Photo by  Séamus Hughes
 Photo by  Julia Dunin

Photo by Julia Dunin

 Photo by Tracy Kirby

Photo by Tracy Kirby

Sarah O'Toole

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

Sarah is teaching Acting 101, The Next Stage: Performing the Text and The Next Stage: Improvisation & Comedy. She is also very excited about facilitating A Creative Odyssey.


James Riordan

James is an actor, choreographer and art director. Besides having a BA (hons) in Drama from Queens' University in Belfast, he has trained in physical theatre at the APT in Berlin and at LISPA in London. 

He has performed with Absurda Comica in Berlin, the English National Opera, the Vaults and the Spiegeltent in London and is a member of the internationally acclaimed alt-drag group The LipSinkers. Locally, he has been working with Macnas, An Taibhdhearc, Tuismitheoiri an nGael and Telegael.

He has given workshops with the Artful Badger and Clipperton Project in London and taught theatre to children and adults in Ireland, England, Germany and Japan. He has worked as Art Director with Ishka Films on the music videos Cold Hand, Floating and This Dream Song for My Fellow Sponges, production manager on the JPCoss fashion video, and co-directed projects with Mia for Macnas and Drop Everything.

He is also a regular performer with Macnas and most recently he was a participant on Druid’s FUEL programme. This year he set up a brand new theatre company, Brú Theatre, which has already been making waves on the Irish theatre scene with sold-out performances of Cleite and the upcoming The Fisherwives which is being made in tandem with Galway 2020.

James is directing our Perform A Play course this term.


John Rogers

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 The Next Stage: The Body is Present & The Heart is at Play this term.

Zita Monahan-McGowan

Zita holds an M.A in Drama and Theatre Studies from NUI Galway and an ADPA in Performance Arts Teaching  (London). She works as both an actress and drama facilitator and is based in Galway. She has a particular interest in devising theatre and theatrical improvisation and has facilitated many drama projects with Youth Work Ireland, Ability West and Stageschool Ireland with a focus on peer to peer drama education.

In 2008 she co founded Waterdonkey Theatre, a theatre collective focused on devising and durational theatre and in 2011 performed Happening A 12 hour durational piece in The Gresham Hotel, Dublin as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival and Cork Solstice Festival.

She began working with Moonfish Theatre on The Secret Garden (2010) and since then has worked as an ensemble member with the company on various projects including Tromluí Phinocchio (2011 – 2012) Star of the Sea (Galway Arts Festival, 2014, National Tour, and International U.S Tour 2017) 

She is currently working with the company on the development of a new show Redemption Falls which will debut in 2018.