Please welcome the three newly elected board directors: Nick Kavanagh, Chantal McCormick, Catherine Bourne, and newly co-opted member Siobhan Creaton who will be joining ISACS Chair Aidan Phelan, Vice Chair Moe Coakley, Treasurer Niamh Colbert, director Laura Ivers and director Noeline Kavanagh, on the ISACS board.
We are looking forward to working with you!
The Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network (ISACS) represent over 100 members who annually vote for their board of 5 - 10 Directors. Board Directors give their time and expertise to the direction of the Network. If you would like to know about ISACS' voting procedures, read our previous post about the candidates 2018.
Please meet the newly appointed Directors!
Nick Kavanagh - Curious State Artistic Director
Nicholas trained at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He works as a self-employed theatre maker; devising, performing and producing new work with a diverse range of companies nationwide. Since 2012, he has collaborated with Waterford Spraoi, directing their annual festival parade and bespoke productions.
In 2016, Nicholas began creating and producing his own street theatre productions under the company name ‘Curious State’, since then, he has produced two shows; “Morbid & Sons” and “The Foolhardy Three”. Both productions were Arts Council funded and have toured extensively. Nicholas is also co-founder of A Little Room – Theatre Development Centre, a space free for artists to use to develop and test new work.
Chantal McCormick - Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Director and Irish Aerial Creation Centre founder.
Choreographer, teacher, facilitator and advocate for Aerial Arts throughout Ireland and abroad, Chantal trained as a dancer and choreographer at the London School of Contemporary Dance and the National Centre for Circus in London. From 1999-2008, Chantal toured with established dance and circus companies in the UK, Trinidad, Europe and Australia. Since 2004 - present Chantal directs, choreographs, and performs, indoors and outdoors, nationally and internationally with her own company Fidget Feet, Ireland’s leading and the first Aerial Dance Company.
Chantal is the Executive Artistic Director of Fidget Feet Aerial Dance Theatre, a founding member of ISACS - Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network, Festival Director of the Irish Aerial Dance Fest and Professional Development Manager of the Irish Aerial Creation Centre.
Catherine Bourne - Cork Community Art Link General Manager
Catherine Bourne is the Manager of Cork Community Art Link, joining the organization in 2017. Catherine has a background in Arts Management has worked in the Irish and international arts sector for many years in both a creative and administrative capacity. She has previously directed the Bristol Biennial, UK as well as working at the Malakta Art Factory, Finland and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, in addition to working on various projects as a curator and freelance arts manager. Catherine currently lectures in the school of Digital Arts and Humanities at University College Cork.
As CCAL Manager Catherine is responsible for the general management of the organisation, overseeing creative programme development, funding and strategic development, HR, PR, Voluntary Participation Programmes and European Mobility Projects. Catherine holds a BA (Art), PGrad Dip (Visual Art), MA, MFA and is currently undertaking a PhD innovating new models of Artist Residencies.
Siobhan Creaton - Independent
Siobhan’s background is in media and strategic political communications. She is the former Finance Correspondent at The Irish Times, former Business Correspondent at the Irish Independent and has worked with a range of Irish and international broadcasters including RTE, TV3, BBC and ITV providing commentary and contributing to documentaries.
She wrote the first book on Ryanair and an unauthorised biography of Denis O'Brien and co-authored Panic at the Bank, a story about a rogue trader.
She worked with Ruairi Quinn (Minister for Education and skills) as his media adviser and as Director of Communications at the Department of Education and Skills.
Since 2013 she has been at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland where she has developed the new role of Head of Public Affairs and Advocacy. She oversees and directs their engagement with the media, has developed and coordinated some of the biggest public health campaigns including support for the Public Health Alcohol Bill, the Sugar Tax (which has been adopted and will be implemented in May) and encouraged uptake of the HPV vaccine. She works with a range of doctors to support them in the media. She is also a registered lobbyist and manages obligations under the Lobbying Act. She works very closely with the Oireachtas (Irish parliament), organising experts to give testimony on health legislation and the health services, making submissions and helping the college to influence public policy.
Her skills include strategic communications, media engagement, advocacy.
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