In this section, you can access the conference papers & the practitioner panels

There are four conference panels: Deevy in Context; Productions of Deevy’s work; Dramaturgy, genre & theory; and Archiving and Disseminating Deevy’s work. Please click into each panel by selecting the ‘click here for papers’ button underneath each panel title.

Please scroll down to access the Practitioners’ Panels.

Image from The Passing of Arthur as produced in St. Mary’s in 1911/12 (St Ursula’s Annual). Photo: Performing the Region project team.

Deevy in context

Patrick Fitzgerald and Wrenn Schmidt in Katie Roche by Teresa Deevy (The Mint Theatre 2013), directed by Jonathan Bank. Photo: Richard Termine.

Productions of Deevy’s work

Caoilfhionn Dunne and Siobhán McSweeney in Katie Roche by Teresa Deevy (The Abbey Theatre 2017), directed by Caroline Byrne. Photo: Ros Kavanagh.

Dramaturgy, genre & theory

Teresa Deevy 1938, image courtesy of the Abbey Theatre.

Archiving & disseminating Deevy’s work

Practitioner Panels

Panel 1

Joining Úna Kealy and Kate McCarthy for the first panel presentation are Jonathan Bank, Caroline Byrne, Amanda Coogan, Lianne Quigely, and Isabella Walsh (Bridge Interpreting).

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Practitioner Biographies

Jonathan Bank is Producing Artistic Director of Mint Theater Company in New York, an off-Broadway organization devoted to finding and producing plays that have been lost or forgotten. Over the last 25 years, Bank has produced 60 plays by 40 authors, including four productions of plays by Teresa Deevy which he has directed. Mint has played an important role in bringing 21st century attention to Deevy beginning in 2010 with Wife to James Whelan, followed by Temporal Powers in 2011, and Katie Roche in 2013. All three of these plays were published by Mint in Teresa Deevy Reclaimed Volume One, edited by Christopher Morash, John Harrington and Bank. In 2017 Bank directed a production of four short Deevy plays under the title The Suitcase Under the Bed, named for the place that Deevy’s unpublished manuscripts were stored for so many years. At that time, Mint published Volume Two of Teresa Deevy Reclaimed, containing ten short plays, several of which had never been published. For more information, please see The Mint Theatre website for more information.

Caroline Byrne is an Irish director working throughout the UK and Ireland. Recent theatre productions include Spring Awakening (Young Vic Theatre), Faustus: That Damned Woman (Headlong, Lyric Hammersmith co-pro) Woman and Scarecrow (RADA), All’s Well That Ends Well (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse) Katie Roche (National Theatre Ireland), Oliver Twist (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare’s Globe) Parallel Macbeth (Clare Theatre, Young Vic) Eclipsed (Gate Theatre, London), By Mr Farquhar (Waterside Theatre, Derry) and Shakespeare in a Suitcase (co-directed with Tim Crouch for RSC). For more information, please see Caroline Byrne’s website for more information.

Amanda Coogan is an internationally recognised and critically acclaimed artist working across the medias of live art, performance, photography and video. She is one of the most dynamic and exciting contemporary visual artist’s practicing in the arena of performance.

Coogan said ‘I am first and foremost an embodied practitioner. That is to say I construct, develop and understand my way to new work through the physical activity of making. My expertise lies in my ability to condense an idea to an essence and communicate it through my body. This is, possibly, rooted in my biography; I was brought up using Irish Sign Language as my mother tongue. The body, as a site of resistance, is the centrality of my work. [ … ] My work is filled with Irish Sign Language vocabulary and littered with literary references. Using gesture and context I make multi-faceted works that leave ghostly trails in the memory.’

Among many awards Coogan received the Allied Irish Bank’s Art prize in 2004. She has performed and exhibited her work extensively including the Broad Museum, Michigan; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville, Florida; The Neimeyer Centre, Spain; The MAC, Belfast; Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford; HOME mrc, Manchester; The Golden Thread, Belfast; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Contemporary Irish Art Centre LA, Los Angeles; The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin; The Venice Biennale, Liverpool Biennial, The LAB, Dublin; Limerick City Gallery of Art; PS1, New York, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, West Cork Arts Centre; Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris and the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin. For more information, please see Amanda Coogan’s webpage for more information.

Lianne Quigley is the Artistic Director of the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf (DTD) and dreams of DTD productions playing to the mainstream theatres. She is a Deaf activist and co-led the campaign for the legal recognition of Irish Sign Language (ISL) which passed into law in 2017. Quigley is also chairperson of the Irish Deaf Society, the Deaf-led civil rights organisation. In summer 2020, Lianne wrote a letter with her colleague ‘Dear Ireland’ in Abbey Theatre which she signed from the Abbey stage. She performed in and co-directed the Coogan/DTD collaborative project in 2014, You Told Me to Wash and Clean My Ears, directing the 40 strong Deaf community cast of ‘Marchers’ for that production. She led the choreographic research in the 2017 Coogan/DTD collaboration, Talk real Fine, Just Like a Lady. Since working with Coogan in 2014 Lianne has written, directed and performed in the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf’s 1916 and Suffragette commemorative productions and also wrote and directed I Have Spread My Dreams Under Your Feet: The Story of W.B. Yeats both at the Deaf Village Ireland. Her Twitter: @liannequigley and Her LinkedIn:

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Panel 2: Talk Real Fine, Just Like a Lady

In this panel, Amanda Coogan, Lianne Quigley, and Alvean Jones discuss their ongoing collaboration and, in particular, their experiences engaging with Teresa Deevy’s life and work. As well as discussing their collaboration on Talk Real Fine, Just Like a Lady, they also explore their connections with Deevy’s life experience.

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Please find Amanda Coogan and Lianne Quigley’s biographies above.

Alvean Jones is a well-known member of the Irish Deaf community, serving on a multitude of committees, and involved with adult and continuing education as an administrator, having been a tutor herself in the past. She has participated within the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf since 1994 serving as an actor, writer and director. Alvean worked with Amanda Coogan as researcher, dramaturge and performer in 2014 in You told me to Wash and Clean my Ears 2017 and in 2017 in Talk Real Fine, Just Like a Lady, both staged at the Peacock Theatre. In 2015 Alvean performed in Coogan’s RHA exhibition and in Coogan’s 2016 Belfast International Arts Festival production Run to the Rock. In May 2017, Alvean performed with Kate Romano in Ailís Ní Ríain’s play, entitled I Used to Feel which was staged for Cork Midsummer Festival and for the Dublin Theatre Fringe Festival in September 2018. Alvean performed in Death of the Innocents, by the Belfast-based Deaf theatre company D’Sign Arts, at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. Alvean is also secretary of the Deaf Heritage Centre Ireland, and has a deep interest in history, and Irish Deaf history specifically. In 2016 she co-edited a book on the history of St Mary’s School for Deaf Girls entitled Through the Arch to celebrate the 170th anniversary of that school. She is currently working on an Anthology of Irish Deaf History, due to be published in 2021. She has created several videos translating historical articles and covering Irish Deaf history into Irish Sign Language.

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