Running in the first half of 2018, the Masterclass Series was an opportunity to engage, stimulate and motivate theatre makers to enhance and develop their skills in Limerick. The 6-months programme offered participants a vibrant and dynamic schedule of intensive masterclasses with renowned Irish and international theatre makers and companies. Each masterclass was open to ten professional Ireland-based theatre/performing arts practitioners and each had a different focus.
MASTERCLASS SERIES SCHEDULE
Masterclass 1: Théâtre de la Pire Espèce (Canada) – Object Theatre – Monday 29th January to Thursday 1st February 2018.
Participants: Caoimhe Mulcahy, Cat Ní Riain, Cathal McGuire, Damien Devaney, Deirdre Dwyer, Eimear Sheehy, Jude O’Neill, Marie Boylan, Sandra Gonzáles Bandera, Simon Thompson.
Masterclass 2: Annie Ryan and Kate Hilder (Ireland) – Connecting to Your Creativity: Recharge Your Creative Spark – Monday 12th February to Friday 16th February 2018.
Participants: Andrea Kelly, Caoimhe Dunn, Conor Donelan, David Rock, Georgina Miller-Herring, Jean McGlynn, Joanne Ryan, Judith Ryan, Kate Guelke, Tara Breathnach.
Masterclass 3: Dante or Die (UK) – Site Specific Theatre – Monday 16th April to Friday 20th April 2018.
Participants: Aoife Clarke, Celina Jaffe, Cora Fenton, Diane Crotty, Ita Morrissey, Marie McNamara, Nora Kelly Lester, Paul McNamara, Shane Hickey-O’Mara, Simon Thompson.
Masterclass 4: Dystopia Theatre (Italy) – Actor Building a Character – Villains and Heroes – Monday 30th April to Thursday 3rd May 2018.
Participants: Ashleigh Dorrell, Deirdre Flynn, Jude O’Neill, Judith Ryan, Katie O’Kelly, Liam O’Brien, Madi O’Carroll, Paul McNamara, Roseanna Purcell.
Masterclass 5: Fishamble: The New Play Company (Ireland) – New Writing from the Perspective of Dramaturg, Director and Playwright – Tuesday 8th May to Friday 11th May 2018.
Participants: Áine O’Hara, Carmel Balfe, Carrie Barrett, David Rock, Eilis O’Donnell, Elaine O’Dwyer, Liam McCarthy, Paul McNamara, Sinead O’Brien, Tom Moran.
Masterclass 6: Simon Thompson (Ireland) – Mask and Clown: Tools for Developing Physicality and Shared Experience in Performance – Monday 11th June to Friday 15th June 2018.
Participants: Ann Blake, Caoimhe Mulcahy, Carmel Balfe, Eleanor O’Brien, Jude O’Neill, Madi O’Carroll, Millie Doyle, Romana Testasecca, Sandra Gonzales Bandera, Terry Dineen.