Young Critics On The Edge – Meet the Facilitators

On the 3rd of July, 12 Young Critics from across Ireland and the UK will descend upon Birmingham for the THE WORLD FESTIVAL OF THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES.

In this blog we will be profiling the facilitators who who will be guiding the Young Critics through  On the Edge . The two facilitators are Anna Galligan and Alan King and both come with a wealth of knowledge and experience to the project

Anna  & Alan

Anna Galligan & Alan King – Facilitators for Young Critics On The Edge

Anna Galligan

Anna has been a professional arts worker for over 25 years. During this time she has worked as a professional actress, facilitated arts, dance, theatre and training programmes She has designed and delivered arts programmes and acted as a arts programme consultant in a variety of settings including youth theatre, mental health services, education and law.

Anna worked at the National Association for Youth Drama (NAYD) in Ireland for ten years. During her time at NAYD she created ArtsTrain, a full-time drama facilitation programme which became Ireland’s first full time accredited course in drama facilitation and introduced the programmes ‘Leading On…’, an annual training programme for youth theatre leaders and ‘The Young Critic’s Programme’ as well as developing various supports in terms of best practice and policy in youth theatre.

Anna is currently Outreach Officer with Barnstorm Theatre Company. As part of her work she is administrator, facilitator and artistic director of Kilkenny Youth Theatre. Anna continues to develop her practice in terms of critical analysis through her work with Red Square and Culture Club, a intergenerational critic’s programme looking at the Visual Arts and Theatre run in partnership with the Butler Gallery.

She is delighted to be teaming up with Alan and NAYD to deliver Young Critics On The Edge.

Alan King 

Alan has been professional arts worker for over 20 years. During this time his career has spanned acting, producing, directing, facilitating, venue management and arts consultancy for a wide variety of companies and organisations.

Since 2010 he has been Youth Theatre Officer for the National Association for Youth Drama in Ireland. He manages and co-facilitates the highly successful and innovative Young Critics Programme alongside Dr. Karen Fricker. Aimed at youth theatre members who are interested in watching, critically discussing and reviewing theatre,16 young people work together over a six-month period. Content is regularly added to the Young Critics Blog and the programme culminates with a live panel discussion at the Dublin Theatre Festival every October.

In addition to this Alan supports the sustained artistic development of youth theatres through the development of resources, training, support and advice and works on many other areas of NAYD’s national programme including  c0-producing the National Youth Theatre, IGNITE Youth Theatre Performance Festival and the National Festival of Youth Theatres.

He has also performed with many of Ireland’s leading theatre companies and he has worked on numerous directing, devising and facilitation projects with youth theatre/youth drama groups and professional companies. He is currently the Chair of Dublin Youth Theatre. 

He is delighted to be  co-facilitating with Anna at Young Critics On The Edge and sharing NAYD’s Young Critics practice with the symposium delegates.

Come join Young Critics On The Edge at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on July 7th  in the Parkside Building, Lecture Theatre from 5-6.30 to hear the Young Critics critical responses to several productions from On The Edge .

Learn about more Young Critics that are On The Edge here 

Young Critics On The Edge  is a collaboration between Barnstorm Theatre Company,NAYD (National Association for Youth Drama) Ireland and Mess Up The Mess, Get the Chance (Wales) in conjunction with the Symposium strand of theASSITEJ Artistic Gathering for 2016.


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