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Emma O'Kane Pageant photo by Ros Kavanagh
Emma O'Kane Bursary


Philadelphia-based Designer and Filmmaker. Christopher had the unique joy of collaborating with Emma O’Kane over the several year process of developing and performing CoisCéim’s “Body Language”, and with the piece “Francis Footwork”. She was a warm friend and is deeply missed.  

Christopher Ash’s work has been seen in 13 countries and been recognized for 15 awards. Notable credits include, Broadway’s Sunday in the Park with George, Saint Joan, Network, The Prince of Broadway, the Crucible, and On The Town. His designs for Opera have been presented at The Met, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera, and Houston Grand Opera. Christopher holds an MFA in design from the Yale School of Drama.
David Bolger 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 20 original productions for CoisCéim, including the highly lauded FRANCIS FOOTWORK, 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, China, Spring Loaded (The Place), The Brighton Festival, and both the International Festival Edinburgh and Edinburgh Fringe 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, Royal Opera House and English National Opera (UK), Abbey Theatre (Ireland) and Opera Ireland.                    
Film works include DANCING AT LUGHNASA, DEEP END DANCE (Writer/Choreographer) and the award winning short film HOW TO SINK A PAPER BOAT (Writer/ Director/ Choreographer). David is a member of Aosdána. 
Owen Boss is a Dublin based visual artist and designer that utilises a number of platforms in his work including installation, video and collaboration. He has worked with theatre maker Louise Lowe since 2004 and in 2009 the pair established themselves as ANU. His work utilises the permeation of boundaries across subject matter and disciplines. Boss uses ethnographic means of research employing multiple entry points including geographical, historical and the archival in a collaborative studio setting to build work across disciplines. The outcomes of this studio research is generally located off-site where the very particular geography and history of the site resonates with the work itself. The work is predominantly made as large-scale multi-room installations and places the audience at its very centre. In 2009 Boss co- founded ANU Productions; his work with ANU includes: The Party to End All Parties (Dublin Theatre Festival, 2020), Intersection (The Lab Gallery, 2019), Scrapefoot (The Ark, 2019), Beyond These Rooms (Tate Exchange at Tate Liverpool, National Museum of Ireland, 2019), That Was Us (Oonagh Young Gallery, 2019), Faultline (Dublin Theatre festival, 2019), The Anvil (Manchester International Festival, 2019), Falling out of Standing (Dingle International Film Festival 2019, Light Moves Festival 2017, Damer House Gallery 2017), The Lost O’Casey (Dublin Theatre Festival, 2018), Falling Out of Standing (Dingle International Film Festival), These Rooms, (Art:16 Arts Council commission), Sunder (Dublin Theatre Festival), On Corporation Street, (HOME Manchester commission). Sunder Development (National Museum of Ireland), Pals the Irish at Gallipoli (National Museum of Ireland), Beautiful Dreamers (Limerick City of Culture), Vardo (Dublin Theatre Festival 2014), Angel Meadow (Home Commission, Manchester), Vardo Corner Development (Dublin Theatre Festival 2013), THIRTEEN (Dublin Fringe Festival 2013), Living the Lockout The Dublin Tenement Experience (2013) Boys of Foley Street (Dublin Theatre Festival 2012), Laundry (Dublin Theatre Festival 2011), World's End Lane (Re- Viewed - Dublin Theatre Festival 2011, Absolut Fringe 2010,), Fingal Ronan (Robert Wilson Watermill Center New York 2010) and Basin (Dublin Fringe Festival 2009). Exhibitions include This is Not Architecture, Highlanes Gallery 2017. A Yellow Rose, (the Free Mason’s Grand Lodge 2012), Contemporary Art and the Moving Image (2011), Life with Edits, (the Joinery Dublin 2011), Testimonial Live, (Project Art Centre for Project Brand New 2010), Testimonial (2010), Potential of Vacancy (2010), Projector, Four Gallery (2009), Camera Obscura, Lighthouse Cinema (2009), Punctum, Project Art Centre for Project Brand New (2008), Tumbledowntown, Hotel Ballymun (2007). Design work includes The Same (Corcadorca, Galway Arts Festival, 2018, Cork Prison, 2016) with Corcadorca Theatre Company, written by Enda Walsh. Other collaborative work includes Rock Paper Scissors (2008), Xspired (2006) and Tumbledowntown (2005). Owen has been a recipient of a number of awards including an Arts Council Professional Development Award (2020), Visual Art Bursary (2017), a Project award, Artist in the Community Scheme Project Realisation Award (2015, 2012, 2008), an Arts Council Participation Bursary (2008), Artist in the Community Scheme Research and Development Grant (2006) and a Breaking Ground Local Artist Commission (2005). 

