Mr Declan Drohan
Declan Drohan M.A. H.Dip.Ad.Ed. lectures on the BA Hons. Programme in Performing Arts at IT Sligo and the M.A.in Creative Practice. A graduate of the Gaiety School Of Acting, he is the former course leader of the acting programme at TU Dublins prestigious Conservatory Of Music and Drama, Rathmines, Dublin. In a thirty career, his work as a director has encompassed everything from radical reappraisals of classical texts to stagings of new writing and innovative community based projects integrating individuals with often profound disabilities into large scale, mainstream theatre projects. His consultancy and training work in adult education, theatre training and disability/equality settings was the focus of his work for a period in the 90s, with many of the techniques and work processes developed radicalising his teaching and directing work. His visibility on the Dublin Theatre festival scene has been consistent since relocating to the North West Of Ireland, (How I Failed to Become a Popstar- 2001, Frank Pig says Hello 2005, Little Dark Star 2006, Beneath the Bone Moon 2015) , in addition to directing the annual Bespoke graduate showcase of emerging acting talent at the Project Arts Centre Bewleys Theatre and the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. For the past three years, his directing of the fourth year Yeats Project has become a major outreach project for the BA Honours programme at IT Sligo, with performances of the texts in the colleges own Black Box Space, the Yeats Building, Sligo and the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton. In the past 5 years , he has completed a course of study with Michael Chekhov Europe, and is part of their teachers group. He is currently carrying out PhD research into applying Chekhov Technique to the Performance of W.B. Yeats verse dramas. He is a faculty member of Chekhov Training and Performance Ireland.