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MAKE is an artist development programme and residency initiative of Cork Midsummer Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Project Arts Centre and Theatre Forum. It is open to Irish and international artists for the purpose of generating new performance work outside of the traditional writer-led model at all career levels.

The 11th MAKE residency will run from Saturday 2 November to Sunday 10 November.


Ron Athey, Kim Bowers AKA Busty Beatz, Lisa Fa’alafi and Gundega Laivina.


Working individually: Jane Deasy, Barry Fitzgerald, Gráinne Hallahan, Alan Howley, Anthony Keigher, Fiona McGeown, Eadaoin O Donoghue, Áine O’Hara, James Riordan, Anna Sheils-McNamee, Róisín Stack, Nicholas Tee, Cathy Walsh
Working jointly: John King, Jennifer O’Malley.

MAKE 2019 Group

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    Jane Deasy

    Jane Deasy is a composer working at the intersection of theatre, installation and sound art.

    Her work combines minimalist techniques with musique-concrete and spectralism. Her

    music-theatre piece KAPERLAK for percussion, strings, electronics and performer premiered

    at Dublin Fringe Festival 2016.

    She is a recent graduate of the Glasgow School of Art where she studied Sound. In 2017 she

    received the Next Generation Bursary from the Arts Council for music and was selected to

    take part in Pan Pan Theatre’s International Mentorship Programme with Anna-Sophie


    Most recently Jane performed in The Patient Gloria by Gina Moxley at the Traverse Theatre

    (Winner of The Scotsman Fringe First Award and Herald Angel award) and designed sound

    for Dublin Theatre Festival and Lyric Theatre’s Playboy of the Western World.

    Notes from the Bath – a spatialized sound installation – will be presented at the Irish Sound

    Science and Technology Symposium at the Cork School of Music this November.

    She is currently Artist in Residence at Dublin City Council’s Albert Cottages.

  • Barry Fitzgerald 2019 (photo Credit Max Zadeh)

    Barry Fitzgerald

    Barry Fitzgerald is a queer, Irish performer and theatre-maker originally from Tullow in Co. Carlow but now living in London.

    Barry’s practice is concerned with the intersections of his identity. Playing with form and connecting with communities is at its heart – striving to make high quality, experimental work that is aesthetically rich, accessible, thought-provoking and fun.

    Barry is an associate artist with Outbox Theatre, a company of LGBTQ+ artists who ‘make theatre queerly’. With Outbox, Barry has devised and performed in productions at the Arcola Theatre, Birmingham Rep, Contact Theatre, Hackney Showroom, Shoreditch Town Hall and Outbox’s latest show, And The Rest Of Me Floats (Bush Theatre 2019).


    As a freelance theatre-maker and performer Barry has worked with the Almeida Theatre, Arcola Theatre, Complicité, Barbican, Gendered Intelligence, Punchdrunk, Royal Court and Unicorn Theatre.

    A New Order is Barry’s first solo show.


  • Grainne Hallahan

    Grainne Hallahan

    Gráinne is a socially engaged theatre- maker from Dublin. She likes creating collaboratively with contemporary performance strategies and is particularly interested in the universal themes of identity, given roles and representations.In 2019 with Create’s Artist in the Community (AIC) award she’s developing a new multimedia theatre work, Transitions with immigrant communities in her area of North Dublin. In 2018 with the AIC award she began the Irish Aphasia Theatre Co, which is an ongoing project.

    Her devising/writing/directing includes Roots (One act- Smock Alley 2017) Lil Lily and Elizabeth (Five Lamps 2016) and Mind The Gap (Beckett Theatre) and assistant directed for Gavin Quinn’s Cascando by Samuel Beckett (PanPan). As an actor among other shows she’s performed in Locker Room Talk (Peacock Theatre), Dick Walsh’s George Bush & Children (Dublin Fringe Festival), Newcastlewest (PanPan, Dublin Theatre festival) and in Project 50’s Mainstream- (Fishamble Theatre Co).

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    Alan Howley

    Alan is a performer and theatre maker based in Dublin. He began acting with Dublin Youth Theatre, subsequently studying Performance at Dartington College of Arts, Devon.

    He has performed both nationally and internationally including shows in Dublin Theatre Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, as well as festivals in France, Germany, Denmark, Holland, Finland, Sweden, Belgium and Malaysia.

    Alan’s solo performance works box, bruise, show off and looking have been shown in the ICA, London, the CCA, Glasgow, and the Expo festival, Nottingham.

    Alan is co-director of performance group Breach & Quinn. Their show SCORE played Project Arts Centre (Tiger Dublin Fringe), and venues around Ireland, as well as Theaterszene Europa Festival, Cologne and George Town Festival, Malaysia.

    Their short performance pieces manifesto, captive, umbrage, and An Act of Violence have been shown at Project Arts Centre and Smock Alley.

