Fiona Keenan O’Brien holds a Diploma in dance, BA in dance theatre, an MA in contemporary dance and a Specialist Diploma in teaching. She has performed with international dance companies Raz and T.R.A.S.H where she toured Holland, Belgium and France. During Fiona’s career to date, she has worked with choreographers such as Hans Tuerlings, Liat T. Waysbort, Jack Gallaher, Kristal Van Issum and Melissa Roy. Since moving back to Ireland, Fiona has collaborated with film director Dara Mc Cluskey and artist/fashion designer Helen Steele in creating a film “Pricks Like a Thorn” which was included in the 2014 Clones Film Festival. Fiona is currently Company Liaison for Quintessence and has previously performed in a number of productions such as ‘The Star of Chester’s Lane’ (Droichead Arts Centre, 2018 Drogheda Arts Festival commission winner), #Me Too, Three, Four, (Droichead Arts Centre), ‘The Curious Case of Albert Cashier’ (Droichead Arts Centre), ‘Some of Our Children’, ‘Cracks’, Mina Harker in ‘Dracula’ (An Tain), Nurse in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (An Tain) and Queen Meabh in ‘Warrior of the Táin’. Fiona is also co-founder and co-artistic director of Flocking Arts, community participation arts organisation based in County Monaghan. Fiona is currently dancer in residence at the Garage Theatre 21/22 funded by the Arts Council Ireland and Monaghan County Council. This ambitious residency includes developing her own practice and creating outreach and education programmes for young people living in direct provision and adults with special needs.