22 Nov 2013

New Artistic Director for DYT!

Dublin Youth theatre (DYT) today announced the appointment of David Kelly as its new Artistic Director to join the organisation in January 2014. David has a long association with DYT and currently works with the National Association of Youth Drama.

Commenting on news of his successor outgoing artistic director Gary Keegan (Brokentalkers) said “It has been a distinct honour to have served as Artistic Director of DYT. The past 4 years have been amongst the happiest in my life, both professionally and personally. A big part of this is due my association with DYT and my role as Artistic Director. One of my objectives at that time was to support an environment where the members felt empowered and equipped to make / write work themselves or as a group. Above all am pleased to see how this initiative has begun to pay off with many of the members or recent ex members making work to an exceptionally high standard and in a professional context. This is a testament to the creative potential of ALL young people and I trust the DYT will continue to lead the way in regard.

I would like to say how happy I am with the appointment of David Kelly as the new Artistic Director of Dublin Youth Theatre. In recent years David has been an important member of the artistic programme team, his professionalism, skill, knowledge and passion for youth theatre will insure the DYT continues to provide quality arts experiences for Dublin's young citizens.”

Remarking on his new role David Kelly stated "As a former member of Dublin Youth Theatre I am very proud and honoured to be appointed the new artistic director.  I am really looking forward to working with the members and DYT board to continue to build D.Y.T¹s reputation for creating interesting, Innovative, and relevant work.  I hope to develop an exciting and engaging programme giving the members the opportunity to work with established and emerging facilitators, directors and writers from Ireland and beyond".

DYT Chairperson Alan King commented "I'm delighted to welcome Dave Kelly as Artistic Director. Our relationship with DYT goes back over 20 years and I look forward to working together to create an exciting programme for the members. A programme that reflects contemporary theatre practice while also reengaging with some traditional and fundamental theatre and youth theatre practices."

DYT is a registered charity and provides a Saturday morning programme for young people to gather through drama workshops on Gardiner Street, Dublin 1. Its members come from all over the city and have gained a reputation for creating probing, exciting performances and have been invited to present work in the recent past in Dublin Fringe Festival and Dublin Theatre Festival.

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