George C. HeslinArtistic Director, founded Origin Theatre Company in 2002

Having worked extensively as at actor on both sides of the Atlantic in 2002 George founded Origin Theatre Company, New York. The mission of the company is to launch the work of European playwrights in American. In fifteen years Origin has presented work by more than 60 European playwrights. The company’s first project in 2002 was Misterman by playwright Enda Walsh who was unknown to American audiences at that time. In 2012 Enda’s production of ONCE on Broadway was nominated for eleven Tony awards.

Six years ago George founded the 1st Irish Theatre Festival, New York’s annual festival of Irish theatre, and the only theatre festival in the world dedicated to Irish playwrights. The month long festival runs in ten venues across New York City during September. In its first five years 1st Irish has presented the work of 72 Irish playwrights and in 2012 was attended by 35,000 people.

His directing credits include Someone to Watch Over Me at The Gene Frankel Theatre, Crestfall for Origin Theatre at 59E59, and the Belgian premiere of Stones in His Pockets, numerous productions at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and many others. He is a graduate of the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, Dublin; The Abbey Theatre Dublin Directors Program; and The HB Studio ,New York where he studied with the legendary Uta Hagen.

As an actor, he completed the Broadway national tour of the hit show Stones in His Pockets. In New York he has appeared in many Off-Broadway productions including Juno and The Paycock at The Roundabout, The Blowin of Baile Gall and The Colleen Bawn (Drama Desk Nomination) at Irish Repertory Theatre. Regionally he has worked at The Kennedy Center, Old Globe San Diego, Pittsburgh Public, Studio Arena Buffalo, Virginia Stage Company, Penguin Rep, The Caldwell Theatre Florida, and Syracuse Stage, to name a few. He has worked with all of Ireland’s leading theatre companies.

His many awards include The Irish Examiner/New York Irish Man of The Year Award 2011, The American Dance Federation Cultural Leader Award, The New York City Council Award for his dedication to theatre from Council Speaker Christine Quinn. The John C. Liu Office of Comptroller Commendation, The Global 100 Award from Irish America Magazine, The CUNY Award of Cultural Excellence 2013 from City University New York and in 2011 he was invited to The White House to meet President Obama.