Our Team

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.

Oğuzhan Şahin

Creative Assistant

Oğuzhan was a European Solidarty Corps volunteer in 2020 - 2021 who applied to volunteer with us for another year. He is from Turkey. He is an Actor and has studied Acting/Theatre, and also was a Speech/Diction teacher in Turkey. 


He originally 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 Glass Menagerie, Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid, Arthur Miller's Death Of a Salesman and Dario Fo's Japanese Puppet.


In 2021 he played Shylock in Kildare Youth Theatre’s production of The Merchant of Venice. He facilitates free drama workshops for the local secondary schools, as well as our Touchstone and Caliban workshops.


Oğuzhan can be contacted at oguzhan [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie.

Alec Delaney

Videographer & Editor

Alec is an Irish Editor & VFX artist from County Kildare, Ireland. Ever since he was a child he had a passion for film making. At the age of fifteen he built his first computer and started shooting and editing short movies with friends. After secondary school he studied cinematography at Ballyfermot College of Further Education. He then graduated from Film and Television Production in Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology with a major in editing & minor in cinematography. He tries to make as many films as he can. He works with what he loves, and he loves his 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 Crooked House and Kildare Youth Theatre can be viewed on our YouTube page.

Cormac Dowdall

Sound Recordist & Editor

Cormac Dowdall is a sound engineer, composer, and sound designer from Kildare. He came to work with sound the same way many do - learning an instrument and writing songs with friends. He’s primarily interested in creating sound for stage and film, as well as dabbling in sound art, installations, and field recording. 


Cormac holds a BA in History from Trinity College Dublin, an MA in Experimental Sound Practice from UCC, and a certificate in Audio Post-Production and Sound Design from Pulse College Dublin.


Since around 2019, Cormac has collaborated with Kildare Youth Theatre, providing sound for most of the theatre’s video-based work - working with our chief videographers Alec Delaney and Doug Morrison. In addition, he provides some sound design and music for performances. Cormac was in charge of the soundtrack for our recent Senior Ensemble production Queen's County - which featured some of his own music. He has also worked in projects abroad recording sound with us and our partners, most recently in Austria as part of the Digital Drama Workshops project.

Charlie Hughes-Farrell

Creative Assistant & 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. He was most recently involved in our Act of Oblivion series with our Senior Ensemble


Charlie is in charge of the maintenance and updating of the Kildare Youth Theatre website. He also helps with some other adminsitraive elements.


Should you have any suggestions, questions or complaints regarding the website, he can be contacted at: charlie [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie.

European Soldarity Corps Volunteers

Each year we take roughly 10 volunteers from around the continent as part of the EU's European Solidarity Corps programme. These volunteers, normally young theatre makers, facilitators and artists, engage with and help to run our workshops, productions, projects and so forth. They stay with us for up to a year and bring a fresh perspective to the work we do and to our members. Read more about our ESC programme here.

Narod Shahinian

European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

Narod Shahinian is a Greek-Armenian actress. She is a graduate of the Dilos Drama School in Athens and is currently an ESC (European Solidarity Corps) volunteer with us. 


She came across Kildare Youth Theatre in 2018 during an Erasmus+ project in Athens, and has been participating in exchanges ever since.


She has worked with children and young people aged 9-16 for five years as a teacher and consultant and she has experience as an assistant director in several projects back home. She is currently an artistic residency coordinator for a project in the Balkans.  She is part of an all-female choir “Chóres”, under the direction of the renowned Marina Satti.


Narod will be co-facilitating some of our workshops and will be involved with some of our a projects. 


Narod can be contacted through our volunteer email, volunteers [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie.

Daria Kozlova

European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

Daria Kozlova is a 27 year old from St. Petersburg, Russia. She first got a degree in Economics and later studied as a pupetteer at the Russian State University of Performing Arts. 


Before studying, she played in an amateur studio, where she was not only acting, but also taking part in training, playwriting and set design.  During her study at university she covered topics such as as acting (drama, puppets, shadows), voice training, stage movement and acrobatics, dance (classic, Russian national dance, contemporary, Spanish dance), and theatre history. During her studies she also had the  opportunity to perform in  a number of different plays – both as an actress and a puppeteer.  She has also worked as a tutor for young people (12-18 years), as a team leader in camps for teens.


Daria has previously volunteered in exchange programmes in Germany and France, and was also a volunteer as an interpreter for a number of international festivals in St. Petersburg. She has a love for volunteering and exchange programmes, and this is what led her to Kildare Youth Theatre. 


Daria can be contacted through our email at volunteers [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie. 

