To ensure there is coherence in the overall learning pathway, Uversity assigns a personal mentor to every Masters student. The mentors’ role is to guide students towards the achievement of the learning objectives of the programme. Mentors encourage students to set personal, professional and artistic goals for the year, review their ambitions and action and to build a learning programme that compliments and challenges them both academically and creatively.

Uversity offers a diverse range of programmes across the spectrum of arts and each area will have a highly qualified and experienced mentor. Uversity facilitate this by drawing from a large panel of experts and appointing mentors according to the interest areas of each student cohort.

Jim Culleton

Theatre and Drama Mentor 2016/17

Jim Culleton is the Artistic Director of Fishamble: The New Play Company for which he has directed many award-winning productions on tour throughout Ireland, UK, Europe, Australia and the US, including six productions that have transferred to New York.

Current productions for Fishamble, which are touring nationally and internationally, include Little Thing, Big Thing by Donal O’Kelly, Silent and Underneath both by Pat Kinevane, and Tiny Plays for Ireland and America which will be presented at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC, as part of Ireland 100.

He has also directed for the Abbey Theatre, the Gaiety, 7:84 (Scotland), Project Arts Centre, Amharclann de hIde, Tinderbox, The Passion Machine, The Ark, Second Age, RTE Radio 1, The Belgrade, TNL Canada, Dundee Rep Ensemble, TCD, Frontline Defenders, Origin (New York), Vessel (Australia) and RTE lyric fm. Jim has taught for NYU, NUIM/GSA, Notre Dame, TCD, the Lir, UCD and Uversity.

Jonathan C. Creasy

Creative Writing & Literature Mentor 2016/17

Jonathan C. Creasy is an author, editor, publisher, teacher and musician. Educated at California Institute of the Arts and Trinity College Dublin. Jonathan was born and raised in Los Angeles, where he studied under jazz legends Peter Erskine and Jeff Hamilton, and later under Charlie Haden.

Formerly a Writing Consultant in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Texas at Austin, Jonathan is widely published both in Ireland and the United States. He is Editor-in-Chief and publisher at the award-winning New Dublin Press. In 2016, Dalkey Archive Press will publish his book of poems and essays, The Black Mountain Letters.

Jenny Haughton

Arts Management Mentor 2016/17

Jenny is an independent Arts Manager with in-depth knowledge and experience in arts, community, national, cross-border and international relationships with specialist skills in commissioning art in the public realm.

She has more than thirty years of experience in crafting and realising a diversity of arts and cultural policies and plans with considerable organisational experience in devising and managing intercultural programmes and projects. She is skilled in brokering public and private strategic partnerships and in motivating stakeholders to ensure that arts, community and cultural interests are relevant and sustainable.

Katie Donovan

Creative Writing Mentor 2016/17

Katie Donovan was educated at Trinity College Dublin and the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of five books of poetry, all published by Bloodaxe Books, UK. Her most recent, “Off Duty” is shortlisted for this year’s “Irish Times”/Poetry Now Prize. She is the recipient of the O’Shaughnessy Award for Irish Poetry, 2017. She lectures in Creative Writing at NUI Maynooth. She was a features writer with “The Irish Times” for 13 years and has co-edited two literary anthologies. She has given readings from her work all over the world.

Keith Pascoe MA, MPhil, Hon. ARAM

Music Mentor- Mentored in 2015/16

Keith Pascoe plays with the Vanbrugh Quartet, resident quartet at University College Cork, since 1998. As soloist, he recently co-presented the complete sonatas by Beethoven and Mozart, supported by the Arts Council.

After studies at the RCM in London, professional life began in 1981 as first Leader of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Subsequent positions included: Sub-leader of the London Philharmonic in his early twenties; Assistant Director of the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, with whom he appeared as soloist, and ten years with exclusive EMI artists, the Britten Quartet.

As conductor Keith was appointed to the City of Cork Symphony in 2004. Since then he has attracted such names as Nigel Kennedy, with whom he played Bach’s Double Concerto, Tasmin Little, Julian Lloyd Webber, and Barry Douglas, to collaborate with the CCSO.

In addition to a busy performing life, Keith is a Luigi Boccherini scholar and has published articles and critical editions. He is a lecturer in Chamber Music at the Dublin Institute of Technology and external assessor at the Royal Academy of Music, London. He was appointed as Mentor at Uversity in 2015, and lives in Cork City, Ireland.

Fiona Bolger

Creative Writing Mentor – Mentored in 2015/16

Fióna’s work has appeared in Southword, The Brown Critique, Can Can, Boyne Berries, Poetry Bus, The Chattahoochee Review, Bare Hands Poetry Anthology, The Indian Muse and others. Her poems first appeared in print tied to lamp posts (UpStart 2011 General Election Campaign). They’ve also been on coffee cups (The Ash Sessions).

Her grimoire, The Geometry of Love between the Elements, was published by Poetry Bus Press in 2013. Her work has been translated into Irish, Tamil and Polish reflecting the journey her life has taken. She has lectured and given workshops in Ireland and India. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and is a co-ordinator of Dublin Writers’ Forum. She has performed her work at venues in Chennai, Dublin, Cork and Galway.

Jim Kelly

Film and Video Mentor – Mentored in 2015/16

James Kelly spent a number of years working in the arts in Dublin, before focusing on film-making. His experience with Project Arts Centre, Irish Modern Dance Theatre and Loose Canon Theatre Company greatly informed his approach to film making.

His work has screened nationally and internationally, and has been funded by, amongst others, TG4, RTE, BAI, the Arts Council and the Irish Film Board. James was Director of the Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Festival in the Irish Film Institute from 2007 to 2009, and served as Audience Advisor to the Arts Council from 2008 – 2010.James has taught in Independent Colleges Dublin, Griffith College Dublin, UCD, and IADT in Dún Laoghaire.