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David Calvert

David Calvert: KIC Artistic Director

David served an apprenticeship as an aircraft fitter at Short Bros in Belfast before turning to the study of English Literature at Queen’s University Belfast where he received a B.A.Hons. He began working as a professional theatre practitioner in 1982, with work ranging from Druid Theatre Company, Galway, to the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, as well as television drama work for the BBC and consultancy roles on the Channel 4 Schools’ programme, Off the Wall and the same channel’s Long War season in 1994.

Since 1987 David has concentrated on community drama and has served as a Project Director with Neighbourhood Open Workshops (NOW) from 1989-1994 and on the Board of Directors at A.R.E. (Art and Research Exchange) and C.A.F.E. (Creative Activity for Everyone). He has been full-time Artistic Director of Kids in Control since the formation of the company in 1997.

After 31 years as a professional theatre practitioner, David says of his role as KIC Artistic Director, “I am seeking my own understanding of the relevance and meaning of theatre through the work I do with young people. I wish to collaborate genuinely with young people in the making of theatre. This means I must honestly unlearn what I know on the workshop floor with each encounter. I have enough knowledge and experience to prepare the floor for things to happen; beyond that is the unforeseen.”


Grainne Woods: Company Manager

Grainne studied Anthropology and Cultural Studies at The University of East Anglia, graduating with a B.A.Hons. She then gained a diploma in Public Relations. Extensive travel in Asia, South America and Europe, and experience working in many different areas of the voluntary sector at home and abroad, brought Grainne to KIC with a ‘hands on’ attitude. For the first 4 years, Grainne filled many positions within KIC: from caterer to fundraiser, stage hand to administrator.

Grainne has managed all KIC programmes since the company’s inception and is experienced in all aspects of project management and administration. She graduated in 2007 with Recommendation from the Arts&Business Link Initiative course in association with the UU School of Business. She further completed the Creative and Cultural Skills Leadership Programme supported by the ACNI in 2010. She is currently completing the Creating Futures (Pg Cert in Executive Leadership) UU course supported by Arts&Business and the Arts Council of NI. She has sat on ACNI steering committees to develop and design an Evaluation Toolkit for the arts and also an arts specific Child Protection Policy. She led the completion within KIC of an ACNI test drive of the ETI Quality Indicators for the Provision for Life Long Learning.

Her commitment to the project and all its complexities comes from ‘a belief in, and respect for, the integrity and magic of the KIC creative process and the meaningful quality of the ensuing artistic output.’


Jade Hale: KIC Assistant Director

I was first introduced to KIC at my local community centre when I was 13 years old and full of frenzied street energy but with no outlet for it. I loved the dynamism and energy of KIC and the programmes gave me something to focus all my energy in a creative way.

I matured and developed over the past 16 years as a participant and a performer, travelling to places like Lille, Mostar, Belgrade and Amsterdam and performed in some of KIC’s most accomplished shows such as Brainwaves and Mercury Tilt. I have trained in street dance, contact improvisation and physical theatre making with international artists.

I am about to complete 10 years as KIC Assistant Director and over the past 3 years I have commenced directing key KIC projects in the community and in-house.


Jade Hale

Nikki McLaughlin

Nikki McLaughlin: KIC Workshop Assistant

I have enjoyed KIC since the day I joined 5 years ago at my youth centre. In particular, I like using my imagination and learning new skills. I have completed a KIC Apprenticeship and I am now employed by KIC as a freelance professional. I am looking forward to the future and passing on my skills to other young people, as well as having the opportunity to perform and develop my profile as a young artist.


Noelle Kielty: KIC Workshop Assistant

Noelle is a graduate in Performing Arts at The Sligo Institute. Throughout Noelle’s four years as a student in Performing Arts she performed in several productions, including, The Importance of being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, Taming of The Shrew by William Shakespeare and The Rivals by Richard Sheridan to name but a few. Previous to this she had been a member of the Breffini Players in which she starred in By The Bogs Of Cats by Marina Carr and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kasey, both of which toured on the amateur drama festival circuit. Noelle also has experience in radio and film through membership of Roscommon County Youth Theatre. She is currently Assistant Youth Theatre leader in Roscommon County Youth Theatre and Manorhamilton Youth Theatre.


Noelle Kielty

David Bell

Nicola Cunningham

David Bell and Nicola Cunningham: KIC Sessional Support

David is the creator of bizarre characters for any performance occasion and a legendary dancer (in his own imagination!). Nicola creates equally bizarre characters, is a professional magician, face-painter and children’s entertainer, and plays a vital stage management role in most KIC productions.


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