Who we are:
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.
Lisa Daly has a long and varied association with Jasango as an actor, producer, director, visual artist and photographer. Lisa has a degree in Theatre Arts from Muhlenberg College, Pennsylvania, USA. She has since lived in Galway, Ireland for the last 12 years, where she has worked with various Theatre Companies. With Selkie Theatre in Galway she has been in productions of Laundry and Bourbon by James McLure; A Broken Moon at Midnight, a site specific work by Kerric Harvey, performed in St. Nicholas Church, Galway; and Desdemona: A play About a Handkerchief by Paula Vogel. Other roles include Ophelia in Hamlet and Ophelia, an original work (Ninth Wave Theatre Company), Stevie in The Goat, or Who is Syliva by Edward Albee (Lily Hill Productions), and Natasha in Bridget Jones's Dairy (Lily Hill Productions). Film work includes Summer of the Flying Saucer, directed by Martin Duffy and premiered at Cinemagic Film Festival, Dublin, Pull, with Pull productions, and Happy Birthday, Dear Universe, which placed second in the Offline Film Festival Short Competition in 2012.
Lisa is a photographer in both Ireland and the States, and has worked as Jasango Theatre and Selkie Theatre's production and marketing photographer over the last 10 years. She co-produced Selkie Theatre's Electric Cow: The GreenPlay Festival in Bethlehem PA, where her play Glow Worms premiered. She was also a co-producer of the festival in Birr, Co. Offaly under the name of Bo Leictreach: the GreenPlay Festival, in association with Selkie and Jasango Theatre, where she co-directed staged readings of 3 new plays with Angela Ryan. In Sepetmber 2012 she co-produced and co-directed The Mire an original work by Siobhan Donnellan with Jasango Theatre's Angela Ryan. Lisa recently played Grace in For Penguin's Sake, a new work by Angela Ryan, produced by Jasango Theatre and directed by George B. Miller of Selkie Theatre. For Penguin's Sake, a one woman play, premiered at The Galway Fringe Festival, and was selected as a feature performance for Culture Night 2012 in Co. Offaly. In June, she appears in A Broken Umbrella Theatre's Freewheelers a devised site-specific, which launches at The International Festival Of Art and Ideas in New Haven, USA. See www.artidea.org/event/2013/1271 for details.
Lisa is co-producer of the festival developing it from concept stage with her co-producers. In September, she returns to Ireland and will co-direct the festival with Angela Ryan Whyte.
(PR & Marketing – Scripts)
graduated with an MA in Theatre Practice & Production from NUI Galway. As a writer, her work has featured in two books; The Gathering: Reflections on Ireland in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation and Heartbeats: Stories of Love (Toronto). She was also part of the team that put together sons+fathers (also in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation) in2015. Rebecca worked at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre until 2018 primarily tasked with PR & Marketing where she oversaw the marketing of not only the year round programme of events at Birr Theatre but also for numerous other festivals coordinated by the venue - Hullabaloo! Offaly's Children's Arts Festival; Birr Festival of Music & Voice; Scripts Ireland's Playwriting Festival.
(Marketing & Administration Birr Theatre)
With a BA in Media & Cultural Studies, Ciara has a background in local arts. Through her work in Offaly County Council’s Arts Office she has co-ordinated Culture Night countywide, adopted a lead role in marketing for FilmOffaly and co-ordinated Offaly's 2016 Centenary Celebrations. As a writer her work has featured in Midlands Arts & Culture Magazine and InBusiness Magazine. As a member of staff in Birr Theatre Ciara is involved in the marketing of both the annual programme of events and each of the five yearly in Birr including Scripts.
Emma Nee Haslam – Manager at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre since 2000, Emma has many years of experience in coordinating and producing events. She is personally and professionally involved in Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival for the past 28 years; established Hullabaloo! Offaly’s Children’s Arts Festival with Offaly County Council; assists in the running of OFFline Film Festival and Birr Festival of Music as well as presenting a year round programme of events at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre. Emma recently completed a BSc (Hons) in Management Practice through Ulster University, achieving first class honours and holds certificates in, Project Management, Marketing and Training Delivery & Evaluation. Emma’s experience spans from a family newsagent to banking and the property sector giving her a broad business knowledge. Emma established Scripts with Jasango Producer Angela Ryan Whyte, in response to audience feedback garnered during Bo Leictreach GreenPlay Festival, which she produced with Jasango and Selkie Theatre USA. Emma plays a key role in the development of the programme and overseeing of the event and brings her extensive knowledge of festival management to Scripts.
