Meet the team behind the Art of Science!

Posted on: 30th June 2015

Explosions of art and musical experiments at 2015 Playhouse Children and Teens Arts Festival
Monday 20 - Friday 31 July 2015

A full creative laboratory of illustrators, dancers, graphic designers, set designers, musical theatre directors and visual artists have their lab coats at the ready for two weeks of artistic experiments at The Playhouse this summer!
The Art of Science is coming to the 2015 Playhouse Children and Teens Arts Festival, during two fantastic weeks of workshops in Drama, Visual Arts, Dance, Music and much more.
Facilitators planning the experiments are graphic designer and illustrator Joe Barwise, early years/preschool music and movement facilitator, Bernie Doherty, arts facilitator Kirstin McLaughlin of Kid Art & the Craft Box, Artist & illustrator Sean Keddy, set designer Phil Ruddock, Photographer and filmmaker Denzil Browne, Mary Hill School of Ballet's Victoria Harrison, musical theatre director Ryan Quinn, and visual artist & Design Den inventor Siuan O'Doherty.
For its 23rd year the festival has also announced its first ever teen drama intensive week for 13- 16 year olds with Actress, director, producer & circus performer Nicky Harley!
For two weeks from Monday 20 - Friday 31 July kids and teens can enjoy action packed workshops with this wonderful mixture of fully qualified, home grown facilitators.
Sponsored by Partridge Peartree Promotions, scientific fun and experiments at the festival include film prosthetics, set design, digital art, dance, drama and music.
The festival will be divided into three age categories; from 4-6 year olds, 7-12 years old and our teens - ranging from 13-16. This means that every group will get the very best and most out of their experience!
We're also so excited to offer, due to popular demand, our first ever teen drama intensive week for 13- 16 year olds from Monday 27- Friday 31 July!
Booking is now option with limited places available. Contact The Playhouse Box Office on (028) 71268027


Joe Barwise

"Hi, I'm Joe Barwise, a Graphic Designer and Illustrator. I produce work for print and the screen collaborating with clients from across Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA.
Last year was my first time facilitating with the Playhouse's Children's Art Festival and it was great fun. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I'm looking forward to another great couple of weeks this summer."


Bernie Doherty

This is Bernie Doherty! She will be having doing musical experiments with the tots at this year's Children and Teens Arts Festival!
Bernie loves making music with young people of all ages through Boogie Bugs Music & Movement classes, Wee Glee singing group, guitar lessons, songwriting workshops, and promoting early years music in classes, and preschools.
She runs The Music Box- a social enterprise that mixes music and community work.
Bernie also helps run a community building in Buncrana - The Exchange, and organises an annual Anti Bullying Art Exhibition, which was shortlisted this year for the Epic Awards.
Much of her early years work incorporates art, instrument making and generally making lots of noise!

Sean Keddy

This is artist and illustrator Sean Keddy! He'll be leaving the teen team for this years Children's and Teens Art Festival!
"My love of art began at a very young age with my earliest artistic memory being a sketch of a Ninja Turtle I drew on the cover of a school jotter when I was 5 years old. It is a subject that I have excelled in throughout both my educational and personal life.
Since graduating from the University of Ulster with a First-class honours degree in Illustration and Animation, I have produced numerous works of art such as animations, comics, greetings cards, children's picture books and other illustrative material. I recently had my first exhibition in which I showcased 365 individual pieces of my own artwork here in The Playhouse!
My artwork is heavily influenced by 20th century pop culture such as 80's movies, classic cartoons, music, comics, tattoos, people and last but not least, fellow artists. These subjects also happen to be my own personal interests, especially music which I also compose and perform.
During the festival, I am looking forward to no facebook, no xboxes, no boredom! To forming a teen team, a group of super artists working together to create some great pieces of work. I think that the project I have chosen for the teens will be great fun and will get their creative juices flowing. I cannot wait to see the finished product at the end of the festival from both my team and everyone else's."

Nicky Harley

Nicky Harley is an actor, director producer & circus performer based in Derry, Londonderry and she will be facilitating our first ever teen drama intensive week for 13- 16 year olds! She has been involved in theatre from the young age of six, progressing from amateur productions to professional employment. She is a former student of N.W.I.F.H.E where she studied performing arts. Following her studies she
moved to Dublin for a several years where she managed the Dublin Costume Company, producing costumes for Irish Television and media. Nicky returned to Derry in 2005 to attain a first class honours in Drama at The University of Ulster's School of Creative Arts. Since then, Nicky has performed in several professional Theatre productions as well as radio and television In 2009, she launched her own children's Drama school, Playbox, along with Jane Mc Carter. She is associate artistic director of street theatre and circus organisation, In Your Space.

