We along with project partner La Escuela Pública de Formación Cultural de Andalucía (Spain) and lead partner Kultur i Väst (Sweden) are delighted that our Centre Stage project successfully secured Creative Europe funding under the 2019 round of support to European cooperation projects.
This project aims to contribute to positive change at both individual and structural levels for women performing artists in Europe. Twenty four artists, eight each from Sweden, Ireland and Spain, will focus on self-promotion and career management skills in order to develop their careers transnationally. We’re very pleased to announce the eight artists from Ireland who will participate in the Centre Stage programme in 2020-2021 and wish them the very best as they embark on this career development programme.
Centre Stage participants
Noelle has spent the last 32 years working as a performer, writer, theatre-maker and director. Her play, POSTSCRIPT, co-written with Michèle Forbes, premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival 2013. It played at the Centre Cultural Irlandais Paris and at the Abbey Theatre (Peacock) in June 2017. Foxy, a play about prejudice towards the Irish Travelling Community, was presented at Project Cube in 2015. Noelle wrote, and co-created Creaking, with Oonagh Murphy in 2016, to explore societal attitudes towards the older population in Ireland.
With support from Dublin City Council, she is currently developing a one woman, theatre conversation about menopause, called The Ship. She co-presented Konenki (Menopause Unmasked) a charity event night in 2019, which focused on all aspects of menopause. She is a campaigner for Adoption Rights in Ireland, and is asking for the Irish State to exhume the mass graves at the former Mother and Baby Institutions throughout Ireland.
Veronica is an artist working through theatre, new text & installation. Facilitation, Action & LOVE are crucial to her practice, she works regularly with communities of identity, purpose and/or place. Her most recently staged play ‘My Son My Son’ (2018) is an intricate examination of women and class inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s ‘The Mother’.
Her durational creative research project HERE & NOW (2012-2018) explored housing, homelessness, and the practice of walking, presented at THISISPOPBABY with St. Patrick’s Festival Where We Live (2018); HOMES/SICK SCIENCE GALLERY (2015); Project Arts Centre (2014), beginning at Sorcha Kenny’s Walking We Ask Questions (DFF 2012).
Currently, Veronica has the privilege of facilitating the new Complex Roots Women’s Drama Group in Dublin’s North Inner City and is under commission from Belltable:Connects with her new play “Paddy McGrath’s Daughter”. She is a current participant of Irish Theatre Institute’s Six in the Attic Artists Supports Programme.
As an established Dance Artist, Eileen has received commissions from Maiden Voyage Dance Company: BRINK 2020, The Playhouse Derry: TURF 2018, Tinderbox & Theatre Company: CUCK 2017.
As Artistic Director of Off the Rails Dance #OTR Eileen choreographed and produced The Dutiful Wife 2016, and S(3)nsored 2011 and received an Artist Career Enhancement Award from Arts Council NI in 2018 to develop #theSHAMEproject for production in 2020.
Residencies: Next Stage Dublin Theatre Festival 2020, 2019 Creative Europe/Galway Theatre Festival’s Make-a-Move: Incubator lab, Galway. 2017 SPACE PROGRAMME, The Performance Corporation (IRE). 2016 Dansmakers, Amsterdam: The Game Show supported by Arts Council NI. HATCH Artist, The MAC Belfast, 2013/14.
Eileen has worked extensively in Higher Education, most recently as a guest choreographer at the University of Cumbria and throughout her post as a Teaching Fellow and Course Director of the BA Dance Program at Ulster University 2014-2017, in which she was responsible for leading the dance programme during its phase-out.
Trained at the Rambert School, London, Lisa has performed extensively nationally and internationally with companies such as the Liz Roche Dance Company, Daghdha, Coisceim, Marguerite Donlon and dancers, IMDT and Opera Ireland.
Her most recent choreography The Kindness of Strangers was commissioned by Live Collision, international festival of Live Art, 2019. In this durational work she walked with 184 people across Ireland. Lead artist and designer of The Autonomy Project, 2018, a multi-genre project encompassing the work of over a 100 young people, artists and academics (funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, commissioned by the Limerick Arts office).
Board member of the Dublin Dance Festival and the Liz Roche Company. Guest lecturer in Dance at the Irish World academy. She holds a first-class honours MA in dance and is completing an Arts Practice PhD at the University of Limerick Funded by the Irish Research Council of Ireland. Mother of three wonderful children.
