Susan is Cuala Foundation’s founder and executive director. Susan traveled to New York in 1990 as an English and Philosophy graduate to take up a scholarship at the American Music and Dramatic Academy. Her post-graduate studies in culture as an economic driver at DCU Ryan Academy recently earned her First Class Honors. In a distinguished career, McKeown has performed with Pete Seeger, Natalie Merchant, Linda Thompson, Billy Bragg, Arlo Guthrie and The Klezmatics, with whom she won a Grammy Award performing lyrics by Woody Guthrie. She has recorded mariachi music, klezmer music, African music, Celtic music, and contemporary songwriting, and has performed at Glastonbury, The Edinburgh Festival, Carnegie Hall and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Susan was the 2018 Irish Central Anam Award recipient for “discovering and revealing the soul of Irish song” and the 2012 recipient of The Arts Council of Ireland’s Traditional Arts Bursary. Hers is the woman’s voice singing on the audio recording in the Irish apartment of New York’s Tenement Museum. She and her daughter Róisín divide their time between Dublin and New York.
Alicia is grateful for who she is and what she has in her life, especially after joining Cuala. As a Malaysian student studying Politics and Economics in Trinity College, the experience that she has had working on Cuala projects has expanded her horizon and changed her views towards the world. Alicia has grown to find that “We are blessed and privileged, but what matters is we learn to give and make some contribution to the community, spreading the love and kindness of humanity to make the world a better place for our future generations to live in.”
From Ottawa, Canada, Jordyn works as facilitator and researcher with Cuala Foundation. Her role involves helping conduct interviews, planning and running activities and capturing data and footage. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Global and International Studies with a major in Global Law and Social Justice at Carleton University, in Ottawa Canada.
Michaela is from Westmeath and is the video editor of the films of this years’ CualaÉire projects that took place in Ireland. A recent graduate of TV/Radio and New Media Broadcasting at the Institute of Technology Tralee, Co. Kerry, her passion is video post-production and animation.
Darren is from Mullingar and recently received his level 8 Bachelor’s degree in Music Production from the institute of Technology Tralee. Darren is a cultural facilitator, running song writing workshops and assisting in the organization and running of games and other activities during projects. Darren is also in charge of audio and is responsible for the recording and mixing of all our projects.
Donterrius is a rising Senior from Lehigh University hailing from Memphis, TN. His passions are hip-hop music, music production, film making, photography, and documentary story telling, which proves to be a great fit for the goals of Cuala’s Express Yourself project. Donterrius loves that “We are supporting our participants to develop their voices and find ways to express themselves especially through the arts, which is something that I pride myself upon.”