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Originally from the west coast of Ireland, Maeve studied English, Sociology and Politics at Galway University. Having spent more time in the University Theatre than the lecture halls, it was suggested by one of her teachers that she join the very first cohort for an MA in Drama and Theatre Studies. Following graduation, she took a break from studying to teach English to new arrivals to her home town Ennis. Whilst acting in plays in her spare time, she was awarded a scholarship to study for a Masters in Acting at Arts Ed London, where she was also awarded a Professional Diploma in Acting by City University London.


Whilst in London, Maeve saw an improvised show called DreamDate which blew her mind. So she decided to study improvisation under the show’s creators, Deborah Frances-White and Tim Salinksy (who they themselves travelled to Canada to be taught directly by the giant of improv, Keith Johnstone.)  Fuelled by the naivety of youth, she and her classmates founded the long-form comedy improv show ‘Upstairs Downton’, which had a residency at the Wheatsheaf in London and many very fun sold-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe.


Maeve continued her improv training with Hoopla Impro and The Second City. As well as improv, Maeve has worked as an actor for scripted work, primarily in new plays - at The Cock Tavern, The Albany Deptford and the Riverside Studios, as well as in revivals at the Finborough Theatre. She was part of the No.1 UK tour of sell-out new play The Perfect Murder. She has also worked with companies creating devised responsive theatre. Memorable locations include a defensive fort in the Caribbean and an old tanker on the Thames.

As an arts educator, Maeve has worked with companies including the London Transport Museum, The Shakespeare Schools Festival and award winning young people’s performing arts charity Dream Arts - with whom she has devised, scripted and staged eight musical plays. She also reviews theatre for 'The Play's the Thing'. 

These days, Maeve is passionate about helping people use applied improvisation and classical acting tools to improve relationships, creativity, communication, innovation, confidence and leadership ability. She loves using her training and experience to help people overcome perceived obstacles and perform the best version of themselves. Maeve is certified in the PACE model which helps her to establish safe relationships with client  that gives plenty of space to grow and develop within a secure environment.

Maeve’s current improv troupe, LadyProv have a residency at Hoopla where they present female comedy talent and run a popular jam. She is a senior teacher for the UK's biggest improv school, Hoopla Impro. Maeve contributes to screen projects as an improv consultant, performer or writer, some of which are featured in the reels on the previous page. 





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