Thom Southerland

Director

Thom is the Artistic Director of Charing Cross Theatre, London. Having been nominated for four consecutive Evening Standard Awards, Thom won Best Director 2011 at the Off West End Awards for Me And Juliet at the Finborough Theatre. Amongst others, his Southwark Playhouse productions of Parade, Titanic, Grand Hotel and Mack and Mabel won many awards, with Titanic receiving both the WhatsOnStage and Off West End Awards for Best Production. His work has been produced in London and the USA and have subsequently transferred internationally.

Credits include: – Allegro (Southwark Playhouse), Grey Gardens (Southwark Playhouse), Peter Pan (US Tour, Writer and Director), Grand Hotel (Southwark Playhouse and Umeda Arts Theatre Tokyo), The Smallest Show on Earth (UK Tour – Writer and Director), The Grand Tour (Finborough Theatre); The Mikado (Charing Cross Theatre); Titanic (Southwark Playhouse & Charing Cross Theatre, London – Umeda Arts, Japan and Princess of Wales Theatre Toronto); Carnival Of The Animals (Riverside Studios); The 25th Annual Putnam County Bee (Arts Ed); Victor/Victoria (Southwark Playhouse); Mack & Mabel (Southwark Plavhouse – Longlisted for the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical 2012, nominated for 13 Broadway World UK Awards and six Off West End Awards); Merrily We Roll Along (Guildhall); Noel & Gertie (Cockpit); Parade (Southwark Playhouse -long-listed Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical 2011, nominated, whatsonstage.com Award for Best Musical Revival 2012, Off West End Award for Best Musical Production 2012); State Fair (Finborough & Trafalgar Studios); Daisy Pulls It Off, The Diary of Anne Frank, Call Me Madam (Upstairs at the Gatehouse); The Full Monty (New Players); Hobson’s Choice (Broadway Theatre, Catford), Hello Jerry!, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Landor); I Sing, Divorce Me Darling!, Annie, Get Your Gun, The Pajama Game, all-male adaptations of HMS Pinafore and The Mikado (Union Theatre).

 

Francis O’Connor

Set & Costume Designs

Francis designs across opera, drama and musical theatre. His work has been seen  in Dublin, the West End and Broadway. He has designed numerous productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre (UK) and the Royal Court. His work in Ireland includes many shows at both the Abbey and Gate Theatres. He is most noted in Ireland for his many collaborations with Garry Hynes and Druid Theatre, most recently Waiting For Godot.

Recent musicals include Loserville, (West End,) Oklahoma!, (National Tour) and The Wedding Singer which is currently on a UK tour.

Current Opera includes Farnace in the US and Tosca opening the New Grange Park Opera House in the UK.

Future projects include Magic Flute in Russia and Il Turco In Italia at Garsington Festival.

 

Sinead McKenna

Lighting Design

Sinead has received two Irish Times Theatre Awards for Best Lighting Design (2002 and 2013).

Designs include Prodijig (Cork Opera House); Grace Jones the Musical of My Life

(Blinder Films); The Beckett/Pinter/Friel Festival, Private Lives (2016 and 2008), Juno and the Paycock, A Month in The Country, The Gigli Concert, The Mariner, The Price and An Ideal Husband (all at The Gate Theatre); Maz and Bricks (Fishamble), Uncle Vanya and Richard III (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Wake, Othello, Aristocrats, Quietly, Alice in Funderland, The Plough and the Stars, 16 Possible Glimpses, The Burial at Thebes, Howie The Rookie, Finders Keepers (all at the Abbey Theatre); New Electric Ballroom (Druid); Howie The Rookie, Greener, October, Last Days of The Celtic Tiger, Blackbird (Landmark Productions); Nivelli’s War (Cahoots NI); Dubliners (The Corn Exchange), Famished Castle, Travesties, The Importance of Being Earnest, Improbable Frequency (Drama Desk nomination 2009 Best Lighting Design for a Musical), The Parker Project, Life is a Dream, Attempts on her Life and Dream of Autumn (Rough Magic); The Wolf and Peter, Agnes, Pageant, Swept (CoisCéim Dance Theatre); Invitation to a journey (CoisCéim/Fishamble/Crash Ensemble); Don Giovanni (OTC); La Traviata (Malmo Opera House); The Rape of Lucretia (IYO), The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Theatre Company), A Midsummer’s Night Dream (Opera Ireland).

She has also worked with Decadent, Gare St Lazare Players, Corn Exchange, THISISPOPBABY, Siren, The Lyric, Second Age, Performance Corporation, Semper Fi and Gúna Nua.

 

Kevin McGing

Sound Design

Kevin hails from Kildare. From early beginnings as a musician, Kevin progressed through studio and venue sound mixing into live touring and theatre. Today he is engaged in live sound system design and management, and in creative and technical sound design for theatre and other events. Recent work includes: Riverdance (1997 to present as sound engineer/audio manager & recording engineer); Jeff Dunham  ‘Relevant Disaster’ (Bórd Gáis Energy Theatre as production sound engineer); Gaiety Theatre Pantomime (2006-2016 as associate sound designer for MOSCO); Giselle/Swan Lake/Romeo And Juliet/Carmen/La Traviata/Madam Butterfly/La Bohème (Bórd Gáis Energy Theatre as sound consultant); Man Of Valour (Corn Exchange as touring sound engineer); Heartbeat Of Home (production sound engineer); Guys & Dolls/Company/Titanic/Evita/Sweeney Todd (all for Bull Alley Theatre as sound designer); Singlehood (UMCK Theatre as sound designer); The Rite Of Spring (Fleadh Cheoil opening event as sound designer/engineer); Improbable Frequency (Rough Magic Theatre Company as live sound design/engineer).

