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, Los Angeles, The New Victory Theater, New York, The Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Arts Centre, Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, Southbank Centre London.
For Theatre Lovett, Muireann has directed FRNKNSTN (Abbey Theatre), A Feast of Bones (Dublin Theatre Festival), The True Story of Hansel and Gretel (Dublin Theatre Festival), Mr Foley the Radio Operator, The House that Jack Filled (Dublin Theatre Festival), They Called her Vivaldi (co-directed with Carl Kennedy), and she has produced The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly (Theatre Lovett/The Ark). All of these shows have toured extensively both at home and abroad. She was previously Theatre Programmer and Producer at The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, and over a six-year period programmed the family seasons of both the Dublin Dance Festival and the Dublin Theatre Festival.
For Theatre Lovett, Louis has written They Called her Vivaldi and The True Story of Hansel and Gretel and performed in all of Theatre Lovett’s shows to date. He has worked extensively as a freelance actor with The Corn Exchange (Dublin by Lamplight, Freefall), Rough Magic (The Train, Improbable Frequency), The Gate Theatre, The Abbey Theatre, Siren Productions, Performance Corporation, Barabbas…the Company (The White-headed Boy) and others. He performed in and directed several productions at The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children between 1996 and 2012.
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 Irish Theatre Awards’ Judges Special Award, ‘For the inventiveness of their work… and the company’s ongoing contribution to children’s theatre.’
They are supported by the Arts Council and their international touring is supported by Culture Ireland.