Born in Spain (1954) and a resident in Ireland, Saturio Alonso is a sculptor with a background as a painter and graphic designer. Very interested in the aesthetic content of religious art, and drawing from his Spanish background, his present work is a reflection about the use of art as propaganda, focusing in the naturalistic depiction of the human body in nature. He is a founder member of EL CUBRI, a mentor in KCAT, Callan and Kingsriver, Co. Kilkenny and his work can be found in various public spaces around Ireland and in private and public collections in Europe and America.
Cindy Cummings is a nomadic dance artist (choreographer/tutor/performer) who has evolved a multi-layered practice that respectfully ignores the boundaries between dance, theatre and live art. Since 1986 she has created collaborative works with dance, theatre, visual, and sound, text and media artists around the world for live performance, installation and film. Her practice ‘Serious Play’ is rooted in the techniques of contemporary dance, improvisation, voice, acrobatics and theatre. ‘Serious Play’ is also informed by Cindy’s ongoing fascination with and study of physics, anatomy and astronomy. She has been working with Equinox Theatre Company since 2015 and is delighted to be a part of the KCAT team. www.cindycummings.net
Medb has worked at KCAT since 2006 and holds a BA in Drama and Theatre studies from Trinity College, Dublin. She is Artistic Coordinator of Equinox Theatre Company at KCAT and Co-Artistic Director of Asylum Productions. Medb has also worked as an external examiner at the DIT Conservatory of music and drama, as a mentor for others developing inclusive theatre practice, an award-winning free-lance producer, performer and set-designer.
Julie has lived and worked in Kilkenny for the past 14 years. She was a member of Endangered Studios for 4 years and is currently based in Not an Empty Space art studios supported by the Kilkenny Arts Office. She has been a facilitator with KCAT in Callan for many years and also facilitates projects with Open Circle Community Arts Collective. She has been drawing her whole life and it is this particular history that informs her work. She is fascinated by the relationship between materials and surface and how they can be manipulated to make abstract images that sit between the real and the imagined. Her work is included in private and public collections both here and abroad. As a facilitator Julie enjoys helping people to develop confidence in their technical and expressive abilities. Depending on needs, interests and expectations Julie works individually with each person to help them accomplish their artistic goals. She is also interested in cultivating more group projects along side individual work.
As co-founder and co-director of Asylum Productions, Donal works in the development and presentation of new Irish writing, including: The Chronicles of Oggle (national tour); Red Lola; …touched… by Ursula Rani Sarma; Bedbound and the world premier of Pondlife Angels, both by Enda Walsh.
Freelance: Donal co-wrote and directed the award winning puppet circus Circu Islu (McBride & Sons, Catalonia); Love All (Cheery Wild/Ten42 – National tour and Edinburgh Fringe) and a giant puppet show for Bui Bolg (various festivals in Irl, UK and Europe).
Inclusive theatre work includes Bridge Street Will Be and The Lost Prince with KCAT’s Equinox Theatre Company; the creation of Cork Deaf ensemble, ‘Spirit Of Sign’; and community street theatre spectacles for Abhainn Ri Festival, Callan.
International directing work includes The Miracle for T.J.G, Dresden, and the world premier of Chatroom by Enda Walsh at the National Theatre, London.
Mairead is a no nonsense Artist, Designer, Maker and Tutor/Facilitator. She mainly works in Watercolours, Oils and Textiles and is passionate about sharing her forty years practise with others who want to learn! She has an MA in Education with a primary degree in design, as well as qualifications and many years of working as a Community Artist and Facilitator. Mairead encourages her students to acquire foundational skills and then to experiment with them, finding their own direction so that each person develops a unique way of making their own work. Mairead has a wicked sense of humour and laughs a lot, mostly at herself. She is always furthering her own education and believes in life long learning.
As well as working tirelessly at KCAT she also works as a Community Education Tutor for Kilkenny/Carlow ETB. She is on the Artists panel for the Butler Gallery and the DCCOI. Mairead has had work selected by the Royal Watercolour Contemporary Association where it was shown in the Bankside Gallery, London.
Her students say
I find Mairead inspiring, funny and encouraging. (Sandra)
Mairead – One of a kind! Wonderful to be in her company and to learn from her. (Bernie)
Mairead – A treasure, a fountain of creative knowledge, a wonderful teacher and the finest of craic! (Helena)
Mairead – a fantastic, funny and humorous tutor. (Mary)
Mairead – One of the kindest people I know. She makes me laugh a lot and keeps me motivated all the time. (Jan)
Susie has worked as a dance/movement facilitator since 2007. She has developed and taught courses in a wide variety of Dance/Theatre and community settings for example, performance festivals, primary schools , active retirement, palliative care and arts in health. She is particularly interested in working with non-dancers and actors. Most recently, she choreographed Daughters of the revolution (4 elements Theatre company) for it’s national tour and choreographed The consuming project, a site specific performance piece in County Kilkenny. As an actress/mover Susie has appeared in numerous Theatre shows all over Ireland since 2000.
She and a MA in Dance (Hons) from the University of Limerick (2014-2016), an advanced diploma in DTR movement facilitation and trained as an actress at the Gaiety school of acting(1998-200)
Susie created an on-going inclusive dance course in Kcat.
In her dance work in Kcat, Susie places a focus on the differing capabilites of the individuals to create an environment where the participants strengths compliment each other in group settings.
“According to his students, Alé cracks the best bad jokes. After that, anything about his illustration or teaching skills is superfluous.”