Poor Mouth Theatre Company was founded in March 2010 by Colin Broderick, Don Creedon and Stephen Smallhorne. Our mission is to bring quality theatre to the Bronx and New York—the cafés, bars, community centers, church halls and streets. Just give us a corner and we’ll put on a show!
Dubliner Dermot Burke opened An Beal Bocht Café back in 1991 as a place “for all people involved in art, music, and writing”. Since then he has embraced and encouraged such artists as Susan McKeown and Pierce Turner at the start of their careers, and over the years has developed An Beal Bocht Café as a true haven and home for the arts. More lately he has been actively producing plays for Poor Mouth, including Campaign Manager, Galway Girl, and Python.
Don Creedon is a playwright/director/actor originally from Dublin, Ireland. His acting appearances include The Tunnel, Away Alone, Down the Flats, The Plough and The Stars and The Risen People. As Artistic Director of Macalla Theatre Company, he directed Tuesday’s Child, The Lobby, The Famine Diaries, and Rinty. He also directed Moonshine Off-Broadway and The Holy Ground (best director nominee, 1st Irish Festival 2010). For Poor Mouth, Don has directed Guy Walks Into a Bar, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Pillow on the Stairs, Python, and numerous short plays. Don’s written plays include Celtic Tiger Me Arse, The Lobby, Guy Walks Into a Bar, and Dry Rot. His one act play Blind Date was a finalist at the Samuel French 2008 Short Play Festival and his short play Ladies’ Night was a finalist at the American Globe Theater’s 2009 15-minute Play Festival. Guy Walks Into a Bar received the Audience Best Play Award at the 2010 1st Irish Festival in New York. Don is a Fellow of the Blue Mountain Center and the MacDowell Colony, and also a member of the Dramatist Guild of America.
Cutting her teeth on the small town stage early and the NYC stage in the late-nineties, Kathryn has acted and performed all genres of music from Broadway musicals to rockabilly. After returning to NY from Dublin in 2012, and relocating to Riverdale in 2013, she returned to her singing and performance roots and has been blessed to be part of a few Poor Month Productions thus far. Most recently Katherine co-produced Python for Poor Mouth. Kathryn can also be caught singing monthly at An Beal Bocht.
Pat has been producing and promoting music and theatre since the 1980s, beginning with the Clinton Street Players on the LES before moving onto music production/promotion. He currently produces musical and theatre events throughout the city, including An Beal Bocht Café in Riverdale and Arlene’s Grocery on Manhattan’s lower east side.
Scott lives in Riverdale and is the Quizmaster for the monthly pub quiz at An Beal Bocht Café. His play Bill’s Arc was featured in the Poor Mouth Theatre Company’s Puttin On Your Shorts 2 in October 2010. He also produced Poor Mouth’s Puttin' On Your Shorts 3 in March 2011. Scott was a writer/performer for the highly-regarded and lightly-listened-to Minneapolis radio show The Lakov Experience.
Mary had been involved in many aspects of theatre throughout the years, including acting and producing. Mary co-produced many plays with Macalla Theatre Company, including Tuesday's child, The Lobby, Rinty and Forty-Four Syacamore. She recently stage managed Poor Mouth's production of Python.
Steven is a musician/composer/writer originally from Dublin, where he studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He is a co-founding member of the New York City band, Jayah. Stephen’s play Pearly Gates was part of Poor Mouth’s inaugural production of Puttin’ On Your Shorts. He composed the music for the musical version of The Risen People at the Irish Bronx Theatre Company and, more recently, did the set design for Poor Mouth’s production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane at the Riverdale Y. His play Campaign Manager was produced by Poor Mouth Theater Company at Arlene’s Grocery in 2014. His short play Outtakes was recently adapted into a short film Lil’ Divil, and was presented by Poor Mouth in February 2015.
Janice is a Riverdale native now residing in Yonkers, an English teacher by day, a writer by night. She has crafted and directed her own versions of famous stories (including A Christmas Carol and Of Mice and Men) for her students’ drama club. Her short plays The Big Five O and Social Binding have featured as part of Poor Mouth’s Puttin’ On Your Shorts in addition to her full-length comedy Community Theatre. Her new full-length Between the Sheets will appear in April 2013.
THE CHRIS O'NEILL ROOM
The late great actor Chris O'Neill was known to many in Ireland (and to the expat community here in New York) as Michael in the long-running TV show The Riordans. Chris was also one of the co-founders of the original Irish Bronx Theatre Company in 1993, where he gave many in the Irish community their first shot at working with a serious theater company. On March 13, 2010, Poor Mouth dedicated the theater space at An Beal Bocht Café to the wonderful memory and lasting influence of Chris O'Neill. In the same spirit, we too hope to create a home for lost creative souls right here in the Bronx.