Festival Opener: Declan Gorman

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A Warm Welcome to Declan!


Declan Gorman is a native of Monaghan. He has worked as an actor, writer, director and educator. He was co-founder with Joe O’Byrne of Co-Motion, Dublin acting in and producing many 1980s shows, including
Song of the White Man’s Burden and The Sinking of the Titanic and produced the original Frank Pig Says Hello by Patrick McCabe.

From 1990 – 95 he was Theatre Programmer at City Arts Centre Dublin. From 1997 – 2010 he was Artistic Director of Upstate, Drogheda, where he wrote and directed
The Weavers (after Hauptmann); The Green Fool (after Kavanagh); Hades (Stewart Parker/BBC Award); Epic and At Peace.

Freelance since 2010, he has toured in Ireland, Norway, Russia (pre-Ukraine invasion), USA, Britain and India, with his James Joyce solo shows
The Dubliners Dilemma and Falling Through the Universe. He has led public art and community theatre projects in Monaghan, Louth and Dublin, and taught community-engaged theatre at NUI Galway and New York University.

His 2016 play
The Big Fellow (after Frank O’Connor) toured in Ireland and to India. He recently co-wrote and directed Dorothy McArdle: Prison Notebooks with performer Sharon McArdle (Kilmainham Gaol /Smock Alley 2022). During Covid he directed The Pilgrims of Slieve, a play for Zoom, devised by Aisteoirí Muinchille. Most recently he directed The Half Coat by Tara Maria Lovett for Culture Night, Cavan Museum.

He was Arts Council Theatre Artist in residence for Co. Monaghan in 2018-19 and is currently visiting writer on the Cavan-Monaghan Bordering Realities project collaborating with playwright Alice Lynch and the Killesher Youth Drama Society.