Hurrah, we’re back with Episode 6 of the Strut and Bellow Podcast. And today I’m sharing a great, long conversation I had with theatre director Aoife Spillane-Hinks. I didn’t know Aoife very well at all before she kindly agreed to be interviewed but she’s a fascinating woman and when we started talking I quickly realised that this wasn’t going to be a quick chat!
We were chatting in a hallway in her office building, which means there’s a little background noise now and again but nothing too intrusive and I hope it won’t affect your enjoyment of our conversation.
Aoife originally comes from the United States and she talks in the podcast about how she came to be here in Ireland. Shetrained as a director on the Rough Magic SEEDS programme. She holds a BA in Folklore and Mythology from Harvard University and an MA in Drama and Theatre Studies from NUI Galway. She has taught directing in NUI Galway’s MA programme, and works as a private acting coach.
Her American credits include Sharon’s Grave, Waiting for Godot, and Our Class (PICT Classic Theatre, Pittsburgh). Irish credits include Creditors (C Company), Pilgrim (Edinburgh Fringe/Tiger Dublin Fringe); The Motherf***er with the Hat (ORion Productions – European Premiere); Run / Don’t Run (Bigger Picture Projects/National Tour); The Yellow Wallpaper (Then This Theatre/Dublin Fringe); Plaza Suite (Rough Magic/Gaiety Theatre); Hamlet (Second Age); Boston Marriage (Gate Theatre/Dublin Theatre Festival); Broken Promise Land (RTE Radio Drama on One & national tour); True Enough! (Making Strange/Dublin Fringe); Serious Money (Rough Magic SEEDS).
She is the co-founder of Then This Theatre and an associate artist with PICT Classic Theatre.
Towards the end of our chat, she gave a list of podcasts she enjoys and I’m including links to the ones she mentioned as well as some that I think are just great too. I can’t wait to listen to some of the ones I’m not familiar with. You can also follow Aoife on Instagram where she goes under the moniker @fiercejoyful and yes, she really is!