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The August Series

8 Aug

facebook bannerFollowing the success of its artist mentoring programme, Volition, JOLT is pleased to present a series of workshops and talks this August. The events will run from August 20th – 23rd inclusive in the Town Hall Theatre Galway, and at Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway, and will include workshops in radio drama, music and aural design, a headshot parlour, free talks on social media and on application writing, and an interactive theatre piece. Pre-booking for all events is required, as capacity is limited.

Wednesday, 20th of August

JOLT Headshot Parlour     

Venue: Town Hall Studio | Time: 11am-5pm | Price: €20

Stand out from the crowd with a snazzy new headshot! The Town Hall Studio will be transformed into a full photography studio for one day only, where artists can avail of an industry-standard headshot from a professional working photographer at a reduced rate!

NOTE: If you wish to secure a place at the Headshot Parlour, you must pre-book by emailing studiotht@gmail.com before August 17th. Slots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Thursday, 21st of August

Workshop: Writing Radio Drama (Part One)

Venue: The View, Áras na Mac Léinn, NUI Galway | Time: 10am-1pm | Price: €10

Ever wondered about the differences of writing for stage and for radio? Or how you can create a drama centered entirely on dialogue and sound? In this two-part workshop, Tara McKevitt, winner of the 2010 RTÉ PJ O’Connor Radio Drama Award, will investigate how writers can use spoken word and audio effects to create stories for radio. Participants will develop a short radio drama, which they will have the opportunity to record at a second workshop on Saturday, 23rd of August. Open to all levels, including those writing for the first time, or refreshing old skills.

 

Workshop: Creating Moments with Music

Venue: Town Hall Studio | Time: 2-5pm | Price: €10

Little John Nee, Artist-in-Residence at the Town Hall Theatre, will lead an afternoon of musical creativity, where musicians and theatre-makers will explore how music can create enriching theatrical moments. If you loved his recent award-winning Sparkplug, here’s your chance to learn from the master storyteller himself.

Friday, 22nd of August

Talk: Social Media & Promotion

Venue: Town Hall Bar Foyer | Time: 11am-1pm | Price: Free, but booking required

Darragh Doyle and Sinéad McPhillips will lead a discussion on using Social Media, illustrating how to build an on-line presence and how to promote work to maximum effect.

Talk: Application Writing

Venue: Town Hall Bar | Time: 2pm – 4pm | Price: Free, but booking required

Jane Daly, of the Irish Theatre Institute, will reveal how to write successful applications to funding councils and organisations, looking specifically at the upcoming Theatre Project Award and the Mike Diskin Arts Bursary. Those applying for these bursaries are advised to bring a draft of their application, as this session will include an opportunity to discuss individual proposals with Jane.

 

Performance: Immersed in the Void

Venue: Town Hall Theatre | Time: 5.30pm | Price: €8 */ 10 *

Immersed in the Void is an interactive, promenade piece, which investigates the innate connections between music and emotion. The piece will be created and performed by an ensemble of actors, working with local electronic duo Voids, and will take place in both theatre and non- theatre spaces.

NOTE: This event is not suitable for patrons who have impaired mobility or special access.

Tickets are available from the Town Hall Theatre: http://www.tht.ie

Saturday, 23rd of August

Workshop: Writing Radio Drama (Part Two)

Venue: Flirt FM | Time: 10am- 1pm | Price: Free, upon completion of first workshop

In this second workshop, participants will have the opportunity to work with actors in a recording studio, where they will create a short radio drama.

 

Workshop: The Magic of Aural Design

Venue: The Cube, Áras na Mac Léinn | Time: 2-5pm | Price: €10

Set design is a familiar concept, but what about the design of what we hear? Máiréad Ni Chróinín, co-Director of Moonfish Theatre, will share her expertise on aural design, and ways it can be evoked through music, soundscape, sound effect, voice and song. From high-tech to low-tech, participants will experiment with instruments, loop pedals, microphones, found objects and recording software in an afternoon of spirit and play!

