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 fourth 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, 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.
Learn more at www.rex-daugherty.com
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 - Literary Manager
Thomas is a DC based actor and writer. He has 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 proudly serves as literary manager of Solas Nua.
Paige Hathaway - Resident Designer
Paige Hathaway is proud to be a company member of Solas Nua after collaborating with Rex Daugherty on Wild Sky and Little Thing, Big Thing in 2016. Paige is a scenic designer who is based in the DC metro, where she has designed such productions as; The Gulf (Signature Theatre), Another Way Home (Theater J), The Pillowman (Forum Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Folger Theatre), Night Falls on the Blue Planet (Theater Alliance), Hamlet, The Giver, Godspell (Olney Theatre Center). 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.
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.