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Liam is an established freelance theatre director and actor based in Ireland.

He has received numerous awards from the Irish Arts Council to develop his work over the past 15 years. 

Liam by Tom Lawlor 2013

He contributes as a part-time lecturer to the:-

MA in Drama & Performance at UCD 

BA (Hons) in Theatre & Drama Studies for CIT at the Cork School of Music.

Short Biography

After training as an actor at the Stanislavski Studio at the Focus Theatre Dublin Liam worked with internationally renowned directors such as Lindsay Anderson, Sir Hugh Hunt, Declan Donnellan (Cheek By Jowl), Phyllida Lloyd, James Macdonald and Annie Castledine.


He has performed with companies as diverse as the Abbey Theatre, Oxford Stage Company, Cheek By Jowl, Birmingham Rep, Theatr Clwyd, Manchester Contact, English Dance Theatre, Torifune Butoh Sha and Gay Sweatshop.

His films include the Irish classics Pigs by Cathal Black and Anne Devlin by Pat Murphy. He played Peter Dubois in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and his latest film, Banshee Blacktop by the writer/director Sean Garland, is due for release later in 2015/16.  

Liam interviewing Colm Toibín for The Next Stage Dublin 2012.

Liam's directorial work has been funded and supported by:-

The Arts Council

Dublin City Council

EU Peace & Reconciliation Fund

The Gulbenkian Foundation & The British Council

The Civic Theatre, Draíocht Arts Centre, Garage Theatre 

 Fingal, Monaghan and Westmeath County Councils & Midland Health Board.

His work is eclectic, ranging from...


...a devised physical theatre piece integrating live music like Cracked which  looked at the lives of women in mental asylums in 1950's/60's Ireland...

'A vibrant and powerful piece. This is exemplary and innovative stuff.'            Sunday Times

Photo: Diane O'Keeffe, Liz Keller, Dawn Fleming by Hannah Smolenska

Ruth__2...to his own adaptation of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw which toured nationally... 

'A truly memorable work...a superb production and a riveting adaptation.'           Irish Examiner       



Photo: Ruth McGill by Toshi Sakauchi

...to a site specific A Midsummer Night's Dream in co-production with the Irish Chamber Orchestra co-directed with Lawrence Evans...


'A high energy production delivering hit by hit.'                                                              Irish Times

Photo: Mark Fitzgerald, Brian Bennett by Maurice Gunning

Mute_small_image...to numerous new plays...


On City Water Hill by Philip St John at Theatre Upstairs.

 The Importance of Being Honest by Billie Traynor, Bewley's Café.

The Belle Bottoms by Eoin Colfer for Dublin Fringe Festival, Smock Alley Theatre.



 Have a Heart by Seamus Moran, Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Language of the Mute by Jack Harte, Dublin's New Theatre.

'This is an important play and deserves serious objective consideration.' Irish Independent

'Not to be missed!'     Daily Mail


Nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award as Best Director for...

SIT_1_copySpeaking in Tongues by Andrew Bovell  

for Quare Hawks Theatre Company.

'There can be no doubt about the strength of Bovellís creative imagination. The four actors bring clarity and depth. Liam Halliganís direction is fluent and sharply etched, against Marcus Costello flexible design.'          

The Irish Times on Speaking in Tongues

Noelle Brown & Karl O'Neill by Toshi Sakauchi

Rashomon for Storytellers Theatre Company RASHOMON

based on two stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa.

ĎA savage drama. For seventy-five minutes a hypnotic stage creation unfolds. The original music by Denis Clohessy adds a haunting dimension. This is new ground for Storytellers and they have harvested it with profit.í    

The Irish Times on Rashomon

Emma Colohan, Malachy McKenna, Eoin Lynch by Toshi Sakauchi


4.5 Star Review at Galway Theatre Festival for.....

'Drawing Crosses on a Dusty Windowpane' by Dylan Coburn Gray

Drawing_Crosses_(1)Galway Theatre Festival from Friday 29th May till Monday 2nd June

The Mick Lally Theatre at 6pm.

This is part play, part word poem. It is a poetic act of remembrance and questioning exploring themes of loss and love.

Dylan Coburn Gray was winner of the Fishamble Best New Writing Award 2013.

Directed by: Liam Halligan

Composer: Sean James Garland

Lighting Designer: John Gunning.

