David is the Artistic Director and co-founder of CoisCéim Dance Theatre. His work has been seen by millions of people worldwide and has received prestigious awards for its innovation, performance and choreography. David has directed and choreographed over 30 original productions for CoisCéim, including Go To Blazes, Francis Footwork, the highly lauded The Wolf and Peter, Body Language, and the major international co-production These Rooms (Irish Times Theatre Award, London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), TATE Liverpool). His work for the company has been presented at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and Peak Performances in the USA, Spring Loaded (The Place) and the Brighton Festival in the UK, Ten Days on the Island (Tasmania), Arts Centre Melbourne and Sydney Opera House (Australia). David has received numerous choreographic commissions for theatre and opera including Druid (Ireland), Spoleto Festival (USA), Guthrie Theatre (USA), RTÉ (Ireland), National Theatre (UK), Abbey Theatre (Ireland) and Opera Ireland. He is a member of Aosdána. www.coisceim.com/about-us/
Katie is a theatre designer, currently in residence at The Dean Art Studio Dublin. She has an Irish Times Theatre Award for costume design 2021 & 2022 and has been nominated twice.
Katie has designed for many major theatre, opera and dance companies in Ireland, including The Abbey, The Gate, Irish National Opera, Landmark, United Fall, Liz Roche Company, Coiscéim, Northern Ireland Opera, Theatre Lovett, thisispopbaby and Rough Magic.She recently created the installation “Pegeen’s” at The Abbey Theatre – a pop up theatre café.
Katie is vice chair of the Irish Society of Stage & Screen Designers and was Designer in Residence at The Gate Theatre Dublin in 2017. She represented Ireland in Beijing NCPA at Evolving Design for Performance in 2016 and again at The Prague Quadrennial 2019, a world exhibition of theatre design.
Previous lighting designs for CoisCéim include Our Fathers, Missing, Swimming with my Mother and Boxes. Other work includes: Orfeo ed Euridice for Blackwater Valley Opera; The Wasteground Party for The Peacock Theatre (The Abbey); The Visit for Draiocht Arts Centre; Hansel & Gretel, Hans Christian Anderson for Verdant Productions; Chance to Dance film for Jess Rowell Dance & Draiocht; A Holy Show for Verdant Productions; Carmen, The Nutcracker & Swan Lake for Ballet Ireland; The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth, King Lear and Hamlet (nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award) for Second Age Theatre Company; It Only Ever Happens In The Movies, A Dream Play, The Seagull, A Midsummer’s Night Dream and The Caucasian Chalk Circle for The National Youth Theatre at The Peacock Theatre (The Abbey; This is a room, The Comedy of Errors for Dublin Youth Theatre; The Field for Verdant Productions, Stones In His Pockets for Pat Moylan Productions- all at The Gaiety Theatre
Conor is one of Ireland’s leading jazz drummers and educators. As a performer he has toured and recorded with some of the finest jazz musicians in the world today. On the domestic front he runs the Conor Guilfoyle Octet and has led many Salsa and Latin jazz groups making the first recordings of that genre in Ireland.
He is co-founder of the Newpark music jazz programme now in DCU which offered the first BA in jazz performance in Ireland. He has lectured on many of the leading jazz programs worldwide and is the author of three books, “Odd Meter Clave for drum set”, “Rhythmic reading for drummers” and “Keeping the drummer occupied”.
Val has worked as a hair and makeup artist as well as a wigmaker for a quarter of a century. As well as television, film and advertising work, Val has worked for all major theatre compa