A comedy star in her native Ireland, Maeve Higgins has performed all over the world, including in Edinburgh, Melbourne and, most recently, Erbil. Now based in New York, she’s made a name for herself there too. In a good way! She co-hosts Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk on National Geographic and has appeared in Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer. Maeve hosts Butterboy, a live weekly show with Aparna Nancherla and Jo Firestone. Her podcast, “Maeve in America,” launched in 2016 and quickly became a critical and commercial success. She writes regularly for The New York Times and is contracted to write a new book of essays for Penguin, due for publication in August 2018.
Sam Underwood is the artistic director/founder of Fundamental Theater Project, a non-profit dedicated to supporting international artists. As an actor, he most recently starred in AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead. Other credits include Fox’s hit drama The Following opposite Kevin Bacon, in which he played twins Mark and Luke; Showtime’s Dexter and Homeland; and Power on STARZ. His stage work includes Peter Shaffer’s Equus opposite Alec Baldwin, Hamlet opposite Alec Baldwin and Kate Mulgrew, Candida at the Irish Rep, and the world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ In Masks Outrageous and Austere opposite Shirley Knight. Underwood is also the founder and creative director of production company Initiative | 26.
Caroline B. Heafey studied English and French Literature at Fordham University before pursuing her MA at Glucksman Ireland House NYU. She specializes in Irish literature, having focused on the prison writings of Dorothy Macardle in her MA thesis. She now works in administration in the Department of Irish and Irish-American Studies at NYU and continues to research and write about Irish women writers. Her research interests include transnationalism, modernism, trauma, and women's narratives from periods of social conflict.
Lisa Coen is co-founding publisher of Tramp Press. Before that, she worked for Hot Press magazine and The Lilliput Press. She wrote a PhD thesis in Trinity College Dublin on Irish theatre, and has contributed to The Oxford Handbook of Irish Theatre and the occasional journal. Lisa is from Mayo, but remains an optimist.
Sarah Davis-Goff co-founded Tramp Press with Lisa Coen in 2014. Before that she worked with The Lilliput Press, Dalkey Archive Press. She has an MA in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University. Sarah has written about publishing, literature and gender issues for the Irish Times, the Guardian and LitHub, and has a novel coming out with Tinder Press in 2019. She lives in Dublin.