 

Performance: Immersed in the Void

Venue: Town Hall Theatre | Time: 5.30pm | Price: €8* / 10*

Immersed in the Void is an interactive, promenade piece, which investigates the innate connections between music and emotion. The piece will be created and performed by an ensemble of actors, working with local electronic duo Voids, and will take place in both theatre and non- theatre spaces.

NOTE: This event is not suitable for patrons who have impaired mobility or special access.

Tickets are available from the Town Hall Theatre: http://www.tht.ie

HOW DO I BOOK?

If you would like to book your place on any of the workshops or talks, please email studiotht@gmail.com with the following information:

  • Name of event in subject bar
  • Name and telephone number
  • Any requirements you have that we should know about

If you are booking for the Headshot Parlour, please include the above information, as well as stating your area of work, e.g. director, actor, designer etc.

Workshop and Headshot Parlour fees must be paid in case on the day of the event.

Tickets for Immersed in the Void are available from the Town Hall Theatre. *

Workshops are €10 each, however, if you book for all three workshops, you get the third one absolutely free!

Beat that, Tesco.

For further information, please contact JOLT Producers, Neasa O’Callaghan and Féilim O’hAoláin at studiotht@gmail.com

* Telephone & Personal Bookings Are Subject to THT Development Charge of 50 cent per ticket; Online Bookings are subject to €1 per ticket

Actors assemble!

27 Jul

Actors, performers, creators and theatre makers needed for new JOLT project in August.

What emotions lie underneath the surface of music? Lovers exchange glances and form jealousies as they are immersed in deep hypnotic tones, but is it fear or anticipation that drives the soul? One night in a theatre brings the troubles of desire to the surface for a couple lost in the void!

Immersed in the Void is an immersive theatre piece, created on a foundation of crossing art forms, where audience members will be invited to share a group experience in both theatre and non-theatre spaces.

The event will be created by an ensemble of actors and creative practitioners working with well-known local electronic duo Voids over three weeks to create an interactive piece that invites audience members to explore human nature and the innate connections between music and emotion.

What we are looking for

We are looking for actors, dancers, stage managers and creative thinkers to work as an ensemble over three weeks in conjunction with a live band to create an immersive piece of theatre on the 19th and 20th of August. Applicants should be aware that the piece will involve audience interaction and will be a movement-based project.

Requirements

All participants must be over 18 and have a background or interest in theatre.

Participants must be available for at least 6-8 hours of rehearsal between July 28 and the performances on August 19-20. Rehearsals will take place in Galway City.

If you meet the requirements above, please email 
studiotht@gmail.com and include your headshot, your CV (no more than 2 pages) and a paragraph outlining the reasons for your interest in this project.

 

Application deadline-Friday 1st of August

 

 

All hail the new producers

11 Jul

JOLT is thrilled to welcome on board two brilliant heads who will be programming & producing the August series of events at Town Hall Theatre. We know the JOLT banner (metaphoric banner, we don’t have an actual banner) will be safe in their hands and we’re looking forward to seeing what they dream up in our latest theatre development project and the last one of the year for JOLT.  August will comprise a series of diverse events from the creative to the practical, from workshops to performances, all currently under discussion and TBC by our new fearless project leaders.

Presenting . . .

Féilim O’hAoláin

Féilim O'hAoláin

Féilim O’hAoláin

For many years Féilim has has run club nights and concerts of various types in a number of venues around the city, giving a platform for emerging artists and musicians alike. For the past number of years he has also produced cultural events such as Culture Night at the Bridge Mills, Arts in Action (a weekly lunchtime music series) in NUIG, work with his theatre company DoDo theatre, and managing and performing with music/spectacle outfit The Hardcore Priests of Yemen.

‘I believe in the positives of a crossover of art forms in a performance and experimenting with formats to create experiences that will allow audience members to be immersed fully in the work, creating something new and bold for Galway audiences. This is an excellent initiative by JOLT and a great opportunity for artists and audiences in the city. The project appeals to me as JOLT has always pushed for creating new experiences and opportunities and I hope that we can create something new, intriguing and inspiring for audiences for the August series.’

