Meet the Team

Niamh Flanagan

Niamh has worked with TheatreNI since 2016. On graduating from University, Niamh worked in finance in the City of London, followed by a period of travel in South East Asia and, worked in finance again whilst living in Sydney. For the past twenty-five years, Niamh has worked across the Northern Irish voluntary, community, and arts sector in policy, community engagement, development and management roles in festivals, dance, theatre and community arts. Niamh taught on the ‘Arts and Entrepreneurship’ module for the Performing Arts Degree, Ulster University, with Doctor Tanya Dean. She holds degrees in Public Administration and Information Management; a variety of professional training qualifications including in ‘Arts and Intercultural Dialogue’ and Executive Leadership. She recently acquired certification to teach English as a foreign language.

Orla McGrady

Orla McGrady has worked in the creative industries in Belfast for over twenty years. General Manager of Dance Resource Base since 2018, she has a diverse portfolio of working across many artforms. Little did she know where that box office & FOH job at the Lyric Theatre in the 1990’s would lead! She has worked for Tinderbox Theatre Company; Belfast International Arts Festival, Young at Art Ltd, and for over 10 years at Craft NI, gaining a Masters in Cultural Management along the way. She has now come full circle, and is proud to be part of newly formed Theatre & Dance NI. She brings a wealth of knowledge in organisational, operational, project delivery & management skills and of course a love of all things creative. She is very much looking forward to continuing to support our creative artists through TDNI.

Molly Rose Street 

Molly Rose has been working as a professional dancer, performer, choreographer, teacher and facilitator for the past three years. Originally from Birmingham, she trained at Liverpool John Moore’s University and graduated with a BA First-Class Honours in Dance. Her notable work includes a 10-day tour around Baltimore, Maryland, as well as performing at Birmingham International Arts Festival, The National School Games Opening Ceremony and The Tate Liverpool.

In 2018, Molly decided to embark on her MA in Arts Management at Queens University Belfast and graduated in December 2019 with a Commendation. Since then, Molly has stayed in Northern Ireland establishing her career with both Dance Resource Base and Theatre NI. She is excited to be an integral part of the new Theatre and Dance NI team and looks forward to supporting the beautiful creative sector that exists here!

Emma Brennan

Emma Brennan is an interdisciplinary artist and curator who works predominantly in performative practices to include multi media installation, moving-image and socially engaged  processes. Originally from Dublin she graduated with a bachelors of honours in Fine Art  from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2016.

She has participated in a number of live art events in her career including the Dublin Live art Festival, the Re-Vision Festival Belfast and her most notable performance work  Heed, to the Mound, premiered at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2018. Now based In Belfast she is fulfilling a Directorship with Catalyst Arts, where she is also the former chairperson of the board as well as working with Theatre and Dance NI. She is a studio member of Flax Art Studios and was their Curator in Residence in 2019. She has curated a range of exhibitions and live art events including the 13th edition of the FIX live art festival, FIX19 in 2019. She has worked in marketing as part of the team at the Lyric Theatre Belfast and Catalyst Arts as well as on a voluntary basis when living in Dublin for NoDrama Theatre, a self producing amateur theatre company.

Hayley McBride

Hayley has over 11 years’ experience in bookkeeping and finance in various industries such as construction, hospitality, health & beauty and recruitment. Hayley relocated from her hometown in Scotland in 2014 has been working within the Arts sector in Northern Ireland since then. Coming on board to Theatre & Dance NI in 2018 as their Finance Officer, Hayley also works for Replay Theatre Company as their Finance & Operations Manager.
Hayley began her career with an apprenticeship in Business and Administration. She went on to obtain further qualifications in Bookkeeping (IAB), Accounts and Payroll (Sage) and Management Practice (Ulster University). She is also currently working towards her Advanced Certificate in Bookkeeping with AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians). Hayley is looking forward to continuing to support Theatre & Dance NI and the wonderful creative sector here in Northern Ireland.


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