Who am I?

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Gareth Stack, 2016. Portrait by Shane Conneely.

I write fiction and develop work for radio, stage and screen. I make my living as an independent radio producer – creating documentaries and drama series for local and national radio. My work uses sound in a cinematic textural way, to explore unique perspectives and lived experiences. I’m an occasional arts correspondent for RTE Lyric FM’s Culture File programme. I perform with the improv group Tickled by Freaks, tell tall tales in public, make short films and sometimes act. I co-founded the educational non-profit Open Learning Ireland, and served on the board of directors of collaborative art centre Exchange Dublin. I currently serve as Communications Officer for the Association of Radio Producers Ireland. I’m an active member of The Attic, the Writers Guild of Ireland and A4 Sounds collective. I graduated with 1st class honours from the TCD’s Psychology undergraduate programme in 2009.

Sound

Radio

Podcasts

Theater

  • Workshop performance of ‘Mic Drop’, coming to Scene & Heard Festival in 2017
  • Short play ‘One Night, Forever Ago’ staged as part of ‘The New Irish Playbook‘.

Film

  • Actor, ‘Tom’ in feature, ‘Out of Here‘, (dir. Donal Foreman), 2013.
  • Writer / Director, ‘Little Black Lies’ (in-post), short, 2016.
  • Writer / Director, ‘Spaghetti D*ck‘, short, 2015.
  • Writer / Director / Actor, ‘Lads‘, short, 2015.
  • Writer / Director / Actor, ‘Last Call‘, short, 2010.
  • Actor, Thugs, short (dir. Tadgh Collins) 2016.
  • Actor, Me Bleedin Ride (dir. Lee Schatzman) 2014.
  • Actor, music video ‘Too Late For Christmas‘ (dir. David Turpin) 2015.
  • Cameo, ‘Daywalker’, short, (dir. Greg Fitzpatrick) 2015.
  • Performance piece ‘Deathness Injections Industrial Terror Noise Opera‘ at Species Festival, February 2015.
  • Cameo, ‘The Startup‘, short (dir. Tom Rowley), 2014.
  • Sound engineer, Abortion Rights Campaign short (dir. Elaine Gallagher)
  • Sound engineer, ‘Infidelity’ (dir. Tadhg Collins)
  • Sound engineer, ‘The Apple of my iPhone’ (dir. Michael J. Kunze)
  • Sound engineer, ‘Daywalker’ (dir. Greg Fitzpatrick)
  • Sound engineer, ‘Amelia‘ (dir. Jemma Curran)
  • Sound engineer, ‘Summoning Corporate Demons‘ (dir. Roger Gregg).

Writing

Full publication credits here.

Highlights:

Performance

  • Performed with improv group, Tickled by Freaks, 2016
    Performed gigs around Dublin and at Edinburgh Fringe festival.

Education

Art & Activism

  • Exhibited as part of the ‘More Than One Maker‘ exhibition at Irish Museum of Modern Art, May / June 2015.
  • Organised week long learning festival, ‘Learn Something; Share Something; Do Something’, February 2013.
  • Video art show, ‘Hollywood Ending‘, Exchange Dublin, 2012.
  • Established ‘Open Learning Ireland‘, education non-profit, 2011.
  • Founder & teacher @ Exchange Words, creative writing performance class and show, 2009 – 2012.
  • Coordinator and member of board of directors, Exchange Dublin Cooperative Art Space, 2009 – 2012.
  • Volunteer @ Seomra Spraoi, 2009.
  • Volunteer @ St John of Gods Homeless Kitchen, 2007.
  • Volunteer Reader with Vincent De Paul @ St Audeons School, 2004 / 2005.


Nice Things folks have said about me

‘Gareth Stack is a celebrated wit.’ Sam Coll.

Mad Scientists of Music’, was described by the Irish Independent as “original, exciting and great”.

‘Any Other Dublin’, was rebroadcast in 2014 on the American radio show ‘Radio Drama Revival’, who described it on air as “a wonderful delight to hear”, and “Irish in the best way possible” with “really fine writing and solid acting”.

‘Gareth Stack Explains Bebo, and Very Well Too!’
John Breslin, Researcher and Lecturer in semantic web and social software, NUI Galway
Founder: Boards.ie, The Semantically-Interlinked Online Communities Project

One of..‘the most original thinkers I’ve spotted on the internet’
Bernie Goldbach, Lecturer Computing and Multimedia, Tipperary Institute, Columnist Irish Examiner
Founder: Underway In Ireland, IrishEyes.

‘If I were a mobile phone company, or a big technology company, I’d hire him for the Summer and hope to suck the goodness out of his brain.’
Simon McGarr, McGarr Solicitors.
Founder: Tuppenseworth.ie

‘Gareth Stack has a sophisticated explanation of how the social networking page farm draws users in’
Seamus McCauley, Strategic Analyst at Associated Northcliffe Digital
Founder: Virtual Economics.

“I just finished reading one of your stories, The Cave, and I wanted to tell you that it is really great. Thank you for sharing that; I haven’t read anything so vivid and imaginative in a while.”
Ego Plum, American composer, performer and visual artist.
Founder: Ebola music.

“If many young students are not yet using modern technology to express themselves, three have done so successfully. Technolotics.com is billed as an irreverent look at technology, politics and the media by three Irish students and for a year it stood as one of the few Irish videoblogs. Technolotics is cheap and cheerful and it proves an important point. Viewers don’t need RTE-grade production values to engage with new personalities. Technolotics found an audience.”

Haydn Shaughnessy, writing in the Irish Times.
Founder: The Content Studio, Media Angle, Haydn Shaughnessy Gallery.

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