New Writing

Facilitator of Artists' Development Programmes

 

I have a range of workshops for writers just starting out as well as specialised workshops for more experienced writers. 

I create bespoke programmes in the craft and process of writing for the stage,  in which participants develop a script through several drafts over time. This can also include script development workshops with actors as there is no better way to get to a final draft.  

I ran the FIREWORKS young writers programme for 10 years at Tinderbox and facilitated PRIME 2017 for the Irish Theatre Institute, a script writing programme for actors. 

In 2018 I will be one of the resident dramaturgs at the Great Plains Theatre Conference in a new play development conference in Nebraska, Omaha, US. 


Dramaturgy

My real passion is to explore the processes of thinking and working dramaturgially in different types of projects with students, theatre makers and educators. 

I do this by runnings specialised dramaturgy workshops: dramaturgy for directors and producers, interdisciplinary approaches, form and structure, production dramaturgy.  

At Tinderbox I ran the STATE OF THE ARTS dramaturgy workshop for theatre makers which covered topics such as Physical Storytelling, Queer Dramaturgy, Polyvocality and Dramaturgy decisions in Devising. 

I have lectured in dramaturgy at Goldsmiths, Queen, Ulster and Birkbeck Universities and University College Dublin.  

I have provided dramaturgy sessions for Playwright Studio Scotland and Royal Scottish Academy, University College Dublin and the Youth Theatre Association Scotland. 


Artists' Development

For the last 10 years I have facilitate the SPACE programme for the Performance Corporation, Ireland. The residency is an intensive exploration of process, collaboration and of generating new work, ideas and contacts for the future involving a diverse international multi-disciplinary team of artists. It  takes place biennially in Ireland. 

At Tinderbox I devised Writers Labs focussing on the writer in collaborations with other art forms such as choreography, video and digital, sonic arts. We explored approaches for writers in devising and the challenges of translation.