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

Colin Smyth

Creative Assistant & 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 six 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 aims 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. He is 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

Creative Assistant

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. 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.


Cian can be contacted by email at: cian [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.

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  in charge of our website. 


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

INTERNS & VOLUNTEERS

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.


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

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.

Abdelmonem Nasr

European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

Abdelmonem Nassef is an Egyptian artist fond of all art, especially acting, drawing, and music. He is an actor and theatre director. He is undergoing a journey in art which began when he studied Theatre Studies at university. At university he had amazing opportunity to learn and practice was honored as one of the best actors in his course. He has since acted and directed in many festivals, performances and in television - his last work was a tv series. He loves graffiting also and does it as both a hobby and career.


Abdelmonem heard about Kildare Youth Theatre through the European Union's ESC programme (European Solidarity Corps) as he was looking for an opportunity in art that would let him learn more and teach simultaneously. He is extremley excited to be joining us for the 2021-22 season. 


Abdelmonem will volunteer as an assistant youth drama facilitator and an assistant theater maker. 


He can be contacted via our volunteer 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. 

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

Nikita Belykh

European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

Nikita Belykh was born in the city of Angarsk in Siberia, Russia, and since childhood, he has danced and worked in a circus studio. He enrolled in  GITIS (acting department) in 2017. At the same he time began to set up choreo pieces and dance in various shows. In 2014, together with the Start, Rec 357 team, hee won the famous "Red Bull Beat Battle Russia".


Nikita graduated from GITIS with a first-class diploma in 2017. From 2017 to 2020, he actively worked as a Performing Artist and Choreographer. He has staged performances as a choreographer in different theatres in Russia and also staged a performance in Paris at the Theater Du Verre. In addition, he has worked as a teacher of Performing Arts at the Moscow Art Theater and in the Gogol School, Moscow as well.


Nikita can be contacted through our volunteer email - voluntters [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie. 

Petro Rusanienko

European Solidarity Corps Volunteer

Petro Rusanienko is an actor, producer and Roma activist. He has received a B.A. followed by an M.A. (with honors) from Kiev National University Theater’s Faculty of Cinema and

Television of Karpenko-Kary with a specialty in theatre and cinema acting. In 2021, Petro graduated from the Roma Preparatory Program at CEU, Budapest. 


Throughout his acting career, Petro has appeared in roughly 100 cinematic and theatrical works, including performances at the most popular theatres in Kiev.


One of the most popular projects in Ukraine according to a jury of independent theatrical works, Petro’s project, How to Steal a Horse?, explored Roma pogroms in Ukraine and

evolved into a play that was written, directed and performed by Petro. Petro founded the production studio SightFilm Production; in 2017, he made a short film entitled, Pamyataty (Remember), which depicts the topic of Roma genocide during World War II. He presented this film in Hungary, Poland, Belgium, Ukraine and Germany.  In 2020

Petro had the leading role in the film, Chacho, that won in the Odessa International Film Festival. He also worked with famous Ukrainian bloggers with a million audience and knows

how to work with media and social networks.


Petro learned about Crooked House Theater Company by chance while studying in Hungary and decided that he could share his no longer small experience and gain new experience

working in the European theater. In the project, he would like to share the skills of organizing, promoting his projects and

working with the audience. Petro plans to demonstrate his directing skills in theatrical work.


He can be contacted via our volunteers email, volunteers [at] crookedhouse [dot] ie. 

Cain-Guilfoyle Shorte

Oberon & Touchstone Facilitator

Cain has been a member of Kildare Youth Theatre since 2016. He first joined our Oberon workshop, before later transitioning to our Touchstone workshop. Throughout the years he developed a passion for theatre facilitation and now aged 19, he co-facilitates these workshops. Cain is a part of a 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. 

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.