Catherine Young

Catherine Young is a choreographer, dancer and passionate advocate of human rights and equality.  She is a Dance Ireland Associate Artist, Artist in Residence at the Backstage Theatre (2023-2025), dancer in residence with Kerry County Council since 2005 and an Associate Artist at Siamsa Tire (the National Folk Theatre of Ireland). Catherine trained and performed in the US for 8 years before returning to Ireland. She has created work for the Dublin Dance Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Coisceim Dance Theatre, The Big Bang Festival of Rhythm, Féile Fáilte among others. Her company works 'A Call to You,’ Floating on a Dead Sea', State of Exception, ‘Ultima Thule', "Woman Stood Regardless' and 'Welcoming the Stranger' have all been received to critical acclaim, with 'Welcoming the Stranger' opening the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival in Palestine in 2017.  Catherine received her MA from the University of Limerick where she is also a guest lecturer/choreographer and is also co-curator of the What Next Dance Festival at Dance Limerick.

Catherine runs The Welcoming Project, which she established in 2016 - a progamme designed to foster cultural integration & social inclusion for Ireland's new communities through dance.