DAVID BOLGER | ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
David is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of CoisCéim Dance Theatre.
Over the past 20 years he has directed the Company to gain international recognition. David has directed and choreographed many original productions for the Company, many of which have toured both nationally and internationally – 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 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 Gelfahrenzonefor 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 and The Year Of The Hiker. 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 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), Gone with the Wind directed by Trevor Nunn (New London Theatre), and Direction for Macbecks (Longroad). In 2013 he was Musical Stager and Choreographer for Heartbeat of Home, from the producers of Riverdance. 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 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.
BRIDGET WEBSTER | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/CEO
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.
PHILIPPA DONNELLAN | BROADREACH DIRECTOR
Philippa Donnellan trained in Contemporary Dance Technique at The Martha Graham School, New York, and gained an M.A in Dance Studies from Surrey University, UK. Philippa joined CoisCéim Dance Theatre in 2006 to set up BROADREACH participation and engagement programme, for whom she has facilitated residencies, associations and partnerships with a number of leading Irish institutions.
As part of BROADREACH, Philippa has directed and choreographed a range of projects including: Dublin Bus drivers in Gut Busters a major health initiative for CIE (2006/2007), CoisCéim youth group Creative Steps (2007 – 2016), and adults in The Choreography Project. From 2007 to 2015 she led an annual Dublin City Council/BROADREACH performance project for people aged 50+ Bealtaine Festival. In 2013 BROADREACH was awarded a CocaCola Thank You Fund Award for which Philippa directed with musician Brian Fleming, THE BEAT PROJECT – an intergenerational dance/music performance project presented at The Big Bang Festival of Rhythm, Dublin. Following an award from IPB Insurance, a second intergenerational project STRIKING MOVES took place in 2014. From 2013 – 2016 she led the Teacher Education strand of CoisCéim’s 3 Year Dance Residency with the School of Arts Education & Movement, DCU (formerly PE Unit, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra), and in 2015 and 2017 Philippa led Creative Dance Tales, a nationwide workshop series for primary school children in parallel with CoisCéim’s production THE WOLF AND PETER.
In 2016 she collaborated with theatre maker Noelle Brown on dance, poetry and performance project EMILY inspired by author Emily Dickenson, and as BROADREACH /Dance Limerick partnership project for ages 50+, choreographed HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU KID. Philippa has mentored several dance film project for Creative Steps including WHERE ARE WE NOW? 2016 with 4 films created and produced by young people. In autumn 2016 she directed an intergenerational women’s performance project 38 WOMEN as part of the public engagement strand of ANU /CoisCéim co-production THESE ROOMS, with performances at the National Museum of Decorative Arts, Collins Barracks.
In January 2017 Philippa was invited as guest artist in residence at Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, USA as part of (Re)Public exhibition in which visual material from 38 WOMEN was presented. Showcasing the work of seven leading artists in Ireland, (Re)Public was initiated by CREATE National Development Agency for the Arts and supported by Culture Ireland. From November 2016 to February 2017 she coordinated ALIGHT! a dance, storytelling and performance project in partnership with Dublin Culture’s Connects: National Neighbourhood. Commissioned by DCC Arts Office for Crinniu na Casca Festival April 2017, Philippa directed performance piece OFF THE WALLS with young and older people, inspired by visual artist Theresa Nanigian exhibition TRYING TO BEHAVE at DCC the Lab Gallery. She also led a choreography project ARMOUR for adults which ran in parallel as part of CoisCéim/RHA collaboration, BODY LANGUAGE. In 2018, Philippa directed DANCE LATITUDES – a dance, architecture and performance project for people aged 50+ which culminated in a celebratory performance as part of Culture Night, and collaborated with Composer Denis Clohessy on SHORELINE – an intergenerational choral song and contemporary dance project, funded by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Council Council Arts Grants and developed in association with dlr LexIcon and Pavilion Theatre. She is currently developing various new intergenerational and community projects for 2019.
