Exploring Irish Theatre in Scene and Song—A Study of Literary Greats: O'Neill, O'Casey, Friel, and Others
Join actors Maria Deasy and Annalisa Chamberlin as they work through scenes from classic Irish theatre under the direction of Conor Bagley, Associate Director of Irish Repertory Theatre's current production of Translations by Brian Friel. You’ll have a front row seat to the theatrical process from page to stage as they discuss their approach to material, share performances from favorite works, and reveal insights on process. The afternoon will culminate with a chance for audience members to join them onstage and play.
Maria Deasy is President of Irish American Writers & Artists (www.iamwa.org). She is a New York-based actress, singer, writer, and producer, who won the Bairbre Dowling Spirit of the Festival Award at Origin Theatre's 2019 1st Irish Festival, where she also received Best Actress nominations that year and in 2018. In New York, she has performed at The Roundabout, the Lucille Lortel, and Theatre For The New City, among many others. Her film appearances include Aimy In A Cage starring Crispin Glover, Barry Levinson's Sleepers, the award-winning films Contact Zone and The Anniversary, and several network television shows and soap operas. She is currently working on Eamon O'Tuama's "Peace and Love In Brooklyn."
Annalisa Chamberlin is a New York-based actor in theatre, film, and television. She graduated from the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, where she studied Shakespeare, Meisner, Feldonkrais, and acting for film & tv. For over a decade, she was a resident actor and dramaturg at The Cry Havoc Company, also serving as a mentor in their apprenticeship program for young actors and writers. She has originated various roles in collaboration with Wallis Knot Theatre, often contributing original music to their productions. In 2022, she starred in the world premiere of the mythic Irish play ‘Boann and the Well of Wisdom’ in Origin Theatre’s 1st Irish Festival, for which she also directed, created the sound design and original music, in addition to co-producing. She has appeared in independent films, commercial and print, and most recently made her network television debut on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, playing Kate Wallace in the final episodes of the show’s 24th season. Annalisa was a 2023 recipient of the Irish Echo’s Arts & Culture Awards and considers it a great honor to collaborate with Irish-American artists and creatives alike. www.annalisachamberlin.com
Conor Bagley is a theatre director based in New York City. Directing: Off-Broadway: Two by Friel by Brian Friel (50th Anniversary Production & NY Premiere); The Smuggler by Ronán Noone (Irish Rep; Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse). Regional: Not Ready for Prime Time by Erik J. Rodriguez & Charles A. Sothers (winner, BroadwayWorld Regional Award for “Best Direction of a Play”; Westchester Cultural Arts Center, Miami); The Adult in the Room (Victory Gardens, Chicago; Jeff Recommended); An Iliad (Atlas, DC; DCMTA's "Outstanding Performance”); Shining City, Dancing at Lughnasa (Yale). Assistant Directing: Juno and the Paycock, dir. Neil Pepe; The Home Place, dir. Charlotte Moore (Irish Rep; NY Premiere); Donegal by Frank McGuinness, dir. Conall Morrison (Abbey Theatre, Dublin); Other Desert Cities, dir. Dan Foster (Theatre Workshop of Nantucket). He has directed developmental readings and workshops with numerous playwrights including: Marina Carr, Larry Kirwan, Vanessa Garcia, Jake Cline, Christopher Demos-Brown, Deirdre Kinahan, Stephen Jones, Turlough McConnell, and Shirley-Anne Bonner. Producing: Broadway: The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez (Tony Award for Best Play); Once on This Island (Tony Award for Best Musical Revival). Bagley was a Manhattan Theatre Club 2019-2020 Directing Fellow, a directing alum of the 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Irish American Writers & Artists. Recipient of the Irish Echo's 40 Under 40 Award, the V. Browne Irish Award for “artistic excellence” from Silliman College at Yale University, and a BroadwayWorld Regional Award for “Best Direction of a Play.”