagull’s Eggs, played Edinburgh Fringe to critical acclaim and a radio version was commissioned for broadcast by RTÉ Drama. In 2016 ITI commissoned her to do the first-ever translation of Mairéad Ní Ghráda’s Breithiúnas for public reading while her play An Agóid - a bilingual work for youth ensembles examining the impulse of protest – comissioned by NAYD/AXIS was launched at Playshare December 2016 and will be produced in 2017. She is also a Story Line writer for Fair City, RTÉ.

Caitríona is a Six-in-the-Attic alumni.

Liv O’Donoghue (Ireland)

Liv is a choreographer and performer based in Dublin. Her choreographic work has been presented in Ireland, the UK, Latvia, Norway, Austria, France and Italy. She has held residencies at the Centre Culturel Irlandais (France), TanzQuartier Wien (Austria), CSC Bassano del Grappa (Italy), Dance House Lemesos (Cyprus), as well as a year long residency at the Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo. As a performer, Liv has most recently worked with Dead Centre (Lippy, Chekhov’s First Play), Fearghus O Conchuir (The Casement Project), and has danced with Liz Roche Company since 2009.

Claire O'Reilly (Ireland)

Claire is currently the researcher & presenter of RTE’s SwipeTV, Ireland’s flagship programme for 7-12 year olds. Her theatre credits span from directing in leading Irish venues such as Smock Alley, the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Project Arts Centre, directing for the Irish Student Drama Association and Shaun Dunne, and touring internationally with Dylan Coburn Gray’s Boys & Girls. She is a recent graduate of Drama & Film at TCD.

Claire is a co-founder of MALAPROP which is a Dublin-based collective of emerging theatre makers. Winners of the 2015 Spirit of Fringe Award for LOVE+, their work is bold, playful, and genre-spanning. They aim to challenge, delight, and speak to the world we live in (even when imagining different ones). 

Hanan Sheedy (Ireland)

Hanan is a cork based theatre director, maker and lighting designer. He holds a BA in Drama & Theatre Studies and Philosophy from University Collage Cork. As a lighting designer he has worked with companies such as Brokencrow Theatre Company, Strive Theatre, Lantern Productions, Makeshift Ensemble, Be Your Own Banana, Theatre Makers and Graffiti Theatre. Most recent designs include Thomas Kent - 1916 Rebel (Lantern Productions), Salt Mountain (Graffiti) and The Bed (Theatre Makers). Hanan's work as a director is predominantly made though devising in an ensemble context. Projects such as Dr Ecstaticus and the Quest for Happiness and The Storehouse were both produced by No Kissin' Ensemble, the company with which Hanan is currently Co-Artistic Director. Other directorial credits include Cassandra (Strive Theatre). Hanan is currently working as director on No Kissin's most recent venture, SLSD, which is set to premier at the Cork Midsummer Festival 2017. 


Philip Stewart (Ireland)

Philip has written music and sound design for a broad range of mediums including theatre, sculptural and sound installations, artists’ film, dance, shorts, and documentary film making. He studied composition under Donnacha Dennehy and Roger Doyle.

Philip’s work incorporates aural elements outside the scope of traditional musical composition using facets of Foley and field recording allowing considerations of tone, rhythm and cadence to be explored in the wider context of the work. At its heart his work strives to convey a cohesive sonic aesthetic where musical and non-musical elements are intrinsically linked, blurring the boundaries of our perceptual conventions.

Recent theatre credits include The Wake by Tom Murphy (Abbey Theatre), Breaking Bad by Paul Howard (Landmark Productions), Cons ervatory by Michael West (Abbey Theatre), Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen (Abbey Theatre), Howie the Rookie by Mark O’Rowe (Landmark Productions) an d Quietly by Owen McCafferty (Abbey Theatre).

He has been nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award for his work on The Early Bird by Leo Butler (Natural Shocks) and An Enemy of The People by Henrik Ibsen (Gate Theatre).

Since 2011, Philip has collaborated with visual arts practice Loitering Theatre Recent work Truffaut’s Code recreated the tone organ of the final scene from Close Encounters of the Third Kind for a live performance of hyperstitial communication with a 3000 year old Dolmen.


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