David collaborated on projects with Anna for over 30 years, creating the music for almost all of her shows for young audiences, before his untimely death at 58 in September 2023. Their work together for early years audiences has been seen on six continents. He was also an award-winning film-maker, sound designer and fight director and an extraordinary human being who is sorely missed.Website
Having previously invited Anna to collaborate on their hugely successful early years shows Twinkle Twinkle, Little Monster and The Gift, in 2021, Anna is inviting these Brighton-based puppet theatre makers to collaborate with her as Dramaturg and Director of Puppetry on My Smile Has Fallen Down.Website
Hayley was one of the core cast for Four Go Wild in Wellies, the award-winning dance theatre show for early years that Anna created for Scotland’s inclusive dance company, Indepen-Dance and then went on to co-create Grow with the same company with Anna. For 2021, Hayley is collaborating with Anna, David, Conan & Katie to create Shimmer, Ireland’s first dance show for an audience of babies and in 2024 the collaboration continues with An Attempt To Talk With The Beginning Of The World.
Niamh was General Manager at the Civic, Tallaght until 2022. The Civic are Anna’s primary producing partner and her tireless work was essential to the development of the body of Anna’s work over the first five years of Anna’s freelance work in the south of Ireland. Niamh continues on with Anna Newell Theatre Adventures as a mentor and a friend.Website
First meeting Anna whilst a student at Queen’s University Belfast, Neil has photographed virtually every project of hers since 2006 and the vast majority of photos on this website are his stunning work.Website
With years of Production Management experience, Belfast based Ashley Smyth was at the heart of Anna’s re-imagined touring during Summer 2020 and is now on board as both Producer and Production Manager for the whole of 2021.
Sally-Anne has years of experience teaching in stage schools across Ireland, working with small children up to adults through song and dance and will be going on tour with I AM BABA in 2021. Performance credits include, ‘Ni Hao Ma’ music video- Chris Lee, The Late Late Show & Exposition with Fly Dance Company.
Jess has a specialism in creating work with children, young people and adults with additional needs. She met and received mentorship from Anna during her Dance Residency at Draíocht, Blanchardstown 2020-21. She will be performing in Shimmer in 2021 and An Attempt To Talk With The Beginning Of The World in 2024.
Best known as the most independently mobile member of Púca Puppets, Niamh Lawlor is a maker, performer and writer in theatre, film and visual arts. At the heart of her practice is play, story and people, of all sizes and varieties. She’s coming in to play for the initial development of My Smile Has Fallen DownWebsite
Originally from Brazil, choreographer, director, performer and pilates instructor Anderson is one of the performers in baby dance show SHIMMER.
Sarah is an actor, singer and yoga teacher. She is delighted to be coming home from London to perform in babyGROOVE.
Jen has worked extensively throughout the UK & Ireland as a Producer & Production Manager. In 2017, she created the I AM BABA tent. Her daughter Emily inspired the name of the show!
Hilary works as an actor and director with an interest in creating multi-disciplinary work. She is joining the I am Baba cast for 2023.
Actor, singer and singing teacher, Ailbhe Casey joins the I AM BABA cast in 2023 for the 14 week, 20 county, 1000 baby tour!
Isaac is an award-winning Northern Irish DJ, producer and sound designer. He has over ten years of experience in the music industry and is currently completing a PhD in the School of Arts, English and Languages at Queen’s University Belfast, with a focus on Music Technology , Socially Engaged Sonic Arts and Sound Design. Isaac joins the team as composer/sound designer for the 2024 baby dance show An Attempt To Talk With The Beginning Of The World.Website