 

Neasa O’Callaghan

Neasa

Neasa

Neasa O’Callaghan holds a B.A. from NUI Galway, an M.Phil in Irish Writing from Trinity College, Dublin, and is currently completing her thesis for the M.Res in Playwriting Studies at the University of Birmingham. While studying at NUI Galway,  she was actively involved with the Drama Society, Dramsoc, as Auditor, and as the Director of the Irish Student Drama Association (ISDA) Festival 2011. In 2012, she was a participant on the SELECTED programme, a professional development strand for emerging artists and producers run by the Galway Arts Festival and NUI Galway. She was also a Public Relations Assistant with Mephisto Theatre Co., and with WEST COAST COOL at the ABSOLUT Fringe Festival 2012. Last year, she was the Producer for the Playback Company at the 10 Days in Dublin Festival.

‘Having recently moved back to Galway, I am excited about learning more about theatre administration and producing from the JOLT team, and I hope to help shape an exciting series of events for the city’s theatre community!’

 

The full programme of events for August will be published before the end of the month.

Volition: the story so far (part three)

14 May

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Shot from a Volition workshop

We last posted a comprehensive update in February, when we were in the thick of weekend of workshops and the infancy of running orders and production meetings. Since then, notions have been refined, decisions made, copy written, struggles overcome and born anew. We are so close to the climax of the nine month programme that the tension and excitement are palpable.

In March, participants met with Conor Hanratty who worked with them on reducing their idea to a pitch, explaining it easily and deciding what it is all about. Volition artists became clearer about the essence of their piece and the importance of being able to describe projects in a simple way, but in a way that conveys their own passion for it.

The following month Thomas Conway delivered a day-long session on the role of the dramaturg in theatre, giving participants plenty of food for thought and, for some, a new consideration around how to approach their piece.

April also saw the first ever Mentor Meeting Marathon where we wrapped up the show and tells, hammered out uncertainties, openly discussed fears and concerns ahead of Saturday 17th May, and tied together any other loose ends that were floating in the ether. From these conversations arose a debate on how we would term the evening, but for the most part it was about checking in to see what everyone needed going into the final month of Volition.

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Emma O’Grady sets up her rehearsal space, May 2014

On Friday 9th May, venues across Galway city opened their doors to Volition artists’ seven-day residency. Sh*t just got real.

Carl Kennedy made the trip west on Tuesday 13th and had one-to-one sessions with some participants around sound, direction and writing. Today and tomorrow, Jessica Kennedy from Junk Ensemble meets with Volition artists once more to give feedback, support and expertise.

All that remains is for us all to get through the tech on Saturday and for people to show up to see this fantastic, diverse work from these hard-working, dynamic artists! We hope you will join us this Saturday for a glimpse into what Volition has been about and what work may come.

Tickets are €10 and can be purchased here or through the Town Hall Theatre 091 569 777. Show times is 6:30pm on Saturday 17th May.

**Limited places available to Eve Vaughan’s outdoor piece ‘Open’ which will be performed at 6pm. Email joltvolition@gmail.com to request a place**

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Volition 2014 #5: Going Spare

13 May

From now until the Volition performance event on Saturday 17th May we will feature regular pieces about each of the works in progress you will see on the night. These are presented in no particular order so embrace the randomness.

 

‘The idea stems from a curiosity with the world of psychics and why our desire to know what the future holds is so great. What are we searching for? Maybe we’re looking for something we can never attain; guarantees. Thus my piece, devised using a combination of techniques I’ve acquired through the Volition programme over the past 9 months, centres around Maisie, a woman desperate to find the answer to one question.’

Volition artist: Siobhán Donnellan

 

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JOLT workshops in association with Galway Theatre Festival

25 Sep

Workshops are on the horizon next week for Galway-based theatre makers when Galway Theatre Festival presents a series of fantastic, informative events over three days. We’re delighted to partner with the Festival in promoting and presenting these sessions which provide artists with a range of affordable development opportunities from back stage to centre stage.

