Jill (she/her) is a freelance Producer based in Galway, who works with artists across a range of disciplines, including theatre, dance and visual art. She is committed to developing and networking artists from Galway and the west of Ireland with national and international audiences, presenters and collaborators.
Jill is the General Manager with Galway Dance Project, a resource organisation for professional dance and producer at Interface Inagh, a visual arts studio in the Inagh valley, Connemara. She is company producer with Brú Theatre, a bilingual theatre company which she founded in 2018 with theatre maker, writer and performer James Riordan.
Jill worked across a range of international and European projects for Galway’s designation as European Capital of Culture; including Galway Moves, a collaborative dance project with Dansnest, Echoes Of Calling-Encounter, an International collaboration with ALB Japan and Áras Éanna, Inis Oirr, as well as supporting The Streets are Ours, a participatory dance project produced by Baboró International Arts Festival for Children in collaboration with Galway Dance Project and Arch 8.
She has produced work for Galway Theatre Festival, Galway International Arts Festival, Cairde Arts Festival, Féile Traidphicnic, Baboró International Arts Festival for Children and the Mick Lally Theatre. Jill produced the schools performances of Tom Murphy’s On the Outside for Druid Theatre Company in 2020, this initiative was part of Druid’s Galway 2020 project, and was part of a wider education strand which went on to win a Business to Arts Award for Best Small Sponsorship.
“Cleite, a deceptively simple story, told beautifully and wordlessly by Philippa Hambly, backed by stunning sean-nós songs, in Irish and English from Caitlín Ní Chualáin was among the highlights of this year’s Galway Theatre Festival.” – Connacht Tribune (for Cleite by Brú Theatre)
“…this innovative, talented company have won over audiences and critics alike.” – Connacht Tribune (for Cleite by Brú Theatre)
Jill is an alumni of Irish Theatre Institute’s ELEVATOR programme and was a participants on Agents of Change, a professional development programme funded by the Arts Council’s Invitation to Collaboration Scheme, and managed by Irish Theatre Institute, Galway city and county councils and Roscommon County Council, which ran from 2019-20.
Jill has worked with many of Galway’s leading arts organisations and festivals, including the Town Hall Theatre, Druid Theatre, The Galway Arts Centre, Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Decadent Theatre Company and Macnas.
1. Victoria McCormack, Anna Mullarkey & Stephanie Dufresne in Ar Ais Arís, Brú Theatre, Commissioned as part of the Aistriú project by Galway 2020, in association with NUI Galway. Photo credit: Paul Kinsella (2020)
2. James Riordan in Selvage, Brú Theatre. Photo credit: Julia Dunin (2019)
3.Stephanie Dufresne & Lewis Wilkins in After Love at Galway International Arts Festival. Photo credit: Declan Colohan (2021)
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