Kathleen Warnock (New York)
With her long association with the Festival and tireless efforts to promote gay theatre and bring exciting new works to Dublin we were delighted to make Kathleen a Festival Ambassador. Both as an individual and through the the New York-based theatre companies Emerging Artists Theatre, EAT and TOSOS (The Other Side of Silence) she has helped enormously to promote the Festival and help to establish Dublin as a major centre of international gay theatre.
Mark Pollard (London)
Dublin born Mark has been based in London for over 20 years. He trained at the Guildford School of Acting.
As an actor his credits include: The Bird Sanctuary, The Mousetrap, Starlight Express, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Singin’ In The Rain, Thenardier inLes Miserables & Herod/Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar (concert versions), The Rocky Horror Show, Gypsy, A Slice of Saturday Night, The Hired Man, A Chelsea Affair, Personals, Brothers of the Brush, First Love & First Blood, Laters, The Devil In The Vault, The Wizard Of Oz (three productions as The Tin Man), Seagull’s Dance, Can’t Stop The Music (world tour), The Wonderful Words of Sammy Cahn & Rock Legends (New Zealand, South Africa & USA).
As a director: the Irish premiere of The Little Dog laughed, A Dog Called Redemption (Winner: Best New Play – Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards and The Oscar Wilde Award for New Writing), The Bird Sanctuary by Frank McGuinness (Critics’ Choice Time Out), Arrows (Winner: Willy Russell Foundation Award), The Devil In The Vault, Dolly DayDream, Out of The Sun, On A Day Like Today (Winner: Off-Cut Theatre Festival 2010), Back To Your Roots (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), New Boy, Personals, Beginning to End, The Actors’ Circle Showcase, Sitcom Trials & in-house director for Alligator Childrens’ Theatre.
Mark has numerous tv, radio, cabaret and video credits to his name. He has written numerous scripts for artists such as Clive Anderson and runs his own theatrical agency M R management.
Mark has presented five productions at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival with his theatre company The Actors’ Circle. The company was the first international company to appear at the festival in its inaugural year and Mark has been thrilled by the growth of the festival internationally over the years. Last year Mark was delighted to be presented with The Patrick Murray Award at the festival and he is equally proud to be a Festival Ambassador.