Bios

Gemma Whelan–Artistic Director Gemma is the founding Artistic Director of Corrib Theatre. For Corrib she has directed Chapatti by Christian O’Reilly, The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín, Our New Girl by Nancy Harris, Little Gem by Elaine Murphy, The Hen Night Epiphany by Jimmy Murphy, St. Nicholas by Conor McPherson, and A Night in November by Marie Jones (Drammy nomination for Direction, Drammy award for Solo Performance). In Portland she has directed Broomstick by John Biguenet, and Ithaka by Andrea Stolowitz at Artists Repertory Theatre, The Call by Tany Barfield at Profile Theatre, Words that Burn by Cindy Williams Guttierez for Los Porteños at Milagro Theatre, and at CoHo, Boom Arts, and JAW. She was the founding Artistic Director of Wilde Irish Productions in the Bay Area. For Wilde Irish: Michael Mac Liammoir’s The Importance of Being Oscar (Dean Goodman Award for Direction, Dean Goodman Award for Solo Performance), the U.S. premiere of Ariel by Marina Carr, Frank McGuinness’ Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me, Patricia Burke Brogan’s Eclipsed, and Samuel Beckett’s Endgame. Other favorites: Jane Chamber’s Last Summer at Bluefish Cove (Cable Car Nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Directing), and Eileen Atkin’s Vita and Virginia (Curve Magazine, Best Theatre of the Year Award), both at Theatre Rhinoceros; Tom Kempinski’s Duet for One (Zephyr Theatre); Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls (Phoenix Theatre) and Equus by Peter Schaffer (Little Theatre Nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Directing). Gemma received the Gerald Duff Award for Continuing Contribution to Theatre in the San Francisco Bay Area. Educational credits include Mills College (Chair, Drama Dept), UC Berkeley, American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, Portland Actors Conservatory, Portland State University, Literary Arts (Delve), Pacific University, Willamette University, and Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore). She is an award-winning filmmaker and a published novelist. BA Trinity College Dublin, MA Theatre UC Berkeley, MFA Cinema, San Francisco State University. Member SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society).
www.gemmawhelan.com

Adam Liberman–Managing Director Adam first got involved in theatre at Beaverton High School during the era of the amazing James N. Erickson, and went on to get a BA in Drama, with an emphasis in lighting design, at the University of Washington (where he also studied film-making). As a major sound designer in the San Francisco Bay Area, he designed over 40 shows and was a resident designer for many years at Berkeley Jewish Theatre and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. He also studied acting at the Jean Shelton Acting School (aka Shelton Studios). Adam worked as a technical support engineer and technical writer in audio test and measurement for nearly ten years, and is an expert in audio testing and programming audio test automation. At Liberman Sound, which he has operated for over thirty years, he has designed, maintained, and modified audio equipment for many major motion pictures and TV shows. He also worked for many years as a production sound mixer for feature films, commercials, and documentaries, and in post-production sound as a mix engineer. Adam worked in radio at KPFA for over 15 years, as a news reporter, maintenance engineer, instructor, and on-air board-op. He also has a graduate level certificate in TESOL from UC Berkeley Extension, and has taught English in the US and in Guatemala. He sang songs for social justice in the La Peña Chorus in Spanish for twenty years, where he also co-led musical tours to Cuba, Chile, and Mexico. For Corrib, he has co-led the theatre tour to Ireland. He has also registered students to attend an intensive Spanish language school in Guatemala for the last 20 years. Other areas of expertise include programming, database design, web design, and photography. Adam is a member of TCG, AES, and IEEE.

 


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