Photo: Landmark Productions and Galway Arts Festival present Cillian Murphy in Misterman.
Showcase Video of Sheenagh’s work to follow.

PASSION

Sheenagh is a passionate and driven events guru who has huge experience in developing and overseeing some of the world's most spectacular productions, tours and festivals, alongside doing the lovely small stuff, while making the entire process look incredibly simple.

There is a particular joy in bringing together a team of talented and creative collaborators, all established in their own field, to a project, big or small, world class or local. Most rewarding is seeing an idea that started out as nothing more than a thought become a reality. But ultimately experiencing the connection between audience and performer is the magical thing, and witnessing that connection never fails to excite me.

The person who says it cannot be done, should not interrupt the person who is doing it.

Chinese proverb

ABOUT

Throughout her career, Sheenagh has worked on some of the biggest and most exciting creative events in Ireland and abroad. In Ireland, she started in the Gate Theatre, serving coffee and quickly rose to the ranks of management where she spent four years prior to heading to New York. When back in Ireland, she joined the team of the now world famous Riverdance - The Show, spending five years as Manager of the Production Team based in Dublin overseeing all production administration for the three touring shows reporting to the Executive Producer. From this she moved to the Special Olympics World Games as General Manager of Special Events, the biggest sporting event ever held in Ireland at that time and the biggest sporting event in the world that year.

She has worked for several prominent charities in Ireland; Irish Cancer Society's Daffodil Day she managed the fundraising team and organised sell out concerts at the Olympia Theatre and National Concert Hall.

Sheenagh Gillen Pre Production shot of Opening Cermony for Special Olymics World Games, Croke ParkFor Down Syndrome Centre, produced the UCD Fashion Show which took place in The O2 Dublin; was Event Manager for Irish Family Planning Association's fundraiser at Slane Castle; Event Co-ordinator for First Step fundraisers held in Dublin and Central Park, New York. For Down Syndrome Ireland she produced three short videos entitled The Path to Independence, directed by Wildfire Films, charting the life of a person with Down syndrome.

In New York she was Promotions/Operations manager at The Irish Channel. Co-ordinated a tour for the legendary Joan Baez for Mark Spector Management. Co-ordinated Irish America Magazine's Top 100 Irish Americans Awards at the Plaza Hotel plus developed an accompanying video for the Top 10 awards with an Independent Video Company.

Among her various roles, Sheenagh is currently on the Advisory Board of Origin Theatre Company, a New York based Irish Theatre Company, renowned for producing New European playwrights. Sheenagh works alongside Founder/Artistic Director George C. Heslin helping to devise and implement some of its' projects.

SELECTION OF WORK

  • 0 1Gate Theatre Ireland

    My first job in the Arts Industry was with the world renowned Gate Theatre, working for four years in management under the directorship of Michael Colgan. The Gate has a world class reputation and continues to work with national and international actors, writers and designers.

    www.gatetheatre.ie
  • 0 2Riverdance The Show

    Worked with Riverdance for five years managing the production office based in Dublin. During my time with the organisation the office was responsible for three shows touring Europe, North America and Australasia concurrently, with over four hundred musicians, dancers, singers and production crew involved on a daily basis.

    www.riverdance.com
  • 0 3Special Olympics World Games

    Ireland was the first country to host the World Games outside of America and it was the biggest sporting event in the World that year. Worked as General Manager of Special Events on fifteen large events for the games and was also involved in the Opening Ceremony in Croke Park.

    www.specialolympics.ie
  • 0 4Festival Village RDS

    Created a seven day outdoor festival in the prestigious RDS, Dublin which brought in over 100,000 visitors. There were 200 events including concerts, theatre, dance, an international food hall and exhibition centre for the Corporate Industry.

