Cliff Dolliver (Company Director)
Cliff Dolliver(B.F.A., University of Tasmania) is the founder of the company. He has an extensive history in design for theatre. He spent ten years with the respected Melbourne visual theatre company, Handspan, where he learnt his puppetry, and founded Black Hole Theatre in the same city with an infamous production of Nick Cave’s, ‘And the Ass Saw the Angel’. Cliff has worked as a freelance designer and maker with many companies and communities in Australia, Great Britain and Ireland, including The Henson’s Creature workshop in London. He also has a long history as an educator. He formed Dolliver Design Limited in Cork in 2002.
Davy Dummigan (Company Director)
Davy Dummigan (B.A.hons, Fine Art, University of Lancashire) has been involved with Dowtcha since the mid-90s and is responsible for some of the company’s best-known characters. He became a company director in 2012. Davy has an extensive history as a designer and maker for theatre, and is renowned in particular for his fine art painting, community and youth vocational training, theatre design, prop and set building and scenic art skills.
Louis Wild is a creative arts specialist who has been working with Dowtcha since 2013.
As well admin and coordination, Louis also performs puppet shows, runs his own photography and design business and plays in the band W!LD.
Home educated until the age of 16, Louis then studied Art and Drama in Kinsale College.
Moira has extensive experience in arts/theatre administration and as a lawyer.
She has worked as a director of the Oval House Arts Centre in London and the Melbourne Fringe Festival and on the boards of Black Hole Theatre, Back to Back theatre and various youth and community projects in England and Australia.She has a particular interest in storytelling into theatre forms and carnival arts.She has a Master’s in Theatre. Involved in Dowtcha since inception she contributes strategically on the development of all company activities.
Michael O’Donnell has been a puppeteer since 2009, He has worked on television shows for the BBC and The Henson Company, and in a variety of other productions for theatre, festivals, and parades. Michael has been working with Dowtcha since 2015.
Alex Hindmarsh (Performer and Maker)
Alex is a gifted street performer and Puppeteer who helps brings to life Dowtcha’s walkabouts.
He can also regularly be found in the workshop, assisting with the latest Dowtcha creations.
Mick Lynch (1959-2015)
Mick was a founder of Dowtcha puppets and wrote and performed in several shows for the company. He also fronted the 80’s punk indie band Stump.
Mick Sadly passed away in December 2015, and is dearly missed.