MARTIN MAGUIRE – ACTOR
Played Dmitri Gurov in “The Yalta Game”, Eugene Onegin in “Onegin”, Dan in “Closer”
Recent work includes; “Almost a fantasy” by Caroline Lynch for Mephisto Theatre Company, “Chasing Butterflies” by Siobhan Donnellan for Bluepatch productions for which Martin won Best actor at the Cork Arts Theatre Writers Week. “The Honey Spike” again for Mephisto. He played the role of Eugene Onegin in an adaptation of the Russian classic “Onegin” by Sarah O’Toole as part of the Galway Theatre Festival he also played Dmitri Gurov in Anam Theatres’ production of Brian Friel’s “The Yalta Game” also at the Galway Theatre Festival. Previous appearances on stage here in Galway in Druid’s production of “The Bower Wall” as part of their debut series and with Galway Youth Theatre in “Smelling A Rat” for the Arts Festival. He worked for Down To Earth, a theatre in Education Company and also appeared in more than 100 episodes of “The Morbegs” for RTE as “Finn” and has featured in various short films and TV productions. Martin is a native of Mayo and currently lives in Galway.
MUIREANN BIRD – ACTOR
Played Olga in “Onegin”
Muireann, originally from Tara, Co.Meath began her acting career with a leading role in the BBC series Rough Diamond, film and television work since then has included Eamon, Jack Taylor, Downpour and A Nightingale Falling.
She studied English and French in NUI Galway and was a member of Dramsoc throughout. Productions included Boise, Deirdre of Sorrows and Mucella. She was also part of Little Maggots’ theatre company’s production of To the Back of Beyond.
In 2010 she played Olga in Anam Theatre’s production of Onegin as part of the Galway Theatre Festival.
Muireann moved to London in 2012 to study acting at Arts Educational Schools. Her first role upon graduating was Bridget in Brian Friel’s Translations, directed by Adrian Dunbar and touring number 1 Uk and Irish venues. She currently divides her time between London and Dublin and continues to work in Theatre, Film and Television.
GRACE KIELY – ACTOR
Played Anna in “Closer”
Grace is a Waterford-born actor and musician. She studied theatre under the direction of Belinda Wild in Kinsale before getting an Arts degree (Irish and English) from University College Cork, a place where she performed in many productions, in both English and Irish, throughout her three years of study. In 2006 she moved to Galway to do a higher diploma in Media through Irish at NUIG and has been involved in drama and music, for stage and television, since then. She has worked on TG4 programmes including Aifric, Scéal, Rásaí na Gaillimhe, Ros na Rún and Fionnuala – Puipéad Beag ar Thuras Mór. Theatre companies she has worked with include Moonfish Theatre Company (Bonny & Read, The Secret Garden and Tromluí Phinocchio/Pinocchio – A Nightmare), Fíbín Teo. (Sétanta, An Triail agus Cearrbhach Mac Cába), Branar Téatar do Pháistí (Clann Lir) and Mephisto Theatre Company (The Mai, for which she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination from The Irish Times Theatre Awards this year).
RÓISÍN EYRES – ACTOR
Played Alice in “Closer”
Róisín is a Kildare native, living and studying in Galway. She is a first year Arts with Theatre and Performance student in NUI Galway.
She has acted in four University Dramsoc productions; “The Laramie Project”, “Seduced”, “Macbeth” and most recently, the Dramsoc Centenary play “Twelfth Night”.
“Closer” was her stage debut with Anam theatre.
CORMAC CULKEEN – ACTOR
Played Larry in “Closer”
Cormac is a Dunmore native living and working in Galway. He has attended beginning and specialised drama classes with Galway Actors Workshop and has taken part in their showcase events at the Town Hall Theatre Studio. As well as acting, Cormac enjoys writing and was shortlisted for the Cúirt Literary Festival’s new writing prize and was a featured reader at Over the Edge.
“Closer” was his stage debut with Anam Theatre.
MATT BURKE – LIGHTING DESIGN FOR CLOSER
Matt Burke is a Lighting Designer for theatre and dance. He has designed shows for Anam, An Taibhdhearc, Moonfish, 50% Male, Mephisto, Fregoli, Sideshow, Thereisbear, NUIG Dramsoc, Truman Town, Bohermore Youth, and more.
He also shoots still and video photography and is half of The Vague Rants”
SINEAD COUGHLAN – COSTUME DESIGN FOR CLOSER
Sinead Coughlan is a graduate of Limerick school of art and design where she completed a degree in Fashion design. She has worked around the world in London and New York with some of the world’s top designers. She found her niche in Styling where she went on to work with many artist and models styling photo shoots for some of the world’s most cutting edge fashion publications. She has also styled and creating costumes for music videos and advertising.
