The board and staff of Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW) are preparing to bid farewell to Head of Performance, Sheila Creevey, who will leaving on 13 March, 2020 to begin her new role as CEO, Dance Ireland. Sheila has spoken about PDSW being a Talent Incubator and, this time, it is herself who is moving on to a great new job and building on all that she has done and learned here. It’s a double-edged sword to be an organisation that incubates talent!
Sheila joined PDSW in January 2015 and has led on our programming and artist development with a team of professionals and volunteers. Since 2017, she has been the Project Director for the UK-wide project Surf The Wave which included directing the UK Dance Showcase in May 2019. The ‘soft’ showcasing opportunities through the Project’s Seed and Legacy programmes, as well as the Showcase itself, have created new relationships and bookings and taken dance to new places and people. Leading Surf The Wave has been a massive and demanding job and has covered all four nations of the UK. There was no blueprint for taking this new approach to showcasing and Sheila created an identity for the project and a pathway through it which will continue to be delivered until the project ends in September 2020.
Sheila will commence her role as CEO of Dance Ireland, the representative body for dance in Ireland in April 2020. She will lead on delivering a vision of a progressive future for the art form and work in support of professional artists and dance enthusiasts to achieve this.
Sheila says of her appointment: “Over the past five years PDSW has given me space to grow and further develop the skills I need in taking on this new role with Dance Ireland. I am delighted to be returning to Ireland to step into this significant position and to continue to invest in the Irish dance community as Dance Ireland invested in me at a crucial point in my career.”
Of her experience of working alongside Sheila, CEO of PDSW Zannah Chisholm, comments,
“Sheila has been a leading member of staff throughout her time with us, bringing dedication and her knowledge and love of dance to all of her work. I am thrilled for her that this new job takes her back to Ireland to lead a European Dance House. We all wish her many congratulations and will miss her.”