Gerry trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Constructive Teaching Centre London (Alexander Technique) and Hochschule fur Misik und Theater Hannover (Music). Considered by most to be the finest Acting Coach, Voice Coach and Alexander Teacher in the business, Gerry has worked frequently with Johnny Depp, Bruce Willis, Oscar Isaac, Joel Edgerton, Abbie Cornish, Natalie Portman (Jane Got A Gun) Tom Cruise (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol) Marlon Brando, Sean Penn, Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Matt Damon, Amy Adams, Kate Hudson, Albert Finney, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Pete Postlethwaite, Imelda Staunton, Ewan McGregor, Orlando Bloom, and he collaborated extensively with Heath Ledger on numerous projects including The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, Batman: The Dark Knight, Casanova, Candy, The Brothers Grimm, The Order and The Four Feathers.
Shimmy is a multi award winning filmmaker working in a variety of formats including Features, Shorts, TV, Documentary, Music Promos, and Commercials. He has been giving filmmaking and acting workshops for over 15 years and began training actors full time at The Factory in 2013. Some of the many actors he has worked with include Stephen Berkoff, Felicity Jones, Gary Lewis, Pat Short, Martin Compston, Jack Reynor and many more.
Cathy is a two-time IFTA winner for Best Short in 2011 and again in 2013 for her short MORNING. In 2011 she was selected for Coming Up, making ROUGH SKIN for Channel4, starring This is England’s Vicky McClure and which was nominated for a BIFA. Last year she directed on E4’s drama-thriller series GLUE, and is now in development with her debut feature as writer/director WILDFIRE. She is also developing a new TV comedy series, CAN’T COPE/WON’T COPE, with writer Stefanie Preissner for RTE. Her ‘Finding The Moment’ workshops have produced rave reviews from Actors and is fast marking herself out as an Actors Director.
Tom studied film at the Dun Laoghaire College of Art and Design. In 1995, he co-founded High-Hat Productions with fellow filmmaker John Carney. His best known work is Bachelors Walk for which he was one of three co creators/ writers/directors on all twenty episodes. He directed the TV Series The Last Furlong and Trivia for RTE and has also directed the recent features Wide Open Spaces and Sensation starring Domhnall Gleeson, which was nominated for three IFTA Awards including Best Film. Tom has worked with many leading film industry figures in Ireland and has taught scriptwriting and filmmaking courses at Colaiste Dhulaigh, NUI Galway, The Gaiety School of Acting, Filmbase and the Irish Writer’s Centre. Tom is also an award-winning writer of fiction, a critic, columnist and one time screen editor of The Dubliner magazine.
Maureen Hughes trained as artistic assistant under Garry Hynes at Druid Theatre Company in the ’80s and went on in 1992 to work in the Abbey Theatre for two-and-a-half years as Head of Casting. She moved into Film & TV working with Susie Figgis on casting The Butcher Boy and subsequently went out on her own to cast several major screen productions, including the Oscar®-winning films Six Shooter and Once, and recent Award Winning RTE productions Love-Hate, Charlie, Clean Break, and Rebellion. Film Credits include: Agnes Browne, Borstal Boy, Disco Pigs, Noble and This Must Be The Place.
Helena Walsh is one of Ireland’s leading voice specialists and gives workshops nationally and internationally. She is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. Internationally Helena has taught at the Accademia dell’Arte, Tuscany Italy, at Eolia,Escola Superior d’Art Dramatique,Barcelona, The Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and television, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. She worked for ten years for New York University on their Overseas Theatre Performance Programme. During her career she has been involved in countless productions both student and professional. Helena was Co director of the Fourth International Freedom and Focus Fitzmaurice Voicework Conference in Dublin in July 2016 and will also Co Direct the Fifth International Freedom & Focus Fitzmaurice Voicework Conference in London 2018.
