CURRENT STAFF 

Peter Hussey

Artistic Director

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.


Peter can be contacted by email at: info [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie.

Vasiliki Psarra

Company Administrator

Vasiliki has been involved in the Crooked House Theatre Company since 2017. She is a Drama Facilitator and an Early Years Teacher. She first started her collaboration with Crooked House as an Erasmus+ student in placement as part of her Master's degree in Drama in Education, and she furthered her stay with a year of volunteering with an EVS project. 


Vasiliki's work is inspired by the positive outcomes Drama and Theatre can have in young peoples' lives. Her main role in Kildare Youth Theatre has been designing and delivering drama workshops for young people and children at local orrganisations and around the county. She also has roles supporting Crooked House Theatres' productions, as well as administration work in our office. 


Vasiliki can be contacted by email at: vasiliki [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie.

Doug Morrison

Associate Director & Videographer

Doug has been with Kildare Youth Theatre for over five years, making an appearance in a number of productions including King Lear, Want and our current The Act of Oblivion series. His passion for acting has evolved into an interest for directing and facilitation.


Alongside Cian, Doug is a facilitator of Touchstone, a foundation workshop for teens interested in exploring and devising pieces of theatre. Doug is also one of our videographers and editors for Kildare Youth Theatre, creating teasers for upcoming projects, documenting shows, and creating projection art, all of which can be seen on our YouTube page. 


Doug can be contacted by email at: doug [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie.

Shane Hickey-O'Mara

Associate Artist, NT Connections

Shane has recently joined the team here at Crooked House and has already directed our recent 2019 production of Wuthering Heights and was the assistant director for our 2019 Shakespeare performance - Hamlet and the 2019 Connections play The Small Hours

 

Shane holds a Certificate in Directing for Theatre (NUI Maynooth) as well as a M.A. in UL. He has participated in theatre development programmes including HatchLK, Belltable: Connect’s Fishamble Directing Mentorship, and Masterclasses with Dante or Die & The National Theatre. Alongside Kildare Youth Theatre, Shane is a member of a Limerick based theatre collective, 'Tiger's Eye Theatre', where he has also directed successful plays, including Play on Words (Limerick Fringe 2018, Edinburgh Fringe 2017, Scene & Heard Festival 2017: Winner of the Limerick Fringe Emerging Artist Award 2018). 

 

He is currently directing our 2021 Connections play, Find A Partner

Colin Smyth

Accounts & Project Manager, Ragaire

Colin, a Newbridge local, is one of two Creative Assistants at Kildare Youth Theatre. He has been a member of Crooked House for the past four years, and has performed in a number of their productions including Macbeth, Hamlet, and our current series, The Act of Oblivion. Colin studies Applied Maths in UCD and has done some work with UCD Dramsoc, including acting, directing, sound design and working on the committee.


Colin, alongside Lauren Kelly, are our unique Creative Assistants, who aim to provide a safe and welcoming atmosphere in the Crooked House Space. Colin is a person who younger members can come to if need be. Colin and Lauren are also involved in the organisation of social events in Crooked House, such as Open Mic nights.

 

He is here to have fun, and to make sure others are having fun :)


Colin can be contacted by email at: colin [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie.

Graham Butler Breen

Project Manager, Dréimire

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.

Juan Escalona Corral

Project Manager, Digital Drama Workshops

Juan is a trainer, theatre facilitator and project coordinator born in Spain in 1994. Juan worked as a theatre facilitator for over 7 years in Dinámica Teatral, La Rioja's biggest theatre school, and from 2015 to 2019 he coordinated both local and European projects in ON&OFF, a youth theatre in Logroño which we have partnered with many times. 


There he got in contact with Crooked House, and after participating in several projects organised by Crooked House as well as hosting the group from Newbridge in Spain a few times, he decided it was time to continue learning from the best practices in artistic youth work in Europe and decided to move to Ireland to carry out his European voluntary project within the ESC programme. 


After returning to Spain, Juan has continued to collaborate with Crooked House and is currently the project administrator of the Digital Drama Workshops project - more on this can be read on our Projects page. 


Juan can be contacted at: juan [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie. 

Cian Ó Náraigh

Drama Facilitator

A proud native of Kildare Town, Cian attended both Gaelscoil Chill Dara and Gaelcholáiste Chill Dara, and is currently a student of English and Irish at NUI Maynooth. Cian joined Kildare Youth Theare in 2014. Across the years since, he has been involved in various productions from Shakespeare such as King Lear and Merchant of Venice, contemporary plays such as Citizenship and Extremism, to playing roles in work devised by KYT's senior ensemble, such as playing his self-titled character in Act of Oblivion: Surrender and Regrant and also in Act of Oblivion: The Penal Laws


Cian now facilitates Touchstone alongside Doug Morrison, working with young people between the ages of 14 and 16, passing on any knowledge he has gained from his time in Kildare Youth Theatre. He hopes to encourage young people in the same way that Kildare Youth Theatre encouraged him as he grew up. Cian is also a part of KYT's senior ensemble.