After cutting her teeth in London and New York Sinead returned home to set up her own clothing store ‘Public Romance’ in Galway, which she still runs today. Selling a mix of new and vintage clothing and a selection of her own up-cycled customised designs. Sinead still works as a stylist on a part time basis for photo shoots, television and theatre.
JUSTIN MARTIN – DIRECTOR
Directed “Low Level Panic” for Galway Theatre Festival 2013
Recently, Justin worked on the World Premiere of Peter Morgan’s THE AUDIENCE in The West End, starring Helen Mirren and Edward Fox, having been invited by Stephen Daldry (THE HOURS, THE READER) to be his Associate Director. He is also currently assisting John Tiffany (BLACK WATCH, ONCE) and Steven Hoggett (FRANTIC ASSEMBLY, PETER AND THE STAR CATCHER) on the National Theatre of Scotland’s production of John Lindqvist’s cult novel and film, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN adapted by dual BAFTA winner Jack Thorne.
From 2009 – 2012 Justin was appointed by Working Title Films, to be the Associate Director of the multi-award winning BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL on Broadway and was instrumental in the creation and supervision of three National Tours. Justin originally worked as the resident director of BILLY in Australia (2007 – 2009) having been championed for the role by Sydney Theatre Company’s casting director Serena Hill.
His directing credits include FIFTY TWO (The Leicester Square Theatre, West End); Harold Pinter’s, THE DUMB WAITER (Melbourne Fringe); the critically acclaimed FAR AWAY (fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne); Arnold Wesker’s THE KITCHEN (The Helen MacPherson Theatre, Ballarat), BILLIE (The Studio, SOH and La Mama); SKIN TIGHT (fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne); SCENES OF A MASSACRE (Camden Peoples Theatre) and THE GOOSE TRILOGY (Theatro Technis).
Justin has worked with a number of high profile directors throughout the world including, Stephen Daldry, Julian Webber, John Tiffany, Steven Hoggett, John Doyle, Peter Evans, Benedict Andrews, Lindy Davies, John Bell, Kate Gaul and Denise Roberts and has been involved with some of Australia’s leading theatre companies, including, The Sydney Theatre Company, Company B, Belvoir, Bell Shakespeare and The Ensemble Theatre. He was the inaugural recipient of the Roger Leach Memorial Award for Theatre in 2005.
Justin is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts Graduate Directors Program. He has a BA in Communications (Theatre/Media) from Charles Sturt University. He has studied intensives on: Chekhov, Meyerhold and Stanislavski in Moscow at GITIS (Meyerhold’s School), Theatre of the East in Bali at ISI and movement at the Dell’arte International School in Blue Lake, California. He is currently completing an MFA in Theatre Directing from East 15 (originally Middlesex University) in London.
EIMEAR KILMARTIN – ACTOR
Played various roles in Literary Restaurant and Terrifying Theatrical Tapas.
Currently playing Jo in “Low Level Panic”
Eimear is from Galway and after graduating from NUIG with an MA in Drama and Theatre studies Eimear moved to New York where she trained at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Since then she has performed in shows in New York, Galway and Dublin including Fast and Loose Theatre Company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Latinsphere Theatre Company’s production of Face to Face with the Enemy and most recently Wolf Meets World production of A Fig For A Kiss. Eimear has also appeared in various short films and Series 3 of TG4’s Idir Mna. Eimear has worked with previously Anam on their Theatrical Tapas project but is delighted to be playing the part of JO on her first full length play with them and is enjoying every moment of the process.
AOIFE MARTYN – ACTOR
Currently playing Celia in “Low Level Panic”
Aoife is from Mayo and is a qualified nurse working in University Hospital Galway. She has been passionate about acting and drama from a young age and hopes to eventually pursue it in the future. While studying at NUIG she took part in musicals with the Galway University Musical Society. In recent months Aoife has taken acting classes with Galway Actors Workshop and played Desdemona from “Othello” and Alison in “Look Back in Anger” in the Scene Study Showcase Performance as part of Fringe Festival. This was followed by ‘The Adventures of Shay Mouse’ directed by Andrew Flynn, as part of the Galway Arts Festival.
Aoife is thoroughly enjoying rehearsing the role of Celia in “Low Level Panic” and also is very happy to have the chance to work with amazing actors, Justin the director and a brilliant production team!
EOIN BARTON – ACTOR
Currently playing Mark in “Low Level Panic”
Eoin is a 31 year old Ballinasloe native who began acting 5 years ago having only dabbled in school theatre before this. It has become a passionate hobby of his and he hopes one day to turn this hobby into something more. He has worked in film and tv but this is his first dip into the world of theatre. He was a student of Galway Actors Workshop earlier in 2013 and hopes to bring what he learnt there to life in “Low Level Panic”
JERRY FITZGERALD – ACTOR
Jerry is a Galway-based Kerry actor. He is a recent graduate of NUIG’s MA in Drama and Theatre studies. His previous work includes: Glengarry Glen Ross (ITT Drama), The Importance of Being Earnest, Big Maggie (The Group Theatre), The Honey Spike (Mephisto), Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (True West), Fight Club (NUIG) and The Heroism Hotline (Galway Actors Workshop). Film work includes: Coming Out (Burnt Ice Pictures), The Thorne and the Rose (Pembroke Productions), Issues (Florence Films) and Am an Ghatair (TG4). This is his first appearance with Anam Theatre.
