JUDGES 2021

Áine O’Hara is a multidisciplinary artist, theatre maker and designer. Their long-term ambitions include demanding adequate access to theatre and the arts for disabled and marginalised communities through the creation of large scale, ambitious work as well as the continuation of community building projects like Chronic Chats; a creative and social group for chronically ill people which grew from their research as part of her recent artist residency at A4 Sounds, Dublin. Áine graduated with a BA in Fine Art from IADT in 2013 and since then has shown work nationally and internationally. Recent achievements include: A Consideration of all bodies at The Lab, Dublin, Mayo Arts Office Navigating a Future Commission (2021), Arts Council Theatre Bursary (2020), Arts & Disability Connect Training Award (2020), Outburst Queer Fringe Award (2019), Oileán AiR programme (2019) and DUETS award at Dublin Fringe Festival (2019). Áine is currently artist in residence at Axis Ballymun. 

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Jim Culleton is the artistic director of Fishamble: The New Play Company, for which he has directed productions on tour throughout Ireland, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US. His productions for Fishamble have won many Irish and international awards, including Olivier, The Stage, Scotsman Fringe First, and Irish Times Best Director awards. Jim has also directed for Audible, the Abbey, the Gaiety, the Belgrade, 7:84 Scotland, Project, Amharclann de hÍde, Tinderbox, The Passion Machine, the Ark, Second Age, Dundee Rep, Draíocht, CoisCéim/Crash Ensemble/GIAF, RTÉ Radio 1, Frontline Defenders, Amnesty International, Little Museum of Dublin, Fighting Words, RTÉ lyric fm, Soho Theatre, Scripts Festival, Vessel and APA (Australia), TNL (Canada), Solas Nua and Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Odyssey (LA), Origin, Irish Arts Center and 59E59 (Off-Broadway), as well as for Trafalgar Theatre Productions on the West End, and IAC/Symphony Space on Broadway.  Jim has taught for NYU, NUI, GSA, Uversity, the Lir, Villanova, Notre Dame, UM, UMD, and TCD. 

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Hannah has worked in a variety of programming and curatorial roles. She was Creative Producer for the award-winning ANU Productions and WilllFredd Theatre before leaving to work for VISUAL, Carlow and The Courthouse, Tinahealy.

 

In 2019 she took up the role of Associate Producer for The Civic, Dublin where she curates and manages Ready Steady SHOW! Originally conceived as a scratch festival showcasing new work for children and young audiences, over the last two years, Ready Steady SHOW! has grown and evolved into a bespoke Commissioning and Artist Development Programme which has a specific focus on creating transformational arts experiences across both a live and a digital platform for young audiences.

 

She has been awarded a bursary from The Arts Council for 2021 to explore artist development initiatives and examine the role of new technologies, including XR, in the making of live and digital work for the YPCE sector.

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