Jo Mangan is Artistic Director of The Performance Corporation in Ireland which focuses on the creation of Theatre, Opera, and Virtual Reality work. Her most recent directing work for the company was a Live/Virtual Reality piece called Emperor 101, presented as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2021, and at SXSW in Austin Texas, and The Dead – an Opera at Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre and screened at Kilkenny Arts Festival. She also founded the company’s SPACE Programme – Ireland’s longest running multi-disciplinary international artists residency.
As the recent Director/CEO of Carlow Arts Festival she developed a focus on Digital work including creating a Virtual Festival Campus in Altspace as well as creating the film 72 Hour Lost Weekend and live performance for Woman in the Machine project at the former Braun Factory. Other recent directing work includes 5 films for Irish National Opera’s 20 Shots of Opera, 14 Voices from the Bloody Field for the Abbey (National Theatre) and Out of the Ordinary – a Virtual Reality Community Opera work for Irish National Opera which won the prestigious European Fedora Digital Prize.
Other recent work includes Curator for the Prague Quadrennial Design Exhibition 2019 for Ireland through Virtual Reality, Digital Consultant for the Arts Council programme Brightening Air, and she was also international programmer for Limerick National City of Culture. She created the BIG House Festival (ERIC for Best Irish Festival) and was Artistic Director of the Bram Stoker Festival (Eric for Best Irish Festival) in 2014. She has served on many boards, including as Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts until recently.
Awards include multiple Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards, the UK based Clore Leadership Fellowship and most recently the prestigious Fedora Digital Prize for her Irish National Opera project Out of the Ordinary.