c21 reminiscence project

Cast and crew of ‘Through the Glass’ – The Reminiscence Project.


c21 Theatre Company is dedicated to providing audiences with high quality theatre which is entertaining, thought provoking and memorable. In endeavouring to achieve this the Company aims to –


  • Perform the works of both established and emerging playwrights on a national and international stage
  • Periodically commission new work
  • Interact with audiences of all ages/social backgrounds
  • Tour all productions as extensively as possible
  • Fulfill an obligation to support local actors and help them to progress their respective careers
  • Contribute to cultural development throughout NI
  • Engage with all potential funding partners/sponsors and media outlets
  • Meet the specific needs of organisations /individuals in taking forward their particular aims and objectives
  • Apply the principles of good governance and be financially responsible in all its activities


Stephen Kelly-c21 Theatre Company Director

Co-Founder, Creative Director, Producer and Actor

Stephen Kelly


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 went on to act, produce and direct in over fifteen productions throughout the last ten years.  He strongly believes that as a touring company in Northern Ireland, audiences should have the opportunity to experience professional theatre.  The Company has toured extensively to rural areas on numerous occasions around the country and continue to explore opportunities nationally and internationally.   


Derek Smyth


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

Board Member

Sean McCready


Sean is the Director of Burke 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 being shortlisted.
He is a lover of the arts and passionate about young people getting involved.

Emer Dooris c21 Theatre Company

Board Member

Emer Dooris


Emer Dooris is a Queens University graduate with a Degree in Drama and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management. She has also working on obtaining a Postgraduate certificate in Business Analysis and Consultation from University of Ulster. She has worked in the arts for the past decade working in Marