ABOUT US

CoisCéim’s name comes from the Irish word for Footstep and is pronounced “Kush Came”. Firmly established in the Irish psyche, we have presented highly original work to audiences large and small, onstage, on film and off site throughout Ireland and overseas for twenty five years. Our style of performance is distinctive, contemporary and vibrant, with a knowing regard for the everyday.  Artistic Director David Bolger embraces a selection of dance styles to articulate stories and emotions that are relevant to the landscapes in which we live.   

Touring, both nationally and internationally is a key part of CoisCéim. In Ireland, the company has developed strong relationships with an informal network of venues that have a like-minded approach in actively promoting dance. Internationally, its work has been included in many prestigious series and festivals including Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Peak Performances in the United States, 14-18NOW, LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre), The Place (Spring Loaded) and the Brighton Festival in the UK, Ten Days on the Island (Tasmania), the Venice Biennale, and was the first Irish contemporary dance company to perform at the Sydney Opera House. CoisCéim has received many awards including two Edinburgh Fringe Firsts, an Argus Angel Award and an Irish Times Irish Theatre Award. We featured as one of An Post’s special stamps to celebrate the contemporary arts, and are widely acclaimed for our “exhilarating…astounding performances” (The Guardian).  Find out more about our productions and what’s coming up here.

In parallel with the performance programme the company conducts an integrated, original and comprehensive artform awareness and participation initiative through CoisCéim Broadreach. Established in 2006, its activities are pioneering, targeting all sections of the population in an exciting and innovative manner to create a genuine curiosity in dance.  Find out more here.

CoisCéim is proud to be funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and supported by Dublin City Council and Culture Ireland

OUR VISION

MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission is to produce exceptional, inclusive, and sustainable dance theatre. We move with integrity, creating distinct and vibrant work that seeks to reflect contemporary Ireland. We are dynamic and forward-thinking in our approach towards performance, access and creative participation. We promote awareness of dance in Ireland and overseas and strive to foster future audiences.

OUR VALUES

INTEGRITY | VIBRANCY | CONNECTION | JOY

INTEGRITY – our actions are rooted in honesty, kindness and respect
VIBRANCY – we celebrate creativity, originality, imagination and experimentation
CONNECTION – we believe that working with and for people from different places, cultures, and thinking makes us all better at what we do
JOY – we love our work, we are open-minded and aim to find joy in every day

Who’s Who

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 The Piece With The Drums, Irish Times Theatre Award winning Go To BlazesFrancis Footwork, Body Language, the award-winning The Wolf And Peter, AgnesDance Talking: Portraits of a Dancer, MissingPageantTouch 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 WorldSiveSharon’s Grave, The Year Of The Hiker, and Epiphany, The Cherry Orchard, DruidGregory, Once Upon a Bridge, DruidO’Casey. He was Associate Director for DruidShakespeare which premiered in May 2015.

Work at the Abbey Theatre includes By The Bog of Cats, Tarry FlynnThe Colleen Bawn (both also at the National Theatre London), The Secret Fall Of Constance Wilde (also at The Barbican London), She Stoops to Folly, The Marriage Of Figaro, By The Bog of Cats, OthelloSwept, 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) Choreographer for the world premier of Nicholas Maw’s Sophie’s Choice directed by Trevor Nunn (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), and Choreography for Faust (Irish National Opera). In 2022, David directed and choreographed Orfeo Ed Euridice for Blackwater Valley Opera Festival, a co-production with CoisCéim Dance Theatre & Irish Baroque Orchestra for which he received an Irish Times Theatre Award.

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 FlatbedMichael 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, where credits include curating IN YOUR WORDS for Brightening Air in 2021 . Since graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Deaf Studies, Caoimhe has appeared in productions such as Absent the Wrong (OnceOff Productions) and Conversations with Friends (Element Pictures, BBC3 & Hulu).

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 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.

Laura Rainsford | Studio Technical Manager

Laura is an audio visual technician with a Bachelor in Stage Management and Technical Theatre from the Lir in 2019.  Her technical expertise spans multiple AV platforms including the set up and delivery of Virtual Reality experiences. 

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.  Recent credits include The Wolf and Peter, Body Language/In the Magic Hour and lead producer on 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.   In 2020/21, she oversaw CoisCéim’s move to, and refurbishment of the landmark building at 42 Fairview Strand that resulted in a distinctive new space for dance in Dublin’s north city.

As an independent producer/mentor, Bridget works with a small number of people including visual artist Siobhán McDonald. She sits on the advisory panel of the Emma O’Kane Bursary and has also been closely associated with Aerowaves – where she was Ireland’s first partner for 7 years, co-programming three platforms for the Dublin Fringe Festival.  More recently, as a board director, she was integral to the relocation of the company to Ireland to secure the network’s future following Brexit.  Other notable board memberships have included Project Arts Centre, Irish Theatre Institute (formerly known as The Theatre Shop) & The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annamakerrig.  An alumni of Common Purpose,  Bridget holds engineering degrees from Glasgow University and Imperial College, London and worked for over twenty years in the oil industry world-wide.  She is a lifetime member of SPE, its professional body. 

