About

Michelle Cahill

I’m a performer and producer.

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 studied dance-theatre and performance in Yorkshire, London and Limerick. I received an Arts Council bursary and a scholarship to study at Trinity LABAN, London, graduating in 1999. My performance work over the past 20 years spans theatre, dance and film, street-performance and puppetry and I have extensive experience in community and socially engaged arts practices.  In 2017 I created my first full-length solo work Thirteen Steps to the Attic 

As a producer I work with independent dance and theatre artists, presenting work at some of Ireland’s major theatres and arts festivals. Companies and artists include Junk Ensemble, Deirdre Griffin / Headonbody, Roisin Whelan  / RWD, Cathy Coughlan / HAVOC and Rowan Tolley Company (UK). I was assistant producer for Tipperary Dance Platform 2019 and 2020 and I hold a part-time position as programme coordinator / communications manager with LD Dance Shawbrook, a dedicated dance centre in the Irish Midlands.

I have over twenty years’ experience in designing, leading and facilitating dynamic 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.  

Between 2008 and 2018 I taught and lectured in dance and performance and developed modules to facilitate learning through performing arts in Further and Higher Education including University of Limerick, Dundalk Institute of Technology and for the City of Dublin Education and Training Board.  

I’m the current secretary for Galway Dance Project and served on the board of Dance Ireland from 2013-2017.

maydaycreates@gmail.com
tel. +353 (0)87 9650505

AWARDS

2020 Arts Council Professional Development Award
2020 Kildare Arts Office Artists in Schools Bursary postponed until 2021
2020 McB Bursary for Dance, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annamakerrig postponed until 2021
2018 Dancer in Residence at Ballygar Theatre & Arts Space, East Galway, Nov
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
MAY DAY CREATES

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