Photo of Claire Galvin by Toshi Sakauchi

THE REVIEW HUB       May 2016

Performer Claire Galvin stands calmly, waiting for the right moment to begin. When she speaks, itís the beginning of a full 45 minutes of intricate, poetic text that she delivers without so much as a stutter.

Galvin has a light touch as an actor but communicates with absolute clarity even in the midst of potentially obscure passages.

Liam Halliganís subtle direction should also be given credit here.

There are several moments of laughter when the audience recognises their own experiences being reflected back to them, phrased by writer Dylan Coburn Gray with often exquisite precision.

Drawing Crosses on a Dusty Windowpane is melancholy, hopeful, and insightful. Gray is lucky to have a performer like Galvin to bring his text to life, and Galvin is lucky to perform such well-crafted material.


currently on national tour...



Photo by Toshi Sakauchi

'This is an important play' Sunday Independent

'It bravely tackles subjects that some would rather not acknowledge'   The Public Reviews


It cuts to the heart'   Sunday Independent

This is a controversial and dynamic new play by the much loved Irish novelist Jack Harte. It was supported by the Irish Writer's Centre and produced by Jack Gilligan and Ann Russell.

The production had a sold out run for two weeks in September 2015.

Veneus & Dates:

Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge Sat 7th May

Civic Theatre, Tallaght Mon 9th  & Tues 10th May

Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo Wed 11th May

Backstage Theatre, Longford Thurs 12th May

Roscommon Arts Centre Fri 13th May

An Taibhearc, Galway Sat 14th May

Cast: Jennifer Laverty, Marc McCabe, Ciaran McGlynn and Michael O'Sullivan

Set and Lighting design: Eoin Lennon


Also this summer at The Viking....

It is being revived for a three week run:

23rd May to 11th June (Mon to Sat)



by George F. Walker

The European Premiere of this fierce and darkly funny play.

George F. Walker was awarded the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award in 2009, along with Robert Lepage. This is Canada's highest honour.


It's great fun.'              Sunday Independent

'In a word: brilliant.'    Red Curtain Review

'Under the direction of Liam Halligan Risk Everything is consistent throughout. There are rare moments when there is no audible laugher, which is testament to the performances'                                                The Public Review

Cast: Dave Curry, Teri Fitzgerald, Pat Nolan and Ann Russell. 

Set Design: Maree Kearns                                                        Lighting design: Eoin Lennon

Sound design: Eamonn Murphy                                            Producer: Melissa Nolan of Mouths On Fire


BANSHEE BLACKTOP: An Irish Ghost Story

a new film written and directed by Sean Garland

Banshee_Blacktop_poster'This is an anxiety-ridden, high-octane-intense epic shot chiefly in the desolate bogland of the Irish north-west. Featuring the gutsy portrayal of a manic, harassed (ex-) monk by well-known Dublin theatre director and actor Liam Halligan, the emotional shocks of Blacktop stem from ancestral curses, atavistic myth-lore, and the uncultivated, elemental landscape Ė the outer reflecting the tumultuous psychic terrain of the characters in the midst of their being pursued by unaccountably vengeful forces.'                     Film Ireland

The film has had two private screenings, one at The Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square, London and another in the Irish Film Institute in Dublin. Both screenings received an extremely positive reaction.

Since then the film was selected by Temple Bar Trust for a public screening on Halloween night in Meeting House Square in Dublin.

You can see a trailer on www.bansheeblacktop.com

You can read an interview with the writer/director here...http://filmireland.net

Cast also includes Kelly McAuley, Dylan Kennedy, Frank O'Sullivan and Marcus Lamb.

Far left: Kelly McAuley & Liam

Photo: Conrad Gibbons


Recently completed....

The Tenderfoot Project  
 at the Civic Theatre Dublin January 2016.

A selection of plays written by twenty teenagers from the local area received a professional production in the Civic on 23rd and 24th January.

See link to Video from The Irish Times about Tenderfoot at the Civic Theatre...



This is the 9th year of our apprenticeship programme for young theatre makers presented by The Civic Theatre, South Dublin County Council with the help of a Young Ensemble Award from the Arts Council.

This is an opportunity for transition year students to learn the basics of theatre making. 

Approximately 45 young people, drawn from seven secondary schools throughout the South Dublin region will work with Liam, Veronica Coburn and Gavin Kostick.


The group will write, perform, design and stage manage their own work for 3 public performances in the Civic Theatre.

Hayleigh McGowan rehearsing I Remember by Ola Kusiak

Photo: Peter Kelly


Tour completed in 2015....