AWARDS

2022 | Best Movement | Irish Times Irish Theatre Award for David Bolger (GO TO BLAZES and ORFEO ED EURIDICE)
2020 |
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.

AND A FEW FIRSTS…

2022 | Shot at the Ark Children’s Cultural Centre in Dublin, David Bolger’s FRANCIS FOOTWORK becomes the first dance theatre work for children in Europe to be filmed up close in 180° virtual reality.

2020 | BREAKIN’ BROTHERS, a co-production between CoisCéim and Wildfire Films becomes the first dance film project to be awarded funding by Coimisiún na Meán (formerly the Broadcast Authority of Ireland under Round 34 of Sound & Vision 3.

2018 | The re-imagination of THESE ROOMS, the awarding co-production for ART2016, is staged as part of LIFT2018 making CoisCéim the first Irish dance company to appear at London’s leading international theatre festival, and marking the return of the nation’s participation at this prestigious event after 27 years.

2017 | As part of its Australian tour of THE WOLF AND PETER, CoisCéim becomes the first Irish contemporary dance company to grace the stage at the iconic Sydney Opera House. The production included a ground breaking broadcast quality film of the performance being created in real time and live-streamed into 21 schools in rural New South Wales, paving the way for its run on the Opera House’s Digital Stage during the pandemic where it clocked up over 75,000 views.

2011 | DEEP END DANCE written by and featuring David Bolger is nominated for an IFTA.

2007 | Together with Cindy Cummings, David Bolger becomes one of the first choreographers to be elected to Aosdána – an affiliation of artists that was founded in 1981 to honour those whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the creative arts in Ireland.

2006 | CoisCéim becomes the first contemporary Irish dance company to be selected and perform at the Biennale di Danza in Venice, Italy

2003 | HIT AND RUN wins the Grand Jury Prize and the Dance on Camera festival at the Lincoln Centre, New York – a first for Ireland

2001 | With his production BALLADS, David Bolger and CoisCéim become the nation’s first to perform at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the oldest and seminal contemporary dance festival in the United States

2000 | HIT AND RUN, a co-production between CoisCéim and Saffron Pictures (formerly Rough Magic Films) becomes the first dance film to be awarded funding by Screen Ireland (formerly Bord Scannán na hÉireann / the Irish Film Board)

1998 | In its first co-production with a dance theatre company, Ireland’s national theatre, the Abbey and CoisCéim present Gina Moxley’s TOUPEES AND SNARE DRUMS on the Peacock Stage.

1996 | Bridget Webster becomes Ireland’s first Aerowaves partner attending the inaugural selection meeting at The Place, London. A partner for 7 years, she co-programmed three platforms for the Dublin Fringe Festival bringing the work of Aerowaves artists to Irish audiences for the first time. She returned to the network in 2018 as a board director, where she was integral to the relocation of the company to Ireland to secure its future following Brexit.

1996 | CoisCéim makes its first guest commission to Liz Roche for DRAGONS AND TONICS.

1996 | CoisCéim becomes the first Irish contemporary dance company to be selected and perform at the SPRING LOADED festival at The Place Theatre in London

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.

ADDRESS 42 Fairview Strand, Dublin 3, D03 YV62 | TELEPHONE +353 (0)1 878 0558 | EMAIL info@coisceim.com
COMPANY SECRETARY
Niamh O’Donnell
COMPANY SECRETARIAL ADVISOR Penelope Kenny, Arts Governance
ACCOUNTANTS KSi Faulkner Orr Limited. Statutory Auditors, Behan House, 10 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2
BANKERS Allied Irish Banks, 101 Grafton St, Dublin 2
LAWYERS Finlay and Company Solicitors, Pembroke House, 24-32 Upper Pembroke Street, Dublin 2
FUNDED BY The Arts Council, Dublin City Council, Culture Ireland
A MEMBER OF Dance Ireland, Theatre Forum, Create, Green Arts Initiative in Ireland and Let’s Talk About Dance, an informal association of dance practitioners in Ireland focussing on knowledge sharing, peer support and advocacy.
COMPANY REG NO 228131 | TAX REG NO 8228131 | REGISTERED CHARITY NO 20031435

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR David Bolger | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/CEO Bridget Webster | GENERAL MANAGER Sarah Latty

GOVERNANCE

We confirm that from 2020 our organisation is in compliance with The Charities Regulator’s Governance Code. Please see DOWNLOADS below for our most recent Compliance Record Form approved by the Board. Previously, CoisCéim was also compliant with The Governance Code (Type C) for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland.

CoisCéim is fully committed to achieving the standards contained within the Charities Regulator’s Guidance For Fundraising to ensure full accountability and transparency to all our donors.

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.

