Project Arts Centre is pleased to announce that Rosaleen McDonagh and Matthew Smyth have joined the Board of Directors.
In introducing these new appointees, Chairperson Sarah Pierce, welcomed both these additions to the Board: “Since its inception Project Arts Centre’s dynamic membership has been at the heart of the organisation’s governance. I am thrilled to welcome two people of the calibre of Rosaleen and Matthew to our Board and look forward to working with them over the coming years to shape Project’s bright future.”
Project Arts Centre is a members-led organisation. In July 2017 Rosaleen McDonagh and Matthew Symth were co-opted from Project’s Membership to join the Board. They follow a long line of many of Ireland’s most celebrated artists and cultural workers and will join the Board at an important time of strategic growth and development for the organisation.
Rosaleen McDonagh is a Traveller woman with a disability, the fourth eldest in a family of twenty children. Rosaleen is a board member of Pavee Point Traveller & Roma Centre, where she previously managed its Violence Against Women programme for ten years. McDonagh’s theatre work includes The Baby Doll Project, She’s Not Mine, and Rings. Her play Mainstream was directed by Olivier award winner, Jim Culleton. Colum McCann, Booker Prize winner, gave her the rights to adapt his novel Zoli for stage. In 2012, Beat Him Like a Badger was commissioned as part of the Tiny Plays for Ireland series. Rosaleen has worked with Graeae Theatre, spending two weeks on attachment in The Royal Court Theatre. Rosaleen has a BA in Biblical & Theological Studies, an MPhil in Ethnic & Racial Studies and an MPhil in Creative Writing, all from TCD. She is currently a PhD candidate in Northumbria University.
Matthew Smyth is the producer of the ANU, Collapsing Horse and 15th Oak Productions as well as being the Co-Artistic Director of The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival. He previously produced Dead Centre’s international tours of LIPPY, Hamnet, Souvenir and Chekhov’s First Play. He has also worked with, amongst others, Gúna Nua, Ulysses Opera Theatre Company, Sugar Glass and Pillow Talk Theatre Company. Matthew worked as programmer in London’s South Bank Centre Learning and Participation department; as a casting assistant at Maureen Hughes Casting; as Festival Director of Dublin Shakespeare Festival, on the Inaugural Trinity College Oscar Wilde Festival; as programming at Electric Picnic’s theatre tent and has ran events for The Irish Times, Arnotts, Body&Soul festival and the Undergraduate Awards. Matt also participated on the Rough Magic SEEDS programme after he graduated from Economics and Politics in Trinity College.
Project Arts Centre is a Company Limited by Guarantee, governed by a Board of Directors. Project Arts Centre is a members-led organisation. A full list of members can be viewed here.
Public applications have just closed for two further Board positions and these will be announced later in summer 2017.