Jenny Macdonald is a writer, performer, director and facilitator. Recent credits as director/performer This Was Never Going to Be Normal (Deirdre Murphy & Rebecca Reilly, Galway Theatre Festival)l; as director Can’t See the Woods for the Trees (Doors to Elsewhere Ensemble, Rua Red Gallery); and as performer Capitalism: The Musical! by Deirdre Murphy (Galway Theatre Festival, XM24 and Next Emerson, Italy). Her solo show Enthroned premiered at First Fortnight Festival and then in the New York International Fringe. She was a participant on Lead Role, a development programme for women artists (Theatre Forum and Kultur Vast, Sweden). She is an alumnus of Dublin Theatre Festival’s artist development programme, The Next Stage and an Associate Artist with Tallaght Community Arts.
Jennifer is a facilitator and producer. She has worked as an associate artist with Tallaght Community Arts for over nine years. She set up Carousel Theatre School based in RUA RED in 2010. She is a theatre artist with Doors to Elsewhere, a theatre ensemble for adults with a disability.
Her work as producer includes The Great Rope of Tallaght, Gaza Monologues, Aeridheacht -Taking the Air, Act Up Theatre Festival, Creative Campus.
TALLAGHT COMMUNITY ARTS is an arts organisation that creates opportunities for artists and the people of South Dublin County to explore together the transformative and celebratory power of the arts for the wellbeing of all.
Martha is a theatre maker, producer and project manager from Tallaght. She is the director of Freshly Ground Theatre, currently the Emerging Ensemble in Residence at the Civic. She also works as a composer and sound designer, and has worked with the Abbey Theatre as part of the Young Curators programme.
Michelle is a theatre maker and a facilitator based in Tallaght. She has worked on many projects with Tallaght Community Arts. She is a director of Freshly Ground Theatre, currently in residence at The Civic. Michelle has directed many of their productions including Friction, Curve, The Bold Step and Ode to a Postcode (Dublin Fringe Festival). Michelle is particularly interested in education/facilitation and working with young people.
In 2007, Jacinta co- founded the company Wicked Angels and went on to co-write, co-produce and act in the box office hit Waiting for IKEA for the Dublin Fringe Festival. Waiting for IKEA was the first play in the history of the Fringe to sell out in advance of opening. In 2014, Waiting for IKEA premiered in the First Irish Theatre Festival in New York where it was very well received.
I’m not A.D.H.D, I’m B.O.L.D!, co- written with Georgina McKevitt and performed by Jacinta Sheerin and Clare Barratt opened in the Absolut Fringe Festival 2012 where it won the Bewleys Little Gem Award. Last year, Jacinta toured across Ireland with actress Mary Murray in Eoin Colfers play, Holy Mary which will come to the Gaietty Theatre in May 2020.
Nicole Rourke is a freelance performer, writer and workshop facilitator. She trained in theatre and facilitation in the Middle East. She has written and performed several pieces for theatre/spoken word and her work has received critical acclaim at festivals in Dublin, London, Edinburgh, Israel, Poland, and Singapore.
Most recently (2018) she has performed in Berlin and New York. She is the recipient of an Arts Council Travel and Training Award, which enabled her to travel to Buenos Aires to research and write a series of Tango Monologues. The culmination of these, ‘Baggage’, will be performed in SoloSIRENs.
Ciara has recently graduated from Inchicore College with a diploma in Technical Theatre. Ciara's love of theatre began doing makeup for a community theatre group, she has gone on to direct, stage manage, lighting designer, sound designer and set designer.
Ciara has worked with many production companies including Speckintime, Mouth on Fire, Witchwork and Game Theory.
I am an Librarian, author, speaker, relationship coach who loves to learn new things and have fun. I enjoy listening to peoples stories and finding the connections and strengths of what binds us together.
I am a writer, speaker, storyteller and healer and I incorporate all my work into making our environment joyful and peaceful and healing. I am funny, considerate and I always try to share what I have, what I know and what I appreciates with anyone willing to receive.
I love to dance and perform. I have just finished my Leaving Cert and I am now studying fashion design in Colaiste Dhulaigh. I was born in Mauritius and came to live in Ireland with my family when I was twelve.
I have danced since I was 4 years old. Two years ago, I reconnected with performance on the Active Audience programme led by Jenny Macdonald with Civic Theatre and Tallaght Community Arts. This helped me rediscover my performance and creativity as an adult.
I have been singing since I was 9 years old and I went on to study singing and drama in DIT. For the past 30 years I have worked in the financial sector while also teaching choirs and performing in musical theatre. Last April I left my full time job and now hope to fulfil my lifetime wish to make music and singing my full time career.
I grew up in five countries, Switzerland, UAE, Lybia, Turkey and Ireland. I like travelling and my dream is to travel the world. This is my first time performing and I am so excited.
I am so excited to take part in SoloSIRENs. So far it has changed my perspective on life. I have been involved in theatre from the age of 9 with Carousel Theatre School. I love it as it is so exciting, I find myself in a different, creative and amazing space.
My name is Naima, I have a Diploma in Social Work. I am from Libya and I would very much like to improve my English. I hope that I now have settled in my like. I have travelled to several countries and now I need stability.
Project Consultant: Michelle Cahill
Panel Discussion Coordinator: Courtney Grile
SoloSIRENs Collective Website Images: Lauren Shannon O'Brien
For Tallaght Community Arts: Tony Fegan, Ruth Clancy, Sharon Doyle and Cathal Regan