Angela Ryan Whyte (Artistic Director) - Founder of Jasango Theatre, Angela oversees artistic policy, marketing, budgeting, tour booking and management, training initiatives, grant and festival applications and steers the formation of collaborations and partnerships between Jasango and other companies and artists.
A life-long love affair with theatre has resulted in Angela performing many roles; actor, playwright, director, producer, and drama facilitator. Angela graduated from N.U.I. Galway with an Honours M.A. in Drama and Theatre Studies and completed further training in a variety of acting methods and disciplines including the Meisner Method, the Chekov Method and Experimental & Ensemble Theatre. She has also completed extensive Voice Training, Acting For Film, Writing and Directing courses. She recently completed an Honours Cert in Youth Arts with NUI Maynooth and Festivals Training with O.L.D.C. also holds a Higher Diploma in Education.
Angela made her playwriting debut in 2008 with her play Til Kingdom Come, produced by Selkie Theatre. Described by critics as “a warm, witty and deeply human story with thoroughly engaging characters.” it was produced with Age Action Ireland to highlight Positive Ageing Week 2008. Angela was co-producer, actor and tour manager for Bombshells which toured Ireland for two years before embarking on a US tour. She co-produced Bo Leictreach Green Play Festival and co-directed three new plays. Her short plays For Penguin’s Sake and Old Habits have been performed at Electric Cow USA & Bo Leictreach Birr. She produced and acted in Jasango’s production of Geraldine Aron’s My Brilliant Divorce which toured nationally throughout 2011/2012. She devised and directed Craic On The Canal; a site-specific youth theatre show. She wrote and co-produced Jasango’s Production of For Penguin’s Sake which appeared at The Galway Fringe Festival & Aras Eanna Arts Centre and was selected for performance at the Offaly Culture Night. She co-produced and co-directed Siobhan Donnellan’s The Mire and Bo Leictreach 2012, at which the play premiered. She is also a founding facilitator with Offaly Youth Theatre, leading the Tullamore Chapter with whom she devised and directed The Fire for the OYT Showcase at Birr Theatre. With other companies her theatre roles include Nicky in Shakers (national tour/Blue Pig Theatre), Bianca in Desdemona-A Play About A Handkerchief, Sarah in Goodwill, Kathleen in 1798 and Juror 6 in The Tinker’s Blade (Selkie Theatre), Bridget in Bridget Jone’s Diary (Lily Hill Productions), Everywoman/Narrator in Maiden Voyages (Liberty Hall, Dublin), Bernie/Bridog/Liz in Invisible Women (Dha Ein Theatre-Dublin Fringe, Galway Arts Festival), Angie in A New Baby Brother (Ballina Street Festival), multiple roles in Granuaile (Macnas/GalwayArts Festival), Beta in Cold Storage (Trident/Taidhbhearc na Gaillimhe), Miss Forsythe in Death Of A Salesman (Seven Ages Theatre/Town Hall Galway) and more. Films include Ann and Barry Today, Waiting For Dublin, Against The Grain, The Yanks Are Here, Red-Haired Mary and Twice.
She recently devised and directed Falling with Offaly Youth Theatre and was commissioned to devise a script and direct/produce a play with a youth group in Tullamore. A year-long project, it will result in the production-Brainteasers in July 2013. Throughout May to October 2013, Angela is also leading a project This was me in ’63 in association with Bealtaine 2013 and Positive Ageing Week. A multi-sensory creative writing project informed by workshops and interviews with older people throughout the Bealtaine Festival, it will culminate in October 2013 when a short story inspired by the process will be launched together with an original piece of music at Positive Ageing Week.
Angela founded Scripts with Emma Nee Haslam, in response to feedback gathered during Bo Leictreach GreenPlay Festival which she co-produced with Birr Theatre& Arts Centre and Selkie Theatre USA. She has developed the festival from concept stage with her co-producers and is acting Festival Director. In September 2013, Lisa Daly returns to Ireland and will co-direct new plays and co-manage the festival with Angela for its duration.