Cian can be contacted by email at: cian [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie.

Alec Delaney

Videographer & Editor

Alec is an Irish Editor & VFX artist currently based in County Kildare, Ireland. Ever since he was a child he had a passion for film making. At the age of fifteen he built my first computer and started shooting and editing short movies with friends. After secondary school he studied cinematography at Ballyfermot College of Further Education. He is now currently studying Film and Television Production in Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology with a major in editing & minor in cinematography. He try to make as many films as I can while also focusing on my studies without sacrificing quality. I work with what I love, and I love my work.


Alec is our dedicated videographer and editor, and is to be credited for most of our recent play recordings and edited trailers. Much of his work for Kildare Youth Theatre can be viewed on our YouTube page 

AnnMarie McIntyre

English Language Teacher, ESC Volunteers

AnnMarie McIntyre is a language teacher, who formerly taught French in Newbridge College. She has a first class honours degree in French, Spanish and English from UCD. She was awarded a scholarship by UCD to do a Masters Degree in French.  She has also taught at second level from 1995-2018 and has taught English as a Second Language since the late ‘80s.


She was introduced to Kildare Youth Theatre through her daughter, who was in the youth theatre until last year when she left to study at NUI Galway. Here, AnnMarie teaches English to our ESC volunteers

Charlie Hughes-Farrell

Website Technician

Charlie has been with Kildare Youth Theatre since he was 11, participating in our junior programme, Crooked Mice. He has been involved in a host of Kildare Youth Theatre plays, most noticeably the 2015 Connections play Hospital Food which was selected to be performed on the Dorfman Stage in the National Theatre of London that summer. Charlie has traveled across Europe with Kildare Youth Theatre, participating in international festivals in countries such as Greece, France and Spain. 


Charlie is now our dedicated Website Technician and is now in charge of our website. Should you have any suggestions, questions or complaints regarding the website, I can be contacted at: charlie [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie.

INTERNS & VOLUNTEERS

Athina Fragkou

European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

Athina is one of our European Solidarity Corps volunteers in Kildare Youth Theatre for the 2020-21 season. She is from Athens, Greece. She has a bachelors degree in Pre-School Education from the National University of Greece. She has also graduated from the national arts school - doing drama and cinematography - and she also holds an advanced degree in ballet and has been studying movement theatre for years. She aspires to become a full time actress and drama facilitator.


This year Athina will facilitate the Touchstone workshop in the studio as well as the workshop in Scoil Mhuire. Along with that she will shadow other facilitators, she will be playing the role of Jessica in this year's Shakespeare production of “The Merchant of Venice”, and will assistant direct in some other productions.


Athina can be contacted at: volunteers [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie.

Berta Sipos

European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

Berta Sipos is a Hungarian European Solidarty Corps volunteer in Kildare Youth Theatre. She has been studying in France for the last 8 years and has completed a Masters in Norwegian Contemporary Theatre. She has done internships as assistant director in a French and Norwegian national theatre. 


This year, she shadows facilitators in different projects at Crooked House Theatre Company, co-facilitates a Transition Year group in St Conleth's Community College in Newbridge as well as  our Touchstone workshop. She is also participating as a guest in our Senior Ensemble.


Like all our volunteers, Berta can be contacted at: volunteers [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie.

Nikolaos Chatzakis

European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

Nikolaos Chatzakis is one of our European Solidarty Corps volunteers in Kildare Youth Theatre from Athens, Greece. He is a post graduate in Social Work and has been working with people with cerebral palsy and autism.


He has been trained in  "Playback Theater". This is an interactive form of improvisational theatre in which audience members tell stories from their lives and watch them be enacted on the spot.  It combines the two things that he wants to keep working with - for as long as he can dream of himself - theater, and social dialogue; especially for minorities and marginalized groups. He has also been trained in the techniques of "Forum Theater, Theater of the Oppressed" as well as Performance Acting and Dance Theater.


This year, he shadows facilitators in different projects at Crooked House Theatre Company, co-facilitates a Transition Year group in St Conleth's Community College in Newbridge as well as our Touchstone workshop. He is also partcipating as a guest in our Senior Ensemble


Like all our volunteers, Nikos can be contacted at: volunteers [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie.

Maria de Villalba

European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

María Ortíz de Villalba Ramírez de la Piscina is 18 years old and one of our European Solidarity Corps Volunteers from Logroño, Spain. She is very interested in humanities, especially philosophy and literature. She loves reading and writing, in fact becoming a writer is her dream.


She doesn't have a lot of experience in theatre but is excited to start learning more about drama. Importantly, she has a passion for watching theatre and musical theatre. During her stay at Kildare Youth Theatre she will participate in our workshops and offer a Spanish insight to our members.


Like all our volunteers, María can be contacted at: volunteers [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie.

Koldo Colás

European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

Koldo, 18, is one of our European Solidary Corps Volunteers helping us in the 2020-21 season. Born in Logroño Spain, he studied Science and also was a school mentor for young children.


