Sarah Jane Scaife
Sarah Jane Scaife is Artistic Director of CompanySJ and has been researching, directing and even performing Samuel Beckett's work for over twenty-five years. She has toured many of her own productions internationally and has, since 2000, been invited to direct Beckett’s plays with theatre companies and universities in Georgia, Mongolia, India, Singapore, Malaysia, China, USA and Greece. She holds a PhD in the work of Samuel Beckett from The University of Reading; is Adjunct Lecturer in Trinity College Dublin and has given countless workshops, lectures and residencies internationally.
Bríd Ní Neachtáin
Bríd has worked extensively at the Abbey Theatre since the 1980s, including By the Bog of Cats… by Marina Carr, Sive, Irish Times Theatre award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, 16 Possible Glimpses, Boss Grady’s Boys, The Mai, Portia Coughlan, The Lower Depths, The Cherry Orchard, The Playboy of the Western World, The Silver Dollar Boys, The Great Hunger, Mary Makebelieve, The Man from Clare, Translations, Dancing at Lughnasa (National Theatre London, the West End and Broadway), Woman and Scarecrow and Macbeth. Other theatre work includes Little Women (Gate Theatre), Doubt and A Skull in Connemara (Decadent Theatre Company), The Playboy of the Western World (Lyric Theatre), Consenting Adults (Fishamble), Hansel and Gretel (Storytellers), Juno and the Paycock (Cork Opera House and ART), There Came a Gypsy Riding (Livin’ Dred and Nomad), Here We Are Again Still (Galway Arts Centre and national tour), The Field (Olympia Theatre), The Cripple of Inishmaan and Cré Na Cille, Irish Times/ESB Theatre Award nomination for Best Actress, (Taidhbhearc na Gaillimhe) and POSTSCRIPT (New Theatre and national tour).
Film and television credits include The Family (BBC/RTÉ), Dying for a Drink, Pure Mule, Love is the Drug, The Clinic, Fair City, Ros Na Rún, Lipservice, Clare sa Spéir, Rásaí na Gaillimhe, Cré Na Cille, Best Actress Irish Film and Television Award, Corp agus Anam, Scúp and Klondike (TG4).
Joan Davis has lived her whole life in Ireland, where she has pioneered innovative dance practice since 1976. Her dance, collaborative, multidimensional arts practices and performances have been consistently funded by the Irish Arts Council. From 2012–2015 Joan pioneered the work Origins, a fully accredited Somatic training, bringing together all her years of movement, dance, therapy and arts practice. She lives in Bray, Co. Wicklow and has three children and four grandchildren.
Michèle Forbes is an actor and writer. Theatre work includes Dancing at Lughnasa, The Great Hunger, No Escape, Phaedra; film work includes Omagh, Inside I'm Dancing, Pride and Joy; television work includes Best: His Mother’s Son, Holby City, Love/Hate. Her debut novel Ghost Moth was shortlisted for Best Newcomers of the Year Irish Book Awards, nominated for First Book Award Edinburgh International Book Festival, for First European Novel Award Chambery’s Festival Du Premier Roman and selected as one of the Five Best Debut Novels of the Year at The Brooklyn Book Festival. Michele is currently working on her second novel.
John Comiskey’s theatre credits include set/lighting/video design for Hamlet (Abbey), Sodome, My Love (Rough Magic), lighting for L'Orfeo (OTC), Kicking a Dead Horse (Abbey), set/lighting for Mermaids (CoisCéim) and Copenhagen (Rough Magic), which won an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Design. He was curator and designer of the Irish participation at the Prague Quadrennial Exhibition of world theatre design 2007. Film and television director credits include the dance film Hit and Run; documentaries Behind the Walls and The Berlin Years of Agnes Bernelle, as well as Celtic Woman, The Eurovision Song Contest 1995, Nighthawks, and numerous other programmes.
Sinéad has designed for many theatre companies including; The Bloody Irish (Bloody Productions 2015), Borstal Boy (Gaiety and Verdant, 2014); The Clearing (The Lir Academy, 2014); Break (Hotfortheatre, 2013); Mary Stuart (Pageant Wagon, 2013); Steel Magnolia’s (Solar Theatre, 2012) Homeplace (The Lyric Theatre 2009); Midsummer’s night dream, The Turn of the Screw (Storytellers, 2008); Translations; Making History; Myrmidons; Amadeus (Ouroboros 2004-2008); Alice In Wonderland (Landmark, 2007); Making History; Myrmidons; Amadeus; Cavalcaders; The Bacchae Of Baghdad (Abbey Theatre, 2006–2007); Dublin By Lamplight; Streetcar (Corn Exchange); Macbeth (Theatreworks/Second Age, 2003); Mutability; Tales from Ovid; Richard III (Theatreworks 2000–2003) Hanging On By A Thread; Chamber Made (2005); How Many Miles To Babylon; King Lear; Hamlet (Second Age,
2004–2007); Bread And Circus, Over The Rainbow, Blush (Rex Levitates); Co-designs with Therese McKeone: Macbecks (Long road productions 2008–2009); The Nose, Lizzie Lavelle (Performance Corporation, 2007–2008).
She is a member of Ouroboros Theatre Company and is the costume coordinator in the School of Drama at the Samuel Beckett Theatre, Trinity College where she has taught costume design since 2004.
Kilian Waters is an award winning filmmaker and video designer for theatre. His video design work to date includes By the Bog of Cats (Abbey), Samuel Beckett’s Fizzles (Company SJ), Come Into The Gardens (OT Platform), The Far Side (Brokentalkers & Upstate Theatre), The BlueBoy, In Real Time, Silver Stars(Brokentalkers), This Is Still Life (Brokentalkers & Dublin Youth Theatre), Drinking Dust, The Rain Party (Junk Ensemble), A Dream Play (National Youth Theatre) and
The Colleen Bawn (Bedrock Productions) among many other collaborations. His work has been seen in theatres and cinemas throughout the world.
Tim Martin has worked in the Sound business for over 30 years, recording music with countless International Artists spanning many genres. TV and Film work includes: Other Voices 2008–2014, The Commitments, The Last of The Mohicans, and Neverland 1 & 2 among others. Theatre projects include: Samuel Beckett’s Company (1990–1991), Yeats’ The King of the Great Clock Tower (1994), Samuel Beckett’s Fizzles (2014).
Kathryn Lennon's career spans a variety of event management, film, television and theatre projects. With a background in Arts Administration she started working with Rough Magic Theatre productions in the late 1980's. She was Event Management for Temple Bar Properties in the early 1990's organising events as varied as The Temple Bar Blues Festival, outdoor Cinema and Exhibitions. She progressed to various roles in feature film productions. She is co-founder and director of Saffron Pictures. This is her third production with CompanySJ.
Lianne has been working as a theatre maker since 2006. Recently she has worked as a designer on productions of The Playboy of the Western World, The Seagull and Easter 1917 (Moat Theatre, Naas). As a Lighting Designer she has worked on a variety of productions from musicals such as Thoroughly Modern Millie (Clane Abbey), to theatre including The Drunkard (Samuel Beckett Centre), A Life (Moat Theatre, Naas) and Never Look in the Mirror When you're Dancing (Dublin Fringe Festival). Lianne has stage-managed with theatre companies such as Barabbas The Company and Complex Productions in addition to previous stagings of Act Without Words II with Company SJ. Lianne has also worked as a director; her most recent credits include Romeo & Juliet and the Merchant of Venice. She has a Masters in Directing from University College Dublin.