Project Coordınator/Artıstıc Dırector
Peter founded Crooked House Theatre Company in 1993, and Kildare Youth Theatre in 1996. He is a writer, director and actor trainer. He lectures in Applied Theatre, in Theatre of the Oppressed, and in Directing for Maynooth University. In 2017 he was appointed Artist in Residence, an Arts Council funded position, with the Departments of Education and Froebel in the university. He is an arts consultant, and a trainer in education and youth arts, having worked in Ireland and abroad for over 20 years.
Peter has developed and delivered training programmes in theatre-based methods of development to a wide range of organisations and groups, and is responsible for the country’s first undergraduate programme in Directing for Theatre at Maynooth. He was producer of the annual Connections Festival in Ireland for the National Theatre in London, and is founder of the annual Human Rights Youth Theatre Festival held every year in Newbridge from 2003 to 2009. He is a board member of Youth Theatre Ireland.
Directing credits include the Irish premieres of work by over 20 internationally acclaimed writers, including plays by Mark Ravenhill, Jon Fosse, Laura Wade, Anthony Neilson and Kevin Elyot. He has created site-specific performances for international festivals and events, and has directed a number of world premieres in Ireland. His recent work has been developing projects of work with communities in Kildare and in Dublin that use theatre to generate positive mental health processes, especially with the 17 to 37 age group.
He is a PhD student with Maynooth university, examining the impact on young people of engaging in collaborative theatre-making
Project Manager, Dréımıre
Graham Butler Breen is the project manager of the ‘Dréimire’ Project. He has been a member of KYT/Crooked House since he was 16 and has been involved in various productions and projects with KYT as a performer or participant. Most notably was his role as ‘Joe’ in KYT’s production of Hospital Food by Eugene O’Hare which was performed in the National Theatre of London as part of National Youth Theatre 2015.
Since then, Graham has graduated from UCD with a first class honours in English with Drama as well as a scholarship in Performing Arts, awarded by UCD’s Ad Astra Academy. He is the co-founder of ‘Luna Collective’ which recently debuted a newly written text by Frank McGuinness titled Samovar. Graham is currently a masters student at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) where he will graduate in 2022.’
He is from Athgarvan, Newbridge.
Graham can be contacted by email at: graham [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie.
Jerry is 24 years old and currently living in London. He is Nigerian (Igbo), but grew up in Ireland. He comes from a family of 7 and is the oldest child of 5.
Jerry grew up in a small town, an hour and a half away from the capital city Dublin. He lived there for 17 years before getting into acting Uni and moving to London in 2017. He trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and graduated with a BA in (Hons) Acting.
He is a musician. He would normally classify himself as a rapper but recently has been in a mist of an artistic venture and exploration of himself, style/sound.
“I feel that previous sentence describes where I am in my life right now. I’m in a cocoon of change and exploration. Excited to see what comes out.”
Doug is a videographer based in Kildare currently pursuing a BA in Film and English at Trinity College Dublin. Doug works behind the scenes in many of our Dréimire videos, shooting one-on-one monologue sessions and editing our virtual interviews. His passion for the Dréimire project stems from his own interest in acting; he has been involved with Crooked House Theatre Company’s productions since 2015. Like many of our team, Doug has first-hand experience of the audition process for third-level acting degrees and understands the training and support it requires.
Rob Salmon is a freelance theatre director, programmer, and arts educator who specialises in talent and artist development.
He has more than 20 years of experience in producing theatres as a director and facilitator where he has led over 120 professional productions across a variety of scales ranging from multi award recognised work on the fringe to sell out actor-musician work in mid-scale venues across the U.K.
He was the Associate Director of the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (2008-20), as well as Festival Director of Pulse Festival and Pulse Presents (2013-20), and the lead programmer of the New Wolsey Studio, where he took overall responsibility for the offsite venue throughout his tenure in the senior management team at the NWT.
He is the founder & Artistic Director of People You May Know, an independent theatre company that produces an original work annually with a rotating team of emerging theatre makers, designed for audiences of young adults, and exploring themes pertinent to the world from their perspective. Productions have toured to venues including New Diorama, Battersea Arts Centre, Birmingham Rep, Liverpool Everyman, as well as Pulse, Incoming, and Latitude Festivals.
Regularly commissioned to make work for and with children & young people, he has devised and delivered numerous education, youth, and community-based theatre projects for arts organisations including West Yorkshire Playhouse (Leeds Playhouse), New Vic Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, Dukes Theatre Lancaster, and New Wolsey Theatre. He has worked extensively in secondary/post-16 as well as higher education, and he ran the transitional skills programme for the Northern Actors Centre.
Rob specialises in both post-narrative and populist work, which has been seen by over half a million people in theatre spaces, site specific locations, and even on a bouncy castle!
Director, teacher of theatre. Visiting professor in theatre pedagogics in Theatre Studies Dept, University of Patras, Greece. Visiting professor in puppetry theatre methods in pre-primary Education Dept, Pedagogic Universities Of Volos and Athens, Greece. She has taught drama and theatre education in primary schools, Athens Art High school and professional drama schools since 1993 as well as in a series of workshops for the Net for the theatre in Education, Greece. Georgina is an author of the books ‘Theatre Education/course book for Public School for Adults’, KEE 2006, ‘Teaching History through Drama’, Kedros pbl. 2009, ‘High school Textbook Manual Direction of Theatre’, IEP 2015. She has given workshops in University Theatre Festivals in Greece, Cyprus, Letonia, Belarus, Belgium, Egypt, Germany, Portugal (Unesco), Poland (Gardjenice), Hong Kong (Idea) etc. Georgina has participated as a performer in theatre and devised theatre productions and as a dramaturg in dance and theatre/dance productions since 1994. She is a director in professional theatre performances for adolescence audiences since 2009 (in theatre venues and inside Secondary Schools) such as Vivid Film/After the foam (devised), Jack Thorne’s Burying your brother in the pavement, Αristophanes The birds, Shakespeare Midsummer Night’s Dream, Frank Wedekind X-Press Spring, Goethe Faust, Sophocles Antigone, Aristophanes The clouds, Euripides Helen and site specific walking research performances: Traces 2014/with Schwarz Foundation, Samos 2014-15 and Public Signal: an old dilemma in contemporary times/ with Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Ancient Kerameikos Cemetery 2015. She is the co-curator of educational programs in the Greek Festival since April 2016 and Head of the international school for young actors “Lyceum Epidaurus”.
Seb was raised in the Rhondda valley,and originally read music at London University – but changed direction to study acting at RADA after winning their Robert Donat scholarship. After 15 years of performing leading roles in major UK theatres and companies (including the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company) he became a teacher and director. In the former capacity he has been Head of Acting and Director of BA Acting at both RADA and Drama Centre London. He has also been a freelance acting teacher/project director/workshop leader at the Royal Academy of Music, Institute of Arts Barcelona, Royal College of Music, Manchester School of Theatre, The Globe Theatre, Welsh College of Music and Drama, National Opera Studio, The Actors Centre, Beijing Central Academy of Drama, Vakhtangov Theatre Moscow, Birkbeck University, Trinity Laban, UNESCO and the BBC.