Ciara Gillan is an award winning producer. From working in radio and animation, to producing short films and the visual effects for TV programmes and films, Ciara’s ten plus years in media has provided her with a strong sense of story, an impressive production catalogue and a love of being creative. She has worked on animated TV series (Garth & Bev, Lifeboat Luke, Monster High), VFX feature films (Brooklyn, Pursuit, Badlands: Road to Fury) and produced content for The History Channel, Cbeebies, Mattel, Netflix, Nickelodeon, S4C and RTE. She has produced several award winning short films for RTE, The Irish Filmboard and Film Offaly. And she produced and presented a radio show, called In Conversation, for Dublin South FM back in 2012.
In 2015, Ciara left a life of visual effects and animation to pursue a dream of audio storytelling. She was accepted to the Transom Story Workshop, the renowned audio production course in Cape Cod (the only Irish attendee so far). Her audio work has since been featured on RTE and US stations WGBH and WCAI.
Kate Leismer is a passionate storyteller and creative with a diverse background in marketing and content production. With a hand in publishing, social media and content marketing since 2006, she has worked as a marketing lead on behalf of law firms, medium to large businesses, and start-ups throughout the U.S. and Europe. Kate is an experienced interviewer, writer, editor and producer, as well as an experienced researcher with degrees in Anthropology, English, and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) She has worked as a writer for Life of the Law, an American Public Media podcast, and as a content producer for Reuters. Since 2017, she has been the host and producer of the podcast, About Face and is a member of Bear Radio, the premier English-speaking podcast network of Berlin.
Kate is dedicated to the art of storytelling performs at live storytelling events in San Francisco and Berlin, including Porchlight, Fireside, LitUp, Octopus Lesenabend, Stories with Spine, Four Eyes Comedy, and Wicked. In addition to work in podcasting and performance, she is also a published creative non-fiction writer and essayist with essays appearing in Scary Mommy, Milwaukee Magazine, Hairpin, The Del Sol Review, and Slow Travel Berlin. Her first short film, The Surrogate, is currently in production.