He is a writer by hobby and loves to write and read any style of books especially romance books. He also loves to go outside to take a walk to a park as well as freestyling. He is of course also linked with theatre, participating in our Drama for Youth Work project in Logroño with On&Off Teatro. 


He has not studied theatre before and is using this ESC Placement to learn skills and share a Spanish insight to our Caliban and Echo groups.


Like all our volunteers, Koldo can be contacted at: volunteers [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie.

Marco Mazza

European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

Marco Mazza, from Italy, is one of our European Solidarity Corps volunteers working with us for the 2020-21 season. He studied Acting at the Alessandra Galante Garrone Theatre School and graduated in Drama and Cinema Studies at the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna.


As an actor, he has had the opportunity to work in several national theatre productions such as Anna Karenina, Macbettu and The Global City. He has also worked as a Community Artist for youth theatre associations taking part in civic and scientific education projects. This year he will facilitate our workshops in Patrician Secondary School as well as in our new Echo Ensemble group.


Like all our volunteers, Marco can be contacted at: volunteers [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie.

Oguzhan Sahin

European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

Oguzhan is a European Solidarty Corps volunteer from Turkey. He is an Actor and has studied Acting/Theatre, and also was a Speech/Diction teacher in Turkey. He orginally lived in Istanbul, working in Children's Theatre. During his studies, he participated in a number of plays including William Shakespeare's Macbeth, Tennessee Williams' The Glasses Menagerie, Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid, Arthur Miller's Death Of a Salesman and Dario Fo's Japanese Puppet.


This year he will be performing as Shylock in our production of The Merchant of Venice. He's also a volunteer facilitator in our workshops in the local Patrician Secondary School and is also a facilitator in the Touchstone workshop.


Like all our volunteers, Oguzhan can be contacted at: volunteers [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie.

Eric Donegan

Student Intern

Eric Donegan, from Newbridge, has a keen interest in youth work, where he has been volunteering with national youth organisations for the last few years. He holds a B.A in Political Science and Sociology from Maynooth University, and is currently doing a Masters in Community and Youth Work in NUI Maynooth.


He has known about KYT for a number of years as a Newbridge local and got to know more about it in recent months through Peter who was one of his lecturers on the Masters programme. He is currently on placement for his masters with KYT, where he is co-facilitating a transition year group in St. Conleths and the Touchstone workshop. I am also shadow facilitating the Caliban workshop.

Sinéad Mooney

Connections Assistant Director

Sinéad has been a member of Kildare Youth Theatre since 2016, taking part in weekly workshops and exchanges as well as numerous plays, including both Shakespearean (Macbeth, Hamlet) and contemporary (Want, By The Bog Of Cats, Dungeness) productions. In 2019, she featured on a discussion panel in the Project Arts Centre at Dublin Theatre Festival as part of Youth Theatre Ireland's Young Critics programme and is currently an ongoing participant in the inaugural edition of their new playwriting project, ARTiculate. She is currently in her second year of studying Communications in Dublin City University, where she is part of the drama society's technical team and is acting as producer for the show A Midwinter Night's Dream.


Sinéad will be assistant director alongside Shane on this year's Connections show, Find A Partner. Sinéad is incredibly excited to be involved in the 2020-2021 Connections process as a director and is greatly looking forward to working together with everyone involved.

Martina McCormack

Volunteer Assistant

Martina McCormack returned to adult education in 1999 (VTOS) and discovered her love of theatre and lifelong learning. She holds a MA in performance & theatre studies and has done extensive training in screen acting in Ireland and Europe. 


She is a stage and screen actor, drama facilitator, corporate role player and storyteller. Martina developed her own successful drama school in Newbridge before moving to Spain to work in international arts education. She has developed drama programmes for all formal educational sectors from early years to 3rd level and for exponential learning environments.


Martina’ has an innate sense of place with KYT, born and bred in Newbridge, she started life in a small flat up over Johnson’s pub back in the early 60’s - now home to KYT. Her daughter Sarah got involved with KYT on her return from Spain and is now a Bristol old Vic graduate.

Mary Sheehan

Shakespeare Assistant Director

Mary is an Artist, Theatre-Maker, and Creative Producer originally from Dublin. She currently holds a 1st Class Honours in in Directing for Theatre, NUI Maynooth (2018), which was under the tutorship of  our Artistic Director, Peter Hussey. Mary established the 'IdoSpeechandDrama' group in 2013 which is a network aimed at Speech and Drama work in local schools and communities. As well as this, she is a qualified Drama Facilitator (NAYD Artstrain & Youth Theatre Ireland), and Speech and Drama Teacher (Irish Board).


This year Mary is an assistant director of this years' Shakespeare production, The Merchant of Venice

Anne Doyle

Voice Coach

Anne Doyle has been working with Crooked House and Kildare Youth Theatre for many years. In 2012 she graduated from two years of full-time professional training at the Gaiety School of Acting. In 2014 she graduated from the more advanced Michael Chekhov training. She has also done voice workshops with Sarah Kane. Since the establishment of Kildare Youth Theatre, Anne does regular voice work and voice coaching, particularly with our more senior members and those who wish to study acting professionally.