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 Maynooth University. In 2017 he was appointed Artist in Residence, an Arts Council funded position, with the Departments of Education and Froebel in the university. 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 Maynooth. 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. He is a board member of Youth Theatre Ireland.
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.
He is a PhD student with Maynooth university, examining the impact on young people of engaging in collaborative theatre-making.
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.
Volunteers 2017 – 2018
Anna Hyllested is 23 years old and she is from Denmark. Since she was a child, Anna was very interested in drama and was part of a youth theatre for 7 years. She started working with theatre professionally backstage 6 years ago, doing almost every job there is. Anything from prompting, assistant director, stage hand, stage manager, running tech, props etc. In 2015 she produced, co-directed and staged a self written youth play in Copenhagen. She has travelled the world from a very young age with her family, and has lived and gone to school for two years in North Scotland. Anna will be volunteering with Crooked House Theatre Company, until spring of 2018.
Katerina (Kat) has worked as a performer in theatre and cinema. She is interested in experimental, multidisciplinary approach in performing arts focused in body creativity. At the same time she explores ways to offer her services contributing to a positive creative development of juveniles and communities while being an MA student in the program Drama and Performing Arts in Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of Peloponnese. She has recently moved into Newbridge, Ireland to carry out her internship as a facilitator for KYT on design & deliver drama workshops and on theater direction for young people.
She also has a bachelor degree in Art Theory & History and varied experience in the field of arts as director assistant, assistant curator and production assistant for different projects.
She is Alexandra Sakavitsi.
She is from Greece.
She is having her master degree in Performing art and Drama in education, which is pretty interesting and exciting. She came to KYT (Kildare Youth Theatre) to expand her horizons, to meet Irish peole, their culture and have some fun.
Born in New-Zealand, traveled to France when he was two. Doesn’t remember much from that time. He was involved with theatre young though. He facilitated several youth theatre classes for children with the Line Theatre in Lyon between 2013 and 2016 before leaving for New-Zealand last year, where he did a bit of acting with local actors. He is now learning and facilitating with Crooked House for one year.
A selection of performances include: Romeo in Shakespeare’s eponymous play, Christopher Isherwood in I Am A Camera and directing Waiting For Godot.
As part of her Master Degree in Performing Arts and Drama in Education Vasiliki came from Greece to work as a trainee facilitator in Crooked House Theatre. She is delivering drama workshops in schools across County Kildare and assisting with drama workshops and theatre projects based in the Crooked House studio. Before joining Crooked House, she had been working since 2010 as a preschool teacher an storyteller, participating in several storytelling festivals in Athens and the Kea Island.
Vasiliki aims to gain experience in the fields of Drama in Education for both children and young people and, at the same time, she hopes to immerse herself in the Irish culture and discover all the beautiful attractions Ireland has to offer.
Rhea Thomakou comes from Athens, Greece. She is a student in the Faculty of Fine Arts in Theatre Department of University of Peloponnese. During her studies she directed some plays of classical and modern repertory and some devised pieces as projects in University. Also she has some experience in light designing and theatre production. After her studies she worked as assistant director in ‘The Miser’ by Moliere in the National Theatre of Greece and in the New Theatre Vasilakou in four one-act plays by Harold Pinter. For now she is doing her internship in Kildare Youth Theatre until April 2018 and after that she would like to travel in Ireland and Europe in her way to return back to Greece.