Richard Lavery

Richard holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from Birkbeck College, University of London as well as a BA (Hons.) in Drama from Queen's University Belfast. He has been the Artistic Director of Accidental Theatre since its founding and has worked professionally as a theatre director since 2009 both inside and outside of Northern Ireland.

Directing credits include: The Kitchen, the Bedroom and the Grave (Donal O'Hagan, Baby Grand, 2014), DEATH (on a shoestring) (Dave Kinghan, Baby Grand, 2012), Limbo (Declan Feenan, Citizens Theatre Glasgow, 2012), The Writers’ Room (Michael Shannon, Tour, 2011), Four Birthdays (Devised, 2010), Neon Lights (Music Video, R51, 2009), Confession (Darran McCann, Queen's Studio Theatre, 2008), Happy as Larry (Dave Kinghan, QST, 2007) and The Emperor of Ice-Cream (Dave Kinghan & Emily DeDakis, QST, 2006).  

Assistant directing credits include: King Lear (Dominic Hill, Shakespeare, Citizens Theatre Glasgow, 2012), Betrayal (Dominic Hill, Harold Pinter, Citizens Theatre Glasgow, 2012), Mister Merlin (Andy Arnold, Alex Norton, Tron Theatre, 2011), A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Philip Breen, Peter Nichols, Citizens Theatre, 2011), Winter Tales (Antonio Ferrara, Various, 2011), Our Lady of Sligo (Jonathan Moore, Sebastian Barry, RADA, 2010), Oh What a Lovely War (Nona Shepphard, Theatre Workshop, RADA, 2010), Mickey and Lionel (David Fenton, Vicky Ireland, Replay Theatre Company, 2010), Lives and Spaces (Anna Newell, devised, Lyric Drama Studio, 2010), A Vampire Story (Anna Newell, Moira Buffini, Lyric Drama Studio, 2010), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Des Kennedy, Stephen Adly Guigus, QST, 2008), Closer (Martin McSharry, Patrick Marber, Rawlife Theatre Company, 2008), Bah, Humbug! (John Breen, Grimes and McKee, Lyric Theatre, 2007), Macbeth (Richard Croxford, Shakespeare, Replay Theatre Company, 2007) and The Road Not Taken (Anna Newell, devised, QST, 2007).

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Emily DeDakis

Emily DeDakis was born in the U.S.A. Sheholds a BA (hons) in English and history from Tulane University in New Orleans, and has helped run non-profit outreach offices in Denver, Boston and Los Angeles. In 2013 Emily was awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship to work and train throughout 2014 as a full-time Dramaturg with Accidental.

"Dramaturgy as a career came to me very naturally but totally unexpectedly - theatre was always a hobby, and linking it to my work with writers has created a sudden, perfect fit."

She started work as a volunteer with Accidental in 2009, and has helped develop, produce and direct many scripts for performances and rehearsed readings. Credits include: The Kitchen, The Bedroom and the Grave by Donal O’Hagan (Director, Biscuit Tin Readings 2010; Dramaturg, full production planned 2014); The American Hotel by Jaki McCarrick (Director, BTR 2011); Four Birthdays (Dramaturg; Replay Productions, 2010);  Fast & Loose (Producer & Writing Mentor, 2008-’13). Emily is also a board member for the Northern Ireland Theatre Association, and founded and chairs NITA’s working group for emerging professionals. 

A freelance editor and writing tutor, Emily has facilitated arts projects with a diverse range of people - school students, ex-prisoners, refugees & asylum seekers, and local writers' groups. She earned an MA (with distinction) and a PhD in creative writing at Queen’s University Belfast, where she has taught on the undergraduate programme.  Her own prose is known to pop up in The Vacuum, The Yellow Nib, Ulster Tatler, Poetry Proper, and on 2SER (107.3 FM Sydney). In late 2012 she collaborated with drummer David Lyttle and pianist Conor Scullion on an improvised musical reading from her novel-in-progress Voicetown.

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Teresa Hill

Teresa  earned a BA in Drama at Queens University Belfast then went on to complete an MA in Applied Theatre: Drama in Educational, Community & Social Contexts at Goldsmiths, University of London. She has been involved with a number of theatre and community projects over the years both in Belfast and London, running workshops and creating projects with a wide range of people. Alongside her role as Outreach Coordinator of Accidental Theatre, she has been involved with a number of freelance projects.

As Event Manager for Young at Art, Teresa has worked on many art and craft projects across Northern Ireland, delivering workshops to create crafts for specific occasions and holidays. With NRG Youth Group in Kircubbin, she has helped to facilitate drama workshops looking at privacy while online. Teresa has facilitated the drama aspect of evening classes being run for adults with learning difficulties for the Belfast Bible College.

In 2012, Teresa won a place on the Vodafone World of Difference Scheme, working for Trócaire for four months. This involved working alongside Trócaire’s fundraising and education teams, developing resources for schools and youth groups. While living in London, Teresa worked as part of the Cultural Olympiad with the National Trust. She worked in the home of Khadambe Asalache, a Kenyan-born poet and artist; collaborating with various artists to find ways of virtually touring the house.

With Spare Tyre Theatre Company, she worked with a variety of specialised groups using music, movement and drama workshops for adults with severe learning difficulties, teenagers with learning difficulties and older people. Teresa got involved with Action for Refugees in Lewisham (AFRIL) and helped to develop a programme to improve English language skills and promote healthy eating. She worked with adults who are learning English as a second language and their children through photography, drama, improvisation games and mask work.

Teresa has been working with Resound, a community youth group in Dunmurry that she helped found in 2005. She has taken various roles within this cross-community youth group; leading workshops about a wide range of subjects and coordinating drop-in centres and other projects with the wider community. She has also worked and volunteered with Oakwood School and Assessment Centre since 2003, working with children who have severe learning difficulties in a wide range of ways.

Teresa has completed an OCR Level 2 in Youth  Work and has volunteered with many charity groups across Northern Ireland and London, doing a little bit of everything and working with a huge variety of people in the process. She has certificates in Working Safely with Children and Disability Awareness from the National Trust.  

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