  • Anthony Keigher

    Anthony Keigher

    Anthony Keigher is an award winning artist making forward facing queer work within theatre and cabaret. He is a graduate of London’s Goldsmiths University (MA Performance Making) and National College of Art and Design (Fine Art Paint & History of Art).

    Keigher explores pop culture, social phenomena and community life to multi-platform performance that reflects modern society. The work is thoughtful, often hilarious and always entertaining unfolding on stage, online and in the club.

    Keigher’s practice is unique in terms of the level of collaboration in the work, working with a myriad of producers, performers, designers, musicians and academics. The aim is to create ambitious, hybrid product which merges different viewpoints, skills and formats. The work is universal through its specificity taking a look at long held cultural traditions and modern societal norms and taking these apart.


    Most recently Keigher premiered ​CONFIRMATION​ at Dublin Fringe Festival. CONFIRMATION was made as a result of direct community work and autobiographical writing and music. This project continues to tour internationally including visiting Edinburgh Fringe in 2019.


    In 2017 Keigher was awarded LGBT+ Entertainer of the Year and most recently the coveted Arts Council Ireland Theatre Bursary.

  • John King

    John King

    John is a director and playwright, newly based in Dublin after seven years working and studying in the UK and US. Most recently, he was based in Washington, D.C., where he was a resident assistant director on Studio Theatre’s 2018-19 season.

    Directing credits include Summertime (Abbey Young Curators’ Festival and Drogheda Arts Festival, 2019; Dublin Fringe Festival, 2018), The Overcoat (Omnibus Theatre and OSO Barnes, 2018 and 2017), Pippin (Edinburgh Fringe and ADC Theatre, 2015), and an ongoing collaboration with London-based performance artist Joseph Morgan Schofield, on work that has been seen at Camden People’s Theatre, Fierce Festival, Birmingham, and ]performance space[, Folkestone.

    John is an alumnus of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Group. His plays include Somewhere in the future dark, a short play developed with Solas Nua in 2019, and ERIS, which ran for three weeks at the Bunker Theatre in 2018 and is published by Methuen Drama.

    He holds an MA from RADA/Birkbeck, and is a graduate of Cambridge University.


  • Fiona Mcgeown

    Fiona McGeown

    Fiona McGeown is originally from Armagh and now lives between Cork and Dublin. She trained at the Gaiety School of Acting, L’Ecole de Mime Corporeal Dramatique, London and with Anne Bogart’s SITI company, New York. Fiona is Artistic Director at Painted Bird.

    Previous/Ongoing theatre work includes HOME Theatre Project at An Draiocht for DTF,  Death of A Naturalist, (Painted Bird) at Seamus Heaney Homeplace in Derry, Toilers – Her Lost Play (Painted Bird) at Cork Midsummer Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival (Painted Bird), The Cat and The Moon and The Only Jealousy of Emer (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company), At The Hawks Well (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company), Love Girl Love (Quarter Block Party), Playboy of the Western World (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company), Between Trees and Water (Painted Bird), Losha (Monkeyshine), The Bear (Painted Bird), Rhinoceros (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company), At Swim Two Birds (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company),  The Third Policeman (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company), The Strange Voyage of Donald Crowhurst (Blue Raincoat Theatre Company) Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through The Looking Glass (Abbey Theatre/Blue Raincoat Peacock partners) and Translations for The Abbey Theatre.

    Fiona was awarded the Fishamble Best New Writing Award for Between Trees and Water at Dublin Fringe.

  • Edaoin O Donoghue

    Éadaoin O Donoghue

    Éadaoin O Donoghue is an actor, writer and librettist based in Cork City.

    She has a diploma from Jacques LeCoq Theatre School, Paris.

    Éadaoin has worked with companies including Corcadorca, Blue Raincoat, BrokenCrow, Conflicted Theatre, Graffiti and The Everyman. As a dramaturg and performer of “Le Rêve du Papillion”, she travelled to Paris, Avignon Festival and a national tour of Korea.

    As a librettist, credits include: the opera “The Nightingale and the Rose”, based on the Oscar Wilde short story, which toured nationally in 2018; the song cycle “Lilith”, commissioned by the Cork Midsummer Festival and performed by singer Karen Underwood in 2019.

    Her newest opera, “Deirdre and the Sons of Usna” will have a concert performance premiere in January 2020 in partnership with The Everyman.

    She is currently Corcadorca Artist-in-Residence at TDC where she is experimenting with her own playwriting practice.

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    Áine O'Hara

    Áine O’Hara is a multidisciplinary artist, theatre maker and designer. Áine is a graduate of IADT, Dun Laoghaire and The Lir, Trinity College Dublin.  Áine has presented work at Dublin Fringe Festival, Dublin Live Art Festival, Live Collision International Festival, Smock Allies: Scene and Heard, Westival: Westport Music and Arts Festival and Theatre Machine at Project Arts Centre.

    Áine was part of the Abbey Begins New Writing programme in 2019.

