Wallis Knot



WALLIS KNOT is the New York City-based experimental theater company that developed DAUGHTER OF THE WAVES.

Founded in 2003 by Eileen Connolly, Wallis Knot is dedicated to devising and producing new plays and reinvented literary classics that explore issues of historical and social significance. Our productions combine genre blending, film projections, dance, musical underscoring, multiple languages, and the occasional puppet. Our plays have premiered at NYC's Theater for the New City/Dream Up Festival, New York Musical Theater Festival, SoHo’s HERE art center, the New York International Fringe Festival, the Connelly Theatre, Hudson Guild Theatre, New Actors Workshop and the American Theatre of Actors.


Wallis Knot welcomes Morné Vogel, of Johannesburg, as a new producing partner. Together we are committed to creating experimental new theatrical works co-produced through a New York City-South African collaboration. Our first production is a new adaptation of JANE EYRE set in South Africa with a multi-ethnic cast and original music.

Meanwhile, Gina Costigan is co-producing a new theater piece about the immigrant Irish in America during the Civil War. This new play is set to premiere in Ireland before returning to NYC.

Over the years, Wallis Knot has collaborated with choreographer Sean Roschman/Roschman Dance on several productions. As Resident Artists at NYU, we developed DAUGHTER OF THE WAVES, with Sean (now aerial choreographer at ZFX Flying) creating the dances and aerial for the show.

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...reinventing a classic, and in using the medium of theater to explore its visual, sonic, and kinetic possibilities, Connolly has hit on a novel approach.
— NYTheatre.com

Production history

all plays directed by Eileen Connolly:

2003       SEEING ANDRE GIDE (New Actors Workshop, NYC)

2004       DRACULA JOURNALS (American Theater of Actors, NYC)

2005       DANCE WITH ME, HARKER (NY International Fringe Festival, NYC)

2006       LATE TO THE REPUBLIQUE (New York Conservatory)

2007       CSI: HAMLET (New York Conservatory)

2008       WET SHAKESPEARE - Spring Dance Concert (New York Conservatory)

2009       Meet-The-Author Reading Series: Joseph Goodrich

2009       Closed-Out-Of-Town Reading Series: Ellery Queen

2009       PAPER - Spring Dance Concert (Hudson Guild Theater, NYC)

2009       BETWEEN TWO WORLDS (Hudson Guild Theater, NYC)

2009       MACBETH (Hudson Guild Theater, NYC)

2010       DUCHESS OF MALFI (The Connelly Theater, NYC)

2011       BETWEEN TWO WORLDS (HERE arts center, NYC)

2013       Resident Artists at NYU with Roschman Dance

2014       DAUGHTER OF THE WAVES (Theater for the New City, NYC)

2015       DAUGHTER OF THE WAVES (NY Musical Theatre Festival, NYC)

Connolly’s handsome stage pictures seductively draw the audience into her world.
— Backstage
Supercharged with bursts of kinetic energy and humor...certain to captivate.
— Show Business Weekly
The whole show has a deft, debonair touch that makes the 90 minutes swim along with humor and high spirits.
— CurtainUp.com

a sampling of my directing work, featuring my design and choreography, from my productions of "Macbeth" and "Duchess of Malfi."