Máire Clerkin
Dancer, Director, Choreographer, Writer, Educator, Actor
BA (Hons) ADCRG TCRG Post Grad Diploma
3365 Hamilton Way, Los Angeles, California 90026

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Theatre Companies & Stage Productions

2011-15 Clerkin Dagger, The Bad Arm – Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer (see also Solo Performance)
2013 Co-choreographer-director, Tom Crean's Journey, Co Kerry Ireland, with Martin Percival.
2011-12 Director, Vital Xposure, London: Crazy Jane play R&D, with Julie McNamara & Liz Carr
2007-2013 Founder-Director, A Gaelic Gathering – Irish Music & Dance. School assemblies, concerts, & festivals. On L.A. Music Center; LA County Arts Commission; PTGO; Segerstrom Center for Arts rosters
2004-05 Artistic Director, Cadence Irish Dance Theater, Arizona, wrote, directed The Dancing Warrior
1994-2001 Artistic Director, Clerkinworks Irish Dance Theatre Company, London (later KICK) Malice in Wonderland, Centenary Knees Up, Big Sister, Footy & Squeak, Cinder Reilly, Unconnected Soundings
1994-1996 Co-created & starred The Smarmy Old Sods comic duo & Sods in Space with Angela Clerkin, directed by Phelim McDermott (director, Improbable Theatre). London comedy circuit
1985-1994 Co-founder, Artistic Director, The Hairy Marys Irish Dance Comedy Theatre Co. - groundbreaking Irish Dance theatre, extensive touring UK & Ireland, TV, education, arts events

Solo Performance

The Bad Arm – Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer – one-woman play, written, choreographed and performed by Máire Clerkin, directed by Dan O'Connor. Press reviews, DVD, online clips available.
2015 Theatre Asylum, Los Angeles and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland;
2014 Raw Stage, San Diego Fringe Festival;
2013 Richmond Oval, Vancouver, Celtic Junction Minneapolis, Civic Theatre Sacramento;
2013 Jacksonville Theatre, International Theatre Festival, FL
2012 Theatre Asylum, Hollywood, California International Theatre Festival, Calabasas, CA; Santa Cruz Fringe; Minneapolis, Atlanta, Vancouver.
2012 Theatre Asylum Lab, St Paddy's Day season, Los Angeles, CA.
2011 New York International Fringe Festival, Bowery Poetry Club, New York.
2011 Ceim Eile (The Next Step) Irish Dance Theatre Festival, Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland.
2010 Santa Monica Playhouse, Los Angeles, CA.
2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival, and 'Best of Fest' season, Los Angeles, CA.
2010 Chicago Fringe Festival, Pilsen, Chicago, IL.
2008 L.A. Irish Film Festival, opening night performance, Beverly Hills, CA.
2008 Bang Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, with support from Durfee Foundation

Teaching Artist, Irish Dance Programs & Education Credits

2014 & '15 Part time Faculty, Lecturer, Dance of Ireland, Loyola Marymount University, CA
2013 Lecturer-Tutor, Irish Dance Drama, BLÁS Summer School, University of Limerick, Ireland
2013 Teaching Artist Support Collaborative of California featured article: Facebook Link
2013 Program leader, Irish Dance Drama, Fremont Elementary After School, La Canada, CA
2012 Lecturer, Dances of Ireland, Dance Department, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
2012 Director /Coach, Oliver! King Middle School production with Aimee Arts Productions & LACER
2010-13 Write-Move: Literacy through Dance, residencies, Los Angeles Music Center, Segerstrom Center
2010-13 Dance-Drama, Journalism, Assemblies for STAR Education, Aimee Art Productions / Stone Soup
2007-13 Ongoing step dancing classes for adults at Dance Arts Academy, Los Angeles
2006-13 Irish Dance, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Orange Co and San Bernardino programs for schools
2006 & 10 Dance master classes and workshops in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
2006-07 Artist Fellow, Music Center Institute for Educators, Music Center Professional Development and Teaching Artist on Elementary, Middle & High School Projects
2006/07/08 Guest artist, Stockton Unified Schools and in New Dance Co Spring Performance
2006 Lecturer, Dance of Ireland, Theatre Arts Department, Loyola Marymount University, CA
2004-13 Master Artist, Los Angeles Music Center Education: Traditional, Rhythmic & Creative Irish Dance & Irish Dance Drama. Stage Productions: Magic Shoes, The White Gander, The King's Secret
2003 California Dance Education Association: guest teacher, annual conference, Cal-State, Long Beach
2003 Tutor, Long Beach Ballet Center, Scripps College, CA
2003 & 04 Tutor, Peninsula School of Performing Arts, Palos Verdes, CA
2002, 03, 05 Co-leader, Michael Dillon International Summer School for Irish Dance, Co. Clare, Ireland
1999-2001 Tutor, Irish Dance MA course, Dept Ethnochoreology, University of Limerick, Dr C. Foley
1998 Guest tutor, BA program, Yorkshire Dance Centre, Leeds
1998 Guest teacher-choreographer, London Contemporary School of Dance, The Place, London
1997 Leader, Down by the River Dance, workshops, master classes, Royal Festival Hall, London
1994-2002 Adult classes at London Irish Centre, Lewisham Education & Greenwich Dance Agency
1992-2003 Master classes, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Yorkshire & Swindon Dance
1986-89 Inner London Education Authority school programs / The Hairy Marys lecture-demos
1980-1993 Irish Dance principal, choreographer & owner, Clerkin School of Irish Dancing, London