    Recent Awards include: Outburst Queer Fringe Award 2019, Oileán Artist in Residence 2019, DUETS programme Dublin Fringe Festival 2019, Ps2 residency Belfast 2019, World of Co Residency, Sofia, Bulgaria 2019 and DIVA Award Electric Picnic 2017.

  • Jennifer O Malley

    Jennifer O'Malley

    Jennifer is a composer and sound designer who is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. She has worked as a session cellist performing with acts both live and in studio, and currently scores music and sound for film and theatre as well as performing live electronics with Glasshouse.

    She primarily composes electronic and orchestral music, often blending the two using her cello (among other acoustic instruments) and synthesisers. Her sound design explores moving from organic to non-diegetic sound worlds. Some of her theatre credits include Summertime (Dublin Fringe, 2018, Drogheda Arts Festival, 2019, Abbey Young Curators Festival, 2019 – sound designer & composer), Iphigenia In Splott (Smock Alley Theatre, 2018 – sound designer & composer), Citysong (Abbey Theatre, Soho Theatre, 2019 – associate sound designer), We Can’t Have Monkeys In The House (Peacock Theatre, 2019), Sauce (Bewley’s Café Theatre, 2019), Beckett’s Room (The Gate, 2019 – assistant sound designer).


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    James Riordan

    James Riordan is from Galway and trained at LISPA (London) and the APT (Berlin). He works as a theatre maker and deviser interested in movement, mask theatre and live music. Form and rhythm drive his work. He was a core member of The LipSinkers (London) from many years before returning to Ireland and founding Brú Theatre as Artistic Director with producer Jill Murray in 2018. Since then Brú have produced three shows, toured nationally and in 2020 will premier two new pieces and tour internationally. Brú Theatre work bilingually, collaborate widely and have made site specific and theatre based work both scripted and silent.

    He is currently on Creative Europe’s Make a Move program, a performance director with Macnas and a Business to Arts artist in resident. He also works freelance as a performer and director and is a member of Theatre 57 and Garraí na Ghiorria.

  • Anna Sheils Mcnamee

    Anna Sheils McNamee

    Anna is an actor and writer living in Dublin.  Recently she was awarded the Arts Council Theatre Project Award 2017 to develop a new script; My Dad’s Blind.  For the same project she was awarded the Arts Council Theatre Project Award- Presentation in 2018 and then Arts Council Award for Touring in 2019.  The tour started in The Abbey (Peacock) as part of The Young Curators Festival.  My Dad’s Blind was nominated for 3 Fringe awards, it won Best Production.  As an actor Anna has worked in TV, Film and theatre. Some companies include Bruiser, Second Age, The Gate Theatre and Pan Pan.  Anna received a scholarship from The Arvon Foundation in England to study playwriting in 2014.  She trained at The Gaiety School of Acting and with Echo Echo Dance Theatre Co.


  • Roisin Stack

    Róisín Stack

    Róisín is a theatre maker and arts manager based in Galway. She creates work by experimenting with text and formand is interested in unconventional, irreverent and unpredictable performance. She has performed at MelbourneFringe, Edinburgh Fringe and Barbican Bite, and directed work at An Taibhdhearc, the Mick Lally Theatre and TownHall Theatre. In recent years her focus has shifted to developing her own process and aesthetic as a director oforiginal work.

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    Nicholas Tee

    Nicholas Tee is a live artist and curator from Singapore based in London who collages action, image, body, sound and material through body-based performance, pain and endurance; his work is often politically charged, angry, messy and unintelligible. His work has been presented internationally at venues such as Haus der Kunst (Germany), Esplanade Theatre (Singapore), Manchester Art Gallery (UK) and Point Centre for Contemporary Art (Cyprus).

    Nicholas also curates Diaspora Disco – a performance club night that platforms East and Southeast Asian artists; his current research is in curatorial activism and the social practice of nightlife. He holds a BA in Performance Arts from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and an MA in Live Art from Queen Mary University of London –


  • Cathy Walsh

    Cathy Walsh

    Cathy Walsh is a choreographer, performer, and lighting technician from Ireland. She has a BA in Theater Studies from University College Cork and a Masters in Contempo-rary Dance from the University of Limerick.

    She is interested in the beauties and difficulties of improvisation, and the potential for intimacy in collaborating with an audience. She is fascinated by interaction, mis/un-derstanding, linguistics, touch and physics.

    Her work includes Lucky You (2018); The Power of Frau with Maria Svensson (2018); Running Up That Hill (2016); Time Piece (2016); Meadow, Meadow, Meadow, with Piri-nen, Saivosalmi, Hindi & Donovan (2015); Silence is Silver, with Louise Trueheart (2014). She has also had the pleasure of working with others such as Tino Sehgal, Mi-guel Gutierrez, Mary Pearson, Ruairí Donovan, Laura Murphy, Julie Kelleher, ANU Pro-ductions, and Anna Newell.