Martin Kenny – Artistic Director
Martin is originally from Galway and is a recent graduate of the National University of Ireland, Galway, having completed his Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies, English and French in 2014 and then a Masters in Theatre Practice & Production in 2016. It was during his time here Martin first got involved in theatre , with DramSoc and Galway University Musical Society (GUMS). While there, he acted in, directed, produced and choreographed a multitude of shows, culminating in the first iteration of GHOSTS in March 2015, which Martin directed, choreographed and devised with the ensemble of 11 female performers. GHOSTS was then brought to the Irish Student Drama Association Festival (ISDAs) where the show won the joint award for Best Ensemble, and was also nominated for Best Director, Best Costume & Make-Up Design and the Judges’ Discretionary Award for Best Choreography. The show was then re-produced in March 2016 as part of Galway Theatre Festival, where it was produced in conjunction with #wakingthefeministswest, the western hub of the wider #WakingTheFeminists movement. Martin is currently a mentee on the directors’ strand of the Belltable:Connect programme in Limerick city, under the guidance of Fishamble’s Jim Culleton. Martin is currently based in Limerick city.
Directing credits include: GHOSTS, Polaroid Stories, The Laramie Project, Riders to the Sea (NUIG Dramsoc); War, Love, Loss: The Poetry of 1916 (Arts in Action, NUIG).
Acting credits include: War, Love, Loss: The Poetry of 1916 (Arts in Action, NUIG), eXXcYpt (Galway Theatre Festival, 2016); Emcee in Cabaret, Ernst in Spring Awakening (Galway University Musical Society); Mr. Lockhart in The Seafarer, O’ Brien in a stage adaptation of 1984 by Chris Moran, Doalty in Translations (NUIG DramSoc); The Last Burning (Thereisbear! Theatre); The Silver Tassie (Druid Theatre Company).
Sarah Vargo – Company member
Sarah currently resides in Limerick City as a performer, playwright, and stage combat practitioner. She holds a BFA in Dramatic Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, and an MA in Writing for Theatre from the National University of Ireland in Galway. She works as a stunt performer for the internationally broadcast television series Vikings and is also a core company member of Sonar Theatre; starting her journey with the company in their debut performance at the Galway Theatre Festival 2016 as Heresy in GHOSTS. Other performance credits include Gloria – Boeing-Boeing at the Carnegie Theatre in Covington, Kentucky; Clara – Where the Water Runs at the Onyx Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana; and Mercutio in a one-woman devised show entitled Give Me a Mask. Devising new work with like-minded practitioners is one of the greatest joys of theatre and Sonar is a group designed to discuss big topics and test the boundaries of theatrical experience. Sarah is ecstatic to continue working with this budding group of artists and build performances that can contribute thought provoking work to the community and start important conversations.
Niall Carmody – Company member
Niall is a native of Limerick city and a graduate of the Drama and Theatre Masters in NUI Galway. He has acted in various amateur and college productions and has written several plays. His work Play on Words is programmed as part of the Smock Alley Scene and Heard festival 2017. His play I Love to Love was produced by Torch Theatre Company in Limerick in October 2016. Niall is also currently a mentee of the Belltable:Connect programme with Fishamble in Limerick city. He is part of the playwriting strand under the guidance of Fishamble’s Gavin Kostick. Sonar’s use of physical and ensemble theatre attracted him to the company and he is excited to be involved with Sonar after seeing the production of GHOSTS in the 2016 Galway Theatre Festival.