Who’s who

Artistic Director 

Peter Hussey

Peter founded Crooked House Theatre Company in 1993, and Kildare Youth Theatre in 1996. He is a writer, director and actor trainer. He lectures in Applied Theatre, in Theatre of the Oppressed,and in Directing for NUI Maynooth. He is an arts consultant, and a trainer in education and youth arts, having worked in Ireland and abroad for over 20 years.

Peter has developed and delivered training programmes in theatre-based methods of development to a wide range of organisations and groups, and is responsible for the country’s first undergraduate programme in Directing for Theatre at NUIM. He was producer of the annual Connections Festival in Ireland for the National Theatre in London, and is founder of the annual Human Rights Youth Theatre Festival held every year in Newbridge from 2003 to 2009.

Directing credits include the Irish premieres of work by over 20 internationally acclaimed writers, including plays by Mark Ravenhill, Jon Fosse, Laura Wade, Anthony Neilson and Kevin Elyot. He has created site-specific performances for international festivals and events, and has directed a number of world premieres in Ireland. His recent work has been developing projects of work with communities in Kildare and in Dublin that use theatre to generate positive mental health processes, especially with the 17 to 37 age group.

Project Manager 

Darius Ryan-Kadem

Darius is resident film-maker with Crooked House and Kildare Youth Theatre. He has made numerous trailers for plays and exchange projects, and has also directed and shot a number of short films for the company.

He works on several outreach projects with the company, helping to mentor and train young film-makers, including work with the Reel Youth Film Programme of Dublin City Council’s Arts Office.

Work includes trailers for ‘The Showdown’ , ‘Mixing Star’ , ‘The Don’, ‘Epic Tech.’ Film includes ‘Scenes from Macbeth’ for the Arts Council’ PALS project; Kildare Youth Theatre promotonal video, ‘This is who we are’ promotonal video, and ‘Acting for Austerity’ promo film. Promo films include those for RTE Big Music Newbridge Parade, ‘Breathe to Flair’, ‘Here to Breathe’, ‘Dj Battle’ and Finest call Informercial Video and ‘No37′.  His own short films include ‘Bruised’, and ‘Petrichor.’

Darius is also an actor, most recently appearing in Crooked House’sTheatre Uncut 2013 and KYT’s Romeo and Juliet.

Keith AvatarYouth Drama Facilitator

Keith Burke

Keith is an actor, drama facilitator and diretcor. He works with the Ignition group every Monday and also directs a number of shows throughout the year. Keith takes week-long workshops on various exchanges, and is one of our drama facilitators for Outreach projects.

Keith has appeared as a professional actor in a number of film and TV shows, and several plays in Ireland and abroad.

Directing work includes ‘Ruckus in the Garden by David Farr (Kildare Youth Theatre 2007/2012) ‘Scenes from family life’ by Mark Ravenhill (performed at the National Theatre of Great Britain 2008); ‘Frankenstein’ by Vincent O’Reilly.(Sheer Tantrum 2009); ‘Blackout’ by Davey Anderson (Kildare Youth Theatre/ NT Connections 2009); ‘Bassett’ by James Graham (Kildare Youth Theatre/ NT Connections 2010); ‘Totally Over You’ by Mark Ravenhill (Kildare Youth Theatre / Liffey studio 2011); ‘Missing’ by Sandra Buckley (Project Brand New 2010); ‘White Noise’ by Mary Linehan (Kildare Youth Theatre 2013).

Film directing includes ‘Powerless’ (Equal Rights short film 2010); ‘Enough’ (anti-smoking fictional short film for Kildare Youth Services in 2012); ‘Bruised’ (Co-diredcted with Peter Hussey – short for Killinarden Community Council, 2012); ‘Greg & Simon’ (Web series 2011); and ‘The Chase’ (short Garda Diversion project).

Associate Artists


Martina AvatarMartina Mc Cormack

Martina is an actor and drama teacher with an MA in Theatre Studies.

She runs our Transition Workshop, and is an Outreach Drama facilitator, working on a number of projects including Headspace in Kildare town.

Martina also works with young adults on Outreach community projects using drama as a tool for social integration and cohesion.

She teaches children drama in local schools.

As an actor Matina has appeared in a number of prodcutions both in Kildare and in Spain, notably as Mrs Bennet in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ with Kildare Youth Theatre.

Mary AvatarMary Linehan

Mary was the Arts Officer for Kildare County Council until 2001, when she became Home School & Community Liaison Officer for Scoil Mhuire in Newbridge.

Mary trained as an actor with Deirdre O’ Connell in the Focus Studio in Dublin.

She has written a number of touring children’s shows performed by Crooked House, including The Liquorice Witch, Spellbound and The Snow Queen. She wrote White Noise for KYT in 2013.

Jill AvatarJill Bradbury

Jill trained at RADA and is a professional actor working with Crooked House.

She teaches on the Young Actors’ School, delivering the Voice and Classical Text modules.

As an actor, Jill appeared in a number of Crooked House shows, including Breating Corpses by Laura Wade, Mouth to Mouth by Kevin Elyot, and The Bird Trap by Darren Donohue (all in Project Arts Centre).

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Dean Kelly

Dean Kelly shoots most of our shows, rehearsals and projects especially since 2013.

He is from The Curragh and lives now in Newbridge. He is co-founder ofPictureboots, a unique and quirky photography company that specialises in event photography, celebrations, party-booths, and performances.

Dean is a documentary maker and photojournalist. His travel journal and photography can be viewed at Dean Kelly Photography.

Associate Youth Workers: Debbie O’ Rourke and Veronica Bagnall

Young Artists: Caolan Dundon, Eadaoin Barrett, Jason Suen, Megan Mc Sorley, Kyle Walsh, Evan Lynch, Paul Miller, Allie Whelan.