International Mentorship & Bursary 2015/6
Mentor: Stewart Laing of Untitled Projects
Conor is a theatre and opera director. Recent projects include a revival of Francesca Zambello’s production of Madame Butterfly at Opera San Antonio, Trouble in Tahiti at the Glimmerglass Festival, Maria de Buenos Aires at Cork Opera House, various ShortWorks at the Wexford Festival Opera and two sets of Opera Briefs for the Lir and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Recent theatre projects include Noelle Brown and Michele Forbes’ POSTSCRIPT (Fringe Festival, national tour and at the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris), and Romeo and Juliet (Second Age). He trained at UCLA, the National Theatre Directors’ Course and on Rough Magic’s SEEDS programme in 2006-2007. He has an MA in Greek Theatre Performance from the University of London.
Conor founded Ulysses Opera Theatre with Tom Lane and Matthew Smyth to produce Lane’s FLATPACK for the Fringe Festival in 2012, and they followed this with HARP | A River Cantata, an outdoor spectacular on the Samuel Beckett Bridge for the Fringe in 2014. He also co-founded TEXT|messages in 2011, as a platform for directors to experiment with short pieces of Shakespeare. The group created an outreach project called Be Not Afraid of Greatness for the Abbey Theatre in 2014.
For Pan Pan’s International Mentorship programme, Conor is working on a translation of Aeschylus’ play The Persians in a new translation into Irish by poet Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill. The project will juxtapose the set pieces of Greek tragedy and Irish poetry, looking at mourning, language and national identity.