The newly formed Board of Directors of Cork Theatre Collective is delighted to announce the appointment of Leigh Hussey to the role of Artistic Director / Creative Producer.
Leigh will step down from her current position as Programme Manager in Irish Theatre Institute to take up this exciting role in early January 2024. Leigh has over a decade of experience in the arts sector and her drive and dedication to supporting artists, designing residencies, developing artists programmes as well as platforming Irish work nationally and international is hugely impressive. Previously Leigh has also worked as part of the programme teams in Arts Centres; Axis Ballymun and Draíocht, Blanchardstown, gaining broad experience in engaging communities and building audiences.
Leigh said: “I’m really honoured to take up the new role of Artistic Director with Cork Theatre Collective. Cork has such a vibrant theatre community, and this role offers an exciting opportunity to produce an ambitious development space for artists in Cork. I’m thrilled to work with the dedicated partner organisations of Cork Theatre Collective on a new Theatre Development Centre.”
Speaking on behalf of the CTC Board, Acting Chair Sophie Motley (The Everyman) said “Cork Theatre Collective is a partnership between key theatre organisations and is an initiative designed to stimulate and enhance the creation of theatre and improve the cultural infrastructure in the city and beyond. We are thrilled that Leigh will lead CTC to establish a new Theatre Development Centre which will provide time, space and support for theatre makers at all career levels across Cork city and county to develop and explore new projects.“
Responding to the news, David Parnell, Head of Theatre at the Arts Council said: “We are delighted to be supporting this initiative in partnership with our colleagues in Cork City Council Arts Office, to allow for the continuance and ongoing development of the work formerly undertaken by Corcadorca as part of its Theatre Development Centre initiative at Triskel. We wish Leigh and all the partners involved in this exciting endeavour well for the year ahead, and look forward to following the work as it develops.”
Here at Graffiti we are very excited to welcome Leigh Hussey to Cork and to the role of Artistic Director / Creative Producer of the Cork Theatre collective. Graffiti CEO/Artistic Director, Niall Cleary said “We are delighted that artists creating theatre for young audiences will have new opportunities and support.”
The future is bright for Cork theatre makers!