Origin Theatre Company has appointed well-known New York-based Irish actor and producer Michael Mellamphy as its new artistic director.
Mellamphy will replace company founder George C. Heslin, who became the new executive director of the New York Irish Center in October.
Mellamphy, who co-curated (with actor Sarah Street) the 13th annual Origin 1st Irish Theatre Festival in January, now takes over artistic leadership of the award-winning New York-based company in its 18th consecutive season.
Well known to Irish Rep audiences as a recurring performer in many of its signature shows, Mellamphy has vowed to continue to develop Origin’s mission of bringing contemporary voices from Europe to eager New York audiences.
First on Mellamphy’s slate in his new role will be to produce three events and productions in May and June which will bear his unique stamp as a New York-based actor, theatre producer, and business owner.
Starting May 9, Origin will produce a scaled-down version of their third annual European Month of Culture festival in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States.
Then on Sunday, June 13 they will host an innovative live-and-virtual version of their immersive Bloomsday Breakfast celebration, produced in association with Blooms Tavern.
A native of Cork, Mellamphy is a celebrated New York actor who is a company member of the Rep and a founder of The Pigeon Theatre Company, as well as a former owner of the Irish bar Ryan’s Daughter where he produced a number of immersive theatre productions.
Since its founding in 2002 Origin Theatre Company, whose overall mission is to present new works by writers from across Europe, has introduced plays by over 300 playwrights to US audiences.