Shanna May Breen is an Offaly-born Dublin-based theatre maker who is invested in devising theatre with groups of exciting people in interesting places. Her background in Scenography and Devising has blended together a rich but playful visual language that bends and flexes conventional theatre forms. Previous works have seen her track Ireland’s obsession with alcohol while drinking a bottle of Jameson live on stage, climbing a glacier to develop a show about “journey” and dueting with a toy polar bear to create a per-formative lecture about global warming. Shanna was most recently awarded the Next Stage Wild Card Award by Dublin Fringe Festival for The Sound of Phoenix, a travelling soundscape of the Phoenix Park that the listener experienced on a moving 1950’s bus.
Shanna completed her MA in Advanced Theatre Practice at The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama in 2014 and her BA in Devised Theatre at Dartington College of Art in 2010. Throughout Shanna's academic research, she mainly examined the notion of the 'Uncanny' in live contemporary performance.