Category Archives: Academic Staff

Mary Wycherley


Mary Wycherley is the Course Director of the Masters in Contemporary Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

Mary is a contemporary dance artist whose work embraces live performance, choreography and film. She was appointed as Limerick Dance Artist in Residence from 2015–2017 by the Arts Council of Ireland and she is a curator and co-founder of Light Moves Festival of Screendance. Collaborative processes underpin her research and practice with a longstanding interest in innovative modes of presentation for dance and movement. Contemporary release based and somatic approaches to technique and movement are the foundations of her performance and choreographic practice.

In 2016 she premiered a new film work, Wrongheaded, at Project Arts Centre Dublin, made in collaboration with Liz Roche Company and poet Elaine Feeney. Throughout 2015 she toured In The Bell’s Shadow both nationally and internationally. This feature length screendance film was made in collaboration with choreographer Joan Davis and scored for the Irish Chamber Orchestra by Jürgen Simpson. Her installation work includes the diptych Starting With T (2014) and the triptych The Dance Of Making (2012).  Starting With T is a community project made in collaboration with Mary Nunan and Monica Spencer, funded by Limerick City of Culture 2014 and co-produced by Limerick City Gallery of Art. The Dance of Making was funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and was extensively exhibited in gallery contexts nationally. In 2013 Mary premiered Frames & Fragments and Contour, two Dance Ireland commissions. Her work has been shown at festivals and galleries including the National Museum of Contemporary Arts Bucharest, The American Dance Festival, The Solas Nua Arts Centre Washington, VideoDanza Festival Buenos Aires, The Kilkenny Arts Festival, West Cork Art Centre, RUA RED Gallery, Fab Lab (LCGA off-site), Fastnet Film Festival, the Firkin Crane, Light House Cinema Dublin and the Galway Film Fleadh.

From 2012 to 2014 Mary was one of the invited artists participating in European dance initiatives, including Modul-Dance Carte Blanche programme by the Network of European Dance Houses and as associate artist with E-Motional Bodies & Cities programme. Mary is a former dancer with Cork City Ballet Company, holds a Bachelor of Arts from University College Cork and an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance from the University of Limerick.  She has acted as a board member for both Dance Limerick and Dance Research Forum Ireland.

Kathleen Turner

Kathleen Turner is a singer, songwriter and community musician. She holds two Masters Degrees from the University of Limerick, MA Community Music and MA Ritual Chant and Song, and a BA (Hons) in English and Politics from the University of Stirling. Kathleen is currently pursuing a PhD in Arts Practice at the Irish World Academy… Continue Reading

Lisa McLoughlin

Lisa McLoughlin trained at the prestigious Rambert School, London. She then joined Daghdha Dance Company under the direction of Mary Nunan. A founding member of Rex Levitates Dance Company (Now Liz Roche Company), She has also been a regular dancer with CoisCéim, IMDT,Ciotóg, Catapult, Marguerite Donlon and Dancers in Berlin, and Opera Ireland. She has… Continue Reading

Dr. Niamh NicGhabhann

Education PhD, History of Art, TRIARC: the Irish Art Research Centre at Trinity College Dublin Graduate Diploma in Innovation, UCD/TCD Innovation Academy (ongoing) BA, History of Art and Architecture, English Literature, Trinity College Dublin Introduction I am the course director for the MA Festive Arts Programme at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance… Continue Reading

Dr. Triona McCaffrey

Having studied music and Irish at Trinity College Dublin, Tríona completed the MA Music Therapy programme at the Irish World Academy. She then developed a full-time music therapy post at Mayo Mental Health Services, working in the areas of recovery, community mental health and psychiatry of old age. As a mental health practitioner she gained… Continue Reading

Dr. Yonit Lea Kosovske

Dr. Yonit Kosovske has performed as a soloist and chamber artist in major cities throughout the United States, Israel, Hong Kong, Spain, Colombia and Ecuador. Holding degrees in both modern and historical keyboard instruments, she concertizes on harpsichord, modern piano, fortepiano, chamber organ and harmonium. Playing repertoire spanning over five hundred years, her performances have… Continue Reading

Dr. Aileen Dillane

Aileen Dillane is an ethnomusicologist and musician. She received her PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago where she was a Century Fellow and Fulbright Scholar. She has taught at the University of Chicago, University College Cork, and is currently lecturing in music at the Irish World Academy where she is the Course Director… Continue Reading

Dr. Mats Melin

Swedish born Traditional Dancer and Researcher Mats Melin was based in Angus, Scotland until early 2008.  He has worked and performed extensively in Angus, Sutherland, the Scottish Highlands, the Hebrides, Orkney, and Shetland, in their schools and communities promoting Scottish traditional dance.  He has also taught and performed in Sweden, Canada, USA, Russia, and New… Continue Reading

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