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Time at the Well is the Hawk's Well Theatre's performing artist support scheme offering short residency opportunities.  Open to practising performance artists with a proven track record and a new project that needs floor time for development, Time at the Well provides workspace (or studio space) and stipend to creative practitioners.



Kellie is a highly trained theatre-artist with twenty years of professional experience as a director, performer and creator. She has toured extensively both nationally and internationally with her work been presented in Galway International Arts Festival, The National Theatre, London and Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York.


Isabel Claffey worked in theatre in Dublin for a number of years, favouring classical roles such as - Desdemona in Othello, a Civic Theatre Production and Isabella in Measure for Measure at the Civic and Helix Theatres. She also enjoyed a number of more modern roles including Adela in The House of Bernarda Alba at the Abbey Theatre. As well as a diploma in Theatre Studies from Inchicore College she has completed courses at RADA, The Abbey Theatre and at Oxford and Warwick Universities.


Sean Nós dancer Edwina Guckian learned her dancing from her mother and the local dancers of Leitrim and Roscommon. She studied Music, English and Education at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and worked as  a choreographer on director Ken Loach’s film, Jimmy’s Hall. Edwina is the artistic director of dance club “Áirc Damhsa” which has over 400 members, 11 teachers and is based in Leitrim, Roscommon, Sligo, Mayo Westmeath, Fermanagh and Longford. She hosts Leitrim Dance Week every Easter now in its 5th year. 

Edwina will use her short residency to create a new dance theatre production with her Áirc Damhsa graduates.


Emerging dance artist, Karen Tansey is currently completing her dance education and skills at the World Academy of Irish Dance in the University of Limerick. Hailing form Ballymote, Co. Sligo, Karen grew up in an area with a very strong influence of traditional music and dance. She holds numerous All Ireland titles in both sean nós and set dancing and she has been dancing for the past 10 years under the guidance of Edwina Guckian. She is also a teacher at Áirc Damhsa.

Karen will use her short residency to work alongside Edwina Guckian for her upcoming show Éist. She will also use her time to develop performance skills and create new performance material.


Sorcha is a poet, actor and writer. She was Artist in Residence in The Dock in Carrick on Shannon and The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton. She is currently working on a nine-month theatre project called Amplify with women in addiction recovery in Ashleigh House, Dublin in collaboration with Draíocht, Create and Arts Council Ireland. She wrote her first Spoken Word play; 2 Squirrels for Rachel as part of the Home Theatre Ireland project in Draíocht, Dublin 2018 and in 2019 wrote a play with Draíocht Youth Theatre called Trust. She is an organizer of PalFest Ireland, an arts festival in support of Palestine. Sorcha has twice been the recipient of an Irish Arts Council Bursary Award and the UNESCO New Work Award for her performance poetry. 


Rafeef Ziadah is a Palestinian spoken word artist and human rights activist based in London, UK. Her performance of poems like We Teach Life, Sir and Shades of Anger went viral within days of its release. Rafeef has headlined prestigious performance venues across several countries with powerful readings on war, exile, gender and racism.

Rafeef is also a Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East and has also worked as researcher and campaigns organiser with a number of refugee rights and anti-poverty NGOs.

Sorcha and Rafeef are undertaking a joint short residency working on a new body of collaborative work which they began with the Hawk’s Well Theatre in 2019. 


A joint traditional music residency with The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon.

Renowned multi-instrumentalist Stephen Doherty accumulated numerous all-Ireland titles in his early years. A full time musician, he tours internationally and works as a music teacher and producer. 

Critically acclaimed as an “effortless musician”, he features on a long list of musical recordings and has shared the stage with artists like, Lúnasa, Michael McGoldrick, Dermot Byrne, Slide and Sharon Shannon.

Stephen plans to use his residency this year to work on a number of collaborative projects with various groups and individuals from different sectors of the arts and to incorporate some new compositions alongside working with youth groups from the region. 


Past Residencies

Edwina Guckian and Ciaran McCauley were our short residency artists for 2019, and we also welcomed Karen Tansey as our emerging short residency artist for the year.  

Ciaran used his residency to explore and research the creation of a new theatre performance centred on the writer Flann O'Brien
Edwina explored a new performance piece looking at the journey of dance in Ireland and the struggles it and the people encountered over the past 100 years. Karen worked work in conjunction with Edwina on this project also.