Kareen Pennefather is the artistic director of Monkeyshine Theatre. She is also a writer, director, performer and arts facilitator.
After graduating with a degree in Theatre Studies from the University of Ulster in 1999, Kareen founded Monkeyshine with a group of fellow students. She took sole charge of the company in 2003 and has been creating theatre for young audiences since that time. Her work is based on a love of stories, a passion for making things, and a desire to work collaboratively with artists from a variety of art forms.
Kareen began writing for theatre in 2004, when her first play Meg’s Head was produced by Replay productions. She is currently Writer-in-residence on the Write Now project with Replay were she is working on a new play called 'The School Underneath'.
“[Kareen Pennefather is] One of Irelands most exciting new talents and a person who has shown a real passion and commitment to Childrens theatre.”
Tony Reekie, Director, Bank of Scotland Children’s International Theatre Festival.