Theatre57 is a community of 92 members who are each involved in theatre as independent artists and makers: playwrights, performers, designers, directors, technicians, producers, puppeteers, stage managers and more.

By the end of 2019 we will feature a Member Directory where you can find out more about who we are and what we do.

EMilija Jefremova for Theatre57

EMilija Jefremova for Theatre57


Theatre57 is a Limited Partnership registered with the CRO.

A newly formalised organisation, we are currently undergoing training and mentorship as we prepare to embark on our governance journey.

Theatre57 Board of Trustees

Róisín Stack - Chair

Róisín is a theatre maker and arts manager based in Galway.

She began her career with internships at Melbourne Fringe Festival, La Mama Melbourne (Aus) and Cheek by Jowl (UK), and trained in production and political performance with San Francisco Mime Troupe (US). She was Director of Galway Theatre Festival for four years (2009 - 2012) and co-founded JOLT theatre development (2011 – 2014) which produced Volition, the first structured theatre development programme in the west of Ireland. She went on to hold positions with Druid, Macnas and Clod Ensemble (UK) and is the current Jerome Hynes Fellow on the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme 2019/20.

She graduated with a Diploma of Theatre Arts from University of Ballarat (Aus) and an MA in Drama and Theatre from NUI Galway.

Róisín was a selected artist on Druid FUEL (2015), Belltable Connect directing mentorship (2017), Creative Europe Open Access project (2019) and European Cultural Foundation’s Tandem programme (2019).

Date of appointment to Board of Trustees: May 2019.

Maria Tivnan - vice chair

Maria is a director, performer, writer and lecturer from Co. Roscommon.

Maria has spent many years as a theatre practitioner exploring how theatre shapes our understanding of the world.  She is a founding member and artistic director of Fregoli, established in 2007. Fregoli has created 25 productions to date, including 12 debuts. Maria directs, performs, and writes with the company.

She holds a BA in Psychology (NUI Galway), an MA in Modern Drama (University College Dublin) and an MA in Social Work (NUI Galway). Maria has also worked as a youth worker, mental health care professional and drama teacher, and has lectured on various modules for theatre devising at NUI Galway.

For most of her life she has been playing around with, going to, partaking, thinking about, imagining, re-imagining and reading drama and theatre as a vital part of her life. In theatre ‘the map is not always the territory’ and Maria is committed to finding the right paths for theatre practitioners in Galway.

Maria is an IRC PhD candidate at NUI Galway’s drama department.

Date of appointment to Board of Trustees: May 2019

Sarah O’Toole - Secretary

Sarah is an actor, director and teacher based in Galway.

An alumnus of Galway Youth Theatre and the Gaiety School of Acting, Sarah worked in theatre and film before graduating from Middlesex University’s MA in Theatre Directing. As part of her studies, she trained at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts in Moscow and ISI in Denpasar, Bali. She 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 at Galway Actors Workshop, lectures in drama and playwriting at NUI Galway, and writes and directs plays for her own company, Anam Theatre.

She was a participant on Irish Theatre Institute’s Elevator producer programme (2017) and on Druid FUEL artist residency (2017).

Date of appointment to Board of Trustees: May 2019

Emma O’grady - Treasurer

Emma O’Grady is a Laois-born, Galway-based actor, writer, theatre-maker, production manager and lighting technician.

She has an MA in Drama and Theatre Studies from NUI Galway (2007) and was co-artistic director of Mephisto (2007 - 2014). She performed in the majority of Mephisto’s productions including Grenades by Tara McKevitt, The Honey Spike by Bryan MacMahon and Eclipsed by Patricia Burke Brogan. She played Maggie in Dancing at Lughnasa (Blue Teapot, 2018) and directed Fuzzy Air for My Fellow Sponges (Galway Theatre Festival 2018). Emma regularly works with Macnas, THEATREclub and Branar in various capacities.

Her first play What Good is Looking Well When You’re Rotten on the Inside? (2017) premiered at Galway Theatre Festival and had a 15-venue national tour in 2018 supported by the Arts Council. The show received Age and Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival Touring Award 2019.

She has been a selected artist on MAKE, Next Stage and Gap Day and received the Laois Co. Council Tyrone Guthrie Award 2019.

Date of appointment to Board of Trustees: May 2019

rena bryson - member officer

Rena is a writer, director, performer and co-founder of Eva’s Echo Theatre Company, based in Galway.

After graduating from Performing Arts at IT Sligo, Rena worked as an actor in the West of Ireland in productions including Bob Kelly’s The Big Wall, Mother Loss (Dark Daughter Productions / Costume Hire), Welcome to Wonderland (Rabbit’s Riot Theatre Company) and Flash Theatre (No Ropes).

Rena wrote and performed in several independent productions including Jungle Door (Where We Are Now LGBT+ Theatre Festival; Galway Community Pride fundraiser for Amach LGBT), and Vlogger - a multimedia production exploring the impact of social media on mental health.

Rena holds an MA in Drama and Theatre from NUI Galway (2018) and works as a freelance PR & Marketing Officer for various theatre organisations.

Date of appointment to Board of Trustees: May 2019

john rogers

John is a theatremaker from Leitrim based in Co. Galway.

Work includes: Decision Problem [Good Time for Questions] (Dublin Fringe Festival & Galway Theatre Festival, 2013); ARTIST SCIENTIST PRIEST (Dublin Fringe Festival 2014 & Galway Theatre Festival 2015); P.I.S.C.E.S. (Galway Theatre Festival 2016); and Tea (Galway Theatre Festival 2017) incorporating a live score by Aengus Hackett.

He has worked with Moonfish Theatre (Tromluí Phinocchio; After The End), Theatrecorp (Measure for Measure; The Caucasian Chalk Circle); Side-Show Productions (King Alfred: A Mystery Play), Waterdonkey Theatre (Happening; The Very Best of John Lennon), Suantraí (Too Much of Nothing; Ashes to Ashes), Mephisto (Dystance) and 3rd Condition Theatre (Knockdoubt).

John holds an MA in Drama and Theatre from NUI Galway and is a tutor with Galway Actors Workshop. He was a selected artist on Creative Europe’s Make a Move: Galway (2019).

Date of appointment to Board of Trustees: May 2019

féilim o’haoláin

Féilim O’hAoláin is a Galway-based producer, production manager and artist.

He has been creating and producing theatre in Galway city since 2011 and holds an MA in Arts Policy & Practice from NUI Galway, specialising in curation.

He is co-founder of WestWorks Theatre Company and has worked as a production manager with An Taibhdhearc, Branar Téatar do Pháistí and the ESB Creative Tech Fest. He was the fundraising manager for Galway Theatre Festival 2015 - 2016 and spent a year in the U.S working in the areas of production &  fundraising with both with the Cowles Centre for Dance & the Performing Arts and Jungle Theater, Minneapolis.

Féilim was a participant on Irish Theatre Institute’s Elevator producer programme 2018 - 2019. He is a board member of Áras na nGael and a Buisness to Arts Affiliate. He was co-curator for the inaugural series of Theatre 57 @ Electric and is the Irish-language digital media education officer for Camara Education Ireland.

Date of appointment to Board of Trustees: May 2019