DAVID BOLGER | ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
David is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of CoisCéim Dance Theatre.
Over the past 25 years, David has directed and choreographed many original productions for the Company, many of which have toured both nationally and internationally – garnering international recognition and receiving prestigious awards for their innovation, performance and choreography
CoisCéim have performed throughout Ireland, UK, Scotland, France, Germany, USA, China and Tasmania and at The Venice Biennale. The Company was awarded two coveted Fringe Firsts at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for two consecutive years running (2006/2007) and an Argus Angel award in 2012. Recent productions for the Company include Francis Footwork, Body Language, the award-winning The Wolf And Peter, Agnes, Dance Talking: Portraits of a Dancer, Missing, Pageant, Touch Me, Faun, and the award-winning Swimming with My Mother.
In 2003, CoisCéim Dance Theatre was commissioned to create a large scale performance A Dash of Colour involving 75,000 people for the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics, which was televised worldwide and Intimate Details, a dance spectacle based on the human and animal ornamentation found in the Book of Kells for the Opening Ceremony of the Ryder Cup 2006, also televised and broadcast to over 10 million people. Other large-scale events include the opening ceremony for the UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE at the AVIVA Stadium Dublin.
David has received many commissions for his work notably Ausserhalb Der Gelfahrenzone for the Tanztheatre in Freiburg/Heidelberg, RAW for Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Company (2008) and On The Wall for Croi Glan Integrated Dance Company (2009).
His collaborations with director Trevor Nunn at the National Theatre, London include The Relapse, Tom Stoppard’s The Coast Of Utopia, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Nick Hytner’s production of The Man Of Mode.
For Druid Theatre Company David has collaborated with director Garry Hynes on the award winning Synge Cycle and The Silver Tassie and was an Associate Director for Druid Murphy. Other work for Druid includes King of The Castle, Richard III, The Playboy of the Western World, Sive, Sharon’s Grave, The Year Of The Hiker, and Epiphany, The Cherry Orchard, DruidGregory, Once Upon a Bridge. He was Associate Director for DruidShakespeare which premiered in May 2015.
Work at the Abbey Theatre includes By The Bog of Cats, Tarry Flynn, The Colleen Bawn (both also at the National Theatre London), The Secret Fall Of Constance Wilde, She Stoops to Folly, The Marriage Of Figaro, The Man Who became a Legend and Big Maggie. In 2012 David was Choreographer and Movement Director on the world premier of James Joyce’s The Dead adapted by Frank McGuinness and directed by Joe Dowling.
David has also collaborated with director Joe Dowling on a number of occasions at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, most recently co-directing the acclaimed Midsummer with Dowling. Other work includes Musical Stager and Choreographer on The Pirates of Penzance and H.M.S Pinafore, which was broadcast on PBS ARTS and for which David was honoured with an IVY Award for outstanding choreography.
Other movement direction and choreography projects include Assassins, The Children, The Beginning & A Christmas Carol (The Gate Theatre) Punk Rock (Lyric Theatre Belfast), The Merchant of Venice (Second Age Theatre Company), Buffalo Bill has Gone to Alaska (Pigs Back), Hurl(Barabbas), Dancing at Lughnasa (Théatre du Nouveau Monde Montreal and Lyric Theatre Belfast), King Ubu (Galway Arts Festival), Off Plan (RAW Theatre) and in 2007 David directed Madison’s Descent composed by Mícheál ó Súilleabháin, based on a story and paintings by Page Allen (MontClaire State University, New Jersey).
David was Musical Stager and Choreographer for Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Martin Guerre, which toured the UK and USA in 1999/ 2000. Other work on musical theatre includes Stephen Sondheim’s Follies (National Concert Hall Dublin), Guys and Dolls (Leicester Haymarket/ Groundwork) and Direction for Macbecks (Longroad). In 2013 he was Musical Stager and Choreographer for Heartbeat of Home, from the producers of Riverdance (International Tours & The Piccadilly Theatre, London’s WestEnd). He was also Musical Stager for the RTÉ 1916 Centenary Concert live from the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.