The Importance of Being Honest

by Billie Traynor

This production was revived from last year by Bewley's Café Theatre at Powerscourt for a five week run this summer.

The cast is Billie Traynor, Deirdre Monaghan and Karl O'Neill.

The production also toured to a number of venues around the country.

In the play two of Oscar Wilde's favourite characters, Gwendolen and Cecily from The Importance of Being Earnest, meet after 20 years in 1913....

'A wise play in an entirely delightful production by Liam Halligan.'     Sunday Independent

'In Wilde's play the social commentary is secondary to the entertainment, Traynor balances them equally.'                                                                     The Sunday Times

'Liam Halligan's direction works fabulously. Traynor and Brown's onstage chemistry is unshakeable'.                                                                                          The Public Reviews

'What Traynor offers is a wonderful piece, bright and breezy. A wonderfully pleasant way to spend an hour in the theatre. It is delivered finely by the cast and deftly directed.'                                                                    Red Curtain Reviewre some photos from the original production last summer....


Photos: L to R Billie Traynor, Noelle Brown and Eamon Rohan by Toshi Sakauchi


'An engaging proposition...Traynor deploys expected witticisms but her true intention is more serious. Liam Halligan's production follows that artful inversion to reveal a poignant picture of lives in stasis.'     

 Irish Times

Cecily_dancing_smallSet: Eoin Lennon    

Lighting: Colm Maher 

Costumes: Helen Connolly

Sound: Eamonn Murphy

Producer: Bewley's Cafe Theatre  

Photos: Toshi Sakauchi

Funded by the Irish Arts Council


At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015...


written and performed by Seamus Moran

'Seamus Moran's one man show is a comic dramatisation of organ memory with a distinct thriller vibe. Energetically directed by Liam Halligan. The female characters are great fun. The plot stays ahead of the audience and it is testimony to Moran's talent that he manages to pull it all off.'                                                                    The Sunday Times


Soundscape by Denis Clohessy

Set & Lighting design by Marcus Costello


Two Publications in 2014:


Mushroom, a play by Paul Meade, commissioned and produced by Liam in 2007, has been published by Cork University Press in a volume of new plays called Staging Intercultural Ireland.

The volume includes plays by Donal O'Kelly, Ursula Rani Sarma, Rosaleen McDonagh and Mirjana Rendulic.

There is an excellent introduction to the play by Jason King from the University of Limerick. 

Tenderfoot, a volume of plays by and for young people.

It contains 16 short new plays all written by 15/16 year olds over the past 8 years on the Tenderfoot programme at the Civic Theatre Dublin. The volume is published by South Dublin Libraries & Arts and The Civic Theatre.


Also in 2014......

The Belle Bottoms by Eoin Colfer

This cabaret opened at the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 2014 at Smock Alley Theatre.   It also had a sell out run at the Wexford Opera Festival in the Spiegeltent. 

Two ladies sing songs of restraining orders, gay brothers, spermy young fellas and growing up in the 1970's.  There will be flares, there will be attitude, there will be glitterballs!

With Sharon Clancy and Aileen Mythen

Lyrics by Eoin Colfer

Compositions by Bressie, Heathers, Eleanor McEvoy and many others.

Musical Direction by Liam Bates

Lighting by Mark Galione

'Sharon Clancy and Aileen Mythen bring a sassy presence and formidable vocals...'                                                                                                       The Irish Times

**** 4.5 stars 'An hilarious one hour disco delight.'                  The Public Reviews

'The reliably inventive Eoin Colfer...the Belle Bottoms could yet reach the top!'                                                                                                            The Irish Times

'Highly entertaining...a spectacular show.'                                           The Public Reviews


Other recent work...

A Kurt Weill Cabaret

with Lisa Sadovy and Walter van Dijk for The Soundings Festival in May 2015 at the Nasher Sculpture Centre, Dallas, Texas, USA

Originally compiled and directed by Liam Halligan.

Now directed by the wonderful Laurence Evans.



On City Water Hill by Philip St John

at Theatre Upstairs, Burgh Quay, Dublin 2. May 2014

With Pat Nolan and Neill Fleming.  Designed by visual artist Laura Kelly.

**** 'Not to be missed' Irish Mail of Sunday   

'Fleming and Nolan are a powerful combination'  Daily Mail 


Pat Nolan and Neill Fleming by Beata Barylka


Gaiety School of Acting full time students rehearsing their Shakespeare scene presentation November 2014 directed by Liam...