Gina is a Dublin based writer, actor and director.
Her play The Patient Gloria was co-produced by The Abbey Theatre in association with Pan Pan at Dublin Theatre Festival in 2018. At Edinburgh Fringe 2019 it played at the Traverse Theatre and won a Fringe First and a Herald Angel. Gina has written plays for Rough Magic (Stewart Parker Award), Fishamble, National Connections UK, CoisCéim and Pan Pan Theatre.
Her recent performances include The Patient Gloria in Dublin and Edinburgh. Shows with Pan Pan Theatre, Dead Centre, The Abbey Theatre and Cork Midsummer.
She was director and dramaturg on several intimate, memoiresque shows including Spliced by Timmy Creed, My Magnetic North by Gary Coyle, How to Keep an Alien by Sonya Kelly and Solpadeine is My Boyfriend by Stefanie Preissner.
Gina’s had a number of radio plays broadcast by RTE and is an ongoing collaborator with artist Sean Lynch.
Zoe Ní Riordáin
Zoe is an independent theatre writer-director and musician from Dublin. To date, she has made three original pieces of theatre; The Well Rested Terrorist, Recovery, and Everything I Do. Zoe is interested in exploring how music functions in theatre, and the spiritual crisis of connection that is breaking her heart.
In 2018 she founded a theatre and music company, One Two One Two with collaborator, Maud Lee. They received the Romilly Walton Masters Award in 2018 for experimental theatre, Zoe received the Best Performer award at the Dublin Fringe Festival 2018. Their work has toured nationally and internationally, including Paris and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 (Summerhall with Everything I Do).
Zoe received the Pan Pan International Mentorship Bursary 2018 to develop, Éist Liom a new Irish language opera. One Two One Two have been supported by Arts Council Development award, Dublin City Council, Abbey Theatre. They are resident artists at Project Arts Centre. Zoe was awarded a residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris for 2020.
Fiona’s background is as a theatre maker and sound designer, including performances in
LAUNDRY by ANU directed by Louise Lowe ( winner best production Irish times theatre awards 2012) and DOLLS by Sorcha Kenny ( winner first fortnight award 2013 Dublin Fringe Festival).
She presented her own work A Blinding Glimpse of the Obvious in Dublin Fringe Festival in 2012. As a sound designer and composer Fiona has collaborated with Catherine Young Dance on Ultima Thule since its work in progress showing in Dublin Dance Festival 2015, With the full work staged in Firkin Crane Cork and Project Arts centre in 2016, The Choreography Project, as part of CoisCeims BROADREACH programmme, The river will still run to the sea, a site specific dance piece in Dublin docklands as part of Dance Irelands Mind your step 2015.
Welcoming the stranger as part of The Casement Project, Feile Failte at Banna Strand Co. Kerry in July 2016. This project was staged in Palestine in April 2017. COAST by Tracy Martin for Dublin Fringe Festival 2016, nominated for two Fringe Festival awards. No one see the video directed by Samatha Cade, State of Exception by Catherine young dance 2018. Holy Mary by Eoin Coilfer ( national tour 2018) & Madhouse by Una McKevitt & Pj Gallagher -Abbey Theatre 2018 & National Tour 2019. Fiona has just completed a Masters in experimental sound practice in UCC, 2019.
Louise makes performances for contemporary arts venues and offsite locations. Her work is collaborative, inter-disciplinary and high design. Louise works with real people, stories and events in order to explore societal issues and aims to ask the audience questions about accountability and the world around them.
Works of note: This is the Funeral of Your Life; 6 venue National Tour 2019 & Project Arts Centre 2017. Mother You 2015; Large scale performance for 11,000 sq ft commercial unit. Way Back Home 2013; WINNER Spirit of the Fringe. From the Heart 2010; NOMINATED Spirit of the Fringe, Best Off-Site & Best Design.
Louise is also a facilitator and educator. She trained at The Oxford School of Drama and Trinity College Dublin & she has an MA in Socially Engaged Art from NCAD. She has worked with Dublin Youth Theatre, The National Women’s Council of Ireland, The SAOL Project, The Abbeyleix Bog Project and The Lantern Centre’s International Women’s Group.