axis Assemble:Works in Progress 2022

By axisdirector
Wednesday, 9th February 2022
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In autumn 2021, we engaged 29 artists in the Axis Assemble Artist Support Programme, in which they have had the opportunity to develop new projects and ideas with Axis. During the week of 14th February, some of these Assemble artists will share their works-in-progress, all at different stages of development.

These informal presentations will be followed by a feedback session with the audience, where artists can gain insight and inspiration for their next creative steps.

This is a great way to encounter brand new works and ideas, contribute to the development of new projects, and celebrate being back together as an audience in Axis!

Thursday’s sharing artists will include Chinedum Muotto, Maria Francis, Stephen Quinn, Lesley Conroy with Johanne Webb.

Friday’s sharing artists will include Betty Duffy, Diane O’Connor, Letizia Delmastro, Esosa Ighodaro and Gemma Creagh.

  • COST?   FREE!



Assemblers 2021



Chinedum Muotto:

Chinedum Muotto makes art, this art comes in different forms. Chinedum likes to have fun, fun too comes in different forms. Chinedum likes to think, with the hope that his thoughts once materialized also make you smile. He is self-taught and hard working, with recent commissions by and most recently Artist in Residence at IMMA.

Maria Francis:

Maria Francis is a Theatremaker and playwright. Maria is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin  were she studied Drama Studies and the History of Art and Architecture.. Her biggest passion is Theatre and live performance, and analyzing the emotional, psychological, and social well-being of her characters.

Stephen Quinn:

Stephen Quinn is an award-winning theatre and performance maker, whose work explores Irish queer identity through a kaleidoscope of music theatre; drag; burlesque, physical theatre, and alternative cabaret. Recent credits include "Shame // Less" (GAZE International LGBTQ+ Film Festival, 2021); Anu Productions "Faultline" (DTF, 2019); "Overfired" (winner of the Outburst Queer Fringe Award at Dublin Fringe, 2018), MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac's "A 24 Decade History of Popular Music: The First Act" (LIFT 2018, Barbican Theatre) and Zoe Ni Riordan’s "Recovery" at Project Arts Centre (2016/17; winner of the Romilly Masters Performance Award from the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, 2017). Stephen is also the co-creative director/host of the highly acclaimed, Dublin-based queer performance event SPICEBAG, where he perform as his alter ego: Stefan Fae.

Lesley Conroy - performing with Johanne Webb.

Lesley Conroy is an IFTA award nominated actor, with 25 years' experience on stage and screen. She has worked with The Abbey, Corcadorca, Loose Canon, Fíbín & Decadent Theatre among others. Her monologue CLEANER was the 2020 Scripts Ireland Competition winner and was awarded a DGTF Diversity Short Play Bursary. It has been adapted for screen with support and mentorship from Screen Ireland/Bow Street's Actor as Creator award. 

In association with the 2021 Cork Midsummer’s festival, as the Jane Anne Rothwell award winner she wrote, produced and co-directed MY CONNECTION IS UNSTABLE with development support from Aoife Spillane-Hinks, Stewart Roche, Jed Murray and Adam O’Keeffe (co-director). Her time as associate artist with The Corps Ensemble & Axis in 2020/21 allowed her to focus on developing creative material on the themes of domesticity and motherhood. 

She has been supported by the Arts Council through their Professional Development Award (2020) & Agility award (2021) and was a participant on Javier Daulte’s playwriting masterclass supported by ITI.  As a member of MAM Ireland’s steering committee and Theatre Forum's artist working group, Lesley advocates for diversity & inclusion in Irish Theatre and Screen, and improved representation and support for parenting artists.


Betty Duffy :

Elizabeth Duffy started her journey with the Dublin Youth Theatre. From there studied Theatre Studies with Colaiste Dhulaigh and full time acting with the Gaiety School of Acting. She has worked as an actress, facilitator, production manager, director within many theatres around the country over the years. She received her Masters as a Drama Therapist in 2016 which has led her to delve into a new way of working when performing, directing, facilitating and now writing!

Diane O'Connor:

Diane O'Connor is a Stand-Up Comedian, Writer and Drama Facilitator based in North Dublin. Diane wrote and performed Breastfeeding Alfresco in 2017 which she toured around Ireland selling out numerous times. She has written for Hot Press and Headspace while also featuring on RTE Lyric FM & BBC Radio Northern Ireland. She is also a Climate Activist who loves combining her passion for the environment and the arts to create, educate and entertain which has led her to work with Creative Schools, An Táisce and Arts in Education Portal. Diane is one half of the social enterprise The Sustainable Life School.

Letizia Delmastro:

Letizia was born in the picturesque town of Alba, in Italy. At the age of 17 she spent one year as an exchange student in Norway, where she was so lucky to join a children’s theatre company which sparked in her a love for all things theatre. After graduating from high school, she moved to London where she completed the Acting Diploma course at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. In Ireland she completed the PTC course with the Gaiety School of Acting, and has recently graduated from the BA (Hons) in Theatre Performance in TU Dublin, from which she was awarded a first class honours. Letizia is now exploring her love for playwriting, and is keen to discover what it has in store for her.

Esosa Ighodaro:

Esosa is an emerging writer. She has been working professionally as an actor since 2014, with roles in film, TV as well as theatre. Through that experience, she has worked on numerous scripts, workshopping, script reading, developing and critiquing.  As a writer, Esosa has written numerous short scripts. She secured Screen Ireland funding as part of their Actor as Creator scheme 2020, to turn her script,“Round Boxes”into a short filmic piece. Her short script,“Dear People of No Colour”was commissioned by The Abbey Theatre to be screened in partnership with Home Theatre Manchester in 2021. Esosa created and wrote“Believe”, a ten-part sit-com for Grand Explorer Studios, set to go into production later this year.

Esosa is part of a transatlantic writer’s room, developing a Sci-fi drama series,“Here (For Now)”with Breakthrough Entertainment for a Canadian and Irish coproduction. Esosa has recently been awarded development funding by Screen Ireland for her original TV series, “Homeshare”.

Esosa received a scholarship from Warner Bros. Entertainment to complete her MA in Screenwriting at The National Film School at IADT. Esosa is also an accomplished vocalist. She recorded her debut albumYou Won’t Believe Itin 2018.

Gemma Creagh (sharing virtually):

Gemma Creagh is a writer, filmmaker and journalist.Born in Cork, She currently lives in Dublin, and has studied in Belfast and in Galway. In 2014 she graduated with a First from NUIG’s MA Writing programme. Gemma’s play Spoiling Sunset was staged in Galway as part of the Jerome Hynes One Act Play series in 2014. Gemma was one of eight playwrights selected for AboutFACE’s 2021 Transatlantic Tales. Gemma was the writer and co-producer of the five-part comedy Rental Boys for RTÉ’s Storyland.

Since then, she has gone on to write, direct and produce several shorts which screened at festivals around the world. She was commissioned to direct the short film, After You, by Filmbase and Temple Bar Cultural Trust for the Made in Temple Bar Festival. Her script Detour was shortlisted for the 2020 Dun Laoghaire First Frames Scheme and was a finalist in the CinemaStreet Women's Short Screenplay Competition. On other projects, features, advertisements, and TV Shows, Gemma has worked across a number of departments.Gemma has penned articles for magazines, industry websites and national newspapers, she’s the assistant editor for Film Ireland and she contributes reviews to RTE Radio One’s Arena on occasion.