 

Tech Talks

Session one: Wednesday 2nd October

11am, The Cube NUIG

€5

Craig Flaherty and Mike O’Halloran will discuss stage management & Q Lab – a must for anyone involved in theatre, whatever their role.

 

Session two: Friday 4th October

11am, The Cube NUIG

€5

Mike ‘Psyche’ Byrne and Mike O’Halloran will discuss lighting for theatre. From dimmers to design, this workshop will cover all the basics of lighting and then some.

Click here for further details on Tech Talks

 

Workshop Series

Saturday 5th October

Session one: 11am – 12:30pm

Mobile ‘Digital’ Theatre with Máiréad Ní Chroinín, An Taibhdhearc

or

Movement in Performance with Ríonach Ní Neíll, The Cube NUIG

€5 each

 

Session two: 3pm – 5pm

Rehearsal is the Death of Live Performance: A directing workshop with Mark Westbrook (Scotland), The Cube NUIG

or

Devising as gaeilge with Moonfish (including a work-in-progress presentation of Star of the Sea), An Taibhdhearc

€5 each

Click here for further details on GTF Workshop Series

 

24 Hour Theatre

If you think you would enjoy the manic creativity that comes from throwing a bunch of theatrical people into a room for a day with a script that was penned the night before and a showtime of 6pm that evening, then 24 Hour Theatre is for you! An amazing way to meet other theatre makers, hone your skills as an actor, writer or director, and be part of Galway Theatre Festival’s final staged event. Contact gtfvolunteers@gmail.com if you are interested.

 

Volition

In other news, the first meeting of Volition participants and JOLT mentors took place during the week (see evidence of rigorous preparation below) and after getting everyone in the same room we’re more excited than ever to be working with this fantastic bunch of artists. Their itinerary for the first month includes attendance at Galway Theatre Festival shows and workshops, Baboró‘s Delegate Programme and a series of TULCA tours and discussions. Keep an eye out for more updates on the Volition programme and in the meantime, enjoy all the wonderful festivals coming your way.

 

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Volition Eight

10 Sep

We’re delighted to present the eight theatre practitioners selected for Volition. They will be partaking in a nine month programme based in Galway that explores theatre performance and practice. This programme is made possible thanks to funding from the Arts Council of Ireland‘s Theatre Development Fund. We don’t believe in discriminating against people alphabetically so we have listed names in no particular order at all.

Martin Maguire

Siobhán Donnellan

Evan Lordan

Emma O’Grady

Cathal Leonard

Caroline Lynch

Danielle DeStefano

Eve Vaughan

Martin Maguire

Martin Maguire

Martin has been involved with theatre & film in Galway in various guises for many years and has worked with most of the theatre companies in Galway city. He has roots in theatre & education, film production and also as an “on set” stills photographer for the TV / Film industry.

He strongly believes there is real synergy between art forms, specifically for him theatrical performance and photography. All his work to date has been underpinned by a visually creative intent.

Recent work includes:

Closer by Patrick Marber for Anam Theatre. Almost A Fantasy by Caroline Lynch for Mephisto Theatre Company. Various roles in The Honey Spike again for Mephisto. Chasing Butterflies by Siobhan Donnellan for Bluepatch / Drangonfly. Onegin by Sarah O’Toole as part of the Galway Theatre Festival. Dmitri Gurov in Anam Theatres’ production of The Yalta Game by Brian Friel.

Volition Ambition

‘I have always found “dual role” performance thoroughly engaging. I started to imagine the character as a physical / non-physical entity potentially existing simultaneously, a form of movement and voice created singularly but experienced in multiplicity.

With this modus operandi for presenting characters I began exploration work with writer Kieran O’Connell. The performance criteria was set out as follows:

–       2 actors would perform the piece.

–       1 male and 1 female to play every character presented on stage.

While the work could have a relatively straight narrative construct the very act of limiting the number and gender of the performers would require a stylistically inventive delivery. Clout & Ocean a new work arising from this initial exploration is currently being produced.’

