SARAH OTOOLE – ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Directed “The Yalta Game” “Onegin” “Closer”
Played Tatyana in “Onegin” and Mary in “Low Level Panic”
Sarah O’Toole is a former member of Galway Youth Theatre and a graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting. She made her directorial debut in 1998 in Galway with a production of “Dangerous Liaisons”. She then adapted Ruth Eisenberg’s poem “Jocasta” for the GYT one-act festival. She worked in Dublin as an actor, playing parts in the Gate’s production of “Pride and Prejudice”, The Machine’s “Mysteries 2000” as well as appearing in the films “Disco Pigs” and “Fair City”.
She then went on to train as a director on Middlesex University’s International MA in Theatre Directing course where she specialised in Shakespeare, Comedy, Michael Chekhov and Balinese Theatre. As part of her studies she spent time training at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts in Moscow and ISI in Denpasar, Bali.
She then moved to Glasgow where she directed “The Talented Mr Ripley” and played several major parts including Jane Eyre and Anna Karenina, as well as setting up her own theatre company and Improv Troupe, Razed Curtain.
She is now back in Galway, teaching beginner and specialised drama classes for adults with Galway Actors Workshop and lectures in drama and playwrighting at NUI. For Anam, she has directed “The Yalta Game” by Brian Friel and her own adaptation of “Eugene Onegin”, as well as the highly entertaining interactive Literary Restaurant for Cúirt Poetry Festival. She recently played Isabella in Theatrecorp’s production of “Measure for Measure” at the Black Box in Galway and Mary in Anam’s “Low Level Panic”
ELAINE MEARS – DESIGN