19 June 2020 to 25 June 2020

Mentors

Gundega Laivina runs the New Theatre Institute of Latvia, a project based organisation working in the field of contemporary performing arts. Since 2009, she has been Artistic and Managing director of Homo Novus, International Festival of Contemporary Theatre. From 2010 to 2014, Gundega was a member of the artistic board and curatorial team of Riga – European Capital of Culture 2014, being specifically responsible for city-specific initiatives and projects involving communities. As a curator, she has also worked on several Latvian national entries at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, and a Latvian national exhibition at La Biennale di Venezia 16th International Architecture Exhibition. Since 2016 Gundega regularly gives talks on curating and producing in contemporary theatre; she is a lecturer at the Art Academy of Latvia and at the Latvian Culture Academy. Gundega has studied music, culture and social anthropology, and has received several European level diplomas and certificates in cultural policy studies and arts management.

Jo Mangan is Director and CEO of the multi-disciplinary Carlow Arts Festival, a key annual event in Ireland’s cultural landscape. She is also Artistic director of The Performance Corporation - recent work includes: FUSE at the Vancouver Art Gallery; The Dead - an Opera on national tour; and Expedition at Dublin Theatre Festival. The company’s SPACE Programme is Ireland’s longest running multi-disciplinary international artists residency. Jo founded and curated Ireland’s first ever site-specific arts festival, the BIG House Festival, and was Artistic Director of the Bram Stoker Festival, both awarded Best Irish Festival at the ERICs. Her work has won plaudits and awards internationally and nationally including a number of Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards comprising Best Director and Best Production nominations. She also works in creative consultancy nationally and internationally. In 2011, Jo was awarded the Clore Cultural Leadership Fellowship in the UK. She has served on many boards, including from 2015-18 as Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts.
Dirk Korell is Founder and Producer at camin aktion, Montpellier, France. A creative agency operating since 2009, the organisation also provides counseling to the field of performing arts and curatorial support, emphasising dance, new circus and physical theatre. Together with companies and collectives from different countries, camin aktion develops production work, touring, companionship for young artists, international cultural cooperation, training programs and discussion forums. Born in Germany and based in France since decades, Dirk places international cooperation at the core of his work. After 8 years as a producer in an (inter)national theatre in Paris, he co-founded the first French creative agency for hip-hop-rooted choreographic works (1999-2013), supporting this, then still emerging aesthetic, to achieve greater visibility, recognition and development. Recently, Dirk has been involved in cooperative collaboration structures in arts and politics, including a movement of libertarian municipalism aiming for a paradigm shift in local politics based on participatory democracy.
Una NicEoin became Executive Producer at Prime Cut Productions in 2009. Since then, she has produced 21 shows for the company including Red and internationally touring shows Removed, Hard To Be Soft and Scorch. Scorch was the recipient of 7 International Awards. Red was awarded Best Production, Best Direction, Best Actor and Best Set Design at the 2018 Irish Times Theatre Awards. Hard To Be Soft remains the only show to simultaneously feature in the Culture Ireland and British Council International Showcases at Edinburgh International Festival and was named by The Guardian as the No 1 UK Dance Show of 2019. Una has delivered presentations at a variety of conferences and events for Creative Europe, Queens University, NUI Galway, British Council, Arts Council NI, Theatre NI/Theatre Forum, IETM and IPAY. Una is also Chair of Ponydance Dance Company and an Artistic Associate of Streetwise Community Circus.

Facilitator

Ása Richardsdóttir joined IETM as secretary general in March 2019 after having been an active member of the network since 1999. She has led a versatile career in the performing arts, culture, academia, banking, politics and media. Her former positions include television reporter at RÚV Iceland, founder of theatre, Kaffileikhusid, executive director of Iceland Dance Company, president of Performing Arts Iceland, director of ICE HOT Reykjavík Nordic Dance Platform, board member of Landsbankinn bank and city councillor. Ása been active in development of international opportunities for the Nordic performing arts scene for a number of years as well being active politically in her own country, in particular as a feminist and environmentalist. She is co-author of the guide for artists and producers It Starts With a Conversation.

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