Rex Daugherty - Artistic Director

Rex has been involved with Solas Nua since 2008, when he first joined the company for their Off-Broadway production of Disco Pigs. Now serving in his fifth season as artistic director, Rex has garnered international acclaim for his productions, earned multiple Helen Hayes Award nominations, and provided the company with steady growth. The Washington Post said that Rex“is hope for Solas Nua to re-plant its imaginative flag forcefully on this city’s theatre map.”

Solas Nua credits include: Disco Pigs (NYC premiere), Johnny Meister and The Stitch (American premiere) Wild Sky, Little Thing, Big Thing, Coolatully (American premiere), Misterman, The Smuggler, and commissioned/produced The Frederick Douglass Project (6 Helen Hayes Award Nominations; Helen Hayes Award - Outstanding Ensemble). Other directing credits include: The Book of Will (Oklahoma Shakespeare); The Importance of Being Earnest (Catholic University of America); Night Falls on the Blue Planet (Theater Alliance); Late: a cowboy song (No Rules Theatre Company); Suite Surrender, The Prince and the Troubadour (1st Stage); Wake Up, Brother Bear (Imagination Stage); Snow Day, BEEP BEEP! (Arts on the Horizon); Yours, Isabel (Edinburgh Fringe); Bad Dates (Wayside Theatre); Angels in America (assistant - Forum Theatre); Billy Elliot, The Flick (assistant - Signature Theatre). He is also the producer of DC Dead, which has now appeared in Washington, Oklahoma City, Santa Fe, and Atlanta. As an actor he has performed at The Kennedy Center, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, The National Theatre, The Warner Theatre, Ford's Theatre, Signature Theatre, Round House Theatre, Folger Theatre, Rep Stage, Solas Nua, and Off-Broadway at 59E59.

Daugherty has received three Helen Hayes nominations as part of Outstanding Ensembles. He is also a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

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Amanda Forstrom - Director of Play Reading Series

Amanda is proud to be a company member of Solas Nua and Arts On the Horizon. She has appeared Off-Broadway withIrondale Ensemble: Julius Caesar (Calphurnia), Color Between The Lines (Ensemble). Her DC credits include: Keegan Theatre: Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Suzanne); Arts on the Horizon: Snow Day (Skip), Shakespeare Theatre Co: Tartuffe (Marianne US) Taffety Punk Theatre Company: Riot Grrrl’s The Tempest (Miranda and Trinculo), Titus Andronicus (Chiron), BOOTLEG Pericles, Two Gentlemen of Verona (Marina, Outlaw 2), Bloody Poetry (Harriet/Claire US), Charm (Anna/Sparkler)Rorschach Theatre: Very Still & Hard To See(Kimberly/Shikigami), She Kills Monsters (Vera)SCENA Theatre: Handbag(Suzanne/Constance), Lady Lay (Frau F); WSC Avant Bard: Orlando(Sasha); Annapolis Shakespeare Co: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia) ; Folger Theatre: Julius Caesar (AD) Twelfth Night (Viola US).  Regional: The Lost Colony; P3 East: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena)

Thomas Keegan - Associated Artist

Thomas is a NYC based actor and writer, recently making his Broadway debut in the critically acclaimed production of Slave Play. He played the title role of Tony Award-Winner Enda Walsh’s Misterman with Solas Nua. Thomas has also performed at Round House Theatre in their production of Angels in America after previously appearing in Fool for Love. He has also appeared at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in the world premiers of Zombie: The American Women Laughing Along with Salad, Ford’s Theatre in The Glass Menagerie, Theatre J in The Body of an American, Signature Theatre in Dying City, The Folger Theatre in Othello & The Taming of the Shrew, The American Shakespeare Center in King Lear, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night, Richard II, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Macbeth, The Changeling, Henry VI Part 1, & Cymbeline. Thomas has appeared on HBO’s VEEP, and as Ensign Baker on AMC’s TURN.   Thomas earned his MFA from The Academy for Classical Acting and is proud to be an associated artist with Solas Nua.

