Joanna Crawley (Derkaczew) is a dramaturg, producer and translator. Since moving to Ireland in 2012 she worked with a number of great Irish artists including: Stacey Gregg and Sophie Motley (Override), Niamh Shaw (To Space), Eccles Theatre (The Windstealers), Hugh Travers and Maeve Stone (The Big Girl), Brinkmanship Theatre (East of Berlin), Dan Bergin and Zia Holly (FUSED), Rosemary McKenna and Jane Deasy (Way to Heaven, The Eurydice Project), Christina Dwyer-Hickey (Snow Angels), Deirdre Kinahan, Amy Conroy, Simon O’Connor, Gavin Quinn, Tom Murphy (various translations and representation in Poland).
Louise Melinn is a playwright from Dublin and co- artistic director of ChalkTalk Theatre Company. Her writing credits include Death, Sex and a Bowl of Mashed Potatoes, Boxes, Billy, You Can’t Just Leave, There’s Always Something (co-writer, Spilt Gin Theatre Company) Squat, The King’s Feet (co-writer, ChalkTalk Theatre Company,) Louise holds a BA in Drama (Performance) from DIT and an M.Phil in Theatre and Performance from Trinity College. She is currently a Theatre Associate of RuaRed and ITI.
Rosemary McKenna is a director with an interest in new writing and contemporary international theatre. She is a graduate of English and Drama from Trinity College Dublin, and was a participant on the Rough Magic SEEDS programme 2012-2013. Rosemary was nominated as Best Director for her production of Juan Mayorga's Way to Heaven at the 2014 Irish Times Theatre Awards. Rosemary was a Trainee Associate Director with the international new play company, ATC. She is artistic director of PillowTalk Theatre. Other productions include: Anna in Between, Heroin(e) for Breakfast, and Bedbound.
John Morton is an actor and writer. He also makes theatre. He is currently adapting Thomas Kilroy's novel The Big Chapel for an Abbey Theatre/Asylum/Kilkenny Arts Festival co-production. Recent stage work includes Bridge Street Will Be (Equinox/Asylum), War Of Attrition, Scratcher, Smitten, The Hellfire Squad (Devious Theatre) and Taboo (New Theatre, February 2016) presented by White Label. Writing for radio includes 100 Everyday Menaces (RTÉ Drama On One / IMRO Award Nominee 2018) and the IMRO award winning radio adaptation of HG Wells’ The War Of The Worlds (KCLR/Devious Theatre).
Máirín O’Grady is a writer from Kildare, who’s just in it for the money. She is one half of ChalkTalk Theatre Company with Louise Melinn. ChalkTalk were Theatre Associates of RUA RED and are part of Irish Theatre Institute’s Artist Mentoring Scheme. Past work for the stage includes The King’s Feet, Restless Failure, and You Can’t Just Leave There’s Always Something.
Hugh Travers is a writer. He likes to tell stories but he isn't very good at it so he has to write them down and have other people act them out.
He has also written for film and TV (drama, comedy, documentary and animation; basically whatever genre will take him). He is a former participant in Rough Magic SEEDS and his theatre credits include Clear The Air and LAMBO by Underscore_Productions. Hugh also writes for film and TV and has numerous credits.
He is currently developing new work for White Label and Fishmable.
Ronan Phelan is a theatre director. A graduate of DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama; his theatre credits include: Portrait Of An Artist As A Young Man (Rough Magic) Merrily We Roll Along (The Lir, Dublin), Twelfth Night (LAMDA, London), Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play (Rough Magic SEEDS), Much Ado About Nothing (The Lir, Dublin), Annie (Cork Opera House), The Effect (Rough Magic Theatre Company), Inhabitance (Glassdoll Productions), To SPACE (Niamh Shaw), Assassins (Rough Magic SEEDS), LAMBO and Clear_the_Air (Underscore Productions) BROADENING (Glassdoll Productions), Pocket Music (Dublin Fringe 2011, Winner Little Gem Award) and Durang Durang (Brazen Tales Theatre Company)
Sarah is a theatre director, and sometime mask maker and facilitator. A graduate of London International School Of Performing Arts (LISPA) her theatre credits include: As director: It's getting harder and harder for me (Dublin Fringe 2018), Dubliners Women (The New Theatre) The Hellfire Squad (Devious Theatre), Taboo (White Label), Jellyfish (Tiger Dublin Fringe 2015), The Art Of Ladylike by Christiane O'Mahony, Flies by Áine Ní Laoghaire (both Collaborations Festival 2014) and Love's Labour's Lost (TEXT|Messages3 / Project Arts Centre). As assistant director: The Unmanageable Sisters (The Abbey Theatre) Howie The Rookie (Landmark Productions), A Particle Of Dread (Oedipus Variations) (Field Day Theatre Company), The Threepenny Opera (Gate Theatre) and Rian (Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre Company).