JILL MURRAY – PRODUCTION MANAGER AND PR
Jill is a graduate of GMIT and NUIG, holding a Higher Diploma in Film an dTV and a BA in English and History. She has worked with many of Galway’s arts organisations, including The Galway Film Fleadh, Macnas, The Town Hall Theatre, the Galway Arts Festival, Decadent Theatre and The Galway Arts Centre. This is Jill’s first time working with Anam Theatre.
CLAIRE HEALY – MUSICAL DIRECTOR, ORIGINAL SONG COMPOSITION AND COSTUME FOR LOW LEVEL PANIC
Claire graduated from Music Theatre at the Ballarat Arts Academy in 2008. Since then she has appeared in Ozact’s ‘King Lear,’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ as well as ‘Give My Regards to Broady’ at Theatreworks. Claire has composed and performed music for ‘Life Around the Coffee Table’ (Controlled Chaos) and ‘Playing with Words and Fire’ (Wooden Leg). She has been assistant director for ‘Far Away’ (SaySix/Lil’ Artistes) and has worked as Music Coach for ‘The Aliens’ at Red Stitch Actor’s Theatre. Since moving to the UK, Claire has toured extensively with Frantic Theatre Co. in their unique one-man variety shows. She has written and performed her original cabaret ‘Flamboyant… Like a Flame, But Buoyant’ at the Butterfly Club in Melbourne and most recently at the Edinburgh Fringe
PETER SHINE – SET DESIGN ON CLOSER AND LOW LEVEL PANIC
Peter has completed a BA Connect in Theatre and Performance and is now persuing a career in theatre. Over the last few years, he has been involved in many theatre productions ranging from community theatre projects to semi-professional productions. Peter has written, acted in and directed several plays with an amateur theatre group in his home town of Athlone (The Dean Crowe Players) – of which he is a founding member.
Peter was the set designer and builder for NUIG’s production of Seduced, which was nominated to perform at the ISDA festival in Cork (2013) and had several award nominations in various catagories. He is also designing sets for shows in the Galway Arts Festival in July of 2013.
Closer was Peter’s first show to be involved with outside of his University drama and amateur drama groups.
SUSAN COLLINS – LIGHTING DESIGN ON LOW LEVEL PANIC
Susan recently arrived in the world of stage lighting as the result of a happy electrical accident. Once through the looking-glass, she found theatre tech to be a very welcoming place where you can combine nifty electrical tinkering with the ability to colour-in stories with dramatic beams of light. It’s like working with a giant paintbrush.
In recent times, she has lit an assortment of productions for NUIG Dramsoc, as well as shows for Muscailt, the Arts Festival, the Dublin Fringe Festival, Glowpunk, ThereisBear! and Jackdaw Theatre. Her lighting design work on ‘Seduced’ received one of NUIG Dramsoc’s two nominations for Best Lighting at this year’s Irish Student Drama Association awards. In her spare moments, Susan is completing a PhD in Astrophysics at NUIG.
AMANDA GAREIS – STAGE MANAGER AND ACTOR
Was Stage Manager on “Onegin”, “Closer” and ASM on “Low Level Panic”
Amanda is one of Anam’s founding members and has kept herself busy on both sides of the curtain, on both sides of the Atlantic, for about a decade and a half. Whether acting, helping out with stage management, costumes, writing, or general bits and bobs, she makes a habit of sticking her nose in wherever it’s wanted. In recent years, she’s been involved in some capacity with Galway Youth Theatre and Anam, Dodo, and Decadent theatre companies. Back Stateside she worked with the Ridgefield Theater Barn, Mystic Theatre, the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, and many others. This is her fourth production with Anam.
CLAUDIA O’SULLIVAN – CHOREOGRAPHER FOR CLOSER AND LOW LEVEL PANIC
Claudia has recently received a Judges Discretionary Award at the Irish Student Drama Association Awards in Cork for her devised piece Never Trust A Smile that told the story of a young girl with depression told completely through the medium of dance and music. This was Claudia’s second devised dance piece, her first one Rewind took part in last year’s Galway Fringe Festival and was the highest grossing show of the Fringe. She hopes to put on another piece in the Galway Fringe this year called One Last Drop. Claudia works in a stage school in Athlone, Ballinasloe and Roscommon as a class assistant/choreographer and is the choreographer for the annual Dean Crowe Theatre Pantomime in Athlone.