Since Pan Pan was established by co-directors Gavin Quinn and Aedín Cosgrove, the company has constantly examined and challenged the nature of its work and has resisted settling into well tried formulas. Developing new performance ideas is at the centre of the company’s raison d’être which is born from a desire to be individual and provide innovation in the development of theatre art. All the works created are original, either through the writing (original plays) or through the totally unique expression of established writings. Pan Pan tries to approach theatre as an open form of expression and has developed an individual aesthetic that has grown from making performances in a host of different situations and conditions.
Pan Pan is committed to presenting performances nationally and internationally and developing links for co-productions and collaborations. The company has toured in Ireland, UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Korea, Australia, New Zealand and China.
Gavin Quinn is a graduate of the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin. He is, with Aedín Cosgrove, co-founder and joint artistic director of Pan Pan Theatre. Quinn has directed all Pan Pan Theatre productions. He has also directed The Four-Note Opera, Carmen, The (Little) Magic Flute & Carmen for Opera Theatre Company, as well as Cosi Fan Tutte for Opera Ireland. Quinn and Pan Pan have brought shows all around Europe and further afield, including renowned venues & festivals such as BAM, the Sydney Festival, the Melbourne Festival, PICA, Bejing Pioneer Theatre & PS122. Recent productions include The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane (Winner of Best Production and Best Set Design Irish Times Theatre Awards 2010), All That Fall by Samuel Beckett (Winner of Best Sound Design and Best Lighting Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2011) & Embers by Samuel Beckett at The Edinburgh International Festival 2013.
Outside of his work with Pan Pan, Gavin has directed for opera, including The 4 Note Opera (Tom Johnson, 2000), The Magic Flute, Hamelin (2003) and Don Giovanni (2016) for OTC, The Abduction from the Seraglio for ETO (Hackney Empire, London 2007), and Così Fan Tutte for Opera Ireland (2007). In 2015 Gavin made his directing debut at the Abbey Theatre with Midsummer’s Night Dream. Gavin is also a board member of the Irish Theatre Institute.
Aedín Cosgrove co-founded Pan Pan in 1991 with Gavin Quinn. Outside of Aedín’s work with Pan Pan, she worked with Corcadorca designing all aspects of the original productions of Disco Pigs and Misterman by Enda Walsh. More recently she has worked with Corcadorca on The Big Yum Yum by Pat McCabe. She has also designed for Abbey Theatre productions A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015), Perve by Stacey Gregg (2012), Sucking Dublin by Enda Walsh (1997) and The Mai by Marina Carr (1994). Other productions for theatre, dance and opera include Man of Valour (The Corn Exchange Theatre Company, 2011, Best Overall Design ABSOLUT Fringe 2011 and Best Lighting Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2012), No Worst There Is
None (The Stomach Box, 2010, Best Production Irish Times Theatre Awards), Five Ways to Drown, Falling Song (Junk Ensemble, 2010, 2012), Dogs Emma Martin Dance (Best Overall Design ABSOLUT Fringe 2012) Don Pasquale, Carmen (Opera Theatre Company, 2012, 2013),The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny Rough Magic Theatre Company (2014). Aedín also works as designer with the Crash Ensemble.
Aoife has worked as the General Manager of Pan Pan Theatre since 1999 and in that time has produced all of their many and varied productions as well as the Dublin International Theatre Symposium in 2001 & 2003, numerous international tours to prestigious venues & festivals (BAM, Edinburgh International Festival, Sydney Festival).
In addition to her work with Pan Pan, Aoife works as an independent producer under the title of Lily Productions. Her company has produced Gavin Kostick’s Heart of Darkness (Dublin Fringe Festival 2007, Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival in 2008 & Southbank Centre in 2009 – Winner of Spirit of the Fringe Award, DFF), Michelle Read’s Snakelight (Dun Laoghaire Mountain to the Sea Literary Festival) and Diet of Worms’ Strollinstown (Absolut Fringe 2010) & Cult (Absolut Fringe 2011). As Producer with Arcane Collective Dance Collective, Aoife represented them at APAP in New York in January 2013 along with producing performances at the Guggenheim Museum (NY) and Dublin Dance Festival 2014. Aoife has been working with META Productions since 2013 and produced their recent opera, Heresy, at the Dublin Theatre Festival 2013, Kilkenny Arts Festival 2013, the Mermaid Arts Centre (2013) and Project Arts Centre (2016).