“Have you ever heard your name being called but when you look there’s no one there. Well I think that is where my poetry comes from.” –  Laurient (deckhand- Clout & Ocean)

‘One of the most interesting and exciting aspects of the Volition process for me is its determination to bring theatrical practitioners together in a coordinated well organized manner through an environment of shared learning.
 I feel it is this opportunity of being involved with a multi disciplined group over a 9 month period that’s one the most attractive elements of the whole initiative – the chance to make some real, potentially long lasting creative connections.’

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siobhanheadshot (2 of 4)Siobhán Donnellan

A native of Clare, Siobhán graduated from the Masters Drama & Theatre NUIG 2006 and became a founding member of Dragonfly Theatre. She received the Outstanding Actor Award (New York Fringe 2007) for her role in Married to the Sea (Edinburgh Fringe, Dublin Fringe and the Galway Arts Festival 2008). In 2009 she undertook a Postgraduate Diploma Performance Training Course, Queens University, Belfast and subsequently co-wrote and performed in her debut play, For the Birds (New York Fringe 2010). Her first one-act, Chasing Butterflies, was shortlisted for Cork Arts Theatre Writers Week Award 2010 where it won three awards including Best Female Actor. Her second one-act In the Garden premiered at Galway Theatre Festival 2011 and both have been developed into radio plays under the BAI Sound & Vision Scheme. In 2012 she was commissioned to write The Mire (Environmental Play Festival 2012). Her most recent one-act Made the Measure is one of four plays selected by Eugene O Brien for Scripts Ireland Playwrights Festival taking place September 2013. Other acting roles include Sis in Reptilian (Dublin Fringe 2008, Galway Arts Festival 2009), Vanessa in The Lost Weekend (The Axis, Ballymun), Aunt Fidget in How Tom Beat Captain Najork (Belfast Children’s Festival 2009), Connie in The Mai (Mephisto Theatre, Town Hall Galway 2012) Mandy in Eclipsed (Mephisto Theatre, Town Hall Galway 2013).

Volition Ambition

‘I am intrigued by psychics and people who allegedly have insight into the future. I am open to the idea that it’s possible but I wonder how much their success can be attributed to an individual’s desire for information rather than the reader’s accuracy. The work I’ve done to date both as actor and playwright has been primarily script driven work with a clear narrative. With this in mind I aim to explore aspects of performance I haven’t previously had the opportunity to venture into, namely interactive non-script based work with (hopefully) room for a little comedy, exploring the world of psychics and predictions. I hope Volition will provide an opportunity to learn about different performance techniques and new approaches to theatre making through both workshops and the other participants.’

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Evan LordanEvan Lordan

Evan Lordan is a graduate of UCC Drama and Theatre Studies and a founding member of Conflicted Theatre. Evan wrote Conflicted Theatre’s first show, After Jekyll, and since then has been involved in the writing and devising of each subsequent Conflicted show, iTouch, 18-35, Mi Daza Mondays, Ups & Downs. Earlier this year he was part of the team that adapted The Scarlet Letter, which was performed as part of the Cork Midsummer festival.

Volition Ambition

”We make gods and do battle with them and they bless us.’ This encapsulates the power and vulnerability we possess in relation to our imaginations. If we believe strongly enough in something then we can manifest any sort of god or demon in very tangible ways: in the shrines we erect and in how we treat each other.

‘I want to create a piece about a character who lives in a world where Hollywood can CGI any possible image, google answers every question and apps solve each and every conceivable problem. As a result the imagination comes under attack and is used less and less. This character is then compelled to create their own gods and myths to make sense of their existence in the contemporary world. What aspects of mythology influence our stories now: ancient greek, catholicism, mindful meditation, exercise regimes, advertisements, organic farming, Hollywood, technology, social media?’

‘I hope to use this time to develop the most fruitful balance, for me as a maker, between the spontaneous inventiveness of devising and the true craft of play writing. I hope to move toward this goal by being surrounded by peers who are willing to share and receive and challenge ideas about theatre and who then put them to practice.