DOWNLOADS
Tax Clearance Certificate
Governing Document | Constitution
Mission Statement
Environmental Policy and Action Plan
Audited Accounts 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021 | 2022
2014 | Charitable Status
2023 | Charities Regulator Governance Code Compliance Record Form
2023 | Policy Documentation Summary
2023 | Public Compliance Statement “Guidelines for Charitable Organisations on Fundraising from the Public”
2023 | Due Diligence | Beneficial Owner Statement
2023 | Feedback and Complaints Procedure
2023 | Donor charter statement

MEMBERS
David Bolger | Artistic Director
Lina Andonovska | Board Member
Julia Carruthers | Board Member (Chair)
Mary Gamble | Board Member
James F. Ingalls | Board Member
Jacquie Marsh | Board Member
Niamh O’Donnell | Board Member (Company Secretary)
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

Lina Andonovska | appointed 07 October 2021 

Curiosity, fearlessness and versatility carry Lina Andonovska’s artistry around the globe. Andonovska is a rare breed in the flute world; a name that you’ll discover on both the pages of Rolling Stone and the Australian Chamber Orchestra roster, she has not only cultivated partnerships with leading artists including Louis Andriessen, Donnacha Dennehy and Claire Chase, but also deep community ties from Timor-Leste to Tokyo’s Wonder Site.
She has recently been appointed as flautist of multiple Grammy Award-winning ensemble ‘Eighth Blackbird.’ A sought-after collaborator, this season she appears as guest musician with Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Recherche, and stargaze. With her performances noted as “re-defining the act of going solo” (The Age), Lina recently released her debut album on Diatribe Records, which was described as “brimming with energy and bold textures, though marked throughout by nuance. A name to watch out for” (All About Jazz). She is based in Dublin, Ireland.

Julia Carruthers  |  appointed 23 June 2021 (CHAIR)

Julia Carruthers started her career as a secretary in John Drummond’s Edinburgh International Festival office.  She was subsequently Programme Co-ordinator at Riverside Studios, taking on administration for choreographer in residence, Michael Clark.  She then was Festival Co-ordinator at the Dance Umbrella Festival and a Dance Officer at the Arts Council of England.  Working freelance, she managed choreographers Jonathan Burrows and Russell Maliphant, and lighting designer Michael Hulls and was Tour Manager for Michael Clark Company’s collaboration with The Fall, as well as undertaking many research and monitoring/assessment projects.

She was Head of Dance & Performance at Southbank Centre 2000-2008, launching Akram Khan Company, Stan Won’t Dance, Bonachela Dance Company and Gauri Tripathi while artists in residence and introducing London/UK audiences to Australian Dance Theatre, James Thiérrée and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. She was in Time Out magazine’s London’s Top 100 ‘Movers, Shakers and Opinion Makers’ in 2006.   She was Executive Ddrirector at Akram Khan Company, based in London and touring worldwide.   Julia was recently Director of the Dublin Dance Festival (2012-2015).  She subsequently spent time in Berlin on a Goethe Institute scholarship.  She is currently Programme Director at Warwick Arts Centre on the University of Warwick campus.

She has programmed ‘Dance on Film’ at the British Film Institute and been the Dance Ambassador for the SKY Arts Awards.  She has been an adviser to the British Council, been part of the European EU funded networks DanceWEB, E-Motional and Aerowaves and has been on the Boards of Dance City in Newcastle, Birmingham DanceXchange, the Lighthouse Arts Centre in Poole and Theatre Forum in Ireland.  She is currently on the Board of Heart of Glass.

Mary Gamble | appointed 07 October 2021

Mary is the Director of Fundraising and Communications for Barnardos, one of Ireland’s largest children’s charities. She has worked in the charity sector for over 20 years and held numerous leadership roles in both the UK and Ireland during that time. A trained dancer she qualified as a ballet teacher with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance in London and went on to professionally dance in numerous theatre productions across the globe before beginning her career in fundraising. She holds a Masters Degree in Ethics from Dublin City University.

James F. Ingalls | appointed 23 June 2021

James F. Ingalls is an American Lighting Designer. Training: Yale School of Drama; University of Connecticut.
Druid: The Beacon, DruidShakespeare: Richard III, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Waiting for Godot, DruidShakespeare: Richard II, Henry IV (Pts 1&2), Henry V.
Gate Theatre: Pale Sister
Designs for dance: The Firebird (Miami City Ballet), Unbound (San Francisco Ballet’s New Works Festival), several pieces for Paul Taylor, many pieces for Mark Morris including The Hard Nut and L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato; Twyla Tharp’s 50th Anniversary Tour.
Designs for opera: world premieres of John Adams’ Doctor Atomic and Nixon in China; and of Kaija Saariaho’s Only the Sound Remains and L’Amour de Loin, all directed by Peter Sellars; Il Farnace and Kat’a Kabanova, both directed by Garry Hynes (Spoleto Festival/USA); ten productions at the Metropolitan Opera.
He often collaborates with the Wooden Floor dancers, Santa Ana, California.

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.

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. 

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 | Pádraig Heneghan | Garry Hynes | Gary Jermyn | Darragh Kelly | Mary Lally | Clare McCormack  |  Brigid McManus | Patrick Murphy | Madeleine Nesbitt |  Cian O’Brien | Niamh O’Flynn | Tobi Omoteso  | Charlie O’Neill | Sinead Reilly | Diana Richardson | Morleigh Steinberg | Barney Whelan 

STUDENT INTERNSHIPS

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 info@coisceim.com or 01 878 0558.

FEEDBACK

“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

PAST INTERNS

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

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