Choreographer Credits (see also Theatre Companies)

2013 Tom Crean, Antarctic Explorer, Anascaul, Co. Kerry, Ireland
2013 Irish Pleasures, with Bella Issakova & Pacific Chorale at Samueli Theatre, Costa Mesa, CA
2012 Big! World! Fun! Family Summer Series, Ford Amphitheatre, Hollywood, A Gaelic Gathering
2011 Pergo Floors commercial, Partizan, "Redneck Riverdancers", Venice Beach, CA
2011 Global Motion, Broad Theater, Santa Monica College, CA
2011 This is Ireland concert, Royce Hall, Los Angeles, with Eimear Noone / A Gaelic Gathering
2006-12 US Regional Championship Titles in Dance Drama, Irish Dance Oireachtasi: Aedin of the Underworld, West US; Curse of the Feet Water, New England; King of the Fairies, West US; Fairies of Trickery, West US: The Crossing, Mid-Atlantic, The Dancing Master, Mid-America.
2010 Silver & Bronze medalists in Irish Dance Drama, North American National Championships, Florida
2010 Gwacheon Festival, S. Korea, Grain of Sand Puppet Theatre
2009 Medalist, Dance Drama, World Irish Dance Championships, Philadelphia, with Lynn Academy
2007 Medalist, World Championships Dance Drama, Glasgow, with Portland Irish Dancers
2007 Power by Nick Dear for Banshee Theatre, Burbank, California
2005 The Dancing Warrior, Cadence Irish Dance Theatre Company, Chandler & Scottsdale, AZ
2002 Writer, director, Countess, Irish Dance theatre production, Lewisham Theatre, London
2001 Unconnected Soundings, Clerkinworks, Clore Studio, Royal Opera House, London
2001 Director, drama movement program for Cois Ceim, Ezimotion project, Ireland
1999-2000 Co-choreography Dancing on Dangerous Ground, featuring Riverdance principals Colin Dunne & Jean Butler, Radio City Music Hall, New York and Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London
1999 Created/ performed Fennels, Flannels, Funnels with poet John Hegley, The Place, London
1999 Director, Lewisham Education Arts Project (LEAP), Broadway Theatre, London
1998 Centenary Knees Up, Clerkinworks, Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London
1997 Staged Down by the River Dance, Royal Festival Hall, London. Record attendance
1997 Choreography / Dancer, award-winning TV / film commercial, Harp lager / Publicis, London
1997 Pork Bellies by Molly Fogarty / Theatre Centre, London. Ireland / UK tour
1997-2002 Consultant and performer: Celtic Feet, Mean Fiddler, Publicis, Beware of the Dog, Tricky Feat, Rory Bremner, Theatre Centre, Bullies Ballerinas, Ardent Productions
1996 Writer and director, Granuaile Irish dance drama production at Lewisham Theatre, London. Cast of forty from London's top Irish Dance academies and with Royal Opera House funding
1996 Choreographer, dancer and presenter Music Makers, with Steafan Hannigan for BBC TV
1995 Collaborator, Enter Achilles, with Lloyd Newson's DV8 Physical Theatre; world tour
1992 Lake Horses for Second Level, Dublin, for director Peter Sheridan
1990 Blind Fiddler of Glenadauch by Marie Jones / Charabanc, Belfast. Director, Peter Sheridan
1984-93 The Hairy Marys (Irish Dance Theatre Co.) Wrote, produced, created and performed plays including The Rose of Tralee, No Snakes Please – We're Irish and Helicopters with Brogues. Toured UK and Ireland. Support act for The Pogues, Brixton Academy, 1986
1984 Riders to the Sea by J.M. Synge, production Irish Drama & Folk Ballet Co, Brent Town Hall, London

