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Maggie Cronin

Writer/Director·

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Maggie is a writer with an MA in Creative Writing from Queen's University Belfast; her one woman shows Greenstick Boy and A Most Notorious Woman have been performed across the world and her short stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio Ulster. A Most Notorious Woman won the Stewart Parker Trust/BBC Radio Drama Award. In the past two years Maggie has had the opportunity to return to directing and her directing credits include: May 2015: Top Girls by Caryl Churchill, Queens University Belfast - 2nd Year Drama Students. August 2014: What Are They Like by Lucinda Coxon, Lyric Theatre, Belfast - Summer Scheme Student Production for 16-19 year olds October 2013: Hang In There by Bronagh Diamond, Outburst Festival August 2013: The Miracle by Lin Coghlan, Lyric Theatre, Belfast -Summer Scheme Student Production for 16-19 year olds Other directing work includes: The York Mystery Plays; The Tempest; Man of Mode; and several devised works with the BTEC Drama Students of Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education (Now Belfast Met)
Website: www.maggiecronin.com
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Vehicle Licences: Car Driving Licence
Current Location: Belfast

Niall Cusack

Linguistics·

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NIALL CUSACK was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and later became an Exhibitioner of Balliol College, Oxford where he read English Language and Literature, specialising in his final year in Theoretical, Comparative and Historical Linguistics. He has many years experience working as an actor, dialogue coach, teacher and translator. His published translations include poems from the French of Andre Chenier; prose from Irish, Greek and Latin; and plays from Irish, French and Greek. His inventory of languages includes the following: Classical - Greek, Latin, Pali, Sanskrit. Medieval - Old English, Old Norse, Old Irish, Old Provencal, Old French, Old Spanish, Old Church Slavonic; Middle English, Middle Irish, Middle French, Middle High German, Medieval Latin. Modern - Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Romanian, Greek, Russian. He is happy to translate dialogue and narrative into or out of any of the above languages and to provide literal versions of poems.
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Languages: Irish, Scottish Gaelic, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Russian, Modern Greek
Vehicle Licences: Motorcycle licence
Current Location: Belfast

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An archaeology graduate with an MA in Creative Writing, Patrick's career in media since the mid-80s has spanned movie and TV production, screenwriting, presenting for TV, journalism and even rock/pop music. He was lead singer with The Rhythm Method, signed to Stiff Publishing, before embarking on a career in TV and film which culminated, with his company Borderline Productions, in feature films Johnny Was (2006, starring Vinny Jones, Eriq La Salle and Roger Daltrey) and the South African project The Bird Can't Fly (2007, starring Barbara Hershey) From 1996-2003, under his Clanvisions banner, Patrick also produced documentary and smaller scale film drama for UTV and RTE as well as many large-scale educational 'living history' events. Concentrating more recently on writing, in 2012 he completed his MA at QUB's Seamus Heaney Centre and saw his first self-penned TV feature The Year Of Greater Love, produced by Mammoth Screen and broadcast on the BBC. He continues to develop a range of drama projects - including a number for commissions for other companies - through Northern Ireland Screen. As Omsquad Books, he has released a number of successful titles for younger readers through the National Trust at the Giant's Causeway. The next of these, a supernatural tale - Jessica - will be available Spring 2016.
Website: http://www.patrickfitzsymons.com/
Languages: Basic French
Vehicle Licences: full driving licence
Current Location: Northern Ireland

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Martin trained in the Lyric Drama Studio, Belfast and co-founded Rawlife Theatre Company in 2001. As artistic director of Rawlife he has subsequently directed, produced and acted in a number of Rawlife's productions. Martin is extremely keen to expose new audiences to the enjoyment of live theatre, he has been directing for the past 10 years. Directing credits include: ‘Lanciatore: The Juggling Man’ (Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival), The Septic Tiger’ (Grand Opera House) | ‘The Christening’ (Grand Opera House), |‘The Black North’ (Féile an Phobail), | ‘Henna Night’ (CQAF), ‘The Philadelphia’ | (The Black Box Belfast), ‘Dealer's Choice’, (Grand Opera House) | ‘Closer’ (Grand Opera House), ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest’ and ‘A Clockwork Orange’ (Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival), ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ (Crescent Arts Centre) and ‘The Spirit of Man’ (Old Museum Arts Centre Belfast).
Website: www.rawlife.co.uk
Languages: Beginner's Irish
Vehicle Licences: Full Clean UK
Current Location: Belfast

