Join director Aoife Spillane-Hinks and dramaturg Tanya Dean as we tear into The Spanish Tragedy, Thomas Kyd’s rollicking story of power, privilege, and revenge. Through discussion, scenework, and a lot of productive irreverence, we will explore how to bring a classic play to life in a way that is contemporary and compelling.
Aoife Spillane-Hinks bio:
Aoife Spillane-Hinks is a director who works in Ireland and the United States. Irish credits include King Arthur (Royal Irish Academy of Music – Opera Programme); A Thing I Cannot Name and 20 Shots of Opera (Irish National Opera); It’s Not About Love (Making Strange/Dublin Fringe); Holy Mary by Eoin Colfer (National Tour/Breda Cashe Productions); Collected Stories and The Yellow Wallpaper (Then This Theatre); The Motherf***er with the Hat (ORion Productions); Run / Don’t Run (Project Arts Centre/National Tour); The 24 Hour Plays: Dublin (Abbey Theatre); Plaza Suite and Serious Money (Rough Magic); Hamlet (Second Age); Boston Marriage (Gate Theatre/Dublin Theatre Festival); Broken Promise Land (RTE Radio Drama on One & national tour). American credits include Sharon’s Grave, Waiting for Godot, and Our Class (PICT Classic Theatre, Pittsburgh).
She is the founder and lead artist of the Literary Department at Axis Ballymun.
Aoife trained as a director on the Rough Magic SEEDS programme. She holds a BA in Folklore and Mythology from Harvard University and an MA in Drama and Theatre Studies from NUI Galway. She has taught directing in NUI Galway’s MA programme and acting at the Gaiety School of Acting, the Lir Academy, and the Conservatoire at TU Dublin.
She is the co-founder of Then This Theatre.
Tanya Deane bio:
Dr Tanya Dean is Programme Chair for the B.A. (Hons) in Drama (Performance) in the Conservatoire of the Technological University Dublin. She received her Doctor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale School of Drama. Tanya is Script Associate for the Abbey Theatre, and has worked extensively as a freelance dramaturg in Ireland, UK, USA, and Iceland.