Jeremy 'Boomer' Stacey
Talk | USA

Leaving the Island

A presentation by Jeremy 'Boomer' Stacey, Director of IPAY, on the annual International Performing Arts for Young Audiences Showcase, USA. Followed by a panel discussion exploring the opportunities to tour children's work abroad. 

How do you get your work seen abroad? Where to begin in your quest to leave the island?

A presentation by Jeremy ‘Boomer’ Stacey, Director of IPAY on the annual International Performing Arts for Young Audiences Showcase - America’s biggest marketplace for work for young audiences and a practical guide to touring North America. What are festivals and venues looking for? The differing scales of US theatres, etc.

Followed by a panel discussion exploring the opportunities to tour children’s work abroad. How do you create a tour? Is it better to work with an agent or go it alone? How does one fund such an undertaking? How does children’s work change in different cultural contexts?

Tickets: FREE  - Booking required

Boomer Stacey, IPAY’s Executive Director, has a wide range of experience in the field of international performing arts for young audiences.  He is International Performing Arts for Youth’s founding Executive Director as well as Manager of Networking, Learning and Conference for the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT). Boomer also serves on the Board of ASSITEJ Canada. Prior work included Artistic Director of the renowned Milk International Children’s Festival of the Arts at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.  Boomer lives just outside of Toronto with his wife, boy, girl, dog & cats and the occasional visiting family of raccoons.


Neil Murray, Co-Director, Abbey Theatre (Chair) is a theatre producer. From 2005 – 2016, he was Executive Producer at the National Theatre of Scotland where he oversaw the creation and expansion of the NTS from a standing start into a major international touring company. Neil was particularly involved in the international work of the NTS which toured to China, USA, Japan, Canada, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Poland and Ireland. Prior to the NTS, for six years, Neil was the Director of the Tron Theatre, Glasgow where he was responsible for producing Tron Theatre Company productions and programming all visiting work. Neil has also worked for 7:84 Theatre Company Scotland, the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow and Granada Television, Manchester.

Muireann Ahern is Joint Artistic Director of Theatre Lovett. Theatre Lovett produce work for all ages which tours extensively, both nationally and internationally. Past touring has included the New Victory Theater New York, The Kennedy Center Washington, The Wallis Annenberg Center Los Angeles, The Sydney Opera House, The Melbourne Arts Centre, Southbank Centre London and Traverse Theatre Edinburgh amongst many other international venues.  They have showcased at IPAY on two occasions. They have toured the USA twice without agent representation and currently have an agent working on a 2019 tour. Muireann has seen things from the other side also as she programmed the family season of the Dublin Theatre Festival and the Children’s season of the Dublin Dance Festival over a 5 year period in her tenure as Theatre Programmer and Producer at The Ark. Theatre Lovett are currently on a 12 venue Irish tour and will be at The Abbey Theatre on the Peacock Stage for the month of December 2017. They have two new works in development for 2018, including a contemporary adaptation of FRANKENSTEIN by Michael West supported by The Abbey Theatre.

Christian Schroder, Artistic Director, Theatre Madam Bach. Christian founded Theatre Madam Bach with Pernille Bach Schroder twenty years ago. He is a Board Member of Assitej Denmark and Chairman of the Board of Odder Little Culture Club ( and LYDENSKAB ( He is former Chairman of the Board of Teater Refleksion, Denmark. Theatre Madam Bach has toured to forty two countries throughout the world with performances, workshops and art projects. In recent years Theatre Madam Bach has toured to Asia every year and played 114 times in China plus three long tours in Japan. In 2018 they will tour in Lithuania, Ireland, Spain, Belgium, South Korea and China. Theatre Madam Bach is partner in Small Size Network.

Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney, Artistic Director, Cahoots NI which is at the forefront of Northern Irish theatre and is the leading professional theatre company producing work for children. Since beginning operations in November 2001, Cahoots NI has produced original, innovative work for children, some staged in conventional theatre venues and some in purpose-designed sites or specific locations, in schools and healthcare settings. Its work concentrates on combining the visual potential of theatre with the age-old popularity of magic and illusion, giving the organisation its distinctive performance style. Cahoots NI tours its productions to ever growing audiences in Ireland and across the world.  Most recently EGG, Shh! We Have a Plan, Nivelli’s War,  Danny Carmo have toured extensively in the United States and Europe. In 2018 - 2019 the company will continue its international touring in the United States and China. 

Ciarán Walsh, Programme Manager, Culture Ireland is responsible for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide, including the support of inwards travel of the international delegates to Baboró. In 2016, over 160 international guests travelled to Ireland with Culture Ireland support to attend Irish festivals and events, creating further international touring opportunities for Irish artists. In addition, Culture Ireland operates a regular grant programme for Irish artists presenting their work abroad. Last year, over 450 projects in 42 countries received Culture Ireland support.

Leaving the Island
Made possible with the support of the Creative Ireland Programme