‘I am excited to get to spend time with theatre makers based in Galway. It seems strange to me that on an island this small that there is so little inter-city communication, especially between aspiring professional theatre companies and makers. I am be eager to make to most of this opportunity to create connections between Cork and Galway.’

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Emma O’Grady

Emma holds an MA in Drama & Theatre Studies (NUI, Galway 2007). She is a founding member of Galway-based Mephisto Theatre Company and has appeared in many of their productions since 2006 including Grenades, The World’s Wife, The Morning After Optimism, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Honey Spike and Eclipsed. She has performed with Macnas in This Thunderous Heart (Galway), This Fierce Beauty (Galway) and Chaosmos (Beijing and Moscow). She also works as a theatre technician and freelance producer/production manager and teaches acting with Performing Arts School Galway.

Volition Ambition
‘I have around 20 cassette tapes recorded on a dictaphone by my grandfather, Paddy O’Grady, one month before he died in 1997. In these tapes he tells dozens of seanachaí-like stories and provides other musings on life that are brilliantly entertaining. I will use these tapes to develop a theatre piece that looks at these stories, the man who is telling them and at the contradictions between the man his wife and family knew and the man he presents himself as on the tapes. Why did he record them? Who are they for? Why did he need to do it then? I’m also interested in the broader questions the tapes provoke: the reasons creativity surfaces in a person, has it to do with mortality? Does the art we make have to reflect who we are?’

‘Through Volition I hope that my idea is nurtured and challenged and I can start to make something solid and worthwhile from this material. I hope that the people I meet and the experiences I have will unlock an exciting new way of working for myself as an actor and theatre maker.’

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Cathal LeonardCathal Leonard

Cathal holds a BA from NUIG and an MA from Queens University Belfast. He made his acting debut at Limerick Unfringed and subsequently went on to train at Bull Alley, Dublin. In January 2010, Cathal joined Truman Town Theatre Company and toured extensively around Ireland, performing in the New Theatre in Dublin, Writers Week in Listowel, Galway Fringe Festival and Galway Theatre Festival. Cathal’s work with Truman Town included four original productions written by Mick Donnellan: Sunday Morning Coming Down, Shortcut to Hallelujah, Velvet Revolution and Gun Metal Grey.

Volition Ambition
‘I want to explore the themes of identity, belonging and loss as they present themselves throughout the human experience. In particular I have an interest in exploring these themes as part of the story of Irish emigration, both now and in generations past.
One of the greatest challenges for any theatre maker is to make their work relevant as well as engaging and the Volition programme provides me with an opportunity to work with practitioners who are very accomplished in this regard. So with a bit of luck and a lot of learning, I’ll produce a compelling and emotive piece of original theatre under the Volition banner.’

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Caroline Lynch Caroline Lynch

Caroline Lynch is from Cork and has been living in Galway since 2006. She has been working in theatre since 1999, starting with The Playboy of the Western World (Pegeen Mike) at the Everyman Palace, Cork. She worked in Sligo with Blue Raincoat Theatre Company. Productions there included Macbeth (Lady Macbeth) by Shakespeare and Play (Woman 1) by Beckett. In Dublin she played Lady Olivia in a Natural Shocks production of Twelfth Night and she worked at the Peacock in Sons and Daughters, two short plays for children by Jim Nolan and Marina Carr. In 2007 she co-founded Mephisto Theatre Company in Galway and with them she has acted in, among others: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (Miss Prism); The Morning After Optimism by Tom Murphy (Rosie); The World’s Wife by Carol Ann Duffy;  The Mai by Marina Carr (The Mai); and Eclipsed by Patricia Burke Brogan (Mother Victoria). She has also directed a number of productions – Grenades by Tara McKevitt, The Honey Spike by Bryan MacMahon both for Mephisto and The Bear by Chekhov for Painted Bird Productions. She has an MA in Writing from NUIG and a book of poems, Lost in the Gaeltacht, published by Salmon Poetry. She has written two plays, the most recent of which, Almost a Fantasy, was produced by Mephisto for the Galway Theatre Festival 2011.

