Jen Coppinger Elected as Chairperson of Youth Theatre Ireland
At the meeting of the board of directors on Sunday 23rd April, theatre producer Jen Coppinger was elected as Chairperson. A vastly experienced and committed theatre practitioner, Jen has been an ordinary member of the board since 2012.
Speaking about her appointment, Jen said “I am thrilled and honoured to take over as Chairperson of Youth Theatre Ireland. Seán O'Brien has been an inspiring, innovative and excellent Chairperson and I have big shoes to fill. I look forward to what the next few years will bring to Youth Theatre Ireland and will delight in working with the talented, driven and ambitious Youth Theatre member's across our nation; forging relationships with the audiences and theatre makers of our future.”
Jen works as Producer for HotForTheatre, TheEmergencyRoom, United Fall as well as with independent artists such as Kevin Barry, Paul Curley, Kellie Hughes, Seán Mac Erlaine, Gina Moxley, Jody O’Neill, Shane O’Reilly, Raymond Scannell and Dylan Tighe. She has toured work extensively in Ireland and internationally. Recent productions include Danse, Morob by Laurent Gaudé, a co-production with TheEmergencyRoom and Project Arts Centre and Autumn Royal by Kevin Barry, a co-production with Kevin Barry and The Everyman.
She has worked on partnerships, commissions and co-productions with Cusack Projects Limited, Dublin Dance Festival, Dublin Theatre Festival, Galway International Arts Festival, International Literature Festival Dublin, The Irish Traveller Movement and Poetry Ireland.
Jen is Project Manager for the Laureate for Irish Fiction (Anne Enright 2015-2018) for the Arts Council of Ireland and sits on the boards of Youth Theatre Ireland and Theatre Forum.
She is the Manager of Rough Magic SEEDS and an Artist Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London.
Stepping down after four years as Chairperson over which time he oversaw the rebrand of the organisation from NAYD to Youth Theatre Ireland, Sean O’ Brien was pleased to hand the reigns to Jen saying, “It has been an honour and a privilege to have been chair of Youth Theatre Ireland for the last four years. I am delighted that Jen Coppinger has been appointed as my successor and, I have no doubt that she will be a resounding success in the role.”
Also at the AGM on 23rd April, Brian Harten, Arts Officer for County Louth, stepped down after six years of excellent and committed service. Re-elected to the board for new three year terms were Emelie Fitzgibbon of Graffiti Theatre Company and Fionn Woodhouse from Lightbulb Youth Theatre. Eimear Cheasty of County Carlow Youth Theatre was newly elected to the board.