Tuesday 21 November 2017

Collette is the new Droichead director

Fiona Magennis

Collette Farrell has been named as the new director of the Droichead Arts Centre.

She returns to Drogheda from her role as director of the Dublin Theatre Festival.

As she settles into her new role, Collette said she is looking forward to welcoming new visitors to the arts centre and to building on the existing pillars of the programme, including the DICMS programme, the Film Club, our Family Seasons, the community drama groups and the Traditional Music Weekend.

'I want to look at future audiences, how we can engage with them, and what we can programme for them. I want to see a centre that can make a difference to the town and that is visible on a local, national and international level,' she said.

Collette started her career as an actress and stage manager, working initially int eh community and outreach department in the Abbey Theatre in the late 80s where she set up her own Children's Theatre Company and performed in the Peacock Theatre.

She was also General Manager of the City Arts Centre, Dublin, a multi displinary arts centre in the heart of the inner city, and subsequently became Programme Manager for the Centre, where her programmes included: the Jamie Reid Exhibition (Designer of the Sex Pistols Albums), Stiryfry - a weekly comedy club, which saw the likes of Jason Byrne, and Tommy Tiernan begin their headline gigs, and of course Calipo.

In 2002, she became Company Manager/Producer for Calipo Theatre and Picture Company and she is also part of the programming team for Drogheda Arts Festival and managed the marketing of the festival up to 2015.

Collette spent 2016 in Dublin as General Manager of Dublin Theatre Festival, and is delighted to be back in Droichead for the foreseeable future.

She added: 'I look forward to working with all of our funders including Louth Local Authorities and the Arts Council, and linking in with the Creative Ireland Programme (Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs) and Making Great Art Work (Arts Council Strategy 2016 - 2015). I also forward to engaging with all our supporters, friends and sponsors, and to working with the dedicated staff of the Centre "

Speaking on behalf of the board of the Droichead Arts Centre, its chairperson, Mr Nick Reilly paid tribute to the outgoing director, Ms Marcella Bannon and thanked her for her contribution over an 11 year period to the Centre. He added: 'Collette Farrell as the new Director brings a wealth of experience to the Droichead Arts Centre based on her solid career in major organisations such as the Abbey Theatre and the Dublin Theatre Festival not to mention her strong track record in young peoples theatre and film.' 'Droichead Arts Centre like so many local businesses and organisations has come through a very challenging decade but looks forward to the future continuing to serve the local community as well as expanding its range of cultural and artistic services as well as seeking to renew itself at all levels.

Drogheda Independent

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