Volition Ambition

‘I want to explore the issues of crisis and help. When people and institutions intervene in people‘s lives, why does the help given often cause more harm than good? This harmful help confuses those who receive it. Shouldn’t they be grateful? This idea is informed by the experience of living at a time when so much historic wrongs are having to be dealt with, and wondering: what will the historic wrongs of the future be?

I’m delighted to be part of JOLT:Volition. I expect to be challenged and overwhelmed with ideas and new approaches to theatre, to play alongside the other participants and to be influenced by their work as well as that of the workshop facilitators.’

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Danielle DeStefano_HeadshotDanielle DeStefano

Danielle recently moved to Galway from the US and is still quite new to the area and the theatre scene. She is very excited for this amazing opportunity to work with JOLT:Volition and to dive into the theatre community and get involved! Danielle has a BA (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) and an MA (Villanova University) in Theatre and has held numerous positions, both practical and administrative, in theatres in the States.

Volition Ambition

‘My idea for Volition is to consider connection and connectivity as a theme both as a basis for a creative story and as a vehicle for practical theatrical exploration. The way in which human beings connect to one another and to the places and things around them is vastly different today than twenty years ago. Looking to how and why we connect and which connections are most meaningful in our globalised, digital age is something fascinating to consider. It also leads to a deeper consideration as a theatre artist about the nature of how we can better connect with one another, our set, our props, our audience to create a richer theatrical experience. What does it mean to make more meaningful connections with the people, places and things around us – in our art and in our lives? Sussing that out is my Volition Ambition.

Being new to both the Galway theatre community and the Irish theatre community, I am in a unique position going into the Volition programme. I know this will be an incredible opportunity for me to meet and interact with others in the local and national theatre community. It will also be a great opportunity for me to see and explore new approaches, ideas, and viewpoints about theatre that I would have otherwise never been exposed to in the States. I hope that Volition will not only allow me to begin to find my place in this new theatrical community, but also will help me grow and become a better theatre artist.’

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Eve Vaughan Head ShotEve Vaughan

Eve has been involved in performance productions since 2001, performing, devising, writing, and in more recent times directing. She has shown work in a wide variety of scenes: From the traditional settings of theatres and art spaces to off-site and informal events.

She has been producing original pieces of work since 2003, collaborating on studio based devised shows. Then in 2006 she started to work off site and endeavoured to develop her own take on site responsive theatre and performance specifically for public spaces.

The more prominent but not necessarily the most important of these performances include; The Limerick City Gallery of Art 2013, Dancing Outside. The Tintype Gallery, London 2013, Open. Galway Arts Festival in conjunction with 126 Gallery 2012, Lay of the Land. Shunt, London 2010, In and Out. Project Arts Centre, Dublin 2009, Cappuccino Culture. New Moves International, Glasgow 2009, Cusp. Liverpool Biennale 2008, Assistant to Geraldine Pilgrim on Traces. Chashama, New York 2008, Turf. The Bimhuis, Amsterdam 2007, Escape from Summer. TULCA Festival of Visual Art, Galway Arts Centre 2002, Alienation.

Volition Ambition

‘Why are there non art audiences?

Why are the majority of art and performance works in black and white boxes?

Why not perform  in unexpected places and at unexpected times?

Why does one person feel more confident to tap into and express their imagination than another?

Where did we learn that formal training, and a place and time in which to be creative were necessary?

Who allows public spaces to be hijacked for profit by corporate interests?

How can we reclaim public spaces?

What does creative anarchy in public spaces look like? And what does it threaten?

Instead of answers I am looking for options.

I want to be part of a vibrant and progressive performance scene that stems out of the west of Ireland and I want to do something about it. I feel strongly about being part of a community as I garner much energy and courage from the support of other performance makers and people in the field. I hope to develop relationships with people who I can turn to for critique, advice, and to challenge and at times to direct me.

Seeing new work and participating in workshops not only fills up my artistic tank but having this journey as part of a group whilst creating a work in progress is a delight.’

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