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Ep 2 – Máire Clerkin

Máire Clerkin is an Irish Dance choreographer, teacher, adjudicator and performer.  She’s also a writer, actor and voice actor, with degrees in Performing Arts and Broadcast Journalism. Raised in London by Irish parents, she ran her own school of Irish dance for 12 years, following in her mother, Sheila Clerkin’s footsteps. Trained in the Performing Arts, Máire founded dance theatre touring companies, The Hairy Marys and Clerkinworks, and choreographed for productions at Royal Festival Hall, Royal Opera House, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Radio City Music Hall, and Walt Disney Concert Hall as well as presenting shows for BBC TV and radio.  Teaching credits include University of Limerick, Loyola Marymount University, Santa Monica College and as a teaching artist for Los Angeles Music Center, where she leads music and dance ensemble ‘A Gaelic Gathering’.  She is also a teaching artist for LA Arts Group and Segerstrom Center for the Arts, working to the national curriculum and partnering with educational bodies to create a program of theatre and Irish Dance in schools. She has been doing this since emigrating to California in 2003. Máire has produced seven Oireachtas-winning dance dramas for Irish Dance academies across the US.  She also tours her critically-acclaimed solo show, ‘The Bad Arm – Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer’ and been awarded Best of Hollywood Fringe. It has been seen by audiences in Dublin, London, Edinburgh, New York, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Santa Cruz, and Jacksonville. She conducted movement sessions and dance staging with Grain of Sand Puppet Theatre in South Korea. Máire recently recorded a monologue for Telling LA, a storytelling program for PBS TV.  She co-directed and performed in Tom Crean’s Journey at the Crean International Festival in Kerry, 2013 & 2016, with PCY Productions, Martin Percival (artistic director), Michael Sherin, David Geaney and Michael Donnellan. Máire has choreographed for, among others, DV8 Physical Theatre, Theater Centre, John Hegley, Peter Sheridan – and for Colin Dunne & Jean Butler in their show, Dancing on Dangerous Ground.


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