Sam Shepard - Director
Sam Shepard has written over 45 plays including Simpatico, True West, Fool for Love, A Lie of the Mind, and The Late Henry Moss, directed by Michael Attenborough at the Almeida in 2006 as its European premiere. Eleven of his plays have won Obie Awards; his other awards include the Pulitzer Prize for Buried Child and the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for Paris, Texas. As an actor he has appeared in numerous films, including The Right Stuff for which he was nominated for an Oscar, as well as The Accidental Husband, The Assassination of Jesse James, Days of Heaven, Resurrection, Raggedy Man, Frances, Country, Fool for Love, Crimes of the Heart, Baby Boom, Steel Magnolias, Bright Angel, Defenseless, Voyager, Thunderheart, The Pelican Brief, Safe Passage, Hamlet and Don’t Come Knocking.
Brien Vahey - Design
Brien is an Associate Artist with the Abbey Theatre where his work includes A Number and A Whistle in the Dark. He has worked extensively in Ireland, England and America including design for Three Sisters, The Hostage (Druid), An Ideal Husband (Gate Theatre, Dublin), Antigone (Field Day), Three Days of Rain (Rough Magic), Sea Change (Riverside Studios), The Bells, A Doll’s House (Leicester Haymarket), Cocktail Party, Portraits (West End), A Moon for the Misbegotten (West End and Broadway), The Shadow of a Gunman (Broadway) and the opera, La buona figliola (Buxton Opera Festival). His television and film work includes Glenroe, Nighthawks, Fair City, Upwardly Mobile, On Home Ground, Making the Cut/DDU, Hell for Leather, Horse, After Midnight, The Battle of Inchion and Excalibur.
John Comiskey - Lighting Design
John Comiskey has worked on set, lighting and video for productions including Hamlet,The Shape of Metal, The Drawer Boy, The Doctor’s Dilemma (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), Mermaids and Hanging on by a Thread (CoisCéim), Only The Lonely (Birmingham Rep) and Copenhagen (Rough Magic) for which he won an Irish Times/ESB Theatre Award. He has designed lighting for numerous theatre companies including CoisCéim, Rough Magic, Prime Cut, Druid, Siamsa Tire, Barabbas, Galloglass, Operating Theatre (of which he was also an artistic director) and two performance works by James Coleman. His work as a director includes The Well (Abhann Productions) and Gavin Friday's Ich Liebe Dich, both for the Dublin Theatre Festival, and two years as production director of Riverdance - the Show (Abhann Productions) worldwide. His film and television work includes directing the award-winning Hit and Run, The Eurovision Song Contest 1995, Nighthawks, Today Tonight, The Blackbird and the Bell, and Fair City.
Joan Bergin - Costume Design
Joan Bergin established herself as in-house designer for Focus Theatre, working on productions including A Doll’s House, Collier’s Friday Night and A Month in the Country. She has also worked with Noel Pearson on many productions ranging from The Pirates of Penzance to Brian Friel’s Translations on Broadway. Recent design work includes the Pinter Season and Billy Roche’s Poor Beast in the Rain at the Gate Theatre, Dublin, and Family Stories and Teja Verdes with b*spoke. Her film work includes My Left Foot, The Field, In the Name of the Father and The Boxer. Recent work includes Reign of Fire, Veronica Guerin and The Prestige. Television highlights include Roddy Doyle’s Family and David Copperfield. She received a Best Costume Designer Emmy Award for her work on The Tudors (American Showtime).