Mags Byrne

Artistic Director Mags Byrne has been working professionally in dance for over 35 years. She has performed and toured with many contemporary dance companies and choreographed and mounted projects for groups and companies all over Britain and Ireland, as well as in Austria, Ethiopia, Germany, Indonesia, Palestine, Romania,  South Africa and Switzerland.

Valerie Catterson

Freelance Finance Manager Valerie Catterson studied Latin and political science at Queen’s University Belfast before going on to study accountancy at the University of Ulster. She has over 30 years of experience working as a freelance accountant in the voluntary, charity and arts sectors.

Louise Dempster-O'Neil

Company Manager Louise Dempster-O’Neil has 30 years of experience in company and project management, fundraising and community development within the public and voluntary sectors, working for large and small organisations in the fields of housing, regeneration, heritage and the arts. She has worked in Leeds, Manchester and, for the last 17 years, in Belfast.

Janie Doherty

Janie Doherty – currently on maternity leave and former Director for our Ballymoney-based Youth Engagement Groups Alternatives and Alternative Energies.

Janie is a professional dancer, choreographer and artist with extensive experience working with many companies in Northern Ireland and further afield. She has won numerous awards from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Creative Industries to develop her work and travel to Germany and to the USA – New York and Massachusetts.

Deborah Hamilton

Programme Director for the Youth Engagement Projects, Deborah Hamilton has extensive dance and community arts experience – as  a performer, choreographer and previously held positions as a Performing Arts & Dance lecturer at Belfast Metropolitan College, Ulster University and Stranmillis College of Higher Education.

Sheena Kelly

Sheena Kelly, Director of Sutemos Youth Engagement Project, is a dance artist whose inter­est lies within the con­tem­po­rary dance field and com­mu­nity dance prac­tice. She has worked across the UK and Ire­land as well as inter­na­tion­ally, in Nor­way, Ger­many, Spain, Aus­tria, Roma­nia, Italy, South Africa and Switzer­land. A graduate of LIPA, over the past 10 years Sheena has gained extensive working experience in youth dance.

Royston Maldoom

Artistic Consultant and internationally renowned choreographer, Royston Maldoom, has been the initiator and leader of numerous dance projects in Northern Ireland and across the world. Now resident in Berlin, he is known particularly for his work in the field of community dance. His work was honoured in the movie Rhythm Is It! and he has received many international honours and awards including: Deutscher Ehren-Tanzpreis; Special Schiller Award; Order of the British Empire; German-British Forum Award; Club der Optimisten.  Mags and Royston are particularly well known in the dance world for their work with street and working children in Ethiopia over a period of ten years.

Sean O'Neill

Sean O’Neill first became involved with DU Dance (NI) through Sutemos Youth Engagement Project and has assisted, volunteered as well as performed with the group over the last decade. Through the company he has had the opportunity to perform all over Ireland, Germany and appeared on the BBC National Lottery Show. Sean has also been a member of the Youth Steering Group and was a Young Ambassador for the company. He has a wealth of experience within theatre and dance and is delighted to be working as the Director for the Belfast Boys Youth Engagement Project.

Morag Stuart

Morag Stuart joined the team as Marketing Co-ordinator in 2021. Morag has over twenty years marketing experience across a broad spectrum of organisations and since 2007 within the arts in Northern Ireland. This includes Wheelworks, Young at Art Events, National Museums Northern Ireland and as a volunteer with the Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts & Film Festival. She has worked collaboratively with a number of artists, events and partners such as Belfast City Council, Cathedral Quarter Trust, Island Arts Centre, Barnardo’s and QFT.

Board of directors

  • Rosamond Bennett, chairperson – chief executive officer of Christian Aid Ireland.
  • Les McLean, treasurer – Project Manager, Business Services Organisation. Formerly Heritage Development Manager for Ulster Rugby.
  • Valerie Catterson, company secretary – accountant & freelance finance manager.
  • Jane Coyle – arts journalist, writer, theatre and dance critic.
  • Claire Flynn – Policy and Public Affairs Manager (NI) for The National Lottery Heritage Fund
  • Tom Hughes – part of the creative marketing team at BBC Northern Ireland.
  • Randall Shannon – former chief executive of the Buxton Festival.
  • Arthur Webb – freelance theatre director and arts and education consultant.

Youth Steering Group 2019/20

Young Ambassador

  • Anastazja Mikczarek
  • Alisha Platt
  • Rebecca Wallace

Group Members

  • Amelie Corr
  • Aoibhe Donnelly
  • Cliodhna Fee
  • Shannon Gildernew
  • Cara Harte
  • Amy McCrellis
  • Keila Platt
  • Rhiannon Stewart

Dance artists on projects 2020/21

Rob Anderson (Gary Clarke Company), Mags Byrne, Janie Doherty, Annika Drennan, Robby Graham, Sheena Kelly, Sean O’Neill, Danny Reid, Mayte Segura, Anna Treanor, Dylan Quinn.

Artists, technical & support on projects 2020/21

Nikola Arkane (Magician), Michael Corish – Film, Jim Corr – Photographer, Jane Coyle – Writer, Padraig Coyle – Podcast, Joe Fox – Photographer, Ryan McFarlane – Film, Jim McKeown – Film, Patrick J. O’Reilly – Director, Darren Robinson  & Third Source.

Volunteers on projects in 202021, including:

Mave Dempster-O’Neil, Alisha Platt, Lisa Ryan, Rebecca Wallace.