About Us

Learn about c21 Theatre Company

Our Vision

c21 is a Northern Irish touring theatre company that champions new stories with an eye to international audiences and festivals

Our Mission

  • to embrace traditional, digital and interactive methods as well as site-specific projects
  • to deliver enriching and memorable experiences in the heart of communities
  • to collaborate with public and private organisations, education and tourism

Our Story

c21 was co-founded in 2005. The company started out as a touring theatre organisation and quickly built a reputation in Northern Ireland as a small company of great force

To this day the vision remains intact, and we continue to provide audiences with high quality theatre that is easily accessed and regularly tours nationally and more recently internationally. We strongly believe that audiences should have the opportunity to experience professional theatre no matter what location of our country we live in.

In February 2020 the company represented Northern Ireland in Brussels at a NI Showcase event the Brussels Platform, performing the hit show May the Road Rise Up. The same show had just completed an Australian tour in 2019 visiting numerous venues around the city of Melbourne. In January 2019, along with its business sponsor, Doyle Shipping Group, the company won the Arts & Business NI Award for ‘Staff Engagement’. This was recognition for the ‘It Only Takes a Minute’ project in 2018 that looked at attitudes around disability in the work place. The production was seen by over 2000 young children aged 14-16 plus 1500 other audiences throughout NI and Scotland.

The company continues to look at contemporary material that involves a creative process from conception right through to production and will embrace opportunities to collaborate

Our Team

Stephen Kelly
Stephen Kelly

Co-Founder, Creative Director, Producer and Actor

Stephen co-founded the Company in 2005 when, as a graduate from Gaiety School of Acting, he wanted to create professional theatre in his home city of Belfast. He has produced and directed in over fifteen productions.

    Derek Thompson
    Derek Smyth

    Chairperson

    Derek has been a career administrator spending the majority of his working life within the Queen’s University of Belfast. Now retired, he brings to the Board experience gained at a senior administrative level, in a large complex organisation, particularly in respect of matters concerning governance and finance.

      Sean McCready
      Sean McCready

      Board Member

      Sean is the Director of Doyle Shipping Group Belfast. He has been instrumental in the partnership formed between his company and c21. With his business background he has recently driven the successful Arts and Business NI Projects, which have resulted in both companies winning two of the prestigious awards over the last five years, as well as countless nominations.

        Emer Dooris
        Emer Dooris

        Board Member

        Emer Dooris is a Queen's University graduate with a degree in drama and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management. She has also worked on obtaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Business Analysis and Consultation from Ulster University. She has been involved with c21 for some years and is immensely proud of what the company has achieved so far.

          Carrie-Anne McAlonan McCrudden
          Carrie-Anne McAlonan McCrudden

          Secretary

          Carrie-Anne has almost 30 years experience working in the arts industry and has had the privilege of working with a range of companies in theatre, opera, musicals, theatre-in education and youth theatre.

            Dearbhla Holohan
            Dearbhla Holohan

            Board Member

            Dearbhla has been involved in the voluntary and community sector for 20 years and has worked in a range of roles as a Youth Worker and Programme Manager.

              Trudy Harkness
              Trudy Harkness

              Board Member

              Trudy studied Law at Northumbria University graduating in 2010 and moved back to Northern Ireland. Before joining Ulster University in 2018 as a School Officer within the Business School, she worked for a range of organisations.

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