Michael Mellamphy – Artistic Director

A native of Cork Ireland, Mellamphy is a busy New York actor who is a member of the Irish Repertory Theatre and a founder of The Pigeon Theatre Company, as well as a former owner of the Irish bar Ryan’s Daughter where he produced a number of immersive theatre productions.  Before helming (with Street) the 13th annual Origin 1st Irish, which hosted 20 virtual events and showcased the work of 34 contemporary Irish playwrights, Mellamphy had already become a familiar 1st Irish presence, winning two Best Actor awards in previous years.  In addition to making numerous television appearances over the years he is also the performance capture artist of the cheeky Irish gunslinger Sean MacGuire from Rockstar’s hugely popular video game “Red Dead Redemption 2.”

Michael is a graduate of the Performing Arts program at Colaiste Stiofain Naofa/ The Firkin Crane Theatre in Cork City, Ireland and also graduated from the three year conservatory Theatre Studies program at Inchicore College, Dublin, Ireland. His earliest memories of theatre were sitting with his grandmother at the Cork Opera House for the annual Christmas panto. She would tell him, “You could be up there, doing that for a living”. Even then as a young child, Michael was excited and inspired by theatre and its power to bring communities together, challenge people, and foster new ideas. To have the opportunity to continue this work in the Theatre Capital of the World, with a company so dear to his heart, is something that humbles and excites him at the same time. Mellamphy is sure it would also make his heavenly grandmother very proud.  

Erwin Maas – Director of Programming

Erwin Maas is a New York based theatermaker, educator and international arts advocate from the Netherlands. He is the Programming Director of Origin Theatre Company and directed Beautiful Day Without You by Marco Calvani,The Hundred We Are, POISON (New York Times Critics’ Pick), and their annual Site Specific performance of Christmas Carol. He has worked extensively in Australia, Europe, South Africa and USA. In New York, he directs numerous productions Off Broadway, Off Off Broadway as well as Site Specific. Maas is the Creative Director of the International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA), Artistic Associate & Director of the Fellowship Program for the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY), and Co-founding Director of the Pan-African Creative Exchange (PACE). He is a frequently invited director, facilitator, educator, and speaker for international cultural organizations, festivals, universities, congresses and think tanks. From 2010 to 2014, Maas was the Director of Performing Arts for the Cultural Department of the Royal Netherlands Embassy & Consulates in the USA. He currently teaches as Adjunct Professor at CUNY Brooklyn College’s MFA Performance & Interactive Media Arts Program (PIMA). Erwin is a core-member of Theater Without Borders, a member of Georgetown University’s Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics and of the Netherland-America Foundation Cultural Committee. He also serves on the Artistic Advisory Board of the ISSUE Project Room in Brooklyn and DecadesOut, an organization at the intersection of Arts, Science & Policy. – www.erwinmaas.com

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