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Originally from New Zealand, Justine has been based in Ireland as a freelance dance artist, teacher and choreographer since 2008. Most recently working with Justine Doswell, Mary Wycherly, Oona Doherty, Liz Roche Company, United Fall, Maria Nilsson Waller, Anu, CoisCéim Dance Theatre, Junk Ensemble, meryl tankard australian dance theatre- company member (1998-2000). Justine’s own work Folds of the Crane was presented as part of Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival 2015, Dublin Dance Festival 2016 and What’s Next Festival, Limerick 2018. 


Jim Culleton is the artistic director of Fishamble: The New Play Company, for which he has directed productions on tour throughout Ireland, UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US. His productions for Fishamble have won many Irish and international awards, including Olivier, The Stage, Scotsman Fringe First, and Irish Times Best Director awards. Jim has also directed for Audible, the Abbey, the Gaiety, the Belgrade, 7:84 Scotland, Project, Amharclann de hÍde, Tinderbox, The Passion Machine, the Ark, Second Age, Dundee Rep, Draíocht, CoisCéim/Crash Ensemble/GIAF, RTÉ Radio 1, Frontline Defenders, Amnesty International, Little Museum of Dublin, Fighting Words, RTÉ lyric fm, Soho Theatre, Scripts Festival, Vessel and APA (Australia), TNL (Canada), Solas Nua and Kennedy Centre (Washington DC), Odyssey (LA), Origin, Irish Arts Center and 59E59 (Off-Broadway), as well as for Trafalgar Theatre Productions on the West End, and IAC/Symphony Space on Broadway. Jim has taught for NYU, NUI, GSA, Uversity, the Lir, Villanova, Notre Dame, UM, JNU, UMD, and TCD. 

Úna Kavanagh has been a company member with ANU Productions for the last decade. She has collaborated on over a dozen multi-disciplinary pieces as a Visual artist; Performance Artist; Film artist and  Live performer. Past works include The Monto Cycle 2010-2014; the 2016  Triptych; These Rooms London International Theatre Festival 2018; and The  Anvil 2019 Manchester International Festival. 

Úna holds a B.A. and M.A. from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland. She has worked extensively across art disciplines for over 30 years in her native Ireland, UK, America, France, and the Middle East. As an artist her work includes sculpture, text, painting, drawing, performance, film, installation, animation, script writing, music composition, Performance Art, and Live Art durational performances. Her practice ranges from extensive work in theatre, film, television, and radio to her artistic collaborations. Úna has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions. Her work is held in private collections both here and the Middle East. She was awarded The Arts Council Agility Award for Visual Arts in 2021 and represented Ireland in ‘Art by Country’ in Abu Dhabi 2014 and 2019. Most recently she has played the role of Ishtar in Gilgamesh (2021) written by Marina Carr and directed by Noeline Kavanagh. Her short film Constance (Screen Ireland and Bow Street Academy commission) will have its world premiere at the Cork International Film Festival in November 2021. She has been chosen as a 2021 AXIS Assemble Artist to develop her new theatre work Sacred Window and is the recipient of an Arts Council Theatre Bursary Award 2021.

Pat Kinevane is a native of Cobh, Co. Cork. He has worked as an actor in theatre, film, television and radio for 30 years. In 2016 Pat won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement. This prestigous award was shared with Fishamble and Jim Culleton who have been integral to the Production and Direction of Pat’s three Solo Shows. As a writer he completed his first full length play The Nun’s Wood in 1997 which won a BBC Stewart Parker Trust Award and was produced by Fishamble. Fishamble then produced his second play The Plains of Enna (Dublin Theatre Festival 1999). Pat wrote The Death of Herod for Mysteries 2000 at the SFX. In 2008 his piece Evangeline Elsewhere premiered in New York in the First Irish Festival.
Pat has been touring since 2006 with his four solo pieces Forgotten (Irish Times Theatre Award Nominee), Silent (Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Angel and Brighton Argus Angel Award), Underneath (Scotsman Fringe First and Adelaide Fringe Awards), and Before (Herald Archangel Award), all produced by Fishamble. Pat is deeply thankful to Fishamble for all of their work and endless support. 

