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Joint Artistic Directors

Muireann Ahern is Joint Artistic Director of Theatre Lovett. For Theatre Lovett she has directed; The True Story of Hansel and Gretel (Dublin Theatre Festival); Mr. Foley, The Radio Operator (Irish Tour); A Feast of Bones (Dublin Theatre Festival); The House that Jack Filled (Dublin Theatre Festival, Baboró, Irish Tour) and produced The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly (originally produced by The Ark and Theatre Lovett). Muireann has twenty years experience working in theatre for young audiences. Previously, she was Theatre Programmer and Producer at The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children. During her time at The Ark, Muireann programmed the Family Season of the Dublin Theatre Festival and The Children’s Season of Dublin Dance Festival. Muireann has worked as an Actor, Director, Education Director, Producer, Programmer and Lecturer. She has worked with The Abbey Theatre’s Outreach Department, TEAM Educational Theatre Company (Education Director for 7 years), Wet Paint Arts, RTÉ, TG4, The Department of Education and Skills and others. Muireann has been a lecturer in Drama at St Patrick’s teacher training college, Drumcondra and is a regular guest speaker on theatre for children at other third level colleges. She has led several Professional Development courses in theatre and drama for teachers and facilitates workshops with children of all ages. Muireann is a committee member of Assitej Ireland: a world network of theatre for children and young people. She was a member of the core working group on the published Artists~Schools Guidelines: ‘Towards Best Practice in Ireland’. She has been guest speaker at national and international conference focusing on ‘quality’ in theatre for young audiences. Muireann also works as a freelance consultant on theatre for children and young people. Muireann is a graduate of the Samuel Beckett Centre for Drama and Theatre Studies, Trinity College Dublin and also holds a HDip Education from TCD.

Louis Lovett's theatre work includes The Seagull (The Corn Exchange, Dublin Theatre Festival 2016); Bedroom Farce (The Gate Theatre); The Making of ‘Tis Pity she’s a Whore (Siren Productions); B for Baby (Best Actor Nominee, The Irish Times Theatre Awards 2010), Bookworms and She Stoops to Conquer (The Abbey Theatre); Improbable Frequency, The Life of Galileo (Rough Magic); Freefall, Dublin by Lamplight (Corn Exchange), Slattery’s Sago Saga, The Butterfly Ranch (Performance Corporation); The White-Headed Boy, God’s Gift (Barabbas…the Company) and more.

Louis is Joint Artistic Director of Theatre Lovett whose work includes They Called Her Vivaldi, The True Story of Hansel and Gretel (Dublin Theatre Festival 2015), Mr. Foley, The Radio Operator, A Feast of Bones (Dublin Theatre Festival 2013), The House that Jack Filled (Dublin Theatre Festival 2012) and The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly (The Ark/Theatre Lovett, US/AUSTRALIAN tours). Louis has performed in and directed several productions at The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children. Television & Film includes Moone Boy, Stella Days, Anseo, Killinascully, The Tudors, Showbands, Story Lane, The Morbegs,; Radio: All that Fall, Embers (Gare St. Lazare Players / RTÉ Radio1); The Quest (Lyric FM); The Third Policeman’s Ball and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (RTÉ Radio1).


Testimonials

“Unquestionably Muireann has raised the standard for theatre for the young in this country.”
Marina Carr, Playwright

“Muireann Ahern has proven herself to be a pioneer of high quality work, radically raising the bar for theatre for children and young people in Ireland.”
Dr Fintan Walsh Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at Birkbeck, University of London

“I always felt reassured that Muireann's wealth of experience would sensitively guide and inform the project.”
Selina Cartmell, Director

“Muireann has an exceptional combination of skills that are rare in Ireland – and, it has to be, said, globally. She has presented papers at various world meetings and participated in panel discussions, specifically on theatre for young audiences. Muireann has brought fantastic creative leadership in theatre to The Ark.”
Eina McHugh, Director, The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children (2005-2015), Consultant and Fulbright Scholar

“Muireann is highly regarded by her international colleagues, both as a programmer and as a producer and has built up an extensive network of contacts across the world.”
Loughlin Deegan, Director, The LIR Academy

“Lovett...one of the few actors to move effortlessly between theatre for young people and adults.”Dr Fintan Walsh Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at Birkbeck, University of London

“A dynamic, extraordinary performer, Louis demonstrates a level of physical awareness and ingenuity that places him in a class of his own among Irish actors.”
Annie Ryan, Artistic Director Corn Exchange

“Louis Lovett is a gifted performer, improviser and theatrical inventor, and has a unique ability to interact with an audience during a performance.”
Fiach MacConghail, Director Abbey Theatre

“Louis’ very special talent for working with children is internationally recognised. He is an artist of the highest integrity and a reflection of the very best of Irish creative talent.”
Arthur Lappin, Acting Director The Ark 2012-2013

“Louis is a performer with consummate skills honed particularly for a children’s audience. He is sensitive to their needs, can adapt and engage as required. And they love him for it.”
Emer McGowan, Director Draiocht

“Mr. Lovett is an exemplary artist who performs with great care and sophistication, imbuing his work with warmth, humor and great skill.”
Mary Rose Lloyd, Director of Artistic Programming at The New Victory Theater, New York