Muireann Ahern and Louis Lovett are Joint Artistic Directors of Theatre Lovett, a company that makes work for all ages, both child and adult, young and old. They believe that children and young people can enjoy and understand theatre that does not pretend the adult world is anything other than a complex and occasionally dark place where we must make moral choices for ourselves as individuals.
The company tours extensively both nationally and internationally. They have recently returned from a tour of North America with They Called her Vivaldi after a sold out run at The Abbey Theatre.
International touring includes The Kennedy Center Washington DC, The Wallis Annenberg, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, The New Victory Theater New York, The Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Arts Centre, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, Southbank Centre London and many other venues.
For Theatre Lovett, Muireann has directed FRNKNSTN (Abbey Theatre), A Feast of Bones (Dublin Theatre Festival, Traverse Edinburgh, Birmingham Rep, UK/Irish Tour), The True Story of Hansel and Gretel (Dublin Theatre Festival), Mr Foley the Radio Operator, The House that Jack Filled (Dublin Theatre Festival), and co-directed They Called her Vivaldi with Carl Kennedy and Louis Lovett. Muireann has produced several Theatre Lovett shows including The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly directed by Lynne Parker and originally produced by Theatre Lovett and The Ark. All Theatre Lovett shows have toured extensively both at home and abroad.
Muireann has over twenty five years’ experience working in theatre for young audiences and has worked with many organisations. Previously, she was Theatre Programmer and Producer at The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children and over a 7 year period, Muireann programmed the Family Season of the Dublin Theatre Festival and The Children’s Season of Dublin Dance Festival. She has worked with The Abbey Theatre’s Outreach Department, TEAM Theatre Company as Education Director, The Department of Education and Skills and others. Muireann has been a lecturer in Drama at St Patrick’s teacher training college, Drumcondra and is a regular guest speaker on theatre for children at other third level colleges. Muireann was a committee member of Assitej Ireland (now TYA Ireland): a world network of theatre for children and young people. She was a member of the core working group on the published Artists~Schools Guidelines: ‘Towards Best Practice in Ireland’. She has been guest speaker at national and international conference focusing on ‘quality’ in theatre for young audiences. Muireann also works as a freelance consultant on theatre for children and young people. Muireann is a graduate of the Samuel Beckett Centre for Drama and Theatre Studies, Trinity College Dublin and also holds a HDip Education from TCD.
Louis Lovett is Joint Artistic Director of Theatre Lovett. He has performed in all of Theatre Lovett shows to date including: FRNKNSTN, They Called Her Vivaldi, The True Story of Hansel and Gretel, Mr. Foley, The Radio Operator, A Feast of Bones, The House that Jack Filled and The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly. He has written They Called Her Vivaldi and The True Story of Hansel and Gretel for the company. He leads Theatre Lovett’s unique actor training course Playing for your Audience which specialises in performing for young audiences. He has also offered masterclasses in this field across Ireland, New York, Cleveland, Sydney and elsewhere. Outside of Theatre Lovett, other acting work includes Dublin by Lamplight, The Seagull and Freefall (The Corn Exchange); The Train, Improbable Frequency, The Life of Galileo (Rough Magic); Bedroom Farce (The Gate Theatre); The Making of ‘Tis Pity she’s a Whore (Siren Productions); B for Baby (Best Actor Nominee, The Irish Times Theatre Awards 2010), Bookworms and She Stoops to Conquer (The Abbey Theatre); Slattery’s Sago Saga, The Butterfly Ranch (Performance Corporation); The White-Headed Boy, God’s Gift (Barabbas…the Company) and more.
Between 1996 and 2012, Louis performed in and directed several productions at The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children.
Television & Film work includes Moone Boy, Stella Days, Killinascully, The Tudors, Showbands, Story Lane, The Morbegs. Radio: Eoin Colfer’s Noël andThe Quest (Lyric FM); All that Fall, Embers (Gare St. Lazare Players Ireland / RTÉ Radio1).
Theatre Lovett share their findings in performance for young audiences via their actor training course ‘Playing for your Audience’. This unique course is hosted at The Gate Theatre and previously at The Abbey Theatre. Muireann and Louis work closely with a family of associate artists who share their ambition, spirit and love of play.
In 2017, Theatre Lovett were nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Awards’ Judges Special Award, ‘For the inventiveness of their work… and the company’s ongoing contribution to children’s theatre.’
They are proud to be supported by the Arts Council and are grateful to Culture Ireland for the continued generous support of their international touring.
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