Nicole Rourke (Big Smoke director and workshop facilitator)
Nicole trained in theatre and workshop facilitation in the Middle East. She has written, performed and directed several pieces for theatre. Her work has received critical acclaim at festivals in Dublin, London, Edinburgh, Israel, Poland and Singapore.
In 2002 Nicole received an Arts Council Travel and Training Award enabling her to travel to Buenos Aires to research and write. This resulted in a collection of Tango Monologues which have been performed at various events.
She is a highly experienced facilitator and has conducted a wide variety of workshops including Creative Writing and Storytelling at the Chester Beatty library, Drama and Creativity at the Gaiety school of acting as well as Teambuilding Through Creativity for various organisations. She is currently the resident Artist in the Community at St Patrick's Psychiatric Hospital in Dublin. Nicole worked as a creative writing facilitator at the Irish Writers Centre from 2006 to 2009.
She also writes and performs her own work and is currently working on a piece entitled 'The Suitcase Milonguera'.