creating adventures with young people in Newbridge, Ireland since 1996
Here is an archive of our past staff and volunteers!
Gonzalo Martinez, an administration and facilitator, from Madrid, was one of our ESC (European Solidarity Corps) assistants who worked with us in the 2019-20 season. He studied History at the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid but has been involved in theatre and singing since a young age. The conservation of artistic heritage of his local community is a major focus of his.
Gonzalo helped with general office work, such as accounting and managing European grants, but he also co-facilitated two of the season's weekly workshops. He was also a member of our Outreach Programme.
Oberon Workshop Facilitator
Graham Butler Breen
Graham Butler Breen now has a BA in English with Drama with UCD and was a facilitator/director for the Oberon Workshop. He took to the stage at the age of 9 and has been acting ever since, being involved in the Y.C.S Music and Drama summer camp, Leah Moran Stage School, Newbridge Pantomime Troupe, Newbridge Musical Society, Kildare Youth Theatre and National Youth Theatre. He has played the roles of Aladdin in Leah Moran’s adaption of the Disney classic, and the Artful Dodger in Newbridge Musical Society’s production of ‘Oliver!’. Graham played the part of Joe in Kildare Youth Theatre’s world premiere of ‘Hospital Food’, staged in the National Theatre of London during the summer of 2015, and most recently, King Lear in William Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy. Graham’s most recent achievements is playing Dr Hallemeier in Karel Capek’s 20th Century drama, ‘Rossum’s Universal Robots’ which was staged on the Peacock Stage in the Abbey Theatre as a member of the National Youth Theatre of Ireland. Graham’s worked with the Oberon Workshop to create a safe and creative space where young people can feel free to create beautiful, terrifying, blissful, and terrific art without worry and fear of judgement. Oberon was also an opportunity to broaden one’s mind and embark on new journeys of self-discovery in a fun and positive environment.
Caliban Workshop Facilitator
Aoife has been a member of Kildare Youth Theatre for nearly a decade and facilitated the Caliban workshop on Tuesday nights. She adores working with young people exploring issues that are prevalent in their lives. Aoife has a BA in English and History from UCD and has since partook in the PME programme there to become a secondary school teacher. Her goal with the Caliban group was to create a safe space for all young people to participate in games and enjoy themselves in a nonjudgmental environment.
Anna Hyllested was a volunteer from Denmark. Since she was a child, Anna was very interested in drama and was part of a youth theatre for 7 years. She started working with theatre professionally backstage as the age of 17, doing almost every job there is. Anything from prompting, assistant director, stage hand, stage manager, running tech, props etc. In 2015 she produced, co-directed and staged a self written youth play in Copenhagen. She has travelled the world from a very young age with her family, and has lived and gone to school for two years in North Scotland. Anna volunteered with Crooked House Theatre Company, from the summer of 2017 until the summer of 2018.
Theo Nadal grew up in a Steiner-Waldorf school in France. He learnt the importance of nature, art and friendship and this is where he encountered theatre. Later on he was forced to leave the wilderness for mainstream-programme education but he progressed in theatre and has since learnt a lot. Now he has graduated from high school and has begun his awakening in life. His plan for life is to be happy and to be of service for the world, so he started a gap-year. He began as a volunteer in a community called Embercombe in England and joined KYT in January 2018. Theo is a happy bunny.
Katerina (Kat) has worked as a performer in theatre and cinema. She is interested in experimental, multidisciplinary approaches in performing arts, focused in body creativity. At the same time she explores ways to offer her services contributing to a positive creative development of juveniles and communities while being an MA student in the program Drama and Performing Arts in Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of Peloponnese, Greece. She moved into Newbridge, Ireland to carry out her internship as a facilitator for KYT on design & deliver drama workshops and on theater direction for young people from 2017 to 2018. She also has a bachelor degree in Art Theory & History and varied experience in the field of arts as director assistant, assistant curator and production assistant for different projects.
NUI Maynooth Student
Sandra is studying for a Masters in Community and Youth Work from NUI Maynooth. She originally worked in KYT on a 14 week fieldwork placement, but she loved it so much she extended her stay! Sandra has an honours Bachelors degree in Psychology and returned in September 2017 to study Community and Youth work, as she has volunteered and worked with young people for many years. Whilst in Ireland, she was a volunteer mentor with Le Cheile - Mentoring and Youth Justice Support Services. She previously worked with Foroige and Scouting Ireland and taught young people to play guitar. She came to KYT to practice facilitating groups, to work with young people and to learn drama techniques to use in future roles, and gain an understanding of the role that drama plays in informal education.
Alexandra Sakavitsi, from Greece, is currently doing a masters degree in Performing Art and Drama in Education. She came to Kildare Youth Theatre in 2017 to expand her horizons, to meet Irish people, to learn their culture and of course, have some fun! She was in Ireland under an Erasmus+ scheme and assisted with workshops, productions, and administration work in our office.
Rhea Thomakou came from Athens, Greece. She is a student in the Faculty of Fine Arts in the Theatre Department of the University of Peloponnese, Greece. During her studies she directed some plays of classical and modern repertory and some devised pieces as projects in her University. She also has some experience in light designing and theatre production. After her studies she worked as assistant director in ‘The Miser’ by Moliere in the National Theatre of Greece and in the New Theatre Vasilakou in four one-act plays by Harold Pinter. She arrived in Ireland in 2017 has extended her stay into 2019 on behalf of an Erasmus+ program.