The team behind the Jungle Door

 

PLAYWRIGHT / CAST (Louise)

Rena Bryson (She/Her) is a Galway based theatre artist and actor who holds an honors degree and master’s degree in Theatre studies. She co-founded Eva’s Echo in 2017 and since then has produced, written, directed and starred in many of the company’s productions.

She has been acting on stage and on screen for 10 years, and enjoys exploring Queer issues, the internet and mental health in her work. Her most recent acting projects include Under the night Sky by Treasa Nealon, Latte by Sarah Fahy and the Unholylands by Paddy Duffy.

She is currently developing her latest script Stardom as part of Druid theatre company’s artist residency programme Druid FUEL.


DIRECTOR / LIGHTING DESIGNER

Cornelius Dwyer (They/Them) is a Galway based theatre maker who has been working in theatre for 20 years, during which they have filled every available position they could get their hands on. Cornelius was trained in Drama and Theatre Studies in UCC where they learned devising, directing, stage management and technical theatre. They are currently the house technician at the Mick Lally Theatre.

Cornelius has worked extensively with Eva’s Echo in the past as technician and director. They are absolutely delighted to be back making the Queer character focused theatre that they want to see.


CAST ( Michelle)

Hazel Doolan (She/Her) is a graduate of Performing Arts at the Atlantic Technological University, Sligo. As co-founder of Eva’s Echo she wrote, directed and played Caroline in the company’s award-winning first production Match.

Hazel has co-starred as Michelle in Jungle Door in several productions since the plays debut during the Where We Are Now Festival 2018. Hazel directed Dayshift by Darren Donohue and Vlogger by Rena Bryson. She was also assistant director for Dance of the Furies and stage manager for Starseed.

Recent acting projects include Uniform (a one woman show written and performed by Hazel), It’s True, I Love You All So Much and Stardom (as part of DRUID FUEL 2022).


COSTUME & SET DESIGNER / STAGE MANGER

Before leaving Ireland, Sabrina Kelleher (She/Her) was a regular face at The Theatre Room Galway. Having performed for the first time with them in Jan 2016 and then became a member of the committee from 2017-18. She has worked on performances for the direct provisions in Galway (2016), Culture Night (2017), and the Where We Are Now LGBTQ+ Festival in Sligo (2018). Since moving to the UK, she has been involved in many Pantomimes across Yorkshire. She played the Genie in Aladdin (2018) and the evil sidekick Jiggle in Cinderella (2019) – both with Restless Entertainment.

Sabrina’s day job is with Sky based out of Sheffield, where she is a Champion of the LGBT+ Network, within this role she attends networking events and helps to create content to engage her colleagues across the country. Sabrina is studying for a degree in Film Production at the University of East London. Sabrina has been involved with Eva’s Echo and Jungle Door since 2018 and she loved being a part of the team that brought Jungle Door to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


STAGE MANAGER

Originally from Limerick, Aoife (She/Her) came to Galway to study theatre and has never properly left.

She briefly got out to study stage management in Edinburgh, and has worked on numerous productions between there, Galway, and Limerick since graduating in 2020 (though has helped out in whatever role she could if it meant being involved in theatre!)

This is Aoife’s first time working with Eva’s Echo and is excited to be a part of the team and involved in putting on this piece of Queer theatre.


CHOREOGRAPHER (2020)

Jessica Bruen (They/ Them) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Sligo. They hold a Masters in Creative Practice as Research at IT Sligo. Their main focus is performance, writing, and costuming.

They have worked with Blue Raincoat Theatre, The Abbey and co- directed the opening musical review for the Where We Are Now festival 2018. They emphasize the ethereal in the every day and finding ways to incorporate performativity into each aspect of life.


DIRECTOR (2018)

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Elizabeth Flaherty (She/Her) is a passionate actor, writer, and director of theatre, film, and artistic ventures.

She has an Associate Diploma in Performing Speech and Drama from Trinity College London and trained in ‘Acting and Musical Theatre’ in Dublin.  She has performed in many musicals, plays, and films. Some of her credits include Tessa in ‘The Loves of Cass McGuire’, Prince Edward in ‘Henry VI Part III’. In 2019, she won the Best Supporting Actress award from The Theatre Room.  She writes plays, poetry and blogs, particularly on her artistic platform Secrets of Rainbows.

She was the director, writer, and producer on team ‘Smile Time’ for the 48-Hour Film Challenge 2019 with Little Cinema and Galway City Of Film. She has directed for Amigo productions and Theatre Room. Elizabeth is part of the Pride committee as Pride week coordinator for Galway Pride 2020 and Winter Pride 2019. Just keep an eye out and you’ll find her dancing in the street and sprinkling fairy dust everywhere she goes.

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