Deirdre studied Theatre and English at California Lutheran University from 1984-1988 and graduated with a B.A. in 1988. She trained at the Alexander Teacher Training Course Oxford, England which was directed by Elisabeth Walker and also included regular teaching by Bridget Belgrave and Lucia Walker, along with postgraduate teachers from the course and several visiting teachers from other schools and countries. She has worked at the Alexander Technique training course in Galway with Richard Brennan and at the Alexander Technique training course in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, with Jane Ruby Heirich. She has taught a 2 credit (16 week course: Introduction to the Alexander Technique) in the College of Communication and Fine Arts, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan.
Muirne is one of Ireland’s leading Movement Directors and Choreographers. She worked extensively at The Abbey Theatre on productions such as The Tempest and A Doll’s House. Other credits include: Borstal Boy (Gaiety Theatre),Pageant, As You Are (CoisCéim Dance Theatre) and The Ballet Ruse (with Emma O’Kane), Gulliver’s Travels (National Youth Theatre), Little Women and Arcadia (The Gate Theatre), Dancing at Lughnasa (The Gate Theatre, An Grianán Theatre, The Bucharest National Theatre and Second Age), and The Making of tis a Pity She’s a Whore (Siren Productions). Television credits include Rock Rivals (UTV Television). Muirne also choreographed the Special Olympics Opening Ceremony in Belfast in 2005.
Ciaran has been working in the film and theatre industry since 1998. In 2003 he graduated from the Theatre Studies Programme at Inchicore College and later went on to train with the Irish Dramatic Combat Academy. Ciaran has trained extensively in armed and unarmed stage combat in Ireland and in the USA. He is among Ireland’s leading experts in theatrical violence and as well as acting he regularly works as a stage combat instructor, stunt performer, and fight director including all three seasons of Vikings. Many TV and film credits include Game of Thrones (HBO), Ripper Street (BBC), and The Tudors (Showtime).
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Mary Kate trained in the craft of screenwriting with the professors of screenwriting at The University of Southern California. She has worked as a tutor alongside her former professors for the last ten years. She has continued to be mentored by them, in particular David Howard, author of The Tools of Screenwriting. She is a guest tutor at the Czech Film School FAMU and The National Film School in Ireland as well as a lead tutor on pan-European programmes.
In the last year she has given workshops and lectures on screenwriting in Prague, London, Cologne, Pilzen, Valletta as well as Dublin, Cork and Galway. She has also given workshops in Africa. She is a working writer who has written six feature-length screenplays, all of which have been funded by The Irish Film Board and subsequently optioned, currently in development. She holds an MA in Screenwriting, has won pan-European awards for her screenwriting, is a published short story writer and Ireland’s Grand Slam Champion Storyteller at The Moth.
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Rachel is a story consultant who works across the business and arts industries. She works with teams and individuals in Ireland, the UK and Germany to develop visual storytelling and audience engagement. She has worked on a wide range of television and film productions ensuring that scripts communicate the writer’s vision, connect with audiences and achieve commercial, as well as artistic, success. In 2014/2015 was a lead tutor with her sister Mary Kate at Y Labordy an initiative funded by S4C, Film Wales Literature Wales and the Royal Theatre of Wales.
Stephen Bridgewater is one of Hollywoods hardest working Acting Coaches. Some of the clients he has worked with include: Benicio Del Toro, Heath Ledger, Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Brad Pitt, Bruce Willis, Orlando Bloom, and Robin Williams. Stephen has also worked with directors and cast members of Sons of Anarchy, The X-Files, The Sopranos, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,12 Monkeys, The Fisher King, Brokeback Mountain, Forrest Gump, 21 Grams, Mississippi Burning, Pirates of the Caribbean, and many more. Stephen also has multiple credits as an actor, director, producer, writer, and script consultant.
