ELEVATOR

ELEVATOR is ITI's new Resource Sharing initiative in association with Town Hall Theatre Galway. This East/West partnership, funded by the Arts Council, provides mentoring, strategic planning, exchange and training opportunities for emerging Producers and it is supported by administrative and infrastructural resources in two Producer Hubs, one located in Dublin and one in Galway. Participants are provided with a stipend to allow them to see work by other artists and engage with networks in the partner city.

ELEVATOR acts as a catalyst for six producers based in Dublin and Galway to develop their expertise, skills and networks at a crucial point in their careers. The emphasis is on collaboration, mentorship, networking, up-skilling and touring. 

Through an open call and application process, ITI recruited six mentee Producers (three based in Irish Theatre Institute, Dublin; three based in Town Hall Theatre, Galway), each of whom has existing relationships with artists/companies or existing projects to participate in the 12-month scheme, beginning January 2017. 

  • ELEVATOR 2017

  • Jo Cummins
    [Galway Hub]

    Originally from Scotland, Jo trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), graduating in 2005. Jo worked as an actor on stage and screen in Ireland and the UK for 10 years, during which time she was a founding member of Galway-based Moonfish Theatre company. Jo performed in several productions with Moonfish before becoming their producer in 2015. She has produced a national tour of stage adaption of Joseph O’Connor’s novel, Star of the Sea. She then oversaw their year as Theatre Artists in Residence at The Riverbank Arts Centre. During this time, she produced Memory Paths, an immersive theatre piece for children. It was performed at the Riverbank and Baboró International Arts Festival for Children and will tour to Bath Theatre Royal in 2017. Currently Jo is working on international tour of Star of the Sea, taking place this coming September/October.


  • Hugh Farrell
    [Dublin Hub]

    Hugh is a freelance producer and dramaturg operating between Dublin and New York. Recent producing credits include THE CIRCUS ANIMALS' DESERTION (Brokentalkers, Dublin Theatre Festival) THIS BEACH (Brokentalkers, Tiger Dublin Fringe); RECOVERY (Zoe Ní Riordáin, Project Arts Centre) and MEGALOMANIAC (Outlandish Theatre Platform, Tiger Dublin Fringe).  Hugh holds an MFA in Dramaturgy & Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama where he served as artistic director of the forty-seventh season of the Yale Cabaret. 


  • Neasa O'Callaghan
    [Galway Hub]

    Neasa is a playwright and producer from Ballaghaderreen, Co. Roscommon, currently based in Galway. She holds a BA in English, Classics and Creative Writing from NUI Galway, an MPhil in Irish Writing from Trinity College, Dublin, and an MRes in Playwriting Studies from the University of Birmingham. In the past she has produced work at the Absolut Dublin Fringe Festival, for the Playback Company, and for JOLT Theatre among others. In 2015-16, she was a Resident Writer at Theatre503 in London, a Writer-on-Attachment at the Oxford Playhouse, and a Writer-in-Residence at the North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford. She is currently a participant on the Smock Generator Creative Producer Training Programme, and is producing four new work-in-progress pieces for the Scene + Heard Festival at Smock Alley Theatre in February.


  • Sarah O'Toole
    [Galway Hub]

    Sarah originally trained as an actor at Galway Youth Theatre and the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin, and as a theatre director at Middlesex University, London. As part of her MA at Middlesex, she spent time training in Michael Chekhov at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts in Moscow (GITIS) and in Theatre of the East at ISI, Denpasar in Bali. In 2010, she completed further training in the Chekhov technique with MICHA, and is halfway through a PhD at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance at NUI, Galway. She has worked professionally as an actor, director and playwright in Galway, Dublin, London and Glasgow and has taught acting, directing and playwriting at Galway Actors Workshop since 2008 and NUI Galway since 2009. Besides having produced and directed many shows for her students over the years, she is also artistic director of Galway-based Anam Theatre which was founded in 2009 and for which she has produced The Yalta Game (2009), Onegin (2010), Closer (2013), Low Level Panic (2013 and 2014, National Tour), Outpost (2015). 


  • Michelle Cahill
    [Dublin Hub]

    Michelle is a creative producer, arts administrator and performer based in Dublin. Credits as a producer for theatre include Enthroned by Jenny Macdonald (New York International Fringe Festival, First Fortnight) TURF for Rowan Tolley Company (Galway Theatre Festival, Cruthú Arts Festival) and Charolais by Noni Stapleton (Tiger Dublin Fringe 2014). Michelle is a founding member of HAVOC for which she produced Oil & Water – A collection of hybrid dance works at RUA RED South Dublin Arts Centre, directed by Cathy Coughlan, and the dance-film OUT-SIDE-IN (LIGHT MOVES Festival of Screen Dance, REWIND Film Festival). Michelle is the programme co-ordinator at Shawbrook Dance in Longford. Michelle is a graduate of Trinity LABAN, London. For over ten years she has designed and facilitated participatory dance projects for a number of Local Authorities and National Agencies in Ireland. 


  • Joanna Crawley
    [Dublin Hub]

    Joanna is a producer, journalist, translator and dramaturg. Her theatre producing work includes, INLAND(S) (Loose Canon), Override (White Label), Story Machines – Theatre and Technology Symposium (White Label), East of Berlin (Brinkmanship Company), The Windstealers (Eccles Theatre), FUSED (Dan Bergin), To Space (Niamh Shaw), Way to Heaven (Rough Magic SEEDS). Her translations of Irish plays into Polish include the work of Simon Doyle and Gavin Quinn, Deirdre Kinahan, Amy Conroy, Tom Murphy, Owen McCafferty. Honoured with ASSITEJ Award for Excellence in Theatre Criticism. She lectures at University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw. She currently works as a project manager with THEATREclub.