As an independent dance artist, Philippa was awarded funding in 2013 from Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council, Kildare County Council and a Dance Ireland residency to develop PAT & PATRICIA a touring social and performance piece for older people in care centres. In 2014 she was awarded an Arts Council – Artist in the Community Award, a Dance Limerick Residency and a Dublin City Council Dance Bursary to undertake research project TASTY HABITS concerning rituals and relationships to food. In 2017, for Dance Limerick, Philippa collaborated with dancer Krysten Fontanella to create CHORAL MOVES, a community project in Limerick, and In the same year was awarded an Arts Council Dance Artist in Residence at axis, Ballymun and a Dance Ireland residency to develop BODY OF WORK | What’s the story? about work and its impact on the body. BODY OF WORK was presented at axis, Ballymun in May 2018 as part of Dublin Dance Festival. In 2018 Philippa was awarded a Percolate Residency at Dance Limerick, and an Arts Council Arts Participation Bursary Award to research and develop the project with women in 2019. In January 2019 BODY OF WORK men’s piece will be presented at Symposium A DJ SAVED MY LIFE about men, movement and mental health curated by Ailish Claffey and Cathy Coughlan as part of First Fortnight,.
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 over fifteen 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.
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 | The Jury Prize, New York and Award for Creative Excellence Houston, Texas for HIT AND RUN
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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FUNDED BY The Arts Council, Dublin City Council, Culture Ireland
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ARTISTIC DIRECTOR David Bolger | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Bridget Webster | BROADREACH DIRECTOR Philippa Donnellan | GENERAL MANAGER Sarah Latty
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David Bolger | Artistic Director
Olwen Dawe | Board Member
Pádraig Heneghan | Board Member
Garry Hynes | Board Member
Jacquie Marsh | Board Member
Clare McCormack | Board Member
Cian O’Brien | Board Member | Chair
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 | Broadreach Director *€40-45,000 | General Manager €40-45,000
*These positions are part-time ranging from 2 to 3 days per week.
POLICIES & PROCEDURES
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Olwen Dawe | appointed 22 February 2017
Olwen Dawe is a Policy Analyst and Consultant; she holds a BBS (Hons.), a PG. Dip. Economic Science and is currently researching a Masters thesis on the role of advocacy groups in public policy decision-making. Establishing the consulting practice Irish Business Intelligence in 2010, Olwen has worked with a wide range of State agencies, arts organisations, not-for-profits and private companies on strategic development, policy, planning and implementation, funding and communications. Currently she works predominantly in the area of gender equality and diversity – including the recent pilot ‘Unconscious Gender Bias’ programme in conjunction with the Department of Justice and Equality. Olwen is a former President of Network Ireland, and now sits on the organisation’s Advisory Council – she is a Board member of the National Women’s Council of Ireland and chairs the Policy Research Committee of the National Campaign for the Arts.
Pádraig Heneghan | 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.
Since relocating to Dublin, 2018 she has worked in a freelance capacity with clients including, the Abbey Theatre, Prime Cut Productions, Company Philip Connaughton, For The Birds Theatre Company and Kate Bowe PR.
Cian O’Brien | Chair | appointed 5 February 2014
Cian O’Brien has been Artistic Director of Project Arts Centre since October 2011. Prior to this he was Producer/Artist Development with Rough Magic Theatre Company. He produced 13 productions with Rough Magic, including national & international tours along with 3 world premieres. Cian was also responsible for managing and co-curating Rough Magic’s Artist Development programmes: SEEDS, ADVANCE and Production Support. Cian worked as a freelance producer working on a number of projects with Making Strange Theatre, junk ensemble, Brokentalkers, thisispopbaby, Project Arts Centre and Bedrock Productions. He is a board member of the Irish Theatre Institute and CoisCéim Dance Theatre.
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 number of student internships available each year is limited. 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