Garter Lane are delighted to announce the participants in their Theatre for Young Audiences Online Incubator

Deirdre Dwyer, theatre artist in residence at Garter Lane, has developed this online incubator programme as part of her residency.  It aims to further develop the community of theatre makers, in the South East, focusing on the creation of performance work for children.

In July, six theatre makers who want to develop their skills and knowledge of making theatre for young audiences, will join Deirdre in this online programmme. The artists are: Sinéad Cormack (Carlow), Jack Cunnigham (Waterford), Caoimhe Dunn (Wexford), Katie Honan, (Waterford), Mae Leahy (Waterford) and Alison Martin (Wexford).

The online programme will invite experts in the field to talk about their work and will also include engaging with online materials to hopefully be inspired by. The aim of the meetings with various artists/ academics/ members will be to provide insight into the practice and possibilities of making theatre and performance making for children and young people, in Ireland and beyond, and to inspire the creativity and imaginations of the participants.

Guest facilitators will include; Muireann Ahern and Louis Lovett of Theatre Lovett, Marc Mac Lochlainn of Branar and Aislinn Ó hEocha of Baboró, International Arts Festival for Children, amongst many others.

This programme is made possible by the support of by The Arts Council, Waterford City and County Council Arts Office and Waterford Cultural Quarter.

About Deirdre:

Deirdre Dwyer adapts and directs theatre for young audiences and also designs sets and costumes for theatre, opera, dance and film.

She was first introduced to theatre and design through her work with Waterford Youth Arts, Spraoi and Little Red Kettle and went on to train in UCC (BA in English and Drama and Theatre Studies), at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (MA in Theatre Design, Cardiff) and by apprenticing on the Rough Magic SEEDS3 programme.

She is a member of BrokenCrow theatre company for whom she has created two shows for children, Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, from the book by Rumer Godden and The Secret Garden from the book by Frances Hodgeson Burnett. She teaches in UCC and Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and was Theatre Artist in Residence at Mary Immaculate College from 2017 – 2020.


Sinéad Cormack is a performer and theatre maker from county Carlow.

Sinéad trained in Performance and Scenographic studies in the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Recent works includes An Murúch (a work in progress) at the George Bernard Shaw Theatre as part of the Carlow Arts Festival 2019; One in association with Carlow Arts Festival 2015; In/side the Box which premiered at the Carlow Arts Festival 2012 and went on to tour in Ireland and Canada; RUN FOR YOUR LIFE premiered in Aberystwyth 2011 and went to tour Canada.



Jack Cunningham is currently studying Professional Dance at The College of Dance Dublin. Jack is the Artistic Director of Jack Cunningham Productions and has produced, directed and choreographed many sell out and award winning productions in Waterford over the last number of years. He is the Head of Dance at Soul Dance Arts Stage School in WIT Arena.

As a performer Jack has appeared in venues such as The Bord Gais Energy Theatre, The National Concert Hall, The RDS, The Helix among others.

Previous Theatrical & Production Experience:  Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors, A Chorus Line (Producer, Director, Choreographer), Seussical (Cat In That Hat), Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka), High School Musical (Ryan), Grease (Doody) to name but a few.



Caoimhe Dunn is a Wexford based artist and an IADT graduate of both Fine Art and Model-Making. Beginning her career in Street Arts & Spectacle with Buí Bolg as a puppet and prop maker, performer, and as their community and youth arts facilitator, she now works on a freelance basis.

Recent work includes facilitating the Street Spectacle Project 2019 & 2020 for Kerry Arts Office, creating costumes and props with schools and community groups for Tralee’s St Patrick’s Day parade & Killorglin’s Biddy’s Day festival.

Demonstrating her passion for art to others, engaging and encouraging them, inspires her to keep making.



Katie Honan is a graduate of the Lir Academy. Theatre work includes: The Ridleys (Abbey Theatre), Let The Right One In (Abbey Theatre), Gym/Swim/Party (O’Rielly Theatre), Vardo, Beyond Barricades, Sin Eaters (ANU Productions). Murder of Crows (Project Arts Centre/Garter Lane Arts Centre/Lyric Belfast), Neon Western (Conflicted/Cork Midsummer Festival), The Secret Garden (BrokenCrow/Everyman Palace), Hostel16 (Dublin Fringe Festival), Poor Little Boy With No Arms (Project Arts Centre and National Tour), Seven Jewish Children (Abbey Theatre), Sleeping Beauty (Cork Opera House), Wizard of Oz (National Concert Hall, Wexford Opera House), Fiddler on the Roof (Gaiety Theatre). Film/TV work includes: Robin (Four Quadrant Films), Metal Heart (Treasure Entertainment), Braid (IADT), Kaleidoscope (The Lir Academy), Over The Rainbow (BBC).




Mae Leahy is a director and costume designer from Waterford. Based between Waterford and Dublin, she is in her final year of a BA in Drama and Theatre Studies in the Samuel Beckett Centre in Trinity College Dublin.

Mae has worked with Little Red Kettle, Spraoi, DU Players, The TCD Debut Festival, Scene and Heard Festival and Sliding Doors Theatre. Recent credits include When I was Young I Never Talked to Clouds (designer, Scene and Heard Festival), 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche (director, DU Players) and A Little Salmon Short of a Picnic (devisor/performer, Samuel Beckett Theatre). She is a founding member of Gift Horse Theatre Company



Alison Martin is a writer and theatre-maker based in the South-East. Her theatre work has been performed at the National Opera House and Central Arts, among others.

She has worked as an outreach facilitator for the Abbey Theatre on its TY Theatre and Citizenship Programme and is a former recipient of the Tyrone Guthrie Award for theatre from Wexford County Council. Her interests include bilingual drama for children and she was recently commissioned by Super Paua theatre company for her Gaeilge/English children’s audio story ‘Fiachra and the Biscuit Tin Garden’. Alison also recently contributed to RTÉ’s radio series ‘Keywords’.