Jo Mangan

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Jo Mangan is director of The Performance Corporation. Her recent work for the company includes Emperor 101, (Live/Virtual Reality theatre) presented at Dublin Theatre Festival and at SXSW in Austin Texas, and Ellen Cranitch’s opera, The Dead, live in Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre and screened at Kilkenny Arts Festival, and The Table and Symposium as part of the long form Expedition project in Vancouver, and at Dublin Theatre Festival with Canadian company Boca del Lupo. While director and CEO of Carlow Arts Festival, she pioneered digital work including introducing VR Cinema and creating a VR Festival Campus. Other recent work includes originating and directing 72 Hour Lost Weekend and Woman in the Machine (film, live performances and installations) at the old Braun site, part of Brightening Air for the Arts Council/Carlow Arts Festival/VISUAL, and 14 Voices from the Bloody Field for the Abbey Theatre. Her work as curator includes the Prague Quadrennial 2019 for Ireland through the creation of a VR film, digital programmer for Brightening Air and international programmer for Limerick City of Culture. She created the BIG House Festival and was Director of the Bram Stoker Festival (both winners of Best Irish Festival). She has served on many boards, including as Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts. Awards include Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, Clore Leadership Fellowship as well as the prestigious Fedora Digital Prize for this work. She made her INO debut working on 20 Shots of Opera in 2020.