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Producing Work For Children & Young People

Join established experts to discuss the unique challenges of creating, funding and touring work nationally and internationally.

Panel is comprised of:


Una NicEoin

Una is Executive Producer of Prime Cut Productions. After graduating from the University of Ulster she worked extensively as an actress and arts facilitator in Dublin. In 1996, after relocating to Belfast, she took up position as Artist in Residence for Wheelworks. Subsequently she was Tutor at the Centre for Performing Arts at Belfast Metropolitan College for four years before becoming Head of Education and Outreach at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. In 2006 she became Creative Director at Creative Media Partnerships, and later became Arts Development Officer at Belfast City Council.

Una is the Executive Producer at Prime Cut Productions since 2009. She recently produced John Logan’s multi-award winning Red (Lyric Belfast), Oona Doherty’s Hard To Be Soft (Belfast International Arts Festival, Dublin Dance Festival, Abbey Theatre, Recontres Choreographiques, Lyon Biennale, Biennale Val Du Marne and Theatre De La Bastille Paris) and Tanz Im August (Berlin and Edinburgh International Festival at the Lyceum). She is a member of IETM. Una is also Chair of Ponydance Dance Company and an Artistic Associate of Streetwise Community Circus.

Alice McGrath

Alice McGrath is an experienced arts producer, facilitator and collaborator based in Scotland. She works with artists and arts organisations in the development, creation and presentation of theatre, dance and artistic projects for young and intergenerational audiences. Throughout her career Alice has held a variety of roles in Scottish arts including Executive Producer at Scottish Dance Theatre; Director of Creative Development, Participation and Research at Macrobert Arts Centre; and Creative Development Director at Imaginate.

Alice is also an experienced facilitator and mentor in addition to her work with Red Bridge Arts.

Matthew Smyth

Matthew is the producer of ANU Productions, Collapsing Horse and 15th Oak Productions. He is also co-artistic director of the Kilkenny Cat Laughs.

Matthew has also produced for a number of other artists and production companies such as Dead Centre Gúna Nua, Ulysses Opera Theatre Company, Sugar Glass and Pillow Talk Theatre Company. He has worked as programmer in London’s South Bank Centre Learning and Participation Department; as Maureen Hughes casting assistant; as Festival Director of Dublin Shakespeare Festival, on the Inaugural Trinity College Oscar Wilde Festival; at Electric Picnic’s theatre tent and has produced commercially for The Irish Times, Arnotts and the Undergraduate Awards.

Joanne Beirne

Joanne is Executive Producer with Branar Téatar do Pháistí. Having joined the company in October 2011, Joanne has worked closely with Branar's Artistic Director Marc Mac Lochlainn to develop the strategic direction of the company, building a national and international profile for the organisation.

Prior to joining Branar, Joanne was Artistic Director of the Belltable Arts Centre in Limerick, producing the Limerick Theatre Hub, and was one of the founder members of the Strollers Touring Network during her tenure. Joanne has worked in various roles with Lane Productions, Corcadorca, Fishamble, Barnstorm and Galway Youth Theatre throughout her career.

Joanne has an M.Phil in Irish Theatre Studies from Trinity College and a BA Hons in Drama & Theatre Studies from the University of Surrey.


O'Donoghue Centre

Accessibility: Both entrances are wheelchair accessible. There is an activation switch for the front doors to the theatre, providing wheelchair access.

Parking: The Galway Cathedral car park is a 5 minute walk from O’Donoghue and is open 08:30-18:30 Monday to Saturday and 13:00-18:00 Sunday, with a €5 day rate. There are Pay and Display (street parking) spaces on campus at €1.50 per hour. Please be aware that there are permit-only locations and caution is advised as clamping is in operation throughout the university campus.

Public Bus: Galway city bus route 405 stops at the entrance to NUI Galway, which is a 1 minute walk to O'Donoghue Centre.

Walking: O'Donoghue Centre is located on the grounds of NUI Galway and is a 7 minute walk from the Town Hall Theatre and a 17 minute walk from the Spanish Arch.