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Arts Matter NI

Board

Chairperson

Don McCamphill is a playwright, director and designer. He has written for 7:84 Theatre Company, Tinderbox, Calipo, BBC drama, Radio 4 and others. His radio plays have been nominated for the Society of Authors’ Imison Award and the Sony Award. In 2003 he was winner of the Bill Miskelly Award. Don has worked widely in theatre for Cerberus Theatre Co, Disturbance, Central School of Speech and Drama, the Young Playwrights’ Programme, Jagriti Theatre Bangalore and others. Most recently he was Education producer and Head of Department at Soho Theatre. Currently he is a Director with Tinderbox.

Treasurer

Simon Wood –  film maker. Co-founder of Northern Visions, a grass roots community media centre which broadcasts on NVTV, the Belfast Community television channel. In the past Simon has worked for BBC, Channel 4, RTE, TG4, UTV, ZDF, RAI, and numerous broadcast and production companies.

He has produced TV documentaries, short dramas, a feature film and many films for community, charity and campaign organisations He is the Technical Director with Journeyfor – a next generation Creative Agency in Belfast.

Secretary

Seán Ó Muireagáin is an advisory officer with Comhairle na Gaelscolaiocta.  He has been an activist and advocate for the Irish language all his adult life.  He has played a part in all aspects of the language including; theatre, TV, singing and even writing.  He has worked in the Irish-medium education sector for almost 30 years and is currently working with Comhairle na Gaelscoilochta  the representative body for Irish-medium Education.  It was set up in 2000 by the Department of Education to promote, facilitate and encourage Irish-medium Education. One of CnaG’s central objectives is to seek to extend the availability of Irish-medium Education to parents who wish to avail of it for their children.

Board Member

Nuala Ni Neill is a writer, actress and business woman. She has worked with the company on many of its productions including writer of the long running show The Fadgies and the hugely popular Caoimhe & the Midnight Visit. She established an accredited Youth Theatre Programme, Aisling Óg, at the Cultúrlann before setting up her own business Teach Mhamó, an Irish speaking Day Care Centre for 0-5 year olds.

Board Member

Emma McCann - Graduated with an LL.B. from University of Ulster in 2007, prior to that she had been a student at St Mary’s Grammer School in Magherafelt

Has worked at Harrisons Solicitors Belfast for 4 years before moving to McManus Kearney, where she became a key member of the Conveyancing and Probate Dept. She then went into the family’s practice – Jack McCann based in Ballymena for over 100 years, with her brother Stephen. Her family were very active in the local amateur drama scene and into here teenage years she regularly took part in Amateur Drama Festivals. She has recently been attending acting classes in the Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

She is married to Joe Brolly – Barrister and Sports Pundit, they have 5 children. She is a first cousin to Liam Neeson