Meet Our Facilitators

Rena Bryson

Echo Acting Galway

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. She had gone on to work on five productions with the company in various roles from performer to director.

Rena teaching drama online

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. 

In Galway Rena has taught adults Acting 101 at Galway Actors Workshop and children at Stage School Ireland. Currently Rena is a facilitator at Eastside Community Drama, where she teaches drama alongside devising a Christmas and Summer show each year.

Rena teaching at Moyne Community School

Hazel Doolan

Echo Acting Athlone

Athlone native Hazel Doolan has a vast theatre background including acting, directing, producing, writing and teaching. Hazel always had a love for the theatre from a young age which led to studying Performing Arts (IT Sligo) where she specialised in the Stanislavski method, physical theatre, Shakespeare and Irish theatre. From there she made T.V. appearances including Hardy Bucks and Ripper Street while partaking in theatre productions in Sligo (The Big Wall by Bob Kelly) and Galway (Pygmalion). 

Hazel performing in Match

Hazel today co-runs Eva’s Echo Theatre Company in Galway. In their first year they staged ‘Match’ written by Hazel which sold out three nights and won the ‘New Emerging Artist’ award in the Galway Fringe Festival 2017. Through the company she has made acting appearances including Match, The Way It Is (O’Donoghue Centre Galway 2018), Jungle Door (Where We Are Now Festival Sligo 2018, Galway Pride 2018, The Moat Theatre Naas 2020) and Uniform (Galway 2020, postponed until 2021). She directed shows including Match, Dayshift (Town Hall Studio Galway 2018, full run sold out) and Vlogger (Town Hall Studio Galway 2019). She also writes for ‘Working 9 to Art’ documenting the real life behind the scenes of a working artist and provides one to one monologue prep via Dramaversity.com

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