LOUISE LOWE (WISDOM CODES)                
Hailing from the North Inner City, Louise makes site-specific and immersive art works within communities of space, place and interest. Since co-founding ANU in 2009, she has directed all of the company’s multi-award winning work to date, including: FAULTLINE (Gate Theatre co-production for Dublin Theatre Festival), THE ANVIL (Manchester International Festival), THE LOST O'CASEY (Abbey Theatre, Dublin Theatre Festival) winner of 3 Irish Times Theatre Awards, including best new play), TORCH St. Helens UK (Arts Council England, ambition for excellence award), HENTOWN (Dublin City Council / Winner of Irish Times Theatre Award), THESE ROOMS in collaboration with CoisCeim for London International Festival of Theatre, NOW1418 and Dublin Theatre Festival, PALS in collaboration with the National Museum of Ireland, ANGEL MEADOW (Winner Best Production and Best Ensemble Awards at Manchester Theatre Awards, Nominated for Best Director Award, UK National Theatre Awards / HOME Manchester) BEAUTIFUL DREAMERS (Limerick City of Culture), PROCLAIMING A REPUBLIC (National Museum of Ireland), THE SIN EATERS (Dublin Theatre Festival), BASIN (Winner Irish Times Theatre Award and the Multi Award Winning Monto Cycle encompassing: WORLD'S END LANE, LAUNDRY, THE BOYS OF FOLEY STREET and VARDO.

As a freelance Director her work includes THE SHADOW OF A GUNMAN (Gate Theatre) TEST DUMMY (Theatre Upstairs, Nominated Best New Play, Irish Times Theatre Awards), DEEP (Cork Opera House), THE END OF THE ROAD (Fishamble), ACROSS THE LOUGH (Performance Corporation), SECRET CITY, THE BATHS, RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW and THE DEMETER PROJECT Cultural Olympiad Production all for Prime Cut Productions. TV and film includes FAIR CITY (RTE), FALLING OUT OF STANDING (Tate Liverpool) and HAWKSNEST (Arts Council Project Award). Freelance writing credits include REBEL REBEL (National and US Tour) and BAIT Theatre for One / Landmark Productions (CorkOpera House & National Theatre London). At the LIR Academy (Trinity College Dublin) Louise teaches devising theatre and the MFA Directing Course. She was awarded the International Artist Residency at the Robert Wilson Center, New York. Louise trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London).

Niamh most recently appeared in ANU’s THE PARTY TO END ALL PARTIES directed by Louise Lowe for Dublin Theatre Festival 2020. Earlier this year Niamh performed in THE FALL OF THE SECOND REPUBLIC directed by Annie Ryan for the Abbey Theatre. Other recent credits include Dylan Tighe’s PASOLINI’S SALÒ REDUBBED at the Abbey, and A CHRISTMAS CAROL directed by Selina Cartmell for the Gate Theatre, Dublin. Niamh is a long term collaborator & performer with ANU and has performed in over nine productions, including award winning works LAUNDRY (2011), ANGEL MEADOW (2014) THESE ROOMS, and most recently THE ANVIL for the Manchester International Festival 2019. Screen credits include THE CLINIC (RTÉ) and HOLBY CITY (BBC) RIVER CITY (BBC),and LITTLE ROY (CBBC). Film credits include John Crowley’s BAFTA & Oscar Nominated BROOKLYN, & THE CURED Directed by David Freyne. Previous writing and creation of solo work includes WELCOME TO THE FORTY FOOT. Niamh is primarily Dublin based, but also has a London base.
Niamh trained as an Actor at The Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London. She began her career at the prestigious Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, returning for several seasons thereafter, and has worked consistently with some of the leading theatre companies in the UK and Ireland, including the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Lyceum Edinburgh, Gate Theatre Dublin, Rough Magic, Abbey Theatre and ANU Productions.      

Siobhán McDonald is Artist in Residence at the School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin (2020-2023), exploring the Anthropocene and the recent consequences of our treatment of nature. Since 2020 she has been selected to work with European Cultural Institutions such as BOZAR: Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels and Gluon: Platform for Art, Science and Technology on a new project about environmental change. The commissioned artworks will be presented at the Serpentine Gallery, London and Ars Electronica, Austria in 2022. Recent awards include an EU Commission Alumni award 2021, Arts Council's Visual Arts Bursary 2020, Creative Ireland Award 2020 and Climate Whirl Arts Programme Helsinki 2020. Recent shows include BOZAR, Brussels, 2020; Deutsches Hygiene-Museum DHMD, 2020; Volta, Basel 2019; Limerick City Art Gallery, 2019; Deutsches Hygiene-Museum DHMD, 2019; The National Trust-Fox Talbot Museum, UK, 2018; Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, 2018 among others.
Her work is represented in many collections, both public and private such as The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Allied Irish Banks, Bank of Ireland, The Ulster Museum and Trinity College Dublin. Her projects are supported by The European Commission, The Institute of Physics, Culture Ireland, The Arts Council and The European Research Council.