Özer Gökmen

European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

Özer is a Turkish actor. He graduated from Anadolu University State Conservatory in Eskişehir and is currently an ESC (European Solidarity Corps) volunteer with us.


Prior to his studies in university, he worked as a professional actor in a local theatre for two seasons. Throughout his career he took place in various plays and short films. Lately, he hosted a TV program for literature enthusiasts on Turkish state television. One of his colleagues came up with the idea of volunteering abroad and Özer found this opportunity very exciting as his career plans could include international studies.


He will volunteer as an actor and an assistant youth drama facilitator. 


Özer can be contacted via our volunteer email at volunteers [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie.

Cansu Esra Genç

European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

Cansu is one of our European Solidarity Corps volunteers from Turkey. She has a degree in Law.  In addition to her law degree she has taken an active role in theatre clubs during and after her college years, worked as an actor, assistant director and she has organized various drama workshops during these periods.


While continuing to work as an Attorney in Turkey, she came across Kildare Youth Theatre through the European Solidarity Corps programme and applied to our project to work and improve herself in the field she truly loves and is passionate about.


Cansu will be co-facilitating some of our workshops and participating in plays.


She can be contacted through our volunteer email, volunteers [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie

Ayşe Güneş Tan

European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

Ayşe Güneş Tan is an actress from Turkey and one of our European Solidarity Corps volunteers. She graduated from Anadolu University School of Music & Drama, from the department of acting, in Turkey. She has participated in many workshops and plays during her education and had the opportunity to perform at Eskişehir City Theaters for a season. After the graduation she participated in an online project called ‘Theater of Tomorrow’.


Güneş was looking for training abroad to see different perspectives and improve herself at the international level and came across our project here at Kildare Youth Theatre


Güneş will be with us as an actress and assistant drama facilitator.


She can be contacted via our volunteer email at volunteers [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie.


Emre Can Şahin

European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

Emre Can Şahin was born in Turkey. He has studied Radio and Television Programming in Bülent Ecevit University, following that, he completed a degree in Radio, Television and Cinema degree from the Aydin Adnan Menderes University. He works as a videographer,  producing clips, pieces of fiction and documentaries. He has worked as a director and cinematographer on more than 25 film projects. His films have been showed in national and international festivals and earned awards. He continues to make films on human lives and ethnic issues.

Emre  learned about Kildare Youth Theater through his brother Oğuzhan Şahin, who has been volunteering with us since 2020.

Emre will help us with our social media, including event shootings at Kildare Youth Theatre, documentaries of volunteers coming to the project, acting in front of the camera and short films within the scope of the project.


He can be contacted through our volunteer email, volunteers [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie

Ludovica Brocchi

European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

Ludovica Brocchi is a curious and enthusiastic 25 year old from Pisa, Italy. She has always been interested in what being human means and in the vision that all art can emerge from human life. With this perspective, her theatre skills come from attending drama workshops for young people in her city for 14 years. She has also participated in the intensive acting international workshop for "Prima del Teatro" -- European School of the Art of the Actor in the summer of 2015.

Since then, she has graduated in Philosophy and, later, she got a Master's Degree in philosophical science with a thesis in Performative Anthropology at the University of Padova.


Ludovica is in Ireland as part of our European Solidarity Corps  prgramme, and she is excited to grow as an educator and as a workshop acting facilitator for the youth theatre.


Ludovica can be contacted through our email at volunteers [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie. 

Dario Rapiti

European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

Dario Rapiti, 22 years old is from Rome, Italy.

Dario has studied Statistics and Economics as well as acting. He graduated a few months before coming to Ireland as one of our European Solidarity Corps volunteers. In the last few years, Dario has had many experiences in the fields of youth activism and youth representation. He is interested in youth work, informal education, and in European projects and opportunities.

Dario describes himself as curious and easygoing and will be co-facilitating some of our workshops and participating in plays.


Like all our of our volunteers, Dario can be contacted at volunteers [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie.

Ania Kudriavtseva (
Аня Кудрявцева)

European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

Ania is a Ukrainian film and theatre actress. She studied acting at National Kyiv University of I. Karpenko-Kary. Upon leaving Ukraine, she had some ongoing projects in  theatre, such as Dostoevsky's Uncle's Dream and a work-in-progress new Ukrainian play. Ania has worked with movement theatre a little bit, whilst taking part in the Vagina Monologues production in 2021. She adores working with musical material, as she is also a professional singer.


Here in Kildare Youth Theatre Ania is a volunteer drama facilitator. She applied for the program last year, but only reached the final stage.  However, when the war in Ukraine started, she contacted our Artistic Director, Peter Hussey, who instead re-opened her applciation and fast-tracked her access to the programme, given the circumstances - and she is now in Ireland.


