Playography, Researcher, research, Kate, Heffernan

Irish Theatre Institute (ITI) is delighted to announce that Kate Heffernan has been appointed ITI’s PLAYOGRAPHYIreland Playography Researcher.

Kate Heffernan, who has worked in diverse roles in the theatre sector for over a decade and a half, will begin her work with Playography in January 2020 on a part-time basis. Her experience in the sector is in writing, editing, producing, technical, design and publishing roles for, amongst others: Project Arts CentreTheatre LovettTen Days on the Island TasmaniaThe ArkDublin Theatre Festival; and Dunamaise Arts Centre. A practicing playwright, her first play, In Dog Years I’m Dead, was a winner of the 2013 Stewart Parker Trust’s Emerging Playwright Award, and her most recent play, Peat, was produced by The Ark in 2019, directed by Tim Crouch.

Kate is adept at using research to tell stories, applying investigative skills to a range of projects for diverse ends. This ranges from creating meticulously researched bespoke show programmes that use historical and social context to illuminate the world of their plays, to using data and statistical analysis to advocate for increased support for artists in her role as Assistant Producer at Project Arts Centre. From configuring and managing box office databases, to copy-editing for several international arts publishing clients, from graphic design to website management, Kate’s skill-set draws together research, writing, project management and a high level of computer and technical literacy.

Jane Daly, ITI’s Co-Director said:

“ITI is thrilled to have Kate join us at this point as we will celebrate PLAYOGRAPHYIreland’s 20th anniversary in 2021 and we have many exciting ideas and plans about how we will mark that milestone. Kate’s proven track record as a theatre practitioner along with her technical, data management, research and analytical skills are an ideal combination for Playography. We are looking forward to welcoming her to the team and have no doubt she will make an invaluable contribution to the content management and development of the PLAYOGRAPHYIreland resource.”

Kate said: “I’m so pleased to be undertaking the role of Playography Researcher in 2020 and look forward to joining the excellent team at Irish Theatre Institute. PLAYOGRAPHYIreland is a significant foothold in the ecosystem of Irish theatre. Championing the work of Irish playwrights, connecting work to a rich theatrical context and lineage, it boldly affirms that performance, while defined by its ephemerality, should not simply disappear. I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Kate will take up her role in January 2020.