Find out more about Bruiser's rich twenty year history
and meet the our team, board members and patrons.
Bruiser Theatre Company is one of Northern Ireland’s most vibrant and successful arts organisations. Founded in 1997 and based in Belfast, Bruiser produces theatre that is exciting and innovative, down to earth and accessible to all. We're committed to providing high impact theatre experiences for our audiences in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and further afield.
We aim to use minimal set for maximum impact, whilst further exploring the notion of the actor as the centre of the action, enforcing them as the main mechanism of performance. This approach is echoed in all of our productions, and is the central artistic premise in all our work.
Inspiring the next generation of talent is a core part of our vision. We're dedicated to providing training and development opportunities to young actors through our education and outreach programmes A Day With Bruiser and The Arts Academy.
If you're passionate about our work, and would like to support us, we'd be delighted to hear from you. From a couple of coins, to billfold of bucks, your entire donation will be spent making exciting, stimulating theatre more accessible to the people of Northern Ireland. You can make a direct donation using the PayPal button below, or you can discuss your donation with us on 028 9024 3731 - thank you for your gift.
Meet the Bruiser Team
Lisa May | Artistic Director
Lisa is the Artistic Director and Founder of Bruiser Theatre Company. In 1997, Lisa believed there was an opportunity in the market for a new, innovative touring company in Northern Ireland. The aim was to produce consistently high quality theatre, with the flexibility to specialise in outreach and education where applicable. Lisa coined Bruiser's artistic policy of "minimal set for maximum impact" and has directed all of Bruiser's previous productions bar "Two" which was directed by Karl Wallace, in which she appeared. Lisa's style of direction focuses on the actors' ability to engage the audience, without relying on elaborate sets, costume and lighting. The actor is the central mechanism of performance, and Bruiser's choice of scripts allows exploration of the essential dynamics of theatre: the actor, the audience and the space. Lisa co-ordinates all of Bruiser's education and outreach programmes and is committed to making theatre accessible to all. This is evident in Bruiser's critically acclaimed Theatre Schools and Graduate Academy programmes. Lisa is also a freelance actress, a trained playworker, workshop facilitator and consultant.
Peter Heenan | Assistant Company Manager
Peter is the Assistant Company Manager of Bruiser Theatre Company. He first joined to company working in Education and Community Engagement in 2020, having previously facilitated on Bruiser projects for several years.
He trained as an Actor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and has a passion for creating opportunities for others to engage with the arts. Peter is currently coordinating a two-year series of workshops on the work of Brian Friel for Bruiser in partnership with Queen's University, Belfast.
Since joining the company, Peter has been working with the Bruiser team on all aspects of our programme; helping to realise our ambitious projects and make theatre more accessible.