Muireann Ahern is Joint Artistic Director of Theatre Lovett. For Theatre Lovett she has directed; FRNKNSTN (Abbey Theatre Peacock Stage Premiere); They Called Her Vivaldi (Irish Tour, Abbey Theatre Peacock Stage, USA Tour 2019); 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 over twenty five 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 and produced several productions. Muireann has worked as an 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 was a committee member of Assitej Ireland (TYA 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 Louis is Joint Artistic Director of Theatre Lovett, for whom he has also written They Called Her Vivaldiand The True Story of Hansel and Gretel. He leads Theatre Lovett’s unique actor training course Playing for your Audience which specialises in performing for young audiences. He has also offered masterclasses in this field across Ireland, New York, Cleveland, Sydney and elsewhere. He has performed in all Theatre Lovett shows to date, including FRNKNSTN, They Called Her Vivaldi, The True Story of Hansel and Gretel, Mr. Foley, The Radio Operator, A Feast of Bones, The House that Jack Filledand The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly (The Ark/Theatre Lovett).
Outside of Theatre Lovett, other acting work includes Dublin by Lamplight, The Seagull andFreefall (The Corn Exchange); The Train, Improbable Frequency, The Life of Galileo (Rough Magic); 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); Slattery’s Sago Saga, The Butterfly Ranch (Performance Corporation); The White-Headed Boy, God’s Gift (Barabbas…the Company) and more.
Between 1996 and 2012, Louis performed in and directed several productions at The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children.
Television & Film work includes Moone Boy, Stella Days, Killinascully, The Tudors, Showbands, Story Lane, The Morbegs. Radio: Eoin Colfer’s Noël andThe Quest (Lyric FM); All that Fall, Embers (Gare St. Lazare Players Ireland / RTÉ Radio1).
“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 a thorough understanding of the needs of the performer and an excellent instinct for collaboration"
”Lynne Parker, Artistic Director Rough Magic Theatre Company
“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, Former Director, The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children (2005-2015), Consultant
“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