Judith studied classical music and singing at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague where she was allowed to work with people like John Cage, Stockhausen, Bruno Maderna, Frank Zappa, as well as the great masters of Baroque Music interpretation like Nicolaus Harnoncourt, Ton Koopman and Philippe Herreweghe. After winning prizes at International Singing Competitions she went on to sing a vast soprano repertoire and traveled the world working in Opera, Chamber and Contemporary music. More recently Judith widened her musical experience by performing with various renowned rock artists. Her love and involvement with literature and her desire to combine this with music led to the creation of her one woman show “MOLLY SAYS NO” about Molly Bloom the heroine of Joyce’s Ulysses. Judith Mok’s books of poetry, novels and short stories have been published in Dutch and English.
William has coached the voices of some of cinema’s most talented artists, including Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Tom Hanks, Ralph Fiennes, Kate Winslet, Dustin Hoffman, James Franco and Matthias Schoenaerts – to name just a few. A graduate of the Central School of Speech and Drama, he taught voice, dialects and phonetics in several drama schools before teaching at RADA in 1998, where he remained for eight years. William has also been a longtime collaborator with director Stephen Daldry, working on two of his Oscar-nominated films, The Reader and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Other collaborations with Daldry include The Audience with Helen Mirren and Skylight starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy. His film credits include Perfume, Cloud Atlas, Diana, In The Heart of the Sea and Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert.
Lance is a multi award winning writer/editor/director. In 2009 he won the IFTA award for best director for Kisses. Also directed The Good Doctor (2011) and Life’s A Breeze (2013). He set up The Factory with John Carney and Kirsten Sheridan in 2010.
Dearbhla is an Irish film and television director who has worked on drama series for several television channels in Ireland and the United Kingdom, including episodes of Shameless, The Tudors and Penny Dreadful. She won the 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special for Part I of the serial Little Dorrit and recently completed the feature starring Dustin Hoffman and Judy Dench.
Damien has directed East is East (1999) and Inside I’m Dancing (2004), as well as TV series The Savage Eye. He won a BAFTA Award for Best British Film for East is East.
Hugh started his acting career when he was 10. Best known for his role in the film My Left Foot (1989), in which he portrayed the childhood days of Christy Brown. Studied at Trinity College in Dublin, and received a scholarship to attend the NYU Film School. While continuing his acting career he also directs including music videos for Sinead O’Connor and The Coronas.
Juanita is an Irish director and writer from Dublin. Her short film The Door received an Irish Film and Television Award in 2009 and an Academy Award nomination in 2010. She recently directed As If I Am Not There (2010) and Tomato Red (2016) with Anna Friel.
Frank Berry is a Dublin-born director whose work began with ten years of community filmmaking and television. This work led to his critically acclaimed feature documentary Ballymun Lullaby (2011), winner of the DGA Directors Finders Award, which received a cinema release in Ireland and continues to screen at film festivals around the world. His next film I Used to Live Here (2014), a drama that deals with suicide clusters among teenagers, won the Best First Feature Audience Award at the Galway Film Fleadh and has been released in Irish cinemas to critical acclaim.
Rebecca Daly entered the Irish film world with her acclaimed short film Joyriders, winning both the IFTA Best Short Film and the Short Film Award at the Galway Film Fleadh. Her debut feature The Other Side of Sleep premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Directors Fortnight. Her latest feature Mammal stars Rachel Griffith and Barry Keoghan.
Ian’s career started with the short film ‘Buskers’, a big hit on the international festival circuit, collecting awards at the Galway Film Fleadh, the Cork Film Festival among others. His first feature length film is ‘The Runway’, starring Demián Bichir, Kerry Condon and James Cosmo which premiered at The Galway Film Fleadh in 2010 where it picked up the award for Best Irish Feature. He has since gone on to make ‘The Guarantee’.
Bow Street also brings in International Casting Directors like Leo Davis, Ros Hubbard, Carla Stronge, Louise Kiely, Amy Rowan and many more to work with the students giving them feedback on audition technique and on filmed scenes.