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Women's Networking Day at IADT

IADT Students’ Union presents a networking and panel discussion addressing gender diversity in the Arts and Cultural Sector. 

The aim of the event is to challenge the power imbalance which women face in industry and society and to empower more women into the Arts and Cultural industries and most importantly to provide a space for women of diverse backgrounds to network and support each other.

The day will conclude with a panel discussion from key figures in the theatre, film and the music industry.


Dr Annie Doona
Dr Doona is the current President of IADT Dun Laoghaire. Dr Doona is currently Chair of the Screen Ireland. Dr Doona is a member of the Institute of Directors, The International Women’s Forum, Women in Film and Television Ireland and the Women’s Executive Network. She is a frequent speaker at festivals and events on the theme of Women in Film in Ireland and on Film Higher Education.

Grace Dyas
Grace Dyas is an acclaimed artist, activist, writer, theatre director and actor living and working in inner-city Dublin, she makes theatre, film and large-scale participation projects because she wants to change the world – and to change the world you must change power. Grace Dyas challenges power. She collaborates through performance with young people and vulnerable adults. She is a member of THEATREclub.
In 2017, she was the first woman to share her experience of abuse of power in the theatre world in Ireland, contributing to the global #MeToo movement. Her post to her blog opened the gate for others who followed from the theatre family, and then from across Irish public life. This became an ongoing campaign, I Believe You Before You Open Your Mouth, named for the words of Grace’s mentor, Christine Buckley (director of the Aislinn group for survivors of Industrial Schools). Grace explored the legacies of these institutions in her play, We Don’t Know What’s Buried Here.

Jess Kavanagh
Throughout her career, Jess has worked both as a backing vocalist and as a front-person. Currently, she is touring extensively with The Waterboys as a backing vocalist and working with her own band, BARQ in Dublin.
Previously, Jess has worked with top international and Irish artists, such as Hozier, Kodaline, The Commitments, Jape and Le Galaxie.

Dr Tina Kinsella

Dr. Tina Kinsella is a Lecturer in Critical and Contextual Studies (Art) in the Faculty of Film, Art and Creative Technologies (FACT), Programme Contributor to the MA in Art & Research Collaboration (ARC) in IADT and Research Fellow at the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, Trinity College Dublin. Soon to be the Acting Head of Department of Design + Visual Arts in IADT.