  • 0 5Origin Theatre NEW YORK

    Work with Founder and Artistic Director George C. Heslin. Since George created Origin in 2002, the organisation continues to connect with international theatre makers while nurturing the next generation of European playwrights in NY.

    www.origintheatre.org l/r: Brendan Coyle, who currently plays John Bates in Downton Abbey, Patron of Origin with George C. Heslin Artistic Director

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Mary Davis, Chief Executive

Special Olympics WorLd Games

Sheenagh was hired to work with Special Olympics World Games as General Manager of Special Events. In her role, she not only exceeded expectations but left the Games having changed the original blueprint for both the International Delegates Seminar and the Festival Village held in the RDS. She brought her own particular style to the Village, where she managed to make it both artistic and fun at the same time. Her “something for everyone” approach, saw over 100,000 flocking to the RDS. Sheenagh is blessed with a relaxed easy going manner, a great sense of fairness and is extremely diplomatic. This is all underscored by a creative vision and steely determination to establish exciting and innovative projects capable of holding their own in any world class arena.

Michael Colgan, Director

Gate Theatre

It is testament to Sheenagh’s focus and tenacity that having joined the Gate Theatre, she quickly rose through the ranks, from work experience to management. She is blessed with a positive can-do attitude and has the ability to treat everyone with the same degree of warmth and respect whether they be world renowned artist or an actor fresh out of drama school. She approaches every project with the same determination and passion, whether local, national or international. Best of all she has never lost that excitement, that freshness, she first displayed in the Gate.

Anne Clarke, Producer

Landmark Productions

The opening night of Enda Walsh's Misterman, starring Cillian Murphy, was a significant event for Landmark Productions, which co-produced the show with Galway Arts Festival, Ireland and was subsequently brought to London and New York. We wanted to transform the foyer of the Black Box Theatre for the the post-show party. A relatively industrial space, it was transformed after the curtain had gone up, while the unsuspecting audience was watching the show. While I knew that Sheenagh worked on large national and international events, we also knew each other from our four years together in the Gate so I hoped if she could she would respond to a last-minute request for help - and she did. Within a day she designed the lighting, decor and - typical of her constant willingness to go the extra mile - arrived bearing armfuls of wild flowers, amongst other props, which she had picked and transported herself. She worked tirelessly for the day, looked after all the logistics, brought the event in under budget, and didn't stop until the last person had gone home. Thanks to her commitment, personality and dedication, the evening was a tremendous success.

Julian Erskine, Executive Producer

Riverdance – The Show

I first met Sheenagh whilst working at the Gate Theatre in the early 90s. Her integrity, enthusiasm and boundless energy were evident from the start. At the time I was beginning to work on the then fledgling Riverdance – The Show. As soon as it was possible, I asked Sheenagh to come on board as part of the team. For the five years she was with us, Sheenagh ran various departments as The Show expanded and increased its reach around the world. During that time she consistently managed to retain her ability to blend business management with people management without ever compromising on either front. I would simply say to anyone who works with or engages Sheenagh’s services... you won’t regret it !!

George Heslin, Founder & Artistic Director

Origin Theatre Company, New York

Sheenagh has a truly unique insight that is invaluable to Origin. She has a tremendous understanding of both the Irish and American (in particular NY) cultures. She has empathy and respect for artist and audience in equal measure and delivers every project to the very highest standards with military like precision – so don’t be fooled by her seemingly laid back, low key manner. I am thrilled that she is part of the Origin journey which has only been enhanced by her positivity, dogged determination and utter commitment to each project. She really is a joy to work with.

Catherine Condell

Fashion Stylist & Show Producer

I have had the extreme pleasure of working with Sheenagh Gillen on two high profile events. An exclusive Irish Designer Fashion Show for The Special Olympics at The RDS and the UCD Student Fashion Show at The O2. Sheenagh is undoubtedly one of the most professional people I have ever worked with. She is dedicated, passionate, knowledgable and competent. She also brings a refreshing good humor to everything she’s involved with, which makes her an absolute joy to be around. If working with Sheenagh, you can relax knowing that you are in very capable hands.