Paige Hathaway - Resident Designer

Paige Hathaway is a set designer based in the Washington, DC area. Her Solas Nua credits include Wild Sky and Little Thing, Big Thing. Her DC area credits include Right to be Forgotten at Arena Stage; School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play, A Doll's House Part 2, How I Learned to Drive, The Book of Will, and Or, at Round House Theatre; Escaped Alone, Ain't Misbehavin', John, and The Gulf at Signature Theatre; South Pacific and Godspell at Olney Theatre Center; Talley's Folly, Becoming Dr. Ruth, and Everything is Illuminated at Theater J; and Me... Jane at the Kennedy Center. Her regional credits include Matilda, Cinderella, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, and A Chorus Line at the Muny in St. Louis; Sweat at Asolo Rep in Sarasota; and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Arden in Philadelphia. She received her MFA in Scenic Design from the University of Maryland and her BFA in Scenic Design from the University of Oklahoma.



Michael Winch - Company Member

Michael is a musician, sound designer and composer. He has previously worked with Solas Nua on Wild Sky, The Frederick Douglass Project (Helen Hayes Nomination - Outstanding Sound Design), and How to Keep an Alien (Helen Hayes Nomination - Outstanding Sound Design). Pointless Theatre Co: Dr. Caligari (music director, Helen Hayes nomination), King Ubu (Helen Hayes Nomination), and Imogen; Happenstance Theatre: MANIFESTO! Grant recipient of Maryland State Arts Council. Michael plays Irish traditional music in the DC area and hosts a monthly music session at the Petworth Citizen. 

Laley Lippard - Associated Artist

Laley Lippard is a freelance artist committed to championing new work, developing new plays + the next generation of theater artists, and creating events that disrupt injustice. 

Creative Direction + Producing In 2012, Laley co-founded and served as executive co-producer for the Chicago Home Theater Festival (CHTF) until 2017. CHTF was envisioned as a city-wide artistic network that organizes artists across form, local community leaders, change agents, youth, and other invested neighbors to celebrate neighborhood culture, share a communal meal, experience transformative art by intersectional artists, build connection across lines of difference, and hold place for direct social action. Other producing work includes Z/Magic Mondays at Magic Theatre (former Artistic Associate) and as a Creative Producer with The Welders. As the inaugural season-long Artistic Directing Fellow at Cleveland Play House, she was mentored by artistic director Laura Kepley and former associate artistic director Robert Barry Fleming. Currently she serves as the Manager of Public Programming and Partnerships at Mosaic Theater Company of DC.  

Directing World Premieres: These Mortal Hosts by Eric Coble at Cleveland Play House, Pure Shock Value by Matt Pelfry with Killing My Lobster, and Mermaid Hour by David Valdes at Actors Theater of Charlotte (a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere). Recent directing work: The Smuggler by Ronán Noone at Eaton DC with Solas Nua and with an extension + transfer to Round House Theater; Inda Craig-Galvná’s Welcome To Matteson! at Kitchen Dog Theater’s 20th Annual New Works Festival, the midwest premiere of Lucy Prebble’s The Effect at Dobama Theatre, and a number of workshops at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts including Kira Rockwell’s Oh, To Be Pure Again. Additional directing credits include Steppenwolf Theatre Company Garage Space (The Glass Menagerie), Virginia Stage Company (Grounded), the side project (Lady M), foolsFURY Theater Company (Big Love), Seaside Repertory Theater (Art + Proof), and Greenbelt Arts Center (Shylock, The Jew Of Venice). She has workshopped plays with Alliance Theatre, Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, The Kennedy Center, American Theatre Company, Playwright's Foundation, Magic Theatre, and Just Theatre. Laley has also collaborated with HowlRound and the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage, Guthrie Theater, American Conservatory Theater, Court Theatre, Rorschach Theatre, Intersection for the Arts, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. 

Education + Affiliations Laley has taught, workshopped, and directed at Universities including Stanford University, Northwestern University, Hampshire College, Case Western Reserve MFA Acting program, San Francisco Comedy College, and Pacific Union College. A proud member of the National Directors Fellowship, a partnership between The O’Neill Theater Center, National New Plays Network, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), and The Kennedy Center; the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab; and an associate member of the SDC, she holds an MFA in directing from Northwestern University.


Marianne Meadows - Resident Designer

Marianne is a long-time company member of Solas Nua. Favorite Solas Nua credits include Misterman, Disco Pigs, Woman and Scarecrow, Swampoodle, and Wild Sky. Other DC designs include productions for The Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Rep Stage, Theater J, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Scena Theatre, Washington Stage Guild, Histrio, Step Afrika!, Open Circle, and more. Four nominations for the Helen Hayes Award, the Theatre Lobby’s Mary Goldwater Award, 2004. Member, United Scenic Artists Local #829, BA Sarah Lawrence College, MFA University of Washington, training at Lester Polakov’s Studio and Forum.