David made his Opera Direction debut in 2004 with Gluck’s Orfeo, which received an Irish Times/ESB Theatre Award for Best Opera Production before being the first Irish Opera Production to be invited to perform at the State Theatre in Wiesbaden (2005). Other work in Opera includes Assistant Director and Choreography for Farnace & Káta Katanová (Spoleto Festival), Handel’s Imeneo, nominated for the Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Opera Production, Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opera Ireland), Assistant Director and Choreographer for La Traviata (English National Opera) and Choreographer for the world premier of Nicholas Maw’s Sophie’s Choice directed by Trevor Nunn (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden).
In 2001 David co-wrote and choreographed the dance film Hit and Run, which received several awards including The Paula Citron Award for Choreography for the Camera, and The Jury Prize in the Dance On Camera Festival, Lincoln Centre New York. In 2002 David was nominated for an American Choreography Award for his work on the film, one of the highest standards of achievement in choreography throughout the entertainment Industry. David has also written and choreographed Deep End Dance (internationally award-winning short film produced by WILDFIRE FILMS for RTÉ Dance On The Box, 2010) and the award-winning How to Sink a Paper Boat (short film produced by CoisCéim, 2019). Other work in film includes Flatbed, Michael Collins and Dancing at Lughnasa with Meryl Streep.
In 2007, David was elected to membership of Aosdána, which honours artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the Arts in Ireland.
Caoimhe Coburn Gray | BROADREACH PROJECT CO-ORDINATOR
Caoimhe is a Dublin based actor and ISL/English Interpreter. She was an active member of Creative Steps from 2013, before beginning work as BROADREACH Project Co-ordinator in 2019. Since graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Deaf Studies, Caoimhe has appeared in productions such as the short film Flicker (Bold Puppy Productions); and Love+ (MALAPROP Theatre).
PHILIPPA DONNELLAN | BROADREACH ADVISOR
Philippa Donnellan is a professional dance artist, choreographer and arts facilitator based in Dublin. As the Director of CoisCéim BROADREACH from 2006-2020, she developed a range of creative and educational residencies and partnerships with leading Irish institutions, and directed and choreographed many inspiring projects with different communities in Dublin and across Ireland – including devising and delivering an annual performance project for people aged 50+ for the Bealtaine Festival that brought together three departments in Dublin City Council (2007 -2015). Other key projects for Broadreach include developing the youth dance theatre group, CREATIVE STEPS, and leading CREATIVE DANCE TALES, 38 WOMEN, OFF THE WALLS, EMILY, SHORELINE, the EXIT15 commission and THE DOOR.
As an independent artist, Philippa continues the BODY OF WORK Movement Research Project by exploring themes of work with different communities in Kildare, supported by Kildare Arts Service and the Arts Council. In January 2021, in collaboration with dancer Olwyn Lyons, she became dancer in residence in two Dublin and Kildare care centres as part of Age & Opportunity Artist in Residence in Care Settings 2021, supported by Creative Ireland. She is also the curator of Dance Limerick Connects – a new programme that aims to create pathways for communities in Limerick to connect with dance through participation, discussion, and performance.
Susan Hoffman | Bookkeeper
Susan has wide experience as an administrator and bookkeeper having worked for a range of organisations from large international firms to small entrepreneurial based consultancies, creative concerns and charities in both London and Dublin. She holds a BA in History of Art from Birkbeck College, University of London and has a particular interest in the history of architecture.
SARAH LATTY | GENERAL MANAGER
Originally from California, Sarah has been a resident of Paris, New York City and now Dublin. She holds a BA in Art History and Film Theory and Criticism from The American University of Paris, and an MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management from University College Dublin. She has worked in the arts in various capacities for twenty years, and, before relocating to Ireland in 2008, she managed public programming at the then fledgling Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. Sarah has worked with CoisCéim since 2010 and has Line produced CoisCéim productions since 2013.
BRIDGET WEBSTER | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/CEO
Bridget is a co-founder of CoisCéim Dance Theatre working with the company until the end of 2002 and then returning as Executive Producer in July 2013. She has produced numerous new works for the company, including international presentations at the Place, London; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival & Peak Performances in USA, Ten Days on the Island (Tasmania), Arts Centre Melbourne & Sydney Opera House, Australia. She co-produced the multi award winning dance film HIT AND RUN, released on iTunes in 2015 and more recently THE WOLF AND PETER, BODY LANGUAGE and the major international multi-partner collaboration, THESE ROOMS presented as part of ART2016, 14-18NOW at the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT2018) and at Tate Liverpool.