 

David Wray

Musical Director

Trained at Lancaster University and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London. He has since worked as a pianist, musical director and arranger in both Musical Theatre and Opera.

Musical Direction credits include Dido & Aeneas (South Bank, London), Acis & Galatea (London/Barcelona), MZT Dance Company (London), The Rocky Horror Show, The Hot Mikado, Side by Side by Sondheim, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd, Assassins, Putting It Together, all in Dublin. As Artistic & Musical Director for Music Theatre Ireland productions include: Listen to my Heart, The Songs of David Friedman, The Last Five Years, And The World Goes Round, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Songs For A New World, Red Hot and Cole, A New York Songbook, Noel & Gertie.

USA & European Tours include musical direction for The Three Irish Tenors, Druid and The Irish Sopranos.

David is currently Artistic & Musical Director for Opera In The Open, Dublin who are currently presenting their 18th season.

Arranging/Orchestration credits include Just Bodies for the Irish Modern Dance Theatre, A Chelsea Affair (Theatre Space, Dublin) and Michael Collins for Cork Opera House. David has recorded and orchestrated projects for many Irish based artists. Recent recordings which have received acclaim include Simon Morgan’s I’ll Be Seeing You recorded with the Prague Philharmonic and Irish Soprano Sandra Oman’s two albums Liberty and Noel and the newly released Little Trip To Heaven by the artist Mia.

David is currently head of music for the Music Theatre programmes at the Irish College of Music Theatre at the DIT and the American College, Dublin with whom has just been M.D. for their production of A Grand Night For Singing at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.

 

Ste Clough

Movement Director

Ste hails from West Yorkshire, and trained at Arts Educational, London. Graduating in 2009 gaining a BA Hons in Musical Theatre. After spending eight years as a performer in Musical Theatre around the UK and in the West End Ste has now turned his attention to Choreography.

Credits Include: Annie Get Your Gun (The Union); The Illness Should Attend (Workshop); A Long Morning Out (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); The Rift (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); Lockhart- A New Musical (Bernie Grants Theatre); A Subject of Scandal and Concern (Finborough Theatre); Gods & Monsters (Southwark Playhouse); Peter Pan (Barking); Snow White (Runcorn); Love Takes Control (Music Video) Burning Pictures (Music Video); Weave (Music Video); The Fortunetellers which are performing around the UK.

Ste is also the Artistic Director of Stone Wall Dance Company, and is currently in research and development for their debut piece that is to be premiered later in the year.

 

Colm Ó Foghlú

Arrangements & Orchestrations

Composer, arranger and producer, Colm has toured extensively throughout Australia, Europe, Asia and North America.  A former Musical Director for Riverdance, he has composed, arranged and co-produced Mairéad Nesbitt’s award winning album Raining Up, Celtic Dawn and her latest recording Hibernia which reached no 2 in the Billboard World Music Charts.

His most recent projects include a sold out concert of his music in the National Concert Hall with the Orchestra of Ireland and premieres of his operas Eoghainín na nÉan and Íosagan, based on stories by P.H. Pearse. He premiered his Violin Concerto in Hong Kong in September conducted by Grammy award winning producer and conductor Chris Craker.

Recent commissions include Irish Thunder & Celtic Fire (Busch Gardens), Aifreann na nAingeal/Mass of the Angels (RTÉ), The Star of Bethlehem: A Christmas Oratorio (BAI/RTÉ) and Inscribed, a musical collaboration with poet Eavan Boland.

He is currently working on a film version of his Island Lullaby to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of The Blasket Evacuation and a new oratorio based on the Ann Lovett Letters.

 

Joe Csibi

Bass/Arrangements & Orchestrations

Joe Csibi is a Producer, Orchestrator, Composer and Musician. A former member of The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Joe spent 7 years with Riverdance the Show as a Musician & Musical Director.

Joe has arranged, produced and orchestrated for the following artists and orchestras: Kodaline, Damian Dempsey, Eurovision winner Eimear Quinn, International Soprano Celine Byrne, The RTE Concert Orchestra, The RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Luka Bloom, Eddi Reader, Cara Dillon, Tommy Fleming, Paul Byrom (NO.1 Billboard album “This Is The Moment”), Paul Byrom’s PBS film project, “Live from The Penn State Theatre” (Arranger, Music Supervisor, Orchestrator), Orchestrator and recording producer of RTE’s “Big Music Week” 2013, O Emporer, Jack L, Sharon Shannon & Ulster  Orchestra, and the late Joe Dolan. Over 2013 & 2014, Joe has conducted the Ulster Orchestra, The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and The RTE Concert Orchestra.

As a composer Joe has been most noticably associated with the 2 time Drama Desk Award nominated Show “Noctu” & Craig Doyle’s children’s stage show “The Christmas Gathering”. In April 2012 Joe composed music for choir and orchestra in commeration of The Titanic. 5 outdoor concerts took place in Cobh, County Cork. The concerts were a huge success. He has also written music for documentaries and short films for RTE and TG4. He was Musical Director and composer, orchestrator for Centenary, RTE’s Easter Monday’s 1916 project.