The visual resource EMMA includes material for a forthcoming project about the sun -  “The Week the Sun Touched the Earth” that will be exhibited at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris in April 2022.    

Lynnette Moran is a Creative Producer, Art Director & Festival Director specialising in Live Art, Theatre, Visual Art and Digital platforms; with distinct experience of producing collaborative & socially engaged arts practice & public art commissions. 

Lynnette is Exec Creative Producer with ANU productions & Louise Lowe since 2013 – Ireland’s leading contemporary production company with an unprecedented reputation for ground-breaking and seminal work. In 2019, Lynnette Moran and Louise Lowe co-created Faultline, an ANU and Gate Theatre Co-Production. She is one of two core producers on all productions to date including The Anvil (MIF, Manchester International Festival),The Lost O’Casey (The Abbey Theatre and Dublin Theatre Festival), TORCH (Arts Council England Ambition & Excellence Award), Hawknest (The Gate Theatre), Zero-Hour, These Rooms (LIFT, London International Festival of Theatre), Hentown, The Sin Eaters (DTF), Pals - the Irish at Gallipoli (Dept of Arts & Heritage & National Museum of Ireland), Vardo and Angel Meadow and many more. 

In 2009, Lynnette established Live Collision, Ireland’s leading annual curated international festival of Live Art and Ireland’s first independent Creative Producing House working with exceptional artists nationally & internationally. The festival is currently in it’s 11th edition. 

In 2021, together with Producer Matt Smyth, Lynnette founded field:arts - a support agency to cultivate growth, sustainability and ambition across the independent contemporary arts sector in Ireland supported by Arts Council Ireland’s CPS award. Lynnette’s current artist portfolio includes artists Amanda Coogan, Maia Nunes and Mufutau Yusuf. 

Lynnette was previously Associate Producer at Create for six years during which time she was co- founder & Lead Producer for CAPP (Collaborative Art Partnership Programme) between (2014 - 2018), an unprecedented four year transnational partnership across six European countries and nine partner organisations co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union focusing on collaborative & socially engaged practice and commissions across Europe. 

Lynnette is EFA (European Festival Association) alumni and recipient of the EFFE’s award for outstanding commitment to work of social relevance with a global outlook. Lynnette has directed over 25 works for theatre and gallery spaces, as well as for screen and digital media.

Lynnette began her career in London, cutting her teeth with some of the UK’s leading arts organisations including LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) and BAC (Battersea Arts Centre) where she developed her practice as a Creative Producer. She holds a BA Hons Degree in Fine Art and an MA in Performance Art from Goldsmiths College, London. 


Shane trained as an actor and writer at Trinity College Dublin. Over the course of his career Shane has been mentored by Irish and international theatre practitioners including Katie Mitchell, Anna-Maria Murphy and Bruce Norris. Shane is an alumni of the Six in the Attic programme at the Irish Theatre Institute and is a previous PUSH EU artist. His recent theatre writing work includes: windowpane (The Abbey Theatre; Dear Ireland); The Water Boys (Equinox Theatre); Näher...closer, nearer, sooner (Liz Roche Company); FOLLOW, FARM and CARE (co-created with WillFredd Theatre); The Matador (Show in a Bag) The Genealogy Project (development showing at The Abbey Theatre, 2017).  

Shane’s film writing includes: PAL (Culture Night 2020); Näher (co-created with Liz Roche and directed by Alan Gilsenan). He is currently in development with Invisible Thread Films and Equinox on a new experimental documentary film.
Shane was commissioned by the International Literature Festival 2021 to create a small work as part of the ‘I want you to know’ project. As an actor Shane has performed with The Abbey Theatre, The Gate Theatre, Rough Magic, Druid, Landmark, Barnstorm and Prime Cut along with other Irish and international companies.

Kilian Waters is an award winning filmmaker and video designer. He was originally trained in video and film production but has been designing video for theatre for over a decade. In this time he has worked with many of Ireland's leading theatre companies including Company SJ, Broken Talkers, Junk Ensemble, ANU, The Abbey Theatre, The Gate, Outlandish Theatre, Talking Shop, Willfredd Theatre, Upstate Theatre, CoisCeim and Theatreclub. His cinematic work includes Falling out of Standing (CoisCeim and ANU) The Far Side (Upstate Theatre), Mechanic (winner best short Galway Film Fleadh 2013), Come Into The Gardens (Outlandish Theatre - JDIFF official selection 2014), Abacus (Brokentalkers). His video art work includes collaborative and joint installations in The Tate Liverpool, Hugh Lane Dublin, Visual Carlow, 14 Henrietta Street and Draíocht Arts Centre. His work has toured extensively and featured on stages and screens around the world.


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