Bridget is a Board Member of Aerowaves, the European network for dance that aims to create cross-border performance opportunities for promising emerging choreographers. She was Ireland’s network partner for 7 years co-programming three platforms for the Dublin Fringe Festival and has sat on a number of Boards including Project Arts Centre (Chair), Irish Theatre Institute (formerly known as The Theatre Shop) & The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annamakerrig amongst others. A graduate of Glasgow University and Imperial College, London, she has over twenty years experience in the oil industry world-wide and is a lifetime member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
2020 | Winner Best Experimental Short | February 2020 Indie Short Fest | Los Angeles International Film Festival for HOW TO SINK A PAPER BOAT
2019 | Remi Winner, 52nd Annual Worldfest Houston International Film Festival for HOW TO SINK A PAPER BOAT
2017 | Irish Times Irish Theatre Award, 2017 (Audience Choice) with ANU for THESE ROOMS
2016 | Best Children’s Dance Show – BTA Awards 2016 for THE WOLF AND PETER
AUG 2012 | Argus Angel Award, Brighton Festival for SWIMMING WITH MY MOTHER
2011 | Best Production, Limerick Unfringed for SWIMMING WITH MY MOTHER
AUG 2006 | Scotsman Fringe First Award, Edinburgh Fringe Festival for KNOTS
AUG 2005 | Scotsman Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for CHAMBER MADE
SEPT 2005 | Best Production Award at Dublin Fringe Festival 2006 for KNOTS
SEPT 2004 | Sexiest Show, Dublin Fringe Festival for CHAMBER MADE
2003 | HIT & RUN wins The Jury Prize at Dance on Camera, New York and a Platinum Award for Creative Excellence at WorldFest, Houston
2002 | Paula Citron Award for Choreography for the Camera at the Moving Pictures Festival for Dance on Film and Video in Toronto for HIT & RUN
AUG 1998 | AIB Better Ireland Award for SEASONS
DEC 1997 | Irish Times Choreographer of the Year Award for HIT AND RUN, BACK IN TOWN and BALLADS
DEC 1996 | Irish Times Dance Show of the Year for STRAIGHT WITH CURVES
DEC 1996 | Irish Times Choreographer of the Year for DRAGONS AND TONICS
Nominated for Total Theatre Award and Carol Tambor Award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival for KNOTS (2006)
DEEP END DANCE, a short dance film written and choreographed by CoisCéim Artistic Director David Bolger was awarded BEST SHORT FILM at the Irish Film Festival, Boston 2011 and was nominated for an Ifta for Short Film. It is the winner of the SPECIAL JURY PRIZE at Idill 2011 and BEST SHORT FILM at both The Celtic Media Festival 2011 and the FastNet Film Festival 2011. It shared the audience award for BEST SHORT at the Capital Irish Film Festival 2011 and was shortlisted for PRIX ITALIA 2011.
COMPANY & GOVERNANCE INFORMATION
CoisCéim Dance Theatre Limited is a non-profit making company limited by guarantee. The company is approved for tax deductible sponsorship under current charitable legislation.
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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR David Bolger | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/CEO Bridget Webster | GENERAL MANAGER Sarah Latty
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CoisCéim is committed to compliance with the Arts Council Recommended Guidelines for Financial Reporting and to Standard A on the Governance Transparency Scale for organisations in receipt of recurring Arts Council funding.
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David Bolger | Artistic Director
Pádraig Heneghan | Board Member (Chair)
Garry Hynes | Board Member
Jacquie Marsh | Board Member
Clare McCormack | Board Member
Niamh O’Donnell | Board Member
Tobi Omoteso | Board Member
Bridget Webster | Executive Producer/CEO
As of 2016, the members register is updated annually and is documented within the minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Company
SENIOR STAFF SALARIES (FULL TIME ANNUAL EQUIVALENT)
Artistic Director* €50-55,000 | Executive Producer (CEO)* €50-55,000 | General Manager €40-45,000
*These positions are part-time ranging from 2 to 3 days per week.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Pádraig Heneghan (Chair) | appointed 28 January 2016
Pádraig Heneghan is a freelance General Manager and Producer. He is currently working with Landmark Productions, Riverdream Productions and Tyrone Productions on various projects. He has worked with Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre (Stravinsky Double Bill, international touring of Rian) and was Deputy Director of the Gate Theatre for many years. He was in charge of all touring projects for the Gate since 2003, working with some of the major worldwide festivals (Lincoln Center Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Sydney Festival, B.A.M. Next Wave Festival, Barbican). He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and is a board member of The Corn Exchange and Theatre Forum.
Garry Hynes | appointed 15 October 2015
Garry Hynes founded Druid Theatre Company in 1975 and has worked as its Artistic Director from 1975 to 1991, and from 1995 to date. From 1991 to 1994 she was Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Internationally, Garry has worked with The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Royal Court (UK), and with Second Stage and Manhattan Theater Club in New York; with The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C; for Center Theater in Los Angeles and with the Spoleto Festival (USA). Awards include; a Tony Award for Direction for The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1998), the Joe A. Callaway Award for Outstanding Direction for The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh (2009), a Special Tribute Award for her contribution to Irish Theatre (2005), and Best Director at UK Theatre Awards 2012. In December 2010, Garry was appointed Adjunct Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at her alma mater, NUI Galway.
Jacquie Marsh | appointed February 2019
Born into a very entrepreneurial family in County Meath, Jacquie has always been immersed in the dynamic environment of business growth and development. Most recently Jacquie has been the Managing Director of The Butler’s Pantry now a brand leader with 10 shops in Dublin. An experienced board member and business mentor, Jacquie is an advocate of strong corporate culture and the pursuit of excellence. Living with her husband and 3 children in Sandycove, Jacquie is an avid supporter of the performing arts, a choir member, breeds Labrador Retrievers and is an active Ethical Celebrant.
Clare McCormack | appointed February 2019
Clare McCormack is an Arts PR. She has worked predominantly in the U.K., working in-house with organisations such as the Olivier Awards, Edinburgh International Festival, National Theatre of Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland and Edinburgh International Film Festival and for The Corner Shop, the UK’s leading PR agency for the arts. Working from the agency’s London and Edinburgh offices, clients included Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Paines Plough, HighTide Theatre, The Royal Lyceum Theatre, Latitude Festival and the National Theatre Wales.
Whilst based in Dublin (2018-2020) she worked in a freelance capacity with clients including the Abbey Theatre, Company Philip Connaughton, Live Collision International Festival and Prime Cut Productions. She is currently Head of Press & PR at Hampstead Theatre in London.
NIAMH O’DONNELL | APPOINTED JANUARY 2021
Niamh O’Donnell is Director of Poetry Ireland, an all island resource organisation nurturing poets and developing poetry by building content, capacity, interest, understanding, participation and engagement. Poetry Ireland’s strategic intent is to bring poetry to the forefront of civic life and to secure poetry’s relevance for generations to come.
In 1990 Niamh worked in the Gallery of Photography, she moved in 1994 to re-establish Black Church Print Studio, an artist resource organisation, followed by a position as Artistic Programme Coordinator in ArtHouse Multimedia Centre in 1999. In 2001, Niamh worked as General Manager and Executive Producer in Project Arts Centre and then in 2014 took up the role of Artistic Director of Mermaid Arts Centre where she presented an ambitious programme of Irish and international visual arts, dance, theatre, music and art-house cinema.
TOBI OMOTESO | APPOINTED DECEMBER 2020
Tobi Omoteso is a National and Internationally acclaimed Nigerian/Irish B-boy (Breakin’ / Breakdancer) and Hip-Hop Freestyle dancer, training at Broadway Dance Centre, West Bronx, New York and Breakbeat Dance Studios, Waterford. Tobi has been dancing for over 20 years and supports the foundations of this dynamic and influential dance form with his B-boy crew – RECESSION SQUAD NINJAS.
Tobi is the curator and director of the hugely popular TOP 8 STREET DANCE BATTLE that brings together the best of Irish and International street dance to old/new audiences – now heading into its 8th year, the event has been part of Dublin Dance Festival since 2016.
