Kathleen McCreery

Playwright, director, actor, facilitator, counsellor (free-lance)

Glencolmcille, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Born in Canada, I was educated in the USA.  I was a professional actor, and worked in radio and tv, before moving to Europe.  After 9 months with Brechtian company Die Komodianten in Vienna, I moved to London, where I free-lanced for CBC Radio.  I helped found and run (12 years!) two political theatre companies, Red Ladder, now based in Leeds, and Broadside, then spent two years in Berlin with Theatermanufaktur. Returning to the UK, I worked with an anti-apartheid and a community theatre project in London, then moved to Newcastle where I lectured (PT) at what is now the University of Northumbria, at various NE colleges, and later at the University of Sunderland. An international writer’s exchange bursary led to projects in Zimbabwe, Ghana, Lesotho and South Africa.  I have written a number of plays for professional companies, youth theatres, educational organisations, etc.  I am co-author of the book ‘Theatre as a Weapon’ (Routledge 1986).  I facilitated many drama and creative writing projects in the UK and internationally.  Inspired by a writing residency with the health service in Cleveland, I studied counselling.  I gained a Diploma in Counselling and worked for 3 years for Streetwise in Newcastle before moving to Donegal.  I am trying to write a novel, but can’t help getting involved in drama and other activities in the region.