Mairéad Folan

Mairéad Folan and Barry Hopkins pictured onstage for the production of LUKE. Photography by Emilija Jefremova.

Biography

Mairéad Folan is the Artistic Director of Galway-based NoRopes Theatre Company which she founded in 2015. 

Mairéad has directed and produced the following NoRopes productions: Luke, An Irresponsible Father’s Guide to Parenting (UK), Wake, Flash Theatre – a 24 hr event, Wasted and The Open CoupleLuke is Mairéad’s debut as a playwright. 

Mairéad has been a bilingual freelance theatre practitioner since 2005, working with companies such as Fíbín and An Taibhdhearc. 

She received a MA in Drama and Theatre Studies from National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland and an Acting Diploma from London College of Music. Mairéad also trained with the Garvey School of Speech and Drama, Galway Youth Theatre and Core Theatre College. 

In 2021, Mairéad was a recipient of an Arts Council Project Award. In 2017 and 2020, she was the recipient of the Mentoring Award supported by the Arts Council’s Arts and Disability Connect Scheme managed by Arts and Disability Ireland. Mairéad was also awarded a New Work award supported by the Arts Council’s Arts and Disability Connect Scheme managed by Arts and Disability Ireland and was one of the artists in residence on Druid’s FUEL programme in 2018. 

Mairéad is a member of Galway Community Circus Board of Directors and a founding member of Galway-based theatre collective, Theatre57.