About Us

Tara Brandel
Tara Brandel (Artistic Director, Co-founder) is a contemporary choreographer and performer originally from West Cork, Ireland. She trained at the Laban Centre, London and with Steve Paxton, Nigel Charnick and Lloyd Newsom. She studied Integrated Dance with Axis Dance Company and Alito Alessi, and in 2005 had a year's residency at Beaumont College, a college for people with disabilities in Lancaster, England,. Her work has been performed at Firkin Crane, Triskel Arts Centre, and Cork Opera House, Cork; Project Arts Centre, Dublin; Stukke Theatre and Ponderosa Festival, Germany; 848 Community Space, Jon Sims Centre, San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Dance Festival, Sky Dancers, Dance Mission Theatre, and Performance Showcase, San Francisco; and Spring Loaded, The Place Theatre and Chisenhale Dance Space, London. She has danced for Ka Rustler (Berlin), Emilyn Claid, (London) Jo Krieter(SF), and Kim Epifano(SF) and has has won numerous awards from the Irish Arts Council, London Arts Board, Zellerbach Foundation and Theatre Bay Area. She was a Co-Director of 848 Community Space, San Francisco from 2002-2004. Dance Theatre Journal writes, "Brandel's work has a startling raw honesty...ambitious and oblique"

Dawn Mulloy
Dawn Mulloy (Dancer, Project Co-ordinator) graduated from Sallynoggin Senior College Dublin in 2003 before moving to Austria to complete her training at The Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in 2006, where she studied with teachers such as, David Hernandez, Douglas Becker, Libby Farr, Ori Flomin, Kate Mattingly and Milan Kosanek. Dawn has performed all over Europe, including Poland, Italy, Austria and Germany. A decision to move back to Ireland in 2008 lead Dawn to find Croi Glan with whom she has worked and trained with since 2009. (Dawn in Fall performed during Cork Midsummer Festival, 2009. Photo by Dragan Tomas)

Mary Nugent
MaryMary Nugent (Education Co-ordinator & Dancer) has danced with Croi Glan since 2006. She initially came along to community classes, and first performed professionally in 2008 with 'On The Wall' choreographed by David Bolger. She has also trained and performed with Adam Benjamin, Genevieve Mazin, Jess Curtis, Tim O'Donnell, Scott Wells, Jeff Wallace, Eric Kupers and Liz Roche.  She has taught dance workshops with the Irish Wheelchair Association, Dublin Institute of Technology, KCat, and Open Arts, as well as InterAct and St Pauls Performing Arts School in Minneapolis. Mary has also co-organised events such as the Cork Women's Fun Weekend and Pride, and DJ's both locally and nationally. Mary holds a degree in law. (Mary in Pass Path Groove performed at COPE Irish Peforming Arts Festival/Eurosong, Cor 2012.)

Mike Daley
MikeMike Daley (Dancer) has been dancing with Croi Glan sinc 2011. He has appeared in Tara Brandel's Islands, at Firkin Crane, Cork and Draiocht, Dublin,  Pass Path Groove at Cork City Hall, directed by San Francisco based choreographer Erik Kupers, and in SPUTNIK as part of the Unlimited Festival at the Southbank London (directed by Garry Robson). Most recently he has performed Stop and Stare, a street show to raise the visibilty of dancers with disabilities, performed around Cork and at Temple Bar's Culture Night in Dublin, Through dancing with Croi Glan, Mike says he has found a new inner freedom, a level of self-confidence he never expected. As a self-taught sculptor, Mike works in free-style blown glass and his work has been displayed at the Crawford Gallery, Cork as part of the Ballyphehane Community Centre exhibition.

James O'Shea
jamesJames O'Shea (dancer) began his dance career with CanDoCo in 2006 with whom he toured 2 award winning pieces internationally (Fin Walkers 'the journey' and Athena Vahla's 'in praise of folly'). He also performed in the 2006 Place Prize final for Lucy Suggates piece 'Postcards' - since leaving CanDoCo James took time out form dancing to study tai chi and chi gong and to work with people with disabilities. He returned to dance with 'brain game' for the Anna Rothslisburger company in Switzerland and was the winner of a TV show on BBC3 'Dancing on Wheels'

Marcus Magdalena
marcusMarcus Magdalena (General Manager) is a performer and theatre technician from Canada. He makes very personal performances based on his life and directs large community theatre shows.