Guest Artist Tutors

Each year, Create invites an international artist to work directly with the student artists at the midpoint of the Learning Development Programme. This happens at the point when student artists are in the process of a number of varying considerations concerning their work, their engagement with the group and the outcome of the collaboration. To date international guest artists have included Peggy Shaw (USA), Faisal Abdu' Allah (UK), Nic Green (UK), Stacy Makishi (UK), Bruno Humberto and Lois Weaver.

Lois Weaver (left) and Peggy Shaw

Lois Weaver is a lecturer, performance artist, writer, director and activist.  She is Professor of Contemporary Performance Practice at Queen Mary University, London. Lois was co-founder of Spiderwoman Theatre, Split Britches Company and the WOW Theatre in New York and Artistic Director of Gay Sweatshop Theatre in London. She was a partner in Staging Human Rights, a People's Palace Project that uses performance practice to explore human rights in women’s prisons in Brazil and the UK and Director for PSi#12:Performing Rights, an international conference and festival on performance and human rights held at QM in 2006.  Lois is Artistic Producer for Air Project, an Artist in Residence programme that encourages a more robust artist presence in Higher Education and produces platforms for emerging live artists.

Bruno-Humberto was a guest artist for Create's Learning Development Programme 2012 

We invited international artist Bruno Humberto to work with the student artists on the Learning Development Programme 2012. Bruno created a one day intensive workshop and training day in advance of the install for 'From Context to Exhibition' - considering points of perspective, ways of seeing and challenging how the viewer meets your work in a curated space.

Bruno Humberto

Director, Performer, deviser, musician.  He has collaborated with various performance artists and companies, as well as developing solo and site-specific works internationally in staircases, tunnels under the river, train stations, churches or mossy forests. He performs and writes for Karavan  Ensemble,  in Brighton, with who he did "A Ship of Fools" , "Anima" for Brighton Fringe, among others.  He is core member of Gazpacho Unlimited and collaborates often with Mouth to Mouth theatre company. Humberto  is part of the Orchestra Elastique, a music improvisation collective. Recently he has been researching on the theme of nothingness, through the performance Holding Nothing, presented recently at the ICA. He teaches  landscape performance to groups, and this year was commissioned to make the outdoor landscape theater piece Land for Gift festival.

Bull: The True Story. Stacy Makishi.

This year the Learning Development students were lucky enough to have an intensive workshop with Stacy Makishi.

Stacy works in a variety of media including site-specific installations, video, new writing, physical theatre and live art.

She is artistic director of runt, a multi-media company that celebrates creativity and collaboration and hosts international workshops. The company is committed to producing intelligent, challenging works that appeal to the widest community possible.

Nic Green (right). Photograph: Nic Green

Create in partnership with Absolut Fringe Festival brought Nic Green to Dublin to work with the student artists of the 2010 Learning Development Programme.

At the time, Nic was touring her award winning and renowned Trilogy. Listen to Nic Green in conversation with Create's Katrina Goldstone on Create-Exchange.ie.

Since 2005, work under the artistic direction of Nic Green has spanned solo and group theatre performance, community and public art projects, pedagogical and holistic learning experiences and interactive web-based endeavours. Nic is committed to creating hopeful and accessible art with emphasis on the notion of making positive change, and empowering others to do the same. Her studies in Human Ecology and sustainable living initiatives are inherent in her work, as is her community-based approach.

Projects range from touring theatre productions, to works created with or for specific communities or contexts.

Nic has been commissioned by the Green Room (Manchester), The Arches (Glasgow), The National Review Of Live Art (NRLA) and BAC (London), and has shown her work at various festivals and venues. She has created community projects in South West London, Glasgow, Manchester and Devon.

Peggy Shaw with learning development programme alumni artist Sinead McCann

Create is delighted to welcome international performance artist Peggy Shaw as part of the Learning Development programme. 

Peggy Shaw is a New York based independent artist/performer, writer and producer, co-founder of radical UK theatre company Split Britches, and founder of the WOW Cafe, New York. She was in Ireland as a guest tutor on Create's Learning Development programme. She is taking time out from her UK tour of Must.

Listen to Peggy Shaw in discussion with Peter Crawley on the Create-exchange website:

She discusses her early work with the company Hot Peaches, how she and Lois Weaver founded Split Britches and also her work on the Performing Medicine programme. Journalist Peter Crawley writes on theatre for publications including the Irish Times and Irish Theatre magazine.

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