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Director / The Performance Corporation

Jo Mangan is Artistic Director / CEO of The Performance Corporation-a multi-platform creative company working in theatre, opera and immersive technologies, creator of festivals and artist residencies. She also works freelance as Director, Curator, Producer and Consultant. Jo has directed a range of award winning projects for the company.


Next up is MoCap Experiments for DublinTheatre Festival 2023. Most recently she directed Emperor 101, (Live/Virtual Reality) presented at Dublin Theatre Festival, SXS Win Austin Texas, and at LP360 in Vancouver; Disappearing Islands, a site-specific dance / opera work on a tidal pool on the west coast of Ireland; and The Dead (Opera) at the Gaiety Theatre, and on tour nationally. She founded the SPACE Programme-Ireland’s longest running multi-disciplinary international artists residency with a current focus on Arts and Immersive Technology. Running since 2008, the most recent 2023 iteration was in Paris at the Centre Culturel Irlandais.


She also designed and delivered Creation 21/22, an international Artist’s residency in Catalonia and Ireland, and has been a Tutor for the International Performing Arts Network (IETM) in Berlin and Italy. As recent Director/CEO of Carlow Arts Festival, she pioneered Outdoor and Digital work including VR Cinema and created a Virtual Reality Festival Campus. Recent independent directing work includes directing 5 films for Irish National Opera’s 20 Shots of Opera, 14 Voices from the Bloody Field (Abbey Theatre), Out of the Ordinary–VR Opera (Irish National Opera). Curation work includes the Prague Quadrennial Design Exhibition-PQ2019 for Ireland, Digital Consultant for Brightening Air, and International Programmer for Limerick National City of Culture and design of the annual Theatre Forum conference.


She also founded and curated the BIG House Festival at Castletown House, and was director of the Bram Stoker Festival. She has served on many boards, including Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts and currently The Gate Theatre and INY Festival. Awarded the Clore Cultural Leadership Fellowship saw her take up roles in the Barbican London, and the Department of Arts in Dublin. Awards include multiple Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards and the prestigious Fedora Digital Prize for Opera.


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