US THE COMPANY & US THE PEOPLES
HotForTheatre was formed in 2010 and believes that theatre should provoke, move and delight in equal measures. Their first show I ♥ Alice ♥ I premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2010 in the New Theatre, winning the Fishamble Award for New Writing for Amy Conroy and Best Female Performance Award for Clare Barrett. It was then programmed as part of the ReViewed season in the 2011 Dublin Theatre Festival, a showcase of successful Irish productions restaged in partnership with Culture Ireland and Irish Theatre Institute.
HotForTheatre’s second show Eternal Rising of the Sun, written and performed by Amy Conroy had its premiere at Project Arts Centre for Dublin Fringe Festival 2011 and won the Best Female Performance Award and was nominated for the Irish Times Best Actress Award in 2011. Eternal Rising of the Sun recently appeared in the Dublin Theatre Festival 2012 as part of the ReViewed season and had its Australian premiere at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts as part of the Summer Nights season programmed by The Blue Rooms (Perth FRINGE WORLD Festival).
Following its run on the Peacock stage at the Abbey Theatre in February 2012 I ♥ Alice ♥ I was presented at the Irish Arts Centre in New York, the LOKÁL Festival, Reykjavík, Iceland, the Electric Picnic, Ireland and the Glasgay Festival, Glasgow, Scotland. In 2013 HotForTheatre have already toured it to the World Theatre Festival in the Brisbane Powerhouse where we staged the Australian premiere of I ♥ Alice ♥ I before touring it to the Auckland Arts Festival in New Zealand and to three towns across Tasmania – Swansea, Deloraine and Burnie as part of Ten Days on the Island. We toured the both shows nationally starting April 2013 and continuing until July 2013. We also performed I ♥ Alice ♥ I in association with Marriage Equality campaign in March 2015.
HotForTheatre’s third show Break premiered in September 2013.
HotForTheatre’s fourth show Luck Just Kissed You Hello premiered in July 2015 at Galway International Arts Festival and will be presented at the Dublin Theatre Festival.
Amy Conroy was a member of Six in the Attic, an Irish Theatre Institute resource sharing initiative, from 2011 to 2014.
ABOUT AMY CONROY
Amy founded HotForTheatre and wrote their debut show I ♥ Alice ♥ I which premiered at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2010 winning Amy the Fishamble New Writing Award. Her second show, Eternal Rising of the Sun, won the Best Female Performer Award when it premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2011. Her performance as Gina Devine in Eternal Rising of the Sun also earned her a nomination for Best Actress in the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2011.
Amy has worked primarily as an actor and previous theatre work includes The Agamemnon, The Mysteries 2000 and The Matchmaker, all with The Machine Theatre Company; The Country Woman (Upstate Theatre Project), Reverse Psychology (Daghdha Dance at the International Dance Festival Ireland), The BFG (Civic Theatre), Don’t Take Your Coat Off, Darkhorse and an Irish tour of Bumbogs and Bees (TEAM Educational Theatre); The Gist of It (Fishamble: The New Play Company); and an Irish tour of The Blanch, a Buffoon show that she devised with Carpet Theatre Company.
Amy’s work with Barabbas Theatre Company includes, Blowfish (Irish and Northern Irish tour), Parable of the Plums, ReJoyce Dublin 2004, Luca (Project Arts Centre) and 40 Songs of Green (National Concert Hall).
Radio work includes No Handouts in Europe, and TWENTYSEVEN (winner of the World Gold Medal Award at the New York Festival Awards 2006), Hold This, which she also wrote, all for RTÉ Radio One, and 1923 for Radio Kerry.
Recently, she has written and directed Far Away From Me, a new theatre show inspired by The Princess and the Pea for The Ark, Dublin.
ABOUT JEN COPPINGER
Jen is Producer and Company Manger for HotforTheatre and also works as Producer for a number of artists and companies including The Company, Dylan Tighe, TheEmergencyRoom, Emma Martin Dance, Peer to Peer and The Stomach Box.
She has toured work extensively in Ireland and internationally.
In the past her work has won the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Production 2009 (No Worst There is None, The Stomach Box in association with Poetry Ireland) Dublin Fringe Festival Award for Best Production and Award for Best Design 2012 (Dogs, Emma Martin Dance). She has worked on partnerships, commissions and co-productions with The Irish Traveller Movement, Galway International Arts Festival, Cusack Projects Limited and Poetry Ireland.
Currently Jen is Project Manager for the Laureate for Irish Fiction for the Arts Council of Ireland, previously she worked with Arts Audiences, Irish Theatre Institute, City Arts Centre, Dublin Writers Festival, RADE (Recovery through Art, Drama and Education), and the Abbey Theatre.
Jen sits on the boards of RADE, Dublin Fringe Festival, and NAYD (the National Association of Youth Drama).
She is the Independent Producer in Residence at Rough Magic and Manager of Rough Magic SEEDS.
ABOUT IRISH THEATRE INSTITUTE
ITI is a resource organisation that supports and acknowledges the achievements and ambition of Irish theatre artists and companies across all aspects of theatre practice. ITI’s mission is to create opportunities abroad and strengthen resources at home for theatre artists, companies, venues and festivals. ITI has pioneered networking, information provision and on-line research tools and promotes the Irish play repertoire through PLAYOGRAPHYIreland a searchable catalogue of all new Irish writing in English and Irish since 1901. ITI runs an artist development initiative, Six in the Attic, which provides six theatre artists with space and practical resources to develop their work in a mentored environment and is also a partner in Show in a Bag. Show in a Bag is an artist development initiative of Dublin Fringe Festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company and ITI to resource theatre makers and actors to create new small scale, tourable shows.
More information on www.irishtheatreinstitute.ie
ABOUT ROUGH MAGIC THEATRE COMPANY
Rough Magic Production Support offers practical assistance to emerging companies and artists in the realisation of specific projects. They offer a range of support in a variety of areas, including financial and accounting services; marketing and PR advice; production, contractual and touring support; and artistic and dramaturgical mentoring from Rough Magic’s Artistic Director, Dramaturg and Associate Directors. These services are offered alongside resource-sharing initiatives such as free rehearsal space and office and administration facilities.
Since 2009, Rough Magic Production Support has assisted over twenty projects, including the work of ANU Productions, Bright Light Productions, Denis Clohessy, Collapsing Horse Theatre Company, Shaun Dunne & Talking Shop Ensemble, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Making Strange Theatre Company, Zoe Ni Riordain, Pageant Wagon, Playgroup, Aoife Spillane-Hinks, TheEmergencyRoom, Then This Theatre, Dylan Tighe, Underscore_Productions and Willfredd Theatre.
The mentoring support provided through Rough Magic Production Support is a huge commitment on the behalf of the company, but one which is of mutual value and benefit to both the company and the artists.
More information on www.roughmagic.ie