Michelle Cahill Michelle Cahill

I’m a performer and producer. I studied dance-theatre and performance in Yorkshire, London and Limerick. My work is underpinned with an interest in creative and physical expression, supporting the development of the individual and collaborating with others to realise artistic goals. I received an Arts Council bursary and a scholarship to study at Trinity LABAN, London, graduating in 1999. I worked in the UK and Spain before returning to Ireland in 2001. I was a founding member of the award-winning Catapult Dance Company with Rebecca Walter. My performance work over the past 15 years spans theatre, dance and film, street-performance and puppetry. I received an Arts Council Project Award in 2017 to create my first full-length work Thirteen Steps to the Attic; a solo performance work in collaboration with director Rowan Tolley (Firkin Crane, March 2018 & Galway Theatre Festival May 2018). I was a participant on the inaugural ELEVATOR Mentorship and Resource Sharing initiative with Irish Theatre Institute in association with Town Hall Theatre, Galway in 2017.

Since 2014 I have produced new work and managed social media campaigns for independent theatre and dance artists including Dolores by Junk Ensemble (social media & admin) Playboyz by Martin Sharry, Dublin Theatre Festival; the award-winning Soldier Still by Junk Ensemble, Dublin Fringe & Belfast International Arts Festival; Enthroned by Jenny Macdonald, First Fortnight Festival and New York International Fringe; Oil & Water and OUT SIDE IN, Cathy Coughlan under the collective HAVOC; and Charolais by Noni Stapleton, Dublin Fringe (Winner of The Little Gem Award 2014). I am the producer of TURF; the acclaimed one-man show for Rowan Tolley Company. In 2014 I curated the week-long Kildare Dance Summer School at NUI Maynooth, in association with The Laban Guild and Kildare Arts Office. Since 2012 I’ve worked as programme coordinator  at Shawbrook, a dedicated dance space in the Irish Midlands.

Between 2002-2014 I designed, led and facilitated numerous socially engaged community dance projects including This Beating Heart a dance event for older people commissioned by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, 2013; Stepping In – Stepping Out a Public Art Commission by Offaly Arts Office & Tullamore Town Council for Local Authority residents, funded under the Per Cent for Arts Scheme, 2012; Dance Waves training and performance project for adults in association with Laois Sports Partnership, 2009-2011. I was the co-director of Macushla Dance Club for the over 50s from 2008-2012.  As an associate of the Laban Guild since 2011, I have taught and moderated on Dance Leadership Training Courses in Ireland and Northern Ireland, and on the biennial Dance & Movement Summer School in association with Kildare Arts Office.

I am a qualified teacher and registered with The Teaching Council (Ireland). I served on the faculty of Performing Arts courses at Coláiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education, Marino College of Further Education, Ringsend Technical College and Moate Business College between 2002 – 2017. I lectured on the BA Acting Degree course in Dundalk Institute of Technology (2008-2013) and continue to deliver a dance education module to students on BA Exercise and Enterprise Course. In 2012 I lectured on the Masters in Dance in contemporary dance technique and choreography at the University of Limerick. 

I served on the board of Dance Ireland from 2013-2017.

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2017 Arts Council of Ireland Project Award; Firkin Crane Production Residency; TRY! Dance Residency, Tipperary Dance Platform / Tipperary Exel Arts Centre; ELEVATOR Producer Mentorship Programme, Irish Theatre Institute / Town Hall Theatre, Galway.
2016 Shawbrook Artists Residency; THE NEXT STAGE Professional Development Programme Dublin Theatre Festival and Theatre Forum; Touring Grant Award, Longford County Council
2015 Bursary Award, Dublin City Arts Office
2014 SPACE PROGRAMME Professional Development Residency,The Performance Corporation
2012 Per Cent for Arts Award | Offaly County Council and Tullamore Town Council
2009 Bursary Award | Dublin City Council Arts
2007 Travel & Training Award | Arts Council of Ireland
2004 Professional Development Award | Dublin City Arts Office
‘97-‘98 Student Bursary | The Laban Centre for Movement & Dance / Trinity LABAN
‘96-‘99 Full-time Undergraduate Training Award | Arts Council of Ireland

Funded and supported by;

The Arts Council of Ireland, Shawbrook, Dance Ireland, Firkin Crane, Dublin City Council, Tipperary Dance Platform, The Per Cent for Arts Scheme, EU Commission, Bealtaine Festival, Laois Sports Partnership, Longford County Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown CoCo, The Laban Guild, City of Dublin Education and Training Board. 

Michelle Cahill

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