As a choreographer, Tobi’s work has been presented across Ireland including Dublin Dance Festival, What’s Next Festival (Limerick) and at the Irish Arts Center, New York. As a performer, he has worked with many of Ireland’s leading choreographers in multiple media and as a dance facilitator he has brought his knowledge of Hip-Hop and Breakin’ into a wide variety of youth and academic contexts.
PAST BOARD MEMBERS | THANK YOU
We would like to say thank you to those who have so generously shared their time, expertise and experience with us as members of our Board:
Miranda Arkwight | Anne Byrne | Ali Curran | Elma Cusack | Olwen Dawe | Kenneth Edge | Susan Gill | Aideen Gohery | Richard Guiney | Gary Jermyn | Darragh Kelly | Mary Lally | Brigid McManus | Patrick Murphy | Madeleine Nesbitt | Cian O’Brien | Niamh O’Flynn | Charlie O’Neill | Diana Richardson | Morleigh Steinberg | Barney Whelan
An Internship at CoisCéim is an opportunity for a student to gain practice and experience in a production or office setting under the guidance of CoisCéim staff. Specific projects and tasks vary according to the interests and course requirements of the Intern – we endeavour to help people to develop valuable skills, discover where their strengths and interests lie and gain valuable industry experience. The internship programme is currently suspended and will recommence when conditions allow. For more information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01 878 0558.
“CoisCeim is one of the few professional touring companies that has a community dance programme. I respect the approach and creativity of the company and have gained a fantastic first hand learning experience.” – Dance Student
“I don’t I think could pinpoint one thing as my favourite part of the internship as it was all such a good experience. The people in CoisCéim are so nice and this made me feel right at home. I got to see from the very start of the sound design till the last day of the show so I really got an insight into the whole production and I feel honoured that David, Ivan and Sarah could give me that opportunity.” – Karl McDonnell
“As a Production Intern for CoisCéim Dance Theatre, I learned a lot about a work in progress, the scheduling of a production that has many get-ins & outs, and I grew a lot as part of a production team. I believe I really benefited from my internship both personally and professionally.” -Third Level Student
“I learned many skills working as an administrative intern, from getting costumes quickly, to improving my IT and photography skills, CoisCéim gave me the opportunity to apply these skills in a professional setting. CoisCéim has a very friendly and professional atmosphere and for anyone interested in a career the arts, it is fascinating to see how a professional company works.” -Transition Year Student
“My internship enabled me to meet many people and network within Dublin’s dance scene.” – MA student
“My time as a dance intern with CoisCéim Dance Theatre was exciting and challenging. I immediately walked into a warm and welcoming atmosphere which made me feel very comfortable. David’s work with ANU was inspiring and captivating, I would encourage anyone who can get to see the performance of these rooms to do so, it really will be something special. As a dance intern I felt fully involved in the process from start to finish and loved working with professional artists from multiple disciplines. I gained a lot of valuable skills and industry experience.” – Roisín Whelan
JESSIE MORRIS TOOLEN | 2017-2018 BROADREACH Intern
MORGAN OSE | 2017 Production / Administrative Intern
FINN CRANSTON | Transition Year Placement
ROISÍN WHELAN | 2016 Creative Development / Choreography Intern for THESE ROOMS
JULIA HAZEL | 2016 Administrative / Creative Steps Intern
DYLAN HYLAND | 2015 BROADREACH Dance Assistant Intern
FIONA MITCHELL | 2015 Production Assistant for THE WOLF AND PETER
MARY PELLETT | 2015 Summer Administrative Intern
LAURA DUTHIE | 2015 Administrative Intern
NICK HEINZEN | 2014 Summer Administrative Intern
RACHEL BURKE | 2014 BROADREACH Dance Intern
RACHEL PIANALTO | 2014 Spring Administrative Intern
FIONA PATTEN | 2014 Production Assistant for BODY LANGUAGE
KARL MCDONNELL | 2014 Sound Assistant for DANCE TALKING and AGNES: THE PARALLEL PROGRAMME
CIARA DREDGE | 2014 Assistant Stage Manager for AGNES
TULLIA GIACOMELLI | 2014 Costume Assistant for AGNES
BECKA BARNES | 2014 Transition Year Administrative Intern for AGNES
ALISON MOONEY | 2013 Transition Year Intern for COISCÉIM CONNECTIONS