Ania can be contacted through our email at volunteers [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie. 

Adam Abu Rok

European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

Adam Abu Rok is from Gaza, Palestine. He has a degree in Project Management, Project Coordination and Facilitation. He leads a team of youth volunteers in Gaza, where they work through drama and theater to address the effects of war on the mental health of young people and children. He is also a climate activist. 


Adam applied to join us through the European Union's European Solidarity Corps programme. He has been very excited to join us from the moment he first got in touch. He is looking forward to a rich experience where he will get to go deeper into the world of drama and theater, and where he will work closely with the youth and volunteers in the Kildare Youth Theatre family. He hopes to share this experience with the youth in Palestine after the end of the project period.


Adam's volunteering will be around theater management, facilitation, creating workshops and participating in plays throughout the 2021-22 season. 


Adam can be contacted through our email at volunteers [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie. 

ESC Trainers
 

Anna Galligan

Anna Galligan

Drama Facilitation Trainer

Anna Galligan is a theatre-maker and drama facilitator. Anna worked for years with Youth Theatre Ireland training drama facilitators. She now facilitates and directs Kilkenny Youth Theatre and teaches performing Arts at Carlow Institute of Further Educational and Training. Anna trains our ESC volunteers in Drama Facilitation. Anna lives in Kildare town.

Anne Marie McIntyre

Anne Marie McIntyre

English Language Training

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 recently when she left to study at NUI Galway. Here, AnnMarie teaches English to our ESC volunteers

Anne Doyle

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 European Solidarity Corps volunteers, our more senior members, and those who wish to study acting professionally.

Interns, Ocassional & Project Personnel
 

Cain-Guilfoyle Shorte

Apprentice Facilitator

Cain has been a member of Kildare Youth Theatre since 2016. He first joined our Touchstone workshop, before later transitioning to our Caliban workshop. Throughout the years he developed a passion for theatre facilitation and now aged 19, he is an apprentice facilitators in some of these workshops. Cain is a part of a unique Kildare Youth Theatre initiative which offers our members who are seriously invested in theatre opportunities to help with the running of our projects and workshops. 


He has been a participant of some of our international youth exchanges and training courses in Greece and Ireland. He has a particular interest in stage combat and stunt coordination.

Sinéad Mooney

Creative Assistant

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 was also a participant in the inaugural edition of their new playwriting project, ARTiculate. She is currently  studying Communications in Dublin City University, where she is part of the drama society's technical team and acted as producer for the show A Midwinter Night's Dream.


Sinéad was an assistant director  on our 2020 Connections show, Find A Partner. Sinéad was incredibly excited to be involved in the 2020-2021 Connections process as a director, and is now one of our Creative Assistants. 

Juan Escalona Corral

Project Co-ordinator, 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 since returning to Spain, Juan has continued to collaborate with Crooked House and Kildare Youth Theatre, 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 O'Náraigh

Script-writing Mentor

A proud native of Kildare Town, Cian attended both Gaelscoil Chill Dara and Gaelcholáiste Chill Dara, and is a recent graduate 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


In 2021 he gained a place on Youth theatre Ireland's prestigious Drama Facilitation programme. Cian has previously facilitated 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, and assists members with their endeavours in script-writing.


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

Doug Morrison

Assistant Videographer & Editor

Doug has been with Kildare Youth Theatre since 2014, making an appearance in a number of productions including King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, 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 was a facilitator of Touchstone, a foundation workshop for teens interested in exploring and devising pieces of theatre. He also facilitated the older group in Caliban workshop. In his later years with us, Doug was also one of our videographers and editors for Crooked House and 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 has taken part in recent dance and physical theatre work with Crooked House. He trained in a series of masterclasses with Frantic Assembly, and with choreographer Ciarán Gray. He has devised work with Crooked House called And Agamemnon Dead, and movement segments in Queen’s County. Doug also directed DNA by Denis Kelly with Kildare Youth Theatre.


He is a current student of Film and English in Trinity College Dublin.


Doug currently helps with various projects, including editing and videography. He recently recorded our most popular video, If You're Seeing This, and is currently editing our Dréimire Project Series videos.


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

Jerry Iwu

Acting Coach, Dréimire

Jerry is 24 years old and currently living in London. He is Nigerian (Igbo), but grew up in Ireland. 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. 


Jerry was a member of Kildare Youth Theatre for many years, performing in plays such as Journey To X, Othello and Romeo & Juliet to name a few. He also helped to co-facilitate some of our previous workshops, such as Pulse, and Ignition.


Jerry is currently assisting with our Dréimire project, providing his Royal Central expertise to its members.