A former member of Galway Youth Theatre and a graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting. She worked in theatre and film in Ireland before going on to train as a director on Middlesex University’s International MA in Theatre Directing course where she specialised in Shakespeare, Comedy, Michael Chekhov and Balinese Theatre. As part of her studies, she spent time training at the Russian Academy of Theatre Artis in Moscow and ISI in Denpasar, Bali. She then worked extensively as an actor and director in Glasgow as well as setting up her own theatre company and Improv Troupe, Razed Curtain.
She teaches beginner and specialised drama classes for adults with Galway Actors Workshop, lectures in drama and playwrighting at NUI and directs productions for her own company Anam Theatre, which have most recently included her own adaptation of Eugene Onegin, Brian Friel’s The Yalta Game, Patrick Marber’s Closer and the highly entertaining interactive Literary Restaurant for Cúirt Poetry Festival and Galway Theatre Festival.
Recent acting credits include: Lucifer in Magma Film’s Jack Taylor: The Magdalene Martyrs, Isabella in Theatrecorp’s production of Measure for Measure, Mary in Low Level Panic and Kate in Thereisbear!’s production of Joyriders.
Playwrighting credits include: Onegin (Anam), The Heroism Hotline (Galway Actors Workshop, with Donnacha Bushe), Granuaile (Arts in Action, with Caroline Lynch), Maud and the Pikeman (Arts in Action, with Caroline Lynch), Outpost (Anam) and The Snow Queen (Galway Actors Workshop)
She was a participant on Irish Theatre Institute’s 2017 ELEVATOR Producer Support & Mentoring Scheme and on Druid's FUEL 2018 Artist Mentorship & Residency programme
Rena Bryson is a Galway based theatre maker. After graduating from Performing Arts at IT Sligo BA (Hons) Rena worked as an actor in the West of Ireland in productions including Bob Kelly’s The Big Wall, Dark Daughter Production’s Mother Loss, The Rabbit’s Riot Theatre Company’s Welcome to Wonderland and NoRopes Theatre Company’s Flash Theatre.
Now based in Galway she is the co-founder of Eva’s Echo Theatre Company and has completed a master’s degree in Theatre and Drama at NUI Galway. Rena assistant directed and performed in the company’s first production Match. The team received the Galway Fringe Best Emerging Artists Award 2017 for the production.
Rena directed the company’s second production The Way It Is by Donna Hoke which premiered in the O’Donoghue Centre in February. She performed in Jungle Door, a play she wrote for it’s original staging in Sligo as part of the Where We Are Now LGBT+ Theatre Festival. This production was shared with Galway audiences as part Galway Community Pride in August. Most recently she performed in the sell out show Dayshift this November at the Town Hall Theatre.
Rena began teaching drama as a teenager as an assistant at Olive Whelan’s School of Speech and Drama as well as implementing drama exercises into her work with the Noinin Autism Support Group. Following this she trained as a facilitator while studying her honors degree in Performing Arts. She drew from her studies and began teaching drama workshops for children and adults with autism for the MWB Autism Support Group as well as facilitating drama workshops for international teengers at ID Languages.
Currently Rena is a facilitator at Eastside Community Drama, directing a devised performance for their May showcase. She is also preparing to perform in Vlogger at the Town Hall Theatre in June.
John Rogers is a theatremaker from Leitrim, now based in Galway. He has worked with Moonfish, Mephisto, Waterdonkey, Dick Walsh and Theatrecorp amongst other companies and artists. His one man shows, including Decision Problem [Good Time for Questions] and the 24-hour ARTIST SCIENTIST PRIEST, have run at the Galway Theatre Festival and the Dublin Fringe Festival.
A graduate of the MA in Theatre and Drama Studies at NUIG, John has facilitated workshops, taught and instructed for Galway Actors Workshop, NUIG Dramsoc, Stage School Ireland, Colombo University of Visual & Performing Arts, Sri Lanka and National University of Ireland Galway. He was a co- founder of Playspace Galway and Playspace Sligo. John’s work is founded on the importance of presence in performance and often highlights and questions the use of digital technology in theatre. John also presents a weekly internet radio show from Galway.
John will be teaching Acting 201 - Strengthen Your Acting Skills this term.