Left: Gordan Quigley & Aurelia Grierson.

Centre: Larry Wilson & Ian Dunn. Right: Madeleine O'Carroll & Diana Melo.

Photos by Tom Maher courtesy of the GSA 2014.


Work in 2013...

Scabs by Naomi Elster
at Theatre Upstairs, Eden Quay Dublin.

Scabs_3This is a new play by a first time writer directed by Liam celebrating the centenary of the 1913 Lockout.

'Elster's first play crackles with fiercely help moral and political arguments....a lively and gripping production.' 
Irish Independent

'There's a passion and eloquence in Naomi Elster's play. 
It has great life.' 

Sunday Independent

Photo: Rob Harrington, Aine de Siun by Toshi Sakauchi

'Scabs is insidious. It's infectious. So let the message spread.'     Le Cool


Mary Stuart by Freidrich Schiller

The Freemasons Hall, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 for Pageant Wagon Theatre Company
August 2013.

Irish Mail
4 stars! Show Of The Week.

xxxx 4 stars! 

Adapted and Directed by Liam Halligan

Lighting Design by Ciarán O'Melia
Costumes by Sinéad Cuthbert
Music by Pierpaolo Vitale

Supported by Dublin City Council with production support from Rough Magic Theatre Company.

Bess_2This was a sell out site specific production, in one of Dublin's most extraordinary venues. It offered a remarkable setting for this wonderful European classic.  


Photos by Toshi Sakauchi: From top - Christiane O'Mahony as Mary, Aenne Barr as Elizabeth, Neill Fleming as Burleigh.

With a cast of ten actors and one musician we created an urgent, contemporary piece of theatre, played in traverse, creating an atmosphere of intimate intensity.

'A ripping political thriller played out on the chessboard-like patterned carpet floor of the Freemasons' Hall.  Fascinating how contemporary it really is. 
Sinéad Cuthbert's exquisite costume collection...the action is perfectly measured by Halligan, as the room drops silent with tension. This glamorous and chilling production is a discovery of a powerful play in a mysterious venue.''

Irish Theatre Magazine

'You feel like a spectator at a 16th century trial. This is a riveting piece of poetic drama, splendidly translated, full of dramatic twists and turns. PAGEANT WAGON deserve praise for bringing us another chance to see what a fine dramatist Schiller was.'
 Irish Mail on Sunday

'A fresh and vibrant production...Aenne Barr's portrayal of the ruler is subtle and nuanced, Christiane O'Mahony's portrayal of Mary Stuart is as tender as it is strong. Impressive, still, is the pipe organ, played by Pierpaolo Vitale.'


Town & Country
by Gary Duggan

Smock Alley Theatre 7.30 25th to 30th June 2013

Liam directed Gary Duggan's two new plays Town & Country for this year's Gaiety School of Acting graduates.

Gary saw this as an opportunity to experiment, partly returning to earlier elements of his work but also to try some new things.

Each play tells a separate, self-contained story. When viewed together several parallels in terms of theme and references are apparent. 

This was the graduating production for the final year students at the Gaiety School of Acting - National Theatre School of Ireland.

ck Alley June 2013. 



Far left: Teri Fitzgerald, Rex Ryan, Ashleigh Dorrell in Town

Left: Katie McCann, Clodagh Mooney Duggan in Country


Collaborations 13 Festival
Smock Alley Theatre Dublin
Feb/March 2013

Frame_1bThe Sylvia 
by Philip St John

Directed by Liam Halligan
Designed by Marcus Costello


With Anna Shiels McNamee, John Delaney, Gillian McCarthy and Matthew Ralli. 

Photo: Anna Shiels McNamee by Maciej Staroniewicz




Ā'Philip St John's drama is an exploration of  the uneasy relationship between the viewer and the viewed, the slippery politics of exploitation, and the shifting value placed on constructed images. St John makes this argument compelling, and works to offer an additional critique by linking the ups and downs of the value of art, body and image to the fluidities of economic exchange and valuation in the midst of the recent financial crash. In broad
strokes, his narrative is cleverly constructed as a diptych, where the second half offers us a mirror image of the first, but with inverted positions of
power and privilege. Director Liam Halligan has worked well with his actors in shaping St JohnĀ's pithy dialogue, the texture of which recalls the sly menace of Harold Pinter or Philip Ridley.'

