Our Writers

Marian de Almeida is a fourth year Psychology student at the University of Baltimore. Though her background is in the sciences, she joined the Armagh Adventurers this year to expand her skills as a talented playwright. She loves comedies, short stories, and children’s stories. She is excited about this amazing opportunity for travel, making lifelong friends, and creating the most amazing plays.

Truth be told, Amber Conklin is a junior at University of Baltimore with a focus in psychology, history, and business. When it comes to writing, she has always felt like words can change the world. She believes that even a small personal change like letting people feel something new. So, inevitably this class and all of her previous and future work is done to hopefully impact in some way. It is done with passion.

Jennifer Hussein is entering her senior year at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She studies journalism as well as film and video studies. She currently writes for The Odyssey and Spoon University.

Montez Jennings is a senior at the University of Baltimore studying Digital Communication and Professional writing. She aspires to be not only a journalist, but an author and a teacher. Her life goal is to inspire and teach others with her writing. She wants to change the world for the better and stop suffering and injustice. From the age of 6, when she wrote her first piece of fiction, Montez knew she had a passion for story telling. Story telling in the form of writing is her passion. From poetry to fiction to articles, telling a story and presenting a voice for the unspoken is what she was created to do. Aside from writing, Montez loves making candles, DIY projects, and food- trying new food and making it.

Charles Alexander Kaiser is a University of Baltimore freshman. His Major is Simulation and Digital Entertainment and with it he hopes to create amazing worlds for people to enjoy. He’s excited to be staying in Ireland for a month since Irish folk songs, accents, and the scenery fill him with joy. Ireland and its people are truly wonderful.

Rayne McAndrews is a University of Baltimore student whose major is interdisciplinary studies. “Writing was one of my earliest passions. I am amazed by an authors ability to create works of fiction from one simple idea and a knowledge of words. I love stories of all genres. When I write I like to envelope myself into the word I am writing about. Experiencing and researching my topics. Armagh means not only an advance instruction on building my craft but a perspective of writing from another cultures point of view. I do have a book that I am currently working on, but I would like to include Irish culture into it from my own personal experiences and research.”

Brandy McCluskey is a third culture kid who knew how to fly before she could walk. After ten years and two countries she finally returned to her roots and graduated from the University of Baltimore, but couldn’t stay put. When stumbling into Professor Lynne’s class on Irish culture (with a name like McCluskey it was hard to resist) Brandy found herself chomping at the bit to get going. She’s hoping to write a play she can polish, publish, and have performed and maybe form some lasting relationships along the way. Quills of a feather write well together. (That was bad.)

Grace Perrotta is an honors student at Florida State University studying theatre and communications. Her passion is playwriting and her goal is to make her audience laugh and think. She is incredibly excited to be a part of the 2016 Armagh Project!

Samantha Pineau is from Boston, Massachusetts, but spends most of her year in Keene, New Hampshire while she is a full time student at Keene State College. This September she will be starting her fourth year at Keene State as she completes a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Communication Studies, and a  Bachelor of the Arts degree in Multimedia Journalism with a minor in Broadcast Journalism. Upon graduating, she seeks a career in reporting.

Lexi Wright is a third year journalism student at Mount Royal University in Calgary Alberta. She loves traveling and is extremely passionate about music, poetry, photography and video games. She has always wanted to travel to Ireland and is most excited to learn about the Irish culture and see amazing sights.

Ellen Stevenson-Cerasuolo is a University of Baltimore Integrated Arts student in the creative writing track. Follow her adventures on her This Girl’s Artsy Life blog http://ellencerasuolo.wordpress.com

The eight University of Baltimore students are partially funded by scholarship from the UB Foundation’s Fund for Excellence.


Terri Ciofalo (Program and Site Director) is a professional theatre artist and experienced Production Manager teaching graduate and undergraduate theatre at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She earned her MFA from the Yale School of Drama and has toured theatrically both in the United States and overseas.

Kimberley Lynne (Playwriting) is a published author and produced playwright with three books and over thirty plays presented in professional, community, and university theatre.  A staff and faculty member of the University of Baltimore, she has worked in theatre as an actor, director, scenic designer, and producer. Her professional affiliations include Actors Equity Association and the Dramatist Guild. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts from the University of Baltimore. For updates, visit her site http://kimberleylynne.wordpress.com

Malachi O’Doherty (Journalism) is a journalist, writer, teacher and activist. Check out his blog www.malachiodoherty.com.

Nessa O’Mahony (Creative Writing) is a Dublin poet, freelance teacher, editor, and administrator. She teaches creative writing as an associate lecturer with the Open University and at Oscail, the Dublin City University distance learning program me. She is a regular facilitator of creative writing classes for the Irish Writers Centre in Dublin. She was Writer in Residence at the John Hume Institute for Global Irish Studies, University College Dublin. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia,and a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing from Bangor University. She has published four volumes of poetry.

Kerrin Smith (Teaching and Program Assistant) is an MFA candidate in the University of Baltimore’s Creative Writing and Publishing Arts program. She is also the graduate assistant for Spotlight UB, and is elated to be a part of the Armagh Project for the second time, this year as the AP teaching assistant. She was part of the pilot Armagh Project residency in 2012.

Guest Artists

Martin Lynch is a Northern Irish playwright whose work demonstrates a strong social conscience, occasionally controversial, and often blackly humorous. Born into a working class dockers’ family in Belfast, Lynch was inspired to write plays after working as an organizer of community centre tours. His first play, We Want Work, We Want Bread was produced in 1977 and followed by a position as writer in residence at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre where Dockers was produced to great acclaim in 1981. Other works include: The Interrogation of Ambrose Fogerty (1982), Castles in the Air (1983), Minstrel Boys (1985), Pictures of Tomorrow (1994), and The History of the Troubles Accordin’ to My Da (2003). A practicer of devised theatre, Lynch co-wrote the Wedding Community Play with Marie Jones and the company, bringing together six community theatre companies to tell the story of a cross-community wedding through a site-specific journey.

Nathaniel Joseph McAuley is a Belfast-based writer. He holds a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, and was the recipient of the 2014 Arts Council of Northern Ireland, ACES Award.

Liz McManus is a Dublin novelist and short fiction writer. Her second novel, A Shadow in the Yard, was published in 2015 to critical acclaim. Her awards include: Listowel, Irish Pen and the Hennessy Award for New Irish Writing. Her first novel, Acts of Subversion, was shortlisted for the Are Lingus/Irish Times award. She has also worked as a newspaper columnist and for nineteen years served as TD for County Wicklow and was Minister of State for Housing and Urban Renewal 1994-1997.