The Arts Council announced today that Ms. Jo Mangan, Artistic Director of The Performance Corporation, is the recipient of the 2011/2012 Jerome Hynes Fellowship - offered through the UK-based Clore Leadership programme. This programme aims to develop the knowledge, skills and experience of potential leaders in the arts, across a wide range of cultural activity.
Ms. Mangan will take part in a year-long programme commencing in September. The programme includes: two intensive residential leadership courses; professional development through mentoring, tuition and group learning; an in-depth research project, supervised by a Higher Education Institute; and a period of secondment, including experience of managing a challenging project.
Speaking about the award, Jo said: "I am thrilled to have been selected as the 2011/12 Jerome Hynes Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme. This will be an extraordinary opportunity for me to broaden the horizon and scope of my work given the international dimension of this programme. To take this time out from The Performance Corporation and to connect with and learn from peers and mentors in my field and beyond, will give me a distinct perspective, and I look forward to bringing the skills I learn as part of Clore to bear on my artistic work and broader engagement as a cultural leader."
Mary Cloake, Director of the Arts Council, said: "Jerome Hynes was a leader of extraordinary vision and ability. Among his many achievements, he was instrumental in establishing the link between the Arts Council and the Clore Duffield Foundation. It is our hope that the example of Jerome Hynes will inspire the recipients of the Fellowship that has been named in his honour to be just as courageous and passionate in their contribution to the development of the arts in Ireland."
The previous recipients of this fellowship are Willie White, Sharon Murphy, Fiona Kearney and Fearghus Ó Conchúir.
This Clore Fellowship for Ireland, was renamed the Jerome Hynes Fellowship by the Arts Council in January 2006 to honour the memory of the late Jerome Hynes, former Deputy Chair of the Arts Council and Chief Executive of Wexford Festival Opera.
Jo Mangan is the Artistic Director of The Performance Corporation Theatre Company, which is based in Castletown House, County Kildare. Directing credits for the company include Swampoodle - a large scale site-specific performance in Washington DC’s Uline Arena, Slattery’s Sago Saga (nominated Best Director, Best New Play and Best Actor in the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards), which will shortly be revived for Dublin Theatre Festival’s ReViewed programme, Power Point (Dublin Fringe Festival and Tampere Festival Finland), The Nose (Project Arts Centre), Dr Ledbetter’s Experiment (nominated Best Production Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards), Candide (Winner Special Judges Award, Best Actor and Nominated Best Director and Best Production Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards). Other work includes What the Folk (Siamsa Tire - National Folk Theatre) in the Dublin Fringe Festival and currently in Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Bogboy (Tall Tales Theatre) in Project Arts Centre and shortly in New York’s First Irish Festival and Beware of the Storybook Wolves (The Ark).
Radio plays include The Flying Dutchman of Iniskill by Tom Swift (Nominated Best Drama PPI Radio awards). Films include A Life (Galway Film Fleadh). TV includes a Flann O’Brien special for TV3 The 3rd Policeman’s Ball.
Jo curates The Performance Corporation’s annual SPACE Programme, an international multidisciplinary artists’ residency at the company’s Castletown House base. Jo is a board member of the Riverbank Arts Centre, and has served on the boards of Theatre Forum and Fishamble Theatre Company.
Jo, has lectured, given workshops and presented on The Performance Corporation’s work in many of Ireland’s universities. A graduate of the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin¸ prior to founding The Performance Corporation she worked in many roles in theatre as a freelancer, as well as producer for Fishamble Theatre Company. Other work includes media coordinator for Amnesty International and as a DJ for a short time in the USA.