Mary Moynihan

MA (Film, DIT) BA (Letters, TCD)

Assistant Lecturer in Drama (Performance)

Mary Moynihan is a creative artist working in professional theatre and film. She works as a theatre director, writer, actor, lecturer and facilitator.
Mary lectures in drama and theatre studies for the Honours Bachelor of Arts in Drama (performance) at the Conservatory of Music and Drama, Dublin Institute of Technology where she teaches the Stanislavski system of actor training,  Augusto Boal and Michael Chekhov techniques, movement and drama facilitation and directs first and final year performances.

Mary is a founding member and current Artistic Director of Smashing Times Theatre Company Limited, a theatre company involved in professional performance, training and participation. Mary trained as an actor and director at Focus Theatre under the direction of Deirdre O’Connell, her friend and mentor and today continues her involvement as an associate director/artist.

As an actor Mary has worked in theatre, television and film, including RTE’s Fair City, Federico Garcia Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba at the Focus Theatre and End of Term by Maeve Binchy on nationwide tour.  For full information on Mary’s work as an actor please see her acting CV.

As a theatre director, professional directing credits include Orphans by Dennis Kelly for Smashing Times Theatre and PlayLeft Productions in association with Focus Theatre; The Crucible by Arthur Miller, St. Dymphna’s Oratory, Grangegorman; Shattering Glass and In One Breath (Testimonies) for Smashing Times Theatre; Olga from Picasso’s Women by Brian McAvera for Focus Theatre, Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams, Mill Theatre Dundrum, Two Rooms by Lee Blessing for Focus Theatre, Talk To Me Like The Rain and Let Me Listen . .  by Tennessee Williams, Focus Theatre, May Our Faces Haunt You (nationwide tour), A Chain of Hands (Royal Hibernian Academy, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks and the Mansion House, Dublin),  Medea  (Smashing Times on nationwide tour),  and Yerma by Federico Garcia Lorca and Riders to the Sea by J.M. Synge (both at Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin). 

As a playwright, Mary’s work includes the highly acclaimed Testimonies (co-written with Paul Kennedy), Shattering Glass (co-written with Paul Kennedy and Gillian Hackett), May Our Faces Haunt You, Out of the Outside and Silent Screams.

Mary is the author of a chapter titled Death of a Mother for Motherhood In Ireland, edited by Dr Patricia Kennedy, Department of Social Policy, UCD and  printed by Mercier Press (2003). She co-authored a chapter titled Laughing Together: Community-based theatre’s vital sense of humour  for Comedy in Contemporary Irish Theatre, edited by Eric Weitz, lecturer in Drama, University of Dublin, Trinity College and printed by Carysfort Press (2004).

Mary co-designed a drama workshop model to promote positive mental health and suicide prevention for Acting for the Future, a project run by Smashing Times Theatre Company in partnership with the Samaritans and Irish Association of Suicidology.  Mary was involved in curriculum design, tutoring and assessment for Acting for Peace - Creative Training in Drama and Theatre, delivered by Smashing Times in partnership with the Mid-Ulster Women’s Network and University College Dublin and accredited by UCD.  consisting of two new accredited training programmes including the Diploma in Drama Facilitation Skills (teacher training).

Mary is the author of four new drama workshop models to promote anti-racism, anti-sectarianism, human rights and gender equality and storytelling to promote reconciliation. The models are contained in a booklet, produced by Smashing Times Theatre Company Limited, for Acting for Change, a year-long programme using drama and theatre to promote reconciliation within Donegal and  Northern Ireland and consisting of a professional theatre performance, a seminar and the four drama workshop models.

Mary’s theatre work takes place in both professional and non-traditional theatre spaces and she is interested in intra-art collaborative practises. Her work is physical based and focuses on primal, visceral and intuitive responses to vulnerability and conflict and an exploration of self and the other. She focuses on the interconnectedness of the body, voice and imagination and the use of creative physical and spiritual energies, revealing the inner life through physical and intuitive engagements. Mary’s vision is for a theatre process of passion and truth to explore human relationships, to promote social justice and equality and to engage audiences viscerally, imaginatively and emotionally.

Mary is the mother of three boys, Feilim, Naoise and Eanna and a daughter Ella. She dedicates her theatre work to the memory of her mother and father Helen and Eddie Moynihan.