Grimes McKee

Comedy writers and performers·

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Conor Grimes and Alan McKee have been writing and performing together since 1998. They have performed their thumping comedy shows in every theatre going, produced TV shows like “The Tractor Show” for BBC NI, and are well known for their ongoing series of ads for Hughes Insurance. They wrote and starred in a string of Christmas shows including The Nativity...What The Donkey Saw, Santa Claus...What The Reindeer Saw and Bah Humbug! at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast, and It’s a Wonderful life So it Is at the Grand Opera House. They wrote The Duke Of Hope for Tinderbox Theatre Company and perhaps their biggest success was co-writing The History Of The Troubles...Accordin’ to my Da, with Martin Lynch. This show is the biggest selling show of all time in the Grand Opera House Belfast. Grimes & McKee’s latest show, St Mungo’s Luganulk, has just completed a sell out five month Ulster tour and is the story of how the worst Gaelic football team in history made it to the all-Ireland final. They are currently collaborating with Martin Lynch again to write The History of the Peace…Accordin’ to my Ma, which will premiere at the Grand Opera House Belfast before going on tour.
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Vehicle Licences: Full Clean
Current Location: Northern ireland

Ross Anderson

Singing and Vocal Coach·

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I have been teaching for over a decade; running a lively private studio; teaching voice in the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast; facilitating voice workshops for actors, singers, choirs and public speakers throughout the UK and Ireland.I specialise in and am a Certified Master Teacher of Estill Voice Training. I love Estill for many reasons but chief among them is the fact that it removes hyper mythology surrounding voice teaching with science and gives the voice-user control by teaching them to ‘listen’ to their muscles and not just the sounds they make. The joy of that is all ways of using voice are accepted and celebrated so long as they’re safe.
Website: www.thevoicebear.com
Languages: Conversational Spanish
Vehicle Licences: Full Clean Driving License
Current Location: Northern Ireland

Benson Bros

Screenwriters/Film Makers·

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Steven and Wayne Benson are film-directors, screenwriters and most notably twin-brothers who hail from Portrush. They began directing and writing short-film projects at the age of 16 and studied Media Production at both the Causeway Institute of Further and Higher Education in Ballymoney, and at the Cleveland College of Art and Design in Middlesbrough. Since then they have directed three Northern Ireland Screen-funded short-films including “Photograph”, “Tosser” and “Unhappy Endings” which have received numerous accolades at various film festivals. Amongst numerous film projects currently in the works, they are developing a feature-film with Northern Ireland Screen and producer Chris Martin (“Good Vibrations”).
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Gillian Reynolds

Casting Director·

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Gillian provides talent searches for producers of Film/TV/Commercials and has worked in the industry for well over 10 years now. Her knowledge of actors and their agents/managers both nationally and internationally has allowed her to attract both well known local and new emerging talent plus celebrity artists. Back up services include uploading of casting sessions onto a secure web page so clients can view casting sessions worldwide plus video conferencing facilities. Gillian has established offices in both Belfast and Dublin. Credits include: Shooting For Socrates, Stardust, Children Of Men,Primeval, Camelot, Eastenders, Fair City, Bachelor's Walk
Website: www.gillianreynoldscasting.com/
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Current Location: Belfast and Dublin

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Gerard has been directing from 18 years of age, when he was the youngest director of Belfast Fringe Festival. Since then he has worked for nearly every company in N.Ireland and many further afield. Funny, confident and friendly. A hard working and passionate individual. Organised, conscientious and adept at working as a part of a team and in high pressure circumstances. He is Artistic Director of Pintsized Productions and currently directing 'Pintsized Surprise' project with them, and 'Legally Blonde' for Ulster Operatic in Grand Opera House, Sept 2015.
Website: www.pintsizedproductio.wix.com/pint
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Vehicle Licences: Car Driving Licence
Current Location: Belfast

Denis Halligan

Director/Screenwriter·

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Denis Halligan is an award winning Writer/Director from Armagh, Northern Ireland. Perhaps best known for his critically acclaimed directorial debut ‘An AcTOR Prepares’, his work has been described as authentic, sincere and arrestingly charming. After winning Best Film at The Screen Stockport International Film festival, and being Highly Commended at The Belfast Film Festival, he worked in the corporate film making sector – producing cutting edge video content, for some of Northern Irelands leading brands. Currently at the helm of ‘Jobbing acTOR Films’, with several projects in development – the future is certainly looking bright. Still only in his mid twenties, Denis is not only interested in great stories – but also how they are told.
Website: www.denishalligan.com/
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Current Location: Belfast