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Stagecraft  are delighted to announce our new Artistic Director Jack Reardon who takes over the helm from founder Shane Dempsey.

Over the last twenty years we have played a major role in the lives of young people in South Tipperary. We are one of the largest youth theatre’s of our kind in Ireland. To date we have produced over70 full-scale theatre productions(8 of which have been Irish Premiers) and have run over 4000 workshops and rehearsals. Stagecraft is affiliated to The National Association for Youth Drama who are thedevelopmentorganisationresponsiblefor   youth theatre/dramain Ireland. Stagecraft is now the resident youth company at The Hub, 49 Albert St. Clonmel. 
Stagecraft aims to provide the highest standards of professional theatre training for young people. As well as providingworkshops in all aspects of theatre & film practise we continueto produce, at present, a minimum of four theatre productions per year. Theseproductions allow the members an ideal opportunity to apply the skills they have acquired in our workshopsto an exciting theatre production. Our artistic policy has and continues to support the development of new writers and has stageed works from writers such as Lee Mattinson, Alex Jones,Jack Thorne, Moira Boffini, Gina Moxley, Hannah Burke, Jim Daly and Sam Greene. These artistscontinue to make asignificant contribution to the new writing for theatre,film and radio. 

Stagecraft has an honourable tradition of oldermembersreturning to share their skills with less experienced younger members. Guest workshop leaders include,Eamon O Hagen, Chris Meads, Brian Astbury, Richard Hay, Patricia O Meara and International playwrite and actor George Seremba. Our honourary patron is Mary Cummins, sadly Mary passed away in 2012 and is a continious inspiration to our work and ethos.


The Team

Artistic Director
Jack Reardon

Staff Director
Ciara Laste

Shane Dempsey

Tom Flannery



Company Managers
Bernadette Dempsey
and Aine Fahey