Phil Ruddock

Phil Ruddock is a set designer and commercial artist who has been working in the North West for the last decade. He will be workign with our teens! He has worked and designed for carnival. film and stage. Phil builds sets and props as well as special effects make up. He specialises in the design and building of haunted houses.


Kirstin McLaughlin

Kirstin Mclaughlin is a fully qualified early years educator and part time lecturer in childcare learning and development. She is well known within both the education and arts sectors. Kirstin is the owner of Kid-Art which she opened in 2009, and Craft Box which she opened in 2013. Kirstin has been delivering high quality creative, educational workshops in schools, at public events and with other organisations as well as delivering weekly children's art and yoga classes at Craft Box. Kirstin is an advocate of the Reggio Emilia approach and promotes recycling and care for the environment through her workshops.


ryan quinn

This is Ryan Quinn. He will be facilitating musical theatre with the kinds group at this year's Children's and Teens Art Festival!
Ryan graduated from Queen's University Belfast with a degree in Music in 2010. Throughout his studies and since graduating Ryan has been a full time tutor in Musical Theatre, Piano and Brass, working for Lisburn School of Music for 4 years and tutoring with the Queen's University JAM Project. He was also an accompanist for the Fiona Campbell School of Ballet and has often worked as an accompanist for instrumental and vocal grades for various schools of music in the Belfast area, teaching the aural element of graded exams.
In 2010 Ryan co-founded the Queen's Music Society Theatre Group as Musical Director and musically directed their first five productions. He also worked as an accompanist and assistant musical director for other music societies and companies in Belfast. Ryan has recently moved 'home' to Strabane and works as a freelance musical director and tutor for many local performing arts schools and accompanies grade exams for classical instruments and voice, musical theatre popular vocals and ballet (ISTD and RAD). Ryan is the musical director and and organist for the Choir of the Church of the Immaculate Conception Strabane and Strabane Concert Brass (Band). Most recently Ryan has accompanied workshops with West End stars Fra Fee ('Les Miserables') and Erin Cornell ('A Class Act', 'Wicked').
Ryan teaches (piano/voice) from his own studio at his house, Muchado Stage School, Castlederg, the local primary and secondary schools in Strabane and Glenside ATC. He is also a performing arts facilitator for the Tuned Project Derry and works regularly with children with special educational needs. Ryan's most recent endeavour has been the founding of Black Air Theatre Company- a new musical theatre group based in Strabane that produces concerts and full musicals for the benefit of the local community. They produced their first major production in the Summer of 2014.

Denzil Browne

Denzil is a filmmaker, photographer & facilitator who will this year be holding the film workshop with our Teens!
Denzil works mainly with forgotten traditional photography techniques such as darkroom based black and white photography, constructing his own pinhole cameras and resurrecting historic processes such as cyanotype printing.
Previous projects of his have included ‘Photo Chemical Process', exploring the cyanotype photo process,‘Abandoned Donegal‘ a project which was concerned with states of abandonment and ‘Damaged Collateral' a series of images depicting the sense of alienation and paranoia infesting our city streets. These images were produced using a self constructed pinhole camera.


Design Den

Siuán O'Doherty will be facilitating workshops in visual art with the teens! Siuán graduated from The University of Ulster in 2004 with a BA Hons degree in Fine and Applied Arts. Siuán has worked with The Playhouse since as Community relations officer and most recently Education Officer.
She has a strong interest in art with social commentary, as co-ordinator of The Playhouse What IF? Project from 2008 to 2011 (working with young people from interface communities and using the arts to educate and empower young people, supplying them with essential life skills and recognised qualifications for their future) and as co-ordinator of The Playhouse Artskills Project provided young people with the opportunity to participate in creative training that will enhance their literacy ability.
Siuan continues to research globally and locally ways to develop art techniques and methodologies.
She is also an advocate for the healing power of the arts and has completed a Certificate in Art Therapy and another in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. She also created and delivers The Playhouse's famous Saturday Art Club 'Design Den' which features a series of art workshops exploring different art themes, art history and teach budding artists an array of unique, creative art skills.

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