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MUIRNE BLOOMER                
Muirne Bloomer is from Dublin. She has had an extensive performance career in ballet, contemporary and dance theatre in Ireland and abroad. Muirne’s work has been commissioned and funded by Dublin City Council, CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Dublin City Arts Office, St Patricks Festival as well as receiving Arts Council funding for her own original work. Choreography for theatre and opera credits include Irish National Opera’s La Cenerentola, nominated for Best Production Irish Times Theatre Awards 2020 and the critically acclaimed Hamlet for the Gate Theatre 2019,2020. Muirne has been a major contributor to large scale spectacle and pageantry in Ireland and her choreography and staging include; The World Festival of Families (Croke Park, 2018), Laochra- GAA 2016 Centenary (Croke Park 2016); Opening Ceremony of the UEFA Europa League Final (Aviva Stadium 2011), Ryder Cup (K Club 2007) and Opening Sequence for the Special Olympics (Croke Park 2003). She annually directs a large- scale community project for St Patrick’s Festival and is Artistic Director of the Dockers and Demons Festival; a Community Arts festival in the Dublin docklands area. Muirne obtained an MA first- class honours in Dance from UL IN 2015.
Recent Project Experience:
2017 - 2020| DOCKERS AND DEMONS FESTIVAL - an exciting new festival supported by Dublin City Council, the creative team developed a vibrant programme for the community in the area to re-establish connections with the historic and cultural significance of ‘Oiche Samhna’. ( watch?v=fhTiSeWNOLs).
2019 | CITY WEAVE FOR VELO CITY. The Velo-city Dublin Bike Parade was an event not to be missed. It was jam-packed with music, theatre, sport, culinary delights plus of course a designated UNESCO biosphere!
2018 | WORLD FESTIVAL OF FAMILIES was a very special concert-type event which was significant and beautiful at its heart, celebrating families and their faith from all around the world bringing together with 10,000 participants.
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Justine Doswell is a dance artist, choreographer and creative producer based in Dublin since 1997. She has worked with numerous notable Irish and international choreographers, directors and companies. Inspired by dynamic structure and living systems her choreographic practice has been supported by The Arts Council, Dublin City Council, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Dublin Dance Festival, Dance Ireland, Dance Limerick, LD Dance Shawbrook, Liz Roche Company and The Lir Academy, THEATREClub, Dance Resource Base, The Complex and Dublin Youth Dance Company. Justine is an Irish Modern Dance Theatre 2021/22 Associate Artist and an Arts Council 2021 Next Generation Artist Award recipient.

In 2003 Justine obtained an honours Gdip in Web Design and Multimedia Authoring. Since then, she has worked freelance for a variety of clients, amongst them FUSIO one of Ireland's leading web design & development companies.
Siobhán is a graduate of visual communications from the College of Marketing and Design [DIT]. She has over 25 years industry experience which includes, working with The Graphiconies / Public Communications Centre designing for clients such as Trócaire, Amnesty International, Temple Bar Properties, Labour Party and The Ark. Siobhan started her own company ‘Alphabet Soup’, in 1998 designing primarily for the culture sector for clients such as, Culture Ireland, Council of National Cultural Institutions (CNCI), Irish Theatre Institute, IMMA, The Digital Hub, O’Brien Press and County Council Arts Offices in Drogheda, Sligo, Dublin and Dún Laoghaire.
For her theatre, dance and opera clients she has designed well over 100 production images, these include companies such as Rough Magic Theatre, Storytellers, CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Opera Theatre Company, Calipo, Calipso, Anu and Barabbas. Siobhan spent six years as Head of Design for ‘Clickworks’ the sister design agency to ‘Chemistry Strategic Advertising’ where she was responsible for the design of the last 6 national campaigns for the Referendum Commission.
Leading her design team in creating communications for clients such as Citizens Information Board, First 1000 days, Fáilte Ireland, Health Research Board and Aiken Promotions. Recently she has designed the new brand for Irish National Opera and all their communications for their season launches. Siobhan is also an Associate Designer with Persuasion Republic Communications where she has worked on campaigns for clients such as Focus Ireland, Irish Red Cross, Marie Keating Foundation and Debra Ireland. 

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. 
Janice has been helping people and organisations think strategically about their futures and engage effectively with what matters for over twenty years. Since qualifying as a coach in 2011, she has also helped them consider and manage change. After a 20-year career in the arts and four years working with leading management consultancy Genesis, Janice set up her own business in 2015 as a strategy and engagement consultant and coach.        
Janice is proud to have worked with many cultural clients over the last five years including The Arts Council, Fingal County Council, Creative Ireland, Create, Dublin City Council, The Stinging Fly, Irish Writers Centre, The Ark, Irish Architecture Foundation, National Library, National Archives, Crawford Art Gallery, Draíocht, Dance Ireland, Fire Station Artists Studio and Music Generation. She is currently supporting the Irish Writers Centre, Branar and Droichead with strategic planning. Janice enables clients across many other sectors to think clearly and courageously about their brand or business, to engage their stakeholders and to position themselves for success. Recent clients include Fáilte Ireland, Limerick City and County Council, Limerick School of Art and Design, Dublin City University, Independent Broadcasters of Ireland and Association of Conservation Architects.
Janice also coaches individual clients, many of whom are artists, supporting them to be at their best in their careers. Prior to her work as a consultant, Janice worked mainly in the arts and cultural sector enjoying an eclectic career which began as an actress, journeyed through running a comedy club and managing a 1⁄24 million cultural programme for Ireland’s Presidency of the EU in 2004 and concluded as Head of Marketing at the Abbey Theatre. In post during a time of crisis and significant change, she led a major strategic brand development project there. She also led the re-brand of Project Arts Centre prior to the opening of their new building in 2000. A skilled facilitator and award-winning researcher, Janice regularly uses the World Café methodology to design and lead workshops where stakeholders gather to have motivating conversations about issues that matter and uses the principles of Appreciative Inquiry to guide her work.
Janice completed an MSc. in Work and Organisational Behaviour at DCU in 2017. She was awarded first- in-class and received the VHI award for her thesis on ‘The Art of Change’, a qualitative research-led study of managers’ commitment to change in a leading cultural institution. Janice is also a graduate of York University where she studied English, and of the National University of Ireland, with a Diploma in Managing Organisations in the Voluntary Sector. She is a former Chairperson of Dublin Fringe Festival and was a board member of Dublin Dance Festival, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, Irish Charities Tax Reform Group and the National Campaign for the Arts. She is a member of the British Psychology Society and qualified BPS practitioner. 


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Bridget is a co-founder of CoisCéim Dance Theatre working with the company from its inception in 1995 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.


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