A Statement from the Board and Director of the Abbey Theatre

A Statement from the Board and Director of the Abbey Theatre

Tuesday 22 December 2015

At its December meeting, the Board of Directors of the Abbey Theatre discussed the progress of its sub-committee on gender balance.

Commenting, Chair of the Abbey Theatre Board, Bryan McMahon said:

‘The Board of Directors has established a sub-committee on gender-balance, made up of Loretta Dignam, Deirdre Kinahan, Niamh Lunny and Mark Ryan. The sub-committee and I had our first meeting with Waking The Feminists recently. That meeting was positive, frank and encouraging. We look forward to further engagement with Waking The Feminists.

The Board and Director are committed to addressing the gender imbalance in the 2016 programme. Importantly, we will do so in line with the duties and responsibilities of the Board.

We are also committed to the development of a comprehensive policy and detailed implementation plan to address this issue. We look forward to publishing the gender balance policy, which will inform the direction of the Abbey Theatre in future years. We are committed to playing a leadership role in assisting the wider arts community to address what is a very important societal issue.’

Commenting, Director of the Abbey Theatre, Fiach MacConghail said:

‘I am determined to programme the work of women artists in the latter half of 2016. An exciting and innovative programme of plays will be confirmed when we announce our Autumn/Winter Season.

A national conversation is underway; one which I look forward to participating further in with members of the theatre community.

The Abbey Theatre looks forward to leading the way in achieving a much-needed cultural shift in gender equality in the years to come.’

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