10 July 2020

Michelle Carew to step down as Director of Youth Theatre Ireland

Youth Theatre Ireland has today announced that Michelle Carew will step down from her role as Director after nine years.

Michelle joined the organisation in 2011 and during her tenure has overseen many strategic developments including the renaming of the organisation in 2017;  the re-development of the National Youth Theatre programme; initiation of a partnership with Creative Ireland to develop new youth theatres in areas of low provision; and the diversification of the organistion's funding with the recent addition of a significant philanthropic donation in support of the National Youth Theatre.

Speaking of her departure, Michelle said, "I will miss all of the people who make up the youth theatre family, from the brilliant Youth Theatre Ireland team to the amazing leaders from all of our affiliate youth theatres and indeed, the inspirational young people that I have had the pleasure of working with across our projects and programmes.  Youth Theatre Ireland has a proud 40 year history and is an organisation full of integrity, care and heart. I am honoured to have had the chance to briefly play a leading role in its story, albeit standing on the shoulders of giants."

Youth Theatre Ireland Chair, Niall Cleary thanked Michelle for her massive contribution to the development of Youth Theatre Ireland throughout her nine years of service and noted that she leaves the organisation in a strong and unified position,  "I think that a mark of Michelle's tenure is the remarkable response from Youth Theatre Ireland to supporting members through Covid - with imagination, with empathy, energy and stability." 

Michelle leaves Youth Theatre Ireland to take up the role of Cork City Arts Officer.

Youth Theatre Ireland is now seeking an experienced and effective arts leader to lead the organisation, with the window for applications open from now until Monday 27th July.


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