Kareen Pennefather is a writer, director, performer and theatre maker living and working in Ireland. Originally from England, she studied at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. Kareen is Joint Artistic Director of Monkeyshine Theatre which she founded with a group of friends in 1999. Kareen has worked with many other companies and organisations throughout Ireland and in the U.K. In 2008 she won a Level One Social Entrepreneur Award for igniting social change through her work in Children’s Theatre. In 2011 she completed a three-year writer’s residency with Replay Productions Belfast and was Theatre Maker in Residence for County Roscommon.


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Art Director Monkeyshine Theatre Company


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Little Light Kareen Pennefather Phyllis Root

Based on the book, Lucia and the Light, by Phyllis Root.


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Lost Property

Devised by Kareen Pennefather and Meabh Ivers.

The Grandmother Kareen Pennefather
The Magic Bookshop Kareen Pennefather


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Losha Kareen Pennefather