Dancer Credits

2014 Bord Failte Presentation with Frank Simpson & Friends, Beverly Hilton, Los Angeles
2013 Exopolis with A Gaelic Gathering for The Music Center, Los Angeles
2012 Shakespeare & Shamrocks, with Moira Smiley and Vox Femina, Zipper Concert Hall, Los Angeles
2007-2013 A Gaelic Gathering – Irish Music & Dance, Artistic Director, L.A. Music Center; double recipients Barbara & Sheldon Pinchuk Development Fund. Walt Disney Concert Hall performances, 'World City'. California Trad Music Society & Equinox fests, Irish Tourist Board; Segerstrom Center for the Arts Roster; LA Arts Commission's Big! World! Fun! at Ford Amphitheatre.
2008 Dancer with Molly's Revenge, Celtic band, + outreach education, touring Montana & California
2004-08 Soloist at Finn McCool's, Santa Monica, for TV & radio, St Patrick's Day celebrations
2004-06 Oro & Gold Ring performances at Celtic Arts Center; UCLA, Loyola Marymount University
2003 & 04 Rehearsal Director, lead dancer, A Celtic Christmas, Tomaseen Foley, US tours
1984-2001 Principal with own dance theatre companies (see above), national / international tours
1977 & 79 Soloist, Irish Folk Dance Co., Dublin, festivals in Germany


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2011-12 Legs & Legends – Irish Folk Tales told through Dance, California Libraries
2009 Book of Kells, children's' workshop, Every Picture Tells a Story, for LA Irish Film Festival

Journalist Credits

2009-12 Contributor, The Artist Chronicles, published by Los Angeles Performing Arts Center
2003-04 Writer and broadcaster for KPFK FM radio, Los Angeles.
2002 Compiler and presenter Revolver, world music program for BBC World Service, London.
1995-2003 Contributing journalist to the Irish Post newspaper, Radio Telefis Eireann, BBC Radio Suffolk, BBC London Radio, BBC World Service and Riverside FM, specializing in the arts.


2015 Successful Kickstarter campaign to 'Send The Bad Arm to Edinburgh'
2014 Professional Voice Actor; international voiceover, TGMD Talent Agency,
2010 Recipient of 'Green Card' – permanent resident alien status, US Government
2008 Guest Speaker, Dance Research Forum International Conference, County Kerry, Ireland
2006-07 Dance Director, Celtic Arts Center, Los Angeles, California
2003 Assistant Editor, arts degree syllabus, WAC Performing Arts and Media College, London
2002-2003 Coordinator, Talent Unwrapped, Roundhouse, London, 02; Publicist 'WAC 25'
2000 & 01 Host, Blazing and Summer on the South Bank festivals, Royal Festival Hall, London
1999-2000 Ceili caller / dancer with Jacket Potatoes, Slip Gigolos, Irish music events, UK
1997 Research & Development Project with multi-instrumentalist Steafan Hannigan / London Arts Board
1996-03 Ceili Caller, Greenwich Dance, Blenheim Palace, Hammersmith Irish Centre, Royal Festival Hall
1991-2000 Funding from Arts Council of England, London Arts Board, Greater London Arts
1988-2012 Irish Dance adjudicator: judged competitions in North America, Australia, Europe, plus World, Great Britain, British Nationals and All Ireland championships
1984 Member, Anstey Mac Clown Trio, Edinburgh Festival & Covent Garden Entertainment
1980 & 88 Certified teacher and adjudicator awards with An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha, Dublin

Training, Certification & Qualifications

2012-13 Voiceover / Acting for Advertising: Nancy Wolfson, Braintracks Audio
2000-2010 Comedy improvisation training: Improbable Theatre, Told by an Idiot Theatre Company, LATheatresports, LA Connection, Impro Theatre
2004 Professional Designation in Arts Education (LACA Ed / Music Center Ed Division)
2001-02 Post-Graduate Diploma, Broadcast Journalism, London College of Printing
1981-84 BA (Honours) Performing Arts, Middlesex University, UK
1980 & 88 Adjudicating ADCRG & Teaching TCRG Diplomas, Irish Dance Commission Dublin
1962-80 Irish Dance Academies: Clerkin, Kavanagh, Maguire-Way, Griffin-O'Loughlin, UK

Selected References

Dr Liam Lillis O'Laoire, Loyola Marymount University, CA, Universities Limerick & NUI Galway
Dr Fergal O'Doherty, Professor of English, Palomar College, San Diego, California
Dr Catherine Foley, Director MA Irish Dance & Ethnochoreology, University of Limerick Ireland
Diana Cummins, former President of California Dance Educators Association, California
Peter Sheridan, Director, Playwright, Author, Dublin, Ireland
Colin Dunne MA TCRG Dancer / Choreographer, Riverdance, Dancing on Dangerous Ground, The Bull, Out of Time, Ireland & UK

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