Irish Theatre Magazine

Matthew-Ralli-and-Anna-Sheils-McNamee'The Sylvia is a new attractive and elegantly constructed play by playwright Philip St John. Structured in two acts that mirror and oppose each other, at times dramatic, at times hilarious, ĀThe SylviaĀ delivers. The dialogues are rapid and witty and the staging, although minimalistic, is effective. The two main protagonists, Barry (Delaney) and Sylvia (McNamee) are excellent throughout. McNameeĀ's rendering of the complexities of a character like Sylvia is impressive. The audience is constantly challenged and amused. The Sylvia is
a brave reflection on our society and its hidden obsessions.Ā

   IT Magazine


Back in 2012 Liam was...

Artist-in-Residence at Draíocht Arts Centre


Photo by Tom Lawlor
Nov. 2012

See promo of the final performances in Draíocht Arts Centre...

Supported by Fingal County Council and the Arts Council.

There was great interest in the project with over a hundred initial enquiries. 

Liam created an hour long devised piece of theatre with 60 people from the local area.

The final piece, You Yes You,  became a political cabaret performed on the main stage of Draiocht Arts Centre for 2 performances at the end of November 2012. We received very good audiences and the piece had an excellent response.

Director and Designer: Liam Halligan
Lighting Design: Marcus Costello
Music: Tom Lane


Liam in rehearsal with 85 year old Mary Yeats who remembered the bombings in the North Strand during the 2nd World War.

'I just want to say that the last year being involved in Liam Halligan's community project was amazing, and something I won't forget in a hurry. After our first meeting I knew I wanted to be involved to the very end. The community feeling was amazing. No one held back, which I think was largely due to Liam being such an open person. I would recommend anyone to look into any of the future projects that Draiocht or Liam have, because honestly it is one of the best things you will ever sign yourself up to, even if I was sick with nerves before each performance.'
Patrice Sheridan, December 2012

Holy Mary by Eoin Colfer

Produced by Wexford Arts Centre and Bewley's Cafe Theatre.

Supported by an Arts Council Touring Grant
Holy Mary looks at the world from an eight year old's point of view as she prepares for the pivotel moment of her first Holy Communion.

Photo: Iseult Golden and Aileen Mythen by Arex Wnuk

Aileen Mythen plays Mary
Iseult Golden plays everyone else.

The production features sound and music composed by the award winning composer Denis Clohessy with set and lighting designed by Marcus Costello and costumes by Helen Connolly. 

Eoin Colfer is a New York Times best-selling author especially known for his extraordinary Artemis Fowl series.

'Eoin Colfer's new play is funny, endearing and clever. Both Mythen and Golden deliver standout performances. Worthy of Roald Dahl, this is unalloyed enjoyment.'                      
The Sunday Times 

'Mythen is a great testimony to the power of live theatre. On stage her acting is captivating. Golden is versatility personified. Under Liam Halligan's direction both actors maintain a hectic pace of narrative and an energetic flow of action. Denis Clohessy contributes a haunting soundscape.'                                                                                                                     Irish Theatre Magazine

'Humour and pathos aplenty!'                                                                                                   The Irish Times

'Exuberant engaging performances under Liam Halligan's expert direction.                     **** The Metro

'Both women are delightful...beautifully encapsulated' 
Sunday Independent

See promo here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltQKCYCnAgY


Photos: Iseult Golden & Aileen Mythen by Toshi Sakauchi

The show opened in Wexford Arts Centre in August 2011 and toured to the Kilkenny Arts Festival, Garter Lane Arts Centre in Waterford and to Conary Community Hall near Avoca in Co.Wicklow. 

The show played for 3 packed weeks in Bewley's Cafe Theatre in Dublin. 


 Other work in 2011...

Toxic by Michelle Reid
at Project Arts Centre 
June/ July 2011

Liam directed this terrific new play by Michelle Reid.  It is a full length play specially commissioned for this year's 18 graduating GSA students.

Set & Lighting by Marcus Costello. Sound Design by Karl Kennedy. Costumes by Helen Connolly.

Photos of cast by Toshi Sakauchi 2011

Michelle sees the play as a reflection on what the younger generation are in for in deepest recessionary Ireland.

Photo of Stuart Conlon and Caoimhe O'Malley by Toshi Sakauchi 2011

This was a dynamic, inventive and hard hitting production which received excellent houses and a number of standing ovations.Toxic-33

Stuart Conlon, Alicja Ayres, Tiernan Kearns by Toshi Sakauchi 2011



Synopsis of other work...

