Patrons, Directors, Artists and Staff


Artistic Director and CEO: Mary Moynihan

Mary Moynihan is a writer, theatre and film-maker, and Artistic Director of Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Human Rights and Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company and a Theatre Lecturer at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama.

As Artistic Director of Smashing Times, Mary specialises in using the arts to promote human rights, peace building, gender equality and positive mental health, developing cutting edge, arts-based projects with a range of organisations. Award winning projects include Acting for the Future which uses theatre to promote positive mental health, run in partnership with the Samaritans and the highly successful Women War and Peace using theatre and film to promote equality and peace. Company patrons are First Lady Sabina Coyne Higgins, Senator Joan Freeman, founder of Pieta House, Ger Ryan, actor and Tim Pat Coogan, writer and historian.

As a playwright, Mary’s work includes the highly acclaimed The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII by Mary Moynihan, Deirdre Kinahan, Paul Kennedy and Fiona Bawn Thompson; In One Breath from the award-winning Testimonies (co-written with Paul Kennedy); Constance and Her Friends and Grace and Joe – selected by President Michael D. Higgins for performance at Áras an Uachtaráin for Culture Night 2016 – and May Our Faces Haunt You and Silent Screams.

As a theatre director, professional directing credits include The Woman is Present: Women’s Stories of WWII by Mary Moynihan, Fiona Bawn Thompson, Deirdre Kinahan and Paul Kennedy, on Irish and international tour (co-director Bairbre Ni Chaoimh); scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare for the Abbey Theatre, Dublin; Uprising scripted by Tara McKevitt and devised by Smashing Times Theatre Company at Project Arts Centre Dublin and on national tour; Thou Shalt Not Kill by Paul Kennedy at Project Arts Centre Dublin and Lyric Theatre Belfast; Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Samuel Beckett Theatre; Macbeth by William Shakespeare, DIT Theatre; Orphans by Dennis Kelly, Focus Theatre; The Crucible by Arthur Miller, Grangegorman; Shattering Glass and In One Breath (Testimonies) for Smashing Times at Project Arts Centre and Helix Theatre, Dublin.

Mary’s film work includes the hour-long television documentary Stories from the Shadows, the short film Tell Them Our Names (selected for the London Eye International Film Festival and the Kerry Film Festival) and the creative documentary Women in an Equal Europe.

Mary has an honours MA in Film Production from DIT and an honours BA in Drama and Theatre Studies from the University of Dublin Trinity College. Mary originally trained as an actor and director at Focus Theatre under the direction of Deirdre O’Connell, her friend and mentor.

Mary’s theatre and film work are physical-based and focus 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.


Producer and Company Manager: Freda Manweiler

Freda Manweiler is project coordinator for Women War and Peace. Freda has worked with Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company since 1999. She is highly skilled in management and project coordination and implementation. She has worked as producer on 
a range of productions by Smashing Times and others throughout the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. She is coordinator of the highly successful Acting For The Future programme that uses drama and theatre to promote positive mental health and suicide prevention, which is run in association with the Samaritans and the Irish Association of Suicidology throughout the island of Ireland. As part of her work for Smashing Times she is responsible for all aspects of management and project development and is also involved in teaching practice. She has extensive experience in team management through her work with Smashing Times as a manager and as a manager and Employment Assessment Coordinator for a Working Skills Centre in Toronto, Canada. Her education includes a Bachelor in Social Work (2007) from the Open University and in 2012 she completed an MEd from the National University of Ireland/UCD.


Advisory Artistic Board: Margaret Toomey, Mary Moynihan, Gillian Hackett and Dr Eric Weitz



  • Sabina Coyne-Higgins, Áras an Uachtaráin First lady
  • Tim Pat Coogan, Writer and Historian
  • Joan Freeman, CEO, Pieta House
  • Ger Ryan, Actor


  • Dr Eric Weitz (Chairperson), Head of Drama, School of Drama, Film and Music, Trinity College Dublin
  • Bryony May, Arts Service Manager at Fermanagh and Omagh District Council
  • Edwina Albrecht, Artistic Director, Dundalk Youth Theatre
  • Sandra Berger (ACCA), Financial Consultant, B.A. (Hons) in Finance and Accounting
  • Olivia O’Hagan, Business Advisor, Invest NI
  • Mary Lawlor, Front Line Defenders


Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company Actors Ensemble

  • Fiona Bawn-Thompson, Actor, Theatre Facilitator, Choreographer
  • Adam Traynor, Actor
  • Róisín McAtamney, Actor
  • Thérèse Mullan, Actor
  • Mary Duffin, Actor
  • Laura Brady, Actor
  • Killian Filan, Actor
  • Megan O’Malley, Actor
  • Ben Waddell, Actor
  • Mark Flynn, Actor, Choreographer
  • Margaret Toomey, Actor
  • Romana Testasecca
  • Gerard Kelly, Actor
  • Bibbi Larsson, Actor
  • Michael-David McKernan, Actor
  • Edwin Mullane, Actor
  • Aoife Moore, Actor
  • Paul Nolan, Actor
  • Evelyn Shaw, Actor, Theatre Facilitator
  • Sorcha Shanahan, Actor
  • Cathy White, Actor


Panel of Professional Artists, Facilitators and Guest Speakers

  • Fiona Bawn-Thompson, Actor, Facilitator, Choreographer
  • Ruth Fagan, Facilitator
  • Dr Shirley Graham, Gender and Peacekeeping
  • Dr Brandon Hamber, Director, International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE)
  • Gillian Hackett, Actor, Facilitator
  • Kate Harris, Theatre Facilitator
  • Orla Hassan, Theatre Facilitator
  • Gerard Humphries, Writer
  • Paul Kennedy, Writer
  • Raymond Keane, Theatre Facilitator, Actor, Director
  • Dr Patricia Kennedy, Social Policy
  • Bairbre Ni Chaoimh, Director, Facilitator
  • Maria Mc Bride, Theatre Facilitator
  • Catherine Mc Fadden, Theatre Facilitator
  • Idan Meir, Theatre Facilitator, Director, Writer
  • Ena May, Writer, Director
  • Dr Ciara Mc Mahon, Visual Artist
  • Aideen O’Donnell, Facilitator
  • Sinéad O’Loughlin, Theatre Facilitator, Writer, Producer
  • Chrissie Poulter, Theatre Facilitator, Director, Trainer
  • Evelyn Shaw, Actor, Theatre Facilitator
  • Carol Walsh, Theatre Facilitator, Performer


  • EM Creative, Graphic Design, Web Design, Editing Services
  • Eoin Lennon, Lighting and Set Design
  • Caoimhe Regan, Stage Management
  • Karen O’Connor, Production


Acting for the Future Panel of Advisors

Acting for the Future is implemented in association with the Samaritans and Irish Association of Suicidology with assistance from a Panel of Advisors as follows:

  • Dr John Connolly, Irish Association of Suicidology
  • Dr Ella Arensman, Researcher, National Suicide Research Foundation
  • Maggie Hayden, Samaritans
  • Karen Ward, Holistic Psychotherapist.
  • For Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company: Mary Moynihan and Freda Manweiler


Acting for the Future Counsellors

  • Eimear Burke, Counsellor
  • Barbara Duffy, Counsellor
  • Gerry Farrell, Counsellor
  • Karen Ward, Counselling Psychotherapist


Smashing Times Youth Ensemble


Carla Ryan

Hayleigh McGowan

Killian Filan

Laura Brady

Megan O’Malley

Robert Downes

Roger McCarrick

Saoirse Planella


Jordan Begley

Ruth Dempsey

Féilim James

Megan O’Malley

Conor Ryan

Production Team

Director: Róisín Mc Atamney

Producers: Mary Moynihan and Freda Manweiler

Assistant Director: Jordan Begley

Stage Manager: Eva Walsh

Assistant Stage Manager: Ruth Dempsey

Videographer: Ebhan Loughlin

Composer: Ken Tuohy and Ellen O’Malley

Image And Concept Design: Louise Brady

Camera: Jon Barton

Lighting Designer: Sheila Murphy

Guest Mentor Artists

Mary Moynihan, Theatre and Film Maker, Artistic Director, Smashing Times Theatre and Film Company

Chrissie Poulter, Head of Drama, School of Drama, Film and Music, Trinity College Dublin

Dr Eric Weitz, Associate Professor of Drama, School of Drama, Film and Music, Trinity College Dublin

Peter Sheridan, Writer, Actor, Director

Dagmara Jerzak, Choreographer, Contemporary Dance Artist

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