Órla Mc Govern teaches & performs Theatre, and Storytelling around the world. She facilitates with Festivals, Arts Orgs. and Corporate Clients include: Finland International Improv Festival, BIG IF Barcelona, Improv Fest Ireland, Comedy Dublin, Brigit’s Garden Galway, NUI Dramsoc, Storytellers of Ireland, No Drama, Blue Teapot, Macnas Galway, Theatre de L’Oigion, Strasbourg, The Brainerd Foundation, Cúirt Internationl Festival of Literature, Belfast Improv Fest, Impro Romania, The Irish Festival of Oulu, Finland, Culture Night, Tulca & Listowel Writers’ Week.
As an actor she has worked with companies globally such as: The Forum Theatre, Freehold, Baba Yaga , Edge Theatre Ensemble, Ladykillers, Macha Monkey (USA) , The Flying Pigs, Macnas, Punchbag, Red Kettle, The Abbey, Glasshouse, The Spontaneous Theatre People. (IRL). TV/Film work includes Stay, Uncle Max, Marú,Jack Taylor Magdalen Martyrs, Sanctuary, North Circular Road (best supporting actress, Monaco Film Festival). A selection of Improv Theatre projects: The Seattle Neutrino Project, goga, Edge Comedy, The Spolin Players (USA), Which Is Which (Poland/Ireland) and she is director of Improv Fest Ireland.
In 2018 Órla represented Ireland in Our Lives a dynamic 28 country EU Theatrical Project. As a playwright her work includes Gráinne Galaxy and ‘The Task’ (Farmleigh, Dublin), On The Path (Freehold Seattle), Wristbands & Tick Tock (Fregoli, Galway) and Love Is A Circus (Abbey Theatre/DYT). She is artistic director of Moth & Butterfly and part of The Eve Project. Órla’s first book of folk tales was published in 2018 and she is currently preparing her second. She’s delighted to teach again with Galway Actor’s Workshop.
Órla is teaching on our Improvisation & Comedy course this term
Bob Hennigan is a Mayo native, now based in Galway and with over 12 years of experience in stand-up comedy. In that time, he has supported the likes of Tommy Tiernan, Jason Byrne, Kevin Bridges, Jimmy Carr, John Bishop, Reginal D. Hunter and Rich Hall. He is co-host of Ireland’s Smallest Comedy Club at The Dew Drop Inn in Galway City, a highly-acclaimed venue running weekly on Thursday nights. Most recently he supported Rich Hall, Milton Jones and Glenn Wool when Ireland’s Smallest Comedy Club featured in the Vodafone Comedy Carnival.
Bob is also a past winner of the TedFest Toilet Duck Award and Galway Fringe Festival Best Comedian Award. With a deep interest in Film, Bob holds an M.A. in Screen Writing from the Huston Film School and is a graduate of the Film and Documentary programme in GMIT. He has facilitated comedy workshops and courses in schools, college comedy societies and through Ireland’s Smallest Comedy Club.
Bob is teaching on our Improvisation & Comedy course this term
Conor is a vocal coach based in Galway. An honours graduate of NUIG’s MA in Drama and Theatre Studies, Conor’s vocal work is influenced by the Roy Harte Artistic Group, formerly Roy Harte Theatre, an ensemble of vocal performers and teachers based in Malerargues, France, and other somatic approaches to voice exploration.
Conor facilitates choral singing and African music workshops in Galway. He is a member of various Galway based vocal ensembles, including the Award winning Male choir The Testostertones, and the Galway Baroque choir, and has performed as an actor on stage and film, and as a stand up comedian.
He also offers body based vocal work to groups and on a one to one basis for performance, speaking, and personal growth.
Conor will be teaching Acting 201 - Voice and Text this term.
Conor has worked as an actor for over 15 years nationally and internationally. He has performed in theatre, street theatre and improvisation and has been a drama/improv facilitator for over 6 years.
His training in Ecole Philippe Gaulier gave him a very physical approach to performance from the dramatic to the comedic.
He has worked with a variety of companies over the years including Macnas, Channel Four, Tyger Theatre,The Sky Babies, Truman Town Theatre and Theatre Core.
He is a founding member of WestWorks Theatre.
Conor will be teaching our Scene Study course this term
Kenny Gaughan is a filmmaker and film actor based in Galway City. He began making short films in 2009 and co-founded the Little Cinema Galway in 2010 to provide an outlet for filmmakers of all levels to showcase their work.
Kenny has written & directed dozens of short films, acting in some of his own as well as in many other short films. In his time curating the Little Cinema he has watched hundreds and hundreds of films of all genres and has a wealth of experience and knowledge gained from his time making and viewing short films.
In August 2019 he acted in an advert for An Post Insurance, which is to air later in 2019.
Kenny is teaching our Acting for Camera course this term