Margaret O’Carroll ,ATCL, LTCL, DIP CSM.
Conceived, Produced, and Directed by
Margaret O’ Carroll is the owner of Kerry Irish Productions Inc. and is pleased to have produced hit successes such as An Irish Christmas, recently seen on PBS, An Irish Hooley series with various Irish artists, In an Irish House music series, and The Heart of an Irishwoman for her company. Central to her work is the forging of the path between the old and the new; incorporating old Irish traditions that reflect various aspects of Irish life into her stage work, thus creating an unbreakable bond between the old ways and the new – one emerges from the other! “It is extraordinary how closely connected we are to our past. We are a product of so much that came before us and our traditions are part of that inheritance. There is a value to these traditions. We are craftsmen and craftswomen who carry the stories to the next generation through every-day events such as storytelling, song, music, dance and our daily rituals. Folk theatre is the protector, the interpreter, the narrator, the pulse, the heartbeat of these traditions”. Margaret O’Carroll
Mary Curtin, ALCM, LLCM, FLCM
Artistic Advisor, Kerry Irish Productions Inc.
Mary Curtin has many directing credits to her name including WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLFE? By Edward Albee; PRIVATE LIVES by Noel Coward; A DOLL’S HOUSE by Ibsen; SAME TIME NEXT YEAR by Bernard Slade; TRANSLATIONS by Brian Friel and LOVERS; WINNERS AND LOSERS. She devised and directed a showcase on the work of Oscar Wilde called A WILDE NIGHT for The Irish Operatic Repertory Company and she was casting director for the Irish film RAZORFISH starring Brenda Fricker. She was presenter for Opera 2005 A GALA VALENTINE CONCERT and their follow-up BRAVO! A CELEBRATION OF OPERA. Also in 2005 Mary was invited by Kerry Records to devise and direct CHRISTMAS FROM A CELTIC TABLE and their follow-up show IRISH LOVE AND LYRICS which were subsequently performed in Los Angeles and Arizona. In 2006 she adapted and directed Brecht’s THE THREEPENNY OPERA and was drama coach for two Master classes. Her adaptation of the work of Ruth Draper VANITY, VAPOURS AND DIZZY DEBUTANTES featured in The Cork Midsummer Festival 2007. That same year Mary devised and directed I’M AN ACTOR, GIVE ME A BREAK! for UCC’s Granary Theatre based on the work of New York writer Ken Friedman. In 2010 she directed Arnold Wesker’s play YARDSALE and the highly successful THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING by Joan Didion performed by the brilliant Irish actress Gerry McLaughlin. The following year Mary directed the plays LUCY BASTIBLE and BARDOT BITES by Irish playwright Denise Quinn. In 2013/14 Mary directed the hugely successful CALENDAR GIRLS for Proscenium Productions; LADIES OF JANE based on the writings of Jane Austen, and THE MANY FACES OF EVE for Empire Line Productions. She also directed the show DISARMING DIVAS AND SPICY ROLES for Voce di Donna. In 2015 she was once again commissioned by Voce di Donna to direct their musical show YOU’D BE SURPRISED! Also in 2015 Mary co-wrote the screenplay and directed a short film based on SONNET 30 by Shakespeare which was subsequently shortlisted and selected for viewing in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. SONNET 30 was also shortlisted and viewed at the Dublin Film Festival and is currently shortlisted for the West Cork Film Festival which takes place in June 2016. I n Nov 2015 Mary directed PLAYHOUSE CREATURES by April De Angelis which was performed in the Cork Arts Theatre. She is currently preparing Empire Line Production’s Autumn show BETWEEN MOUTHFULS . She is constantly in demand as a voice and drama coach and works privately preparing students for auditions, exams and public speaking. She is Artistic Advisor to the Los Angeles based Kerry Irish Productions Inc.
Maeve Croke, TCRG ADCRG
Maeve Croke started dancing as a child in her hometown of Waterford, Ireland. At the very young age of 16 she was chosen to join Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. Maeve continued to tour with Irish dance productions that included dancing the lead role with Rhythm of the Dance, before joining Riverdance the Show where she toured with the company for over 10 years. During this time she was the Dance Captain for the American touring company. With Riverdance Maeve toured North and South America, Asia, Australia and most of Europe. She has danced on some of the most prestigious stages across the world including Radio City Music Hall NYC, The Great Hall of the People in Beijing China and the Kremlin in Russia to name a few. She has also danced on the popular American television program “The Today Show”, Good Morning Canada and on Riverdance on Ice NBC special. She was also one of the principle instructors at Camp Rince Ceol for three summers where she taught students from all over North America. Maeve passed her TCRG exam in Los Angeles in 2007 (this qualification is needed to teach under An Coimisiún Le Rinci Gaelacha). Most recently she obtained her ADCRG Certificate which means she can judge local and major competitions worldwide. Maeve has been teaching in North America training children and adults for several years and she spends much of her time as an adjudicator traveling to major competitions both nationally and internationally. She has trained Oireachtas Champions and several children to get to the World Irish Dance championships the ultimate goal for competitive dancers. She now has her own Dance school in Los Angeles, Celtic Irish Dance Academy. Maeve is happy to be a part of the creative team of Kerry Irish Productions Inc. where she will bring her professional expertise to the company as well as her passion for Irish dance.