|Published||13 Feb 2017 by|
Collette Farrell is the new Director of Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, County Louth.
Starting off as an actress and a stage manager, she worked in the first community and outreach department in the Abbey Theatre in the late 80’s, where she set up her own Children’s Theatre Company, and performed in the Peacock Theatre. She completed the Diploma in Theatre and Media Studies with the Abbey under the wonderful direction of Tomas McAnna in 1986, and she taught drama to children in the Gaiety School of Acting for 8 years. In 1994 she was appointed 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.
In 2002, she became Company Manager/Producer for Calipo Theatre and Picture Company, where she produced Wunderkind by Darren Thornton, Pineapple and All Over Town by Phillip McMahon, and the play 10 Dates for Mad Mary by Yasmine Akram to name a few. Films include Frankie, the award winning short film, which won the European Academy Award for Best Short in 2008, 16 films under the Sharp Focus Project funded by the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation which she co-devised and co-produced with Calipo Artistic Director Darren Thornton. Collette 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 (Maternity Cover) of Dublin Theatre Festival, and really enjoyed the experience of working on a large scale festival with Artistic Director Willie White, and the team.
Collette is currently settling into her role as Director, and “plans to build on the existing pillars of the programme including the Drogheda International Classical Music Series, the Film Club, Family Seasons, the community drama groups, the Droichead Youth Theatre and the Traditional Music Weekend, whilst nurturing and developing new and local talent - the next generation of artists. 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. Finally, I look forward to working with our funders and supporters, including the Arts Council, Louth Local Authorities and Intreo 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)”