Judy Hegarty Lovett
Upon graduation from Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork, Judy moved to Paris and became assistant director to Bob Meyer of Gare St Lazare Players Chicago. She then directed Bouncers by John Godber, Rockaby and Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett and The Possibilities by Howard Barker at Theatre Marie Stuart. Moving to London she took workshops with Philippe Gaulier and directed The Dumb Waiter by Pinter and Molloy by Samuel Beckett. Since 2000 she has lived in Mericourt, France and she has directed over 20 shows for Gare St Lazare Players Ireland. Among them Beckett's Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable, Lessness, Enough, Texts For Nothing, First Love, The End and The Calmative, Behold Me Large by Der Lovett, Swallow by Michael Harding, The Good Thief by Conor McPherson and Title and Deed by Will Eno. In 2002 Judy directed a reading of Tom McIntyre's The Great Hunger for The Abbey in Dublin and in 2003 she co-wrote with and directed Raymond Keane in Tanks A Lot for Barabas Theatre Company, Dublin. Judy's work has been seen in the National Theatres of Great Britain, Bulgaria, Israel, Romania and the State Theatre of South Africa among over 150 venues worldwide.
With Conor Lovett Judy adapted Beckett's novels Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable and Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Judy also directed Anseo, a devised mask performance piece with HIV+ non-performers for Cork 2005 European Capital of Culture.
In 2006 she directed seven of Samuel Beckett's radio plays in a Gare St Lazare/RTE Radio One co-production.
Conor studied theatre at Scoil Stiofain Naofa, in Cork prior to attending Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. At the same time he joined Gare St Lazare Players Chicago and under Bob Meyer's direction played Joey in The Homecoming by Pinter, Army in Requiem for A Heavyweight by Rod Surling, Karl in Banana For The Boy King by Bob Meyer and Noses in The Three Legged Fool by Anthony Ryan. He and Judy Hegarty Lovett founded Gare St Lazare Players Ireland in 1996 with their production of Beckett's Molloy. Their subsequent Beckett work has cemented a reputation that places them among the foremost Beckett interpreters. With Gare St Lazare Conor has performed 15 Beckett roles. For The Gate Theatre in Dublin he performed in Acts Without Words 1 and 2 and played the role of Bem in What Where at the Barbican in London in 1999. He performed the role of Lucky over sixty times in The Gate's revival of Waiting for Godot directed by Walter Asmus, in Dublin in 2003 and on tour to China in 2004. Pat Kiernan directed Conor in Beckett's A Piece of Monologue for Corcadorca in 2001 and Walter Asmus also directed him in the same play for Rubicon/Gare St Lazare in 2004.
In 2005 he played The Old Man In His Coffin in Fabulous Beast's The Bull written and directed by Michael Keegan Dolan. In 2007 he played David in Leaves by Lucy Caldwell directed by Garry Hynes in a Druid/Royal Court production in Galway and London. In 2007 Conor workshopped with Peter Brook for his production 11 and 12. He was offered a role in Brook's 2010 production but declined the offer in order to concentrate on Gare St Lazare's touring and that year he toured to 25 cities in ten countries performing six different shows from the company's repertory.
On television he appears in Father Ted, Fair City. Fallout and Charlie. On the big screen he has appeared in Moll Flanders (1996), Intermission (2000), L'Entente Cordiale (2005), Small Engine Repair, (2007) and Dom (2014). He has read books and short stories on RTE and BBC Radio and has recorded Beckett's Molloy and First Love on audio CD.
In 2014 Conor was awarded The Stage Award for Acting Excellence in the Fringe for his performance in Title and Deed by Will Eno directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett.