Max Hafler is a teacher, director, deviser, writer and lecturer, who trained and worked as a professional actor for many years. He was a resident voice teacher at Galway Youth Theatre for twelve years and taught voice in youth theatres all over Ireland for the National Association of Youth Drama. He has taught ensemble and directed productions including many notable young people's productions. A successful playwright and adapter, he has written several plays for young people, including Alien Nation, Battle Stations and This Means War!
He teaches Voice and Chekhov Technique on the BA and MA programmes at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has worked in many applied drama areas with disability groups, with medical students, business students, schoolteachers and lecturers, giving him a full understanding of the issues that are faced by a facilitator when working within a particular group.
He is the author of Teaching Voice: Workshops for Young Performers and What Country, Friends, Is This?: Directing Shakespeare with Young Performers, both published by Nick Hern Books.
He discusses his work extensively in his blog: www.maxhafler.wordpress.com.
Jackie Hagan is a theatre-maker, playwright, poet and performer. Her plays include Cosmic Scallies (Graeae Theatre Company and the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2017). Her short monologue play Paper Knickers was commissioned as part of the BBC's CripTales television series, broadcast in 2020.
David Haig is an actor and playwright. His stage plays include My Boy Jack and The Good Samaritan (both for Hampstead Theatre, London) and Pressure (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, and Minerva Theatre, Chichester). My Boy Jack was filmed for ITV, starring David, Daniel Radcliffe and Kim Cattrall, and broadcast in November 2007.
His distinguished acting career includes West End appearances in Yes, Prime Minister (a transfer from Chichester); Art, Dead Funny (a transfer from Hampstead), Journey’s End, The Country Wife and The Sea. At the National Theatre he appeared in Alan Ayckbourn’s House/Garden, and at the Royal Court in Hitchcock Blonde and The Recruiting Officer. He has worked extensively for the Royal Shakespeare Company, playing, amongst others, Angelo in Trevor Nunn’s production of Measure for Measure. He won the Olivier Award for Best Actor for Our Country’s Good at the Royal Court, and received nominations for Mary Poppins and Donkeys’ Years, both in the West End.
His television and film appearances include Yes, Prime Minister, Mo, The Wright Way, Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Thin Blue Line, Talking Heads and Crime and Punishment.
Sonya Hale has had plays performed at The Southbank Centre, Latitude Festival, E15 University and in prisons and treatment centres. She has worked with Synergy Theatre Project, Clean Break Theatre Company and Outside Edge Theatre Company. Rehearsed readings of her first play Glory Whispers were performed at Theatre503 after winning Synergy Theatre Project’s national prison scriptwriting competition. Her monologue play Dean McBride was a finalist in the inaugural Heretic Voices competition, and was performed at the Arcola Theatre, London, in 2018.
Miranda Rose Hall is a playwright and screenwriter originally from Baltimore. Her plays include A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction (finalist for the 2021 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize).
Nathaniel Hall is a theatre-maker and HIV activist from Manchester. He is Co-Artistic Director of Dibby Theatre.
He has delivered projects for Contact Theatre, the Royal Exchange Theatre, 20 Stories High, Wellcome, Trans Creative, Manchester Pride, George House Trust, the LGBT Foundation and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.
His play First Time was first presented by Dibby Theatre and Waterside Arts at Waterside Arts, Manchester, in 2018, and had a critically acclaimed run at Summerhall during the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it was awarded the Venues North Edinburgh Fringe Award and the VAULT Pick of Summerhall, and was named in The Stage's Best Shows at Edinburgh Fringe 2019. It subsequently toured the UK.
Nathaniel has lived with HIV since the age of sixteen and is a prominent voice in HIV activism, having told his personal story across many platforms, including on BBC Radio and Television News, MTV UK, Buzzfeed UK and Attitude magazine. He advocates for better representation of LGBTQ and HIV+ actors across the industry.
Peter Hall (1930-2017) was a leading theatre director, founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company and director of the National Theatre from 1973-88. He formed the Peter Hall Company (1998–2011) and was the founding director of The Rose Theatre, Kingston, in 2003. He directed the world premiere of many of the most significant post-war plays, staging, amongst many others, the English-language premiere of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, and the world premiere of Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming. He was awarded the CBE in 1963 and knighted in 1977 for his services to the theatre.
Rebecca Hall is a British actress, best known for films such as Vicky Cristina Barcelona (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe), Frost/Nixon and The Town. She won the Ian Charleson Award in 2003 for her performance in Mrs. Warren's Profession.