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MUIREANN KELLY

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Muireann Kelly is originally from County Mayo in the west of Ireland. She studied drama at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Gàidhlig at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. She directed Theatre Gu Leòr’s most recent production Scotties, which was it was also co-written by Muireann and Frances Poet and co-missioned by National Theatre of Scotland and Theatre Gu Leòr. Scotties toured both Scotland and to Achill Island in the west of Ireland in Sept/Oct 2108 with the support of both the National theatres of Ireland, Abbey theatre and National Theatre of Scotland, Colmcille and Creative Scotland. She directed the award winning production of Shrapnel in 2016 and Doras Dùinte in 2014, both of which toured Scotland and also directed the National Theatre of Scotland’s Last Tango in Partick by Alison Lang at Oran Mòr in Feb 2017. At the Arches Theatre, Glasgow, she directed Lovers by Brian Friel, The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter and Bold Girls by Rona Munro,

She has taught dialect/voice work on the BA acting course and MA Theatre Studies courses at the Conservatoire and is currently completing level one course in BSL. Muireann is in her third year of a part-time MA in Learning and Teaching Gaelic Arts course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Muireann is currently on one of the Irish Art's Councils panel of peer assessors. 

Muireann has most recently appeared as Màiri Ruadh in Theatre Gu Leòr's production of Cèilidh, directed by Lewis Hetherington, Outlander Season Three (Starz), Molly Bloom in the Tron Theatre's first ever adaptation for stage of James Joyce’s Ulysses which toured Ireland/Uk and China, Flora in Dundee Rep's In My Father's Words touring Scotland and off Broadway, New York, a one woman Scottish/Irish Gaelic translation of Pauline Goldsmith's Bright Colours Only, BAFTA nominated Gàidhlig drama Calum Dongle (Sorbier Ltd/BBCAlba), Leaving Planet Earth Grid Iron-EIF and Olga in John Byrne’s adaptation of The Three Sisters.

 
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RHONA DOUGALL

CO-ORDINATOR

Rhona Dougall is from Oban. She started working in community and arts development when she completed her degree at the University of Glasgow. Together with Aileen Ritchie, she set up a theatre company for you people, Ignite Theatre, which was three times part of Exchange festival with National Theatre of Scotland, which won a Philip Lawrence Award in 2008. In 2013 she started a new online magazine in Gaelic with other young speakers. Since 2014 she has been very much involved in establishing a new community cultural centre in Oban, The Rockfield Centre. She is also currently a member of the Touring Network board of directors. She learned Gaelic at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

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BETH FRIEDEN

ASSOCIATE ARTIST 

Beth is originally from New Hampshire in the USA. She studied theatre at Whitman College in the USA and Gaelic at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig before settling in Glasgow. Beth works as an actor in Gaelic and English. She loves working with new writing and physical theatre, and has performed in a variety of disciplines, from street theatre to voiceover. In 2016, she toured schools in Scotland with Fèisean nan Gàidheal's theatre in education production, Le Meas, and brought Puppet-Led Yoga to the Royal National Mòd Fringe with Theatre Gu Leòr. Beth worked recently as an actor on two of National Theatre of Scotland's Starter for 10 projects, and performed in two Testroom projects in 2017 as a puppeteer for Puppet Animation Scotland. She also works as a drama facilitator with adults and children.