Mamaí and the Co-Founders
Mamaí Theatre Company was co-founded in 2010 by Bernadette Clemens, Wendy Kriss, Christine McBurney, and Derdriu Ring. Mamaí (pronounced Mah' may) is the Gaelic word for “mother.” Four working mothers, theatre artists, colleagues, and friends arrived at a place where it was time to create their own opportunities. “Don’t wait to create” became the inspiration for Mamaí Theatre Company.
From 2010-2012 we completed a phase of strategic planning and artistic experimentation, debuting at Cleveland Public Theatre with Samuel Beckett's Come and Go as well as original piece To The Sea, a deconstruction of John Synge's Riders to the Sea with movement technique of Etienne Decroux and clown technique of Jacques Lecoq. In 2011-2012, we conducted four private play readings with an invited audience and a number of Cleveland’s professional actors in order to consider future projects.