Integrating Family Practices into your Practice

Join Theatre makers Johanne Web & Tara Derrington for an informal gathering of parenting artists for networking & mutual support

Johanne Webb is a mother, actor, director, Family Constellations facilitator and proud member of MAM (Mothers Artists Makers). She studied acting at MMU (Capitol Theatre) and holds a BA and an MA in Theatre and Media for Development (University of Winchester). Current/ recent credits include Druid in Salt, Jo in Hear Our Voices, Woman in Where Mountain Kisses Sea (Twisted Lane) , Jo in Also For Roaring ( Róisín Stack), Performer 9 Stories About Love (Little Door). Johanne is a Performance Director for Macnas, and is currently developing a 5 year project called This Is A Post About Love. She is a Druid FUEL and Axis Assemble recipient.

Tara Derrington is a theatre director and maker. Mother of an adult and a teenager, she is a founder member of Mothers Artists Makers who provoked debate at #WakingTheFeminists. Her lone placard at the historic Abbey Theatre protest of 2015 asked "Where are DISAPPEARED Women of the Arts? They're at the school gates ... NOW". The gathering was held during school pick up time and many primary carers were unable to attend.

With Sarah Kinlen, she directed 'Observe The Mothers of Theatre Marching Towards the Stage' on The Abbey mainstage, pioneering methods for working with parent performers and their children in the rehearsal room and on stage. With Michelle Read she was artistic director of Readco and Living Space Theatre, directing experimental new work from 1998 to 2008. She directed the Gaiety School of Acting full time course graduation showcases in The Gate and The Abbey for 10 years. She has also worked as a director on stages and site specific venues/festivals including Project Arts Centre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival, Vicar Street Dublin, Smock Alley Theatre, The Everyman Cork, Axis Ballymun and The Civic Tallaght.

‘The morning was enlightening! I felt like there was such a huge amount of creative energy bursting to be unleashed on audiences and how we were finding it difficult to do so because of the restraints of having a young child or even a young adult to care for while creating. Young people have a right to their own lives and we really need to ensure that facilities are in place in every workplace so that jobbing creatives can be facilitated and their talents can be shared with audiences everywhere. Let's do it!’

Cliodhna Noonan, Grasshoppers International Early Years Festival

‘There was a great sense of community at the event. It was really comforting to know others have similar experiences and certainly made me feel less isolated. It felt like a very supportive environment’

Helen McGrath, Actor/Theatre maker, Dublin