Pan Pan International Mentorship 2017/18

From December 2017 to June 2018 German opera, music theatre and theatre director Anna-Sophie Mahler will be working with five participants based in Ireland. This mentorship programme is a unique opportunity for theatre and performance makers of all kinds to develop an early-stage idea for performance, outside the pressures of production. The engagement of the mentor is aimed to pose challenges and offer interrogations within a supportive structure.

In addition to meeting Anna-Sophie in Dublin, each of the participants will receive a bursary of €2,100 to help them dedicate time to work on their ideas, and we will also offer travel subsidy to help them see relevant work internationally.

The programme is made possible by funding from the Arts Council’s Theatre Artists Development Scheme. This year we are delighted to have the Gate Theatre as our mentorship partner. Anna-Sophie’s participation is generously supported by the Goethe-Institut Irland.



Luke Casserly

Luke is a theatre-maker originally from County Longford, now based in Dublin. He works as a freelance actor, designer and director.

Luke is delighted to be part of the International Mentorship for 2017/18 and will be using it to develop a new piece looking at Ireland’s relationship with traumatic events. Luke will be exploring in detail the recent Tuam Babies Case as part of the project.

Dylan Coburn Gray & David Coonan

Dylan is a writer based in Dublin. His work has won praise for its innovative use of language and playful approach to form, blurring the line between poetry and drama. He has just received the 2017 Verity Bargate Award for his play Citysong.

David is a Dublin-based composer. His works have been performed by, among others, the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the RAM Manson Ensemble, EXAUDI vocal ensemble, and Belfast city organist Colm Carey.

As part of the Pan Pan International Mentorship, David and Dylan will be working on paired pieces of music theatre, one short and one long; they haven’t ruled out Robert Schumann showing up, but the definite territory of both pieces is how patterning means – how quality isn’t always detail – in music, language, memory, and life


Jane Deasy

Jane is a composer and performer working across various forms including theatre, installation and radio. She composes both electronic and electroacoustic music exploring the boundaries between music and theatre.

During the Pan Pan International Mentorship Jane will work on a piece using The Four Seasons by Vivaldi as a framework to think about fear and the passing of time.


Shaun Dunne

Shaun is a playwright and theatre artist from Dublin. He is a trained journalist and drama facilitator – with elements of both heavily informing his arts practice.

As part of the Pan Pan International Mentorship, Shaun will develop a new work focusing on the ritual of restorative practice and the rehabilitation of convicted offenders into mainstream community.


Zoe Ní Riordáin

Zoe is an independent theatre writer-director and musician from Dublin. Zoe is interested in exploring how music functions in theatre, and the spiritual crisis of connection that is breaking her heart.

With this in mind, Zoe has started a new idea for a performance in the Irish language called Éist liom (Listen to me). The idea is to make a spoken word opera made up of one-side of different conversations in various scenarios. She is looking forward to developing this idea during the mentorship.





  • Dublin
    December 2017 - June 2018