Paul Johnson is Chief Executive of Dance Ireland, the national resource for professional dance. Since his appointment in June 2006, Paul has led the membership organisation through a major development period and under his tenure, Dance Ireland has tripled its operating budget and has raised the profile of dance artists nationally and internationally. Paul oversaw the opening of Ireland’s first purpose built dance rehearsal venue, DanceHouse in Dublin 1.
A dance artist with over 21 years experience as a performer, choreographer and teacher, Paul has worked on a range of dance, theatre and film projects with among others, Daghdha Dance, Dublin Contemporary Dance Theatre and Druid Theatre Company. He was Dance Artist in Residence for Aberdeen (1989-1990) and Choreographer in Residence at Project Arts Centre (1998-2001). He was also special projects coordinator to the International Dance Festival Ireland.
Paul is the author of Fine Lines on Shifting Ground: Reflections on a Choreographic Process (Project Press: 2000). Paul worked as Artists’ Services Manager at the Arts Council (2003-2006) and was Registrar to Aosdána, the affiliation of creative artists in Ireland. He holds a BA in Communication Studies and an MA in Communication and Cultural Studies from Dublin City University.
Date of appointment: 16 December 2008
Length of tenure: 5 years