Providing a city centre resource for Theatre and Performing Arts in Limerick
Mike Finn, playwright, screenwriter and actor holds an MA in Scriptwriting from the National Film School and is an honourary fellow of the University of Iowa. He has had over fifty scripts produced on national and international stages, including his award-winning Pigtown, The Quiet Moment, The Crunch, Ellis Island, The Revenger’s Tragedy and Porkville. During Limerick 2014 Mike co-wrote the The Unlucky Cabin Boy and the Irish Times Irish Theatre Award nominated On The Wire. His newest play, Bread Not Profits will be performed at Cleeve’s factory in April 2019 with Arts Council support. For television he has co-written the IFTA nominated Killinaskully, Mattie and the pilot of Behind The Crystal Ball with Pat Shortt. Radiio drama includes It’s A Worthless Life for RTE 1 and Little Bits Left Over for Limerick
95FM. He was Belltable Artist-in-Residence in 2017 and International Writer-in-residence
the University of Iowa In 2000, where he represented Ireland at the prestigious International
Writing Program. In 2002, he was the Burdines Distinguished Visiting Artist at the University
of South Florida. Mike is a member of the Irish Writer’s Guild and The Irish Film & Television
Academy, serves as chairman of both Dance Limerick and The Gaff, as well as on the council
of the Irish Film Institute.
Since graduating from the National University Ireland, Galway with a Masters Degree in Film Studies Robert has worked in production of Film, Television and Theatre. These have included Stage Technician for the Irish Tour of The Unlucky Cabin Boy (Guna Nua/Verdant Production), Production Assistant for On The Wire (Wildebeest Theatre Company) which was nominated for Best Production at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2014 and Art Department on Into the Badlands (AMC)
Eugene Hayes, ACIS, BFS (NUI) QFA LIB, Managing Director of Mid-West Corporate Services, is widely experienced in the fields of company formation and compliance and corporate governance and compliance and has been The GAFF’s Company Secretary since the founding of the company in 2014. He previously worked with Ulster Bank Ireland Limited. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, a member of the Institute of Directors in Ireland, an accredited Mediator with Mediation Forum Ireland, a member of the Irish Corporate Law Forum, a member of the Irish Company Secretaries Group and a member of Limerick Chamber of Commerce. He holds a Financial Services Degree from UCD and is through a sister company - Irish Mortgage & Insurance Brokers Alliance Limited which is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland to operate as a mortgage broker and multi-agency insurance intermediary.
Maeve McGrath is a film producer, programmer and actress. She studied Theatre Studies in Trinity College and graduated from GMIT where she studied “Television Production and Development”. Maeve has a Masters in Media Studies from MIC/UL with her thesis entitled Irish Short Film: The Road to Oscar. Maeve is the Artistic Director of the Kerry Film Festival and Producer at the Carlow Arts Festival. She is Artistic Director of Sidhe Company and was Legacy and Commissioning Producer at Limerick City of Culture 2014, Film Programmer at Bram Stoker Festival 2014 and Line Producer for 'The Dead' Opera Tour 2016. As a professional actress working over twenty years in theatre, film and television she most recently played the part of Mary in the Oscar nominated film adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s BROOKLYN and appeared in EXPEDITION in Canada with Boca Del Lupo and The Performance Corporation.
With the College Players Theatre Company, Padhraic has appeared in many productions, including, “The Seafarer”, “The Plough and the Stars”, “Juno and the Paycock”, “Aristocrats”, “A Chorus of Disapproval”, “Same Old Moon”, “The Playboy of the Western World” , “Philadelphia Here I Come”, “Leading Ladies” “Lend me a Tenor” and “Noises Off”.He has also appeared with Mirage Theatre Company in “The Weir” and “The Lonesome West”. Padhraic has also toured with many productions, including “The Salvage Shop” (Shoestring Theatre Company) “The Real Inspector Hound (Canada), “Ritual for Dolls” (Monaco), “Statements after an arrest under the Immorality Act” (Finland) and tours of England,Wales and Japan with the multi-award winning production of Stephen Berkoff’s “Metamorphsis”, directed by Joan McGarry. Padhraic is a Fellow of The Chartered Insurance Institute, Past President of the Insurance Institute of Limerick and currently Council member of the Insurance Institute. Working in the insurance industry for 40 years, most recently as Managing Director of Coyle Hamilton insurance brokers (now Willis Towers Watson).
Carrie Barrett grew up in Moyross and now lives in Sixmilebridge. Carrie joined Moyross Community Drama in 2014 and has performed in all of the group’s productions since that time. Carrie was inspired to write Bingo! based on the success of a short monologue written for The GAFF and Moyross Community Drama’s 2016 production, FIVE Houses. She was one of the first participants in the The Abbey’s 5 X 5 programme in 2018, writing and performing with Moyross Community Drama colleagues in The Underside on The Peacock stage. In October 2018, Carrie was invited to perform her work at the Liverpool Irish Festival as part of that event’s Invisible Women programme. Her play Bingo! premiered in Belltable in November 2018 and transferred to Friars’ Gate Theatre in Kilmallock. She will feature in The Lime Tree’s 24 Hour Play project in early February 2019 as a member of the writing team.