SIT_UNA_2_copyLiam has developed a reputation for creating visually striking pieces of theatre with strong vibrant performances based on adaptations or verbatim text i.e. Cracked (Hannah Greely), Rashomon (Ryunosuke Akutagawa), Dream of a Summer Day (Lafcadio Hearn), The Turn of the Screw (Henry James).

Una Kavanagh in 'Speaking in Tongues'



Colin O'Donoghue in 'Leaving'

Below: Ruth McGill in The Turn of the Screw

Liam is also known for his work on new writing, directing world premieres by Ioanna Anderson, Ken Bourke, Mary Elizabeth Burke Kennedy, Eoin Colfer, Gary Duggan, Helena Enright, Jack Harte, John Kavanagh, Gavin Kostick, Michael McCudden, Barry McKinley, Paul Meade, Philip Osment, Philip St John, Colin Teevan and Lally Katz.

Ruth McGill in 'The Turn of the Screw'

Liam was delighted to workshop Eithne McGuinness's (RIP) wonderful play 

One Hundred Strokes at the Abbey Theatre.



Fall_1A scene from 'The Dream of a Summer Day' based on the life and work of Lafcadio Hearn

Liam has directed classical works by Goldoni (Galloglass), Eugene O'Neill (Focus), Shakespeare (Storytellers/Irish Chamber Orchestra), Oscar Wilde (Galloglass), W. B. Yeats (Derby Playhouse) and Freidrich Schiller (Freemason's Hall).




Above left: Helen Delaney & Chris Patrick Simpson in The Turn of the Screw Storytellers 2007   Photo: Tohi Sakauchi

Far right: Brian Bennett in A Midsummer Night's Dream Storytellers/ICO 2008      Photo: Maurice Gunning

Gaiety School of Acting - National Theatre School of Ireland...

Toxic-92Liam is a guest acting tutor at the GSA in Dublin. This is the oldest established professional actor training programme available in Ireland. 

He introduces the final year students to Shakespearean text.

Another_Twin-26Laura Flynn and Laura McGuire in Another Twin
2012 by Lally Katz.


Liam's past students include: Ian Lloyd Anderson, Sarah GreenCaoilfhionn Dunne, Genevieve Hulme Beaman, Carl Kennedy, Marcus Lamb, Jane McGrath, Clare Monnelly, Charlie Murphy, Jamie O'Neill, Stafanie Preissner, Paul Reid, Ian Toner  and Aidan Turner. 

National University of Ireland Dublin:

liam_at_manifestoLiam has facilitated practical workshops on theatre direction for the MA in Drama Studies utilizing texts by Beckett and Ibsen.



Recent Workshops...

In The Body
Liam attended this very exciting 3 day practice based symposium which was a collaboration between the RSC, the University of Kent and the Moscow Art Theatre School.

The symposium was the culmination of a 2 year Leverhulme funded project to exchange understandings and observe different approaches to movement training for actors.

Movement workshops were lead by Andrei Droznin (Master Teacher of Movement Vakhtangov Theatre Moscow), Natalia Federova (Movement Teacher Moscow Art Theatre School), Struan Leslie (Head of Movement RSC) and Niamh Dowling (Head of School of Theatre Manchester Metropolitan University).

Michael Chekhov Workshops


Photo by Scott Burrell by courtesy of  MICHA 2013.

Liam received Arts Council awards to take part in two Michael Chekhov training workshops with the Michael Chekhov Association from New York.


Windsor group of actors, teachers and directors. Joanna Merlin and Ted Pugh are seated centre.

Liam's first Chekhov workshop was aimed specifically at Drama Teachers and was hosted by NUI Galway.

This was a week long workshop and the facilitators were Joanna Merlin and Fern Sloan.

Joanna is the only surviving pupil of Michael Chekhov who is still teaching.

The second 8 day workshop was hosted by the University of Windsor Ontario which houses the Micheal Chekhov Archive and was open to the participants. Here is a quote from a speech Chekhov made in January 1939 at the opening of his new school in Connecticut...


'There is a disharmony in our age because we are already dead to the higher level. So in our school we must try to awaken these dreams about another kind of people who are strong and flaming and cold as ice and storming.'

Getting a bit carried away..? Photo by Scott Burrell by courtesy of  MICHA 2010.

See a short film by Ragnar Freidank on the Michael Chekhov week in Windsor...



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