Theatremaker.ie’s panel discussion for the Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival

TheatreMaker.ie will host a free online discussion as a part of the Dublin Human Rights and History Festival. The event will be tomorrow evening (20 October) between 7:00 and 8:30 PM.

The roundtable panel will focus on the role and responsibility that theatres have in platforming and promoting diverse narratives around human rights. Thomas Conway will be its moderator. 

The event will be an hour and 30 minutes – an hour-long roundtable moderated discussion and a 30-minute-long audience Q&A session.

Here are the panelists that will take part in the discussion: 

Mary Moynihan is a writer, theatre and filmmaker, Artistic Director of Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality. Mary is also a Theatre Lecturer at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

Mary Moynihan is a writer, theatre and filmmaker, Artistic Director of Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality. Mary is also a Theatre Lecturer at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

As Artistic Director of Smashing Times, Mary specialises in using the arts to promote human rights, peacebuilding, gender equality, and positive mental health, developing cutting-edge, arts-based projects with a range of organisations.

Her most distinguished works as a playwright include The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII (which she also directed), and Constance and Her Friends and Grace and Joe. The latter was selected by President Michael D. Higgins for performance at Áras an Uachtaráin for Culture Night 2016.

Selina Cartmell is the Artistic Director of The Gate Theatre, Dublin. She has directed A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens, in a new version by Jack Thorne), The Red Shoes (Nancy Harris), and ASSASSINS, along with a number of Shakespearean plays, Greek tragedies, international work, and contemporary Irish drama.

Her productions have been nominated for thirty-five theatre awards, winning ten, including three for Best Director. Before becoming Director at the theatre, she directed three award-winning productions for the Gate, Catastrophe, Festen, and Sweeney Todd, described in the Guardian as ‘a new dawn for the theatre’.

In 2017 she made her film debut with The Date, a Short Shot Film Award funded by RTÉ and Filmbase, which was awarded Best First Short Drama at the Galway Film Fleadh in July 2017. The following year, she was awarded the 2018 Irish Tatler Arts and Literature Award.  

Lorraine Maher is the founder and director of IAmIrish, a project that celebrates and challenges perceptions of Irish identities in the 21st century.

Lorraine is a mixed-race Irish woman of Irish/ Nigerian ethnicity from Co.Tipperary.

Lorraine is currently Artist in residence at Axis Arts Ballymun Dublin funded by arts council Ireland exploring “Othering” in Mainstream Arts and Culture in Ireland.

Inspired by a persisting lack of representation of the Black Irish experience, Lorraine Maher began a journey to uncover and celebrate a more diverse representation of Irish identity, questioning the notions of ‘Irishness’ and what that means for Irish communities today.

Frédérique LeComte is a Belgian expert in rebuilding traumatised and conflicted communities, organising theatre workshops and performances both with and for the community in war areas all over the world.

She is is the founder and main facilitator of the Theatre and Reconciliation method.

In these areas, Frédérique creates a safe space where everyone is free to speak – victims of torture, torturers, displaced people and prisoners alike. She aims to use theatre to discuss issues such as justice, trauma, elections, land, and ethnic conflicts. 

Dijana Milošević is a theatre director, co-founder and artistic director of DAH Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, the first theatre laboratory in her country.

Dijana has also worked on issues of violence against women, performing stories of women from Kosovo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, and Croatia. 

She tours with her work and gives lectures and workshops around the world. She directs an international theatre school every summer and has taught at US colleges and universities on several occasions.

Pamela McQueen is a freelance dramaturg, and new play dramaturg at the New Theatre, Dublin.

She has developed plays with playwrights at several theatre companies, including The Abbey Theatre, Druid, and The New Theatre Dublin.

She’s also looking currently at developing diversity play development programs Smock Alley & Mill Theatre.

Pamela is committed to providing a platform for new writers, new Irish writers or writers based in Ireland and Northern Ireland, with a strong, original voice, and plays with contemporary themes.

Our panel moderator, Thomas Conway, teaches contemporary theatre at the Lir Academy. He is also the editor of The Oberon Anthology of Contemporary Irish Plays. 

He served as Theatre Talking Host at Dublin Theatre Festival for the years 2017 and 2018. 

His directing credit includes the world première of Enda Walsh’s Gentrification

This discussion is promising to be interesting and informative for theatre lovers and theatre-makers alike.

Click here to get your free ticket. 

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