Eugene O’Brien is an Irish playwright, screenwriter, and actor based in Dublin. Best known for award winning Eden, which has performed throughout Europe and the US and IFTA winner TV drama, Pure Mule. Eugene’s recent projects include writing for TV3 new drama, Red Rock, plays for RTE and BBC Radio Drama. His awards include Irish Times/ESB Theatre Awards 2001, The Steward Parker Best New Play 2001 and the Rooney Prize for Literature 2003. Eugene plays an integral role in the establishment and development of Scripts - heading the selection panel of submitted plays, mentoring playwrights throughout the week and judging plays on the final night. Eugene brings many years of experience and knowledge to the Festival.
Birr Theatre & Arts Centre is based in the beautiful Oxmantown Hall, which was built as a venue in response to the request of local residents to build a structure which would serve the "multifarious requirements for the benefit and entertainment of the inhabitants at large ….a Hall that would serve a variety of purposes from a Sunday school down to a social tea party." (King’s County Chronicle, 17 January 1889.)
The hall was completely renovated and officially opened as Birr Theatre & Arts Centre in 2000 and now provides a year round programme of events (music, visual arts, theatre, music, film, dance) for Birr and surrounding region.
Over the past 21 years Birr Theatre has been the catalyst to the establishment of so many festivals. In the early years Jazz in Birr and Birr Puppet Festival, then IF ONLY Dance Festival and Birr One Act Drama Festival and now the well-known Hullabaloo! Offaly’s Children’s Arts Festival, OFFline Film Festival, Birr Festival of Music and Scripts - Ireland’s Playwriting Festival. "We pride ourselves on being an incubator for many local festivals now well established in our town’s calendar, all of which complement the long running Birr Vintage Week & Arts Festival and extend our tourism season while expanding the arts engagement with our audiences".
The importance of having a theatre in the town should not be underestimated – nor its value to the community as a whole, local businesses and emerging and established artists. We provide a platform for a number of creative disciplines including music, film, drama, dance and performance. We continue to thrive thanks to the generous support of our community.
Jasango Theatre was founded in Galway in 2009 as a collaborative, multi-disciplinary company, bringing together musicians, visual artists and theatre practitioners to create multi-disciplinary theatrical events. Our areas of interest include; new writing, works by or for women, youth theatre and site-specific theatre. Jasango now has a second base in Tullamore, Co. Offaly and works in partnership with Galway City Council and Offaly Arts Office to create theatre which inspires and excites. A touring company, we travel nationally and internationally to showcase our collaborative productions. Jasango Theatre produced Joanna Murray Smith’s Bombshells to great acclaim. Described by critics as “jaw droppingly good” and “pitch perfect” the play toured nationally from 2009-2011. It was the highlight of The Theatre Stage at Electric Picnic two years running and was chosen as the Summer Theatre event at Fota House, Cork in 2010.
Jasango were invited to The Celtic Classic Festival in America where they performed Bombshells and completed a series of guest lectures in area schools. The production was voted “Best Play” and “Best Ensemble Act” in the 2010 Bethlehem Press Awards USA. The critics state-side said “simple, elegant and eloquent..extraordinarily talented women” – Bethlehem Press USA. Jasango has toured with it’s production of Geraldine Aron’s My Brilliant Divorce since July 2011 and the production has been receiving a similarily enthusiastic response nationwide. Critics have called the one-woman show “an applauded feat” and the tour continues indefinitely, such has been public demand. Jasango were also co-producers of Bo Leictreach Green Play Festival produced with Selkie Theatre USA and Birr Theatre in 2011 and 2012. In 2012 the festival commissioned a new play by Siobhan Donnellan "The Mire" produced by Jasango and Birr Theatre. A national tour is anticipated to kick off in 2014. In July 2012, Jasango devised and produced a site-specific play created with a group of young people; “Craic On The Canal”, based around the historic Bolands’s Lock in Tullamore. Also in July, Jasango premiered Angela Ryan’s For Penguin’s Sake at The Galway Fringe Festival. Directed by George B. Miller and featuring Lisa Daly, the play was described by Irish Theatre Magazine as “an aesthetically impressive production..truly sense-tickling theatre” To learn more about Jasango see www.jasangotheatre.org Follow Jasango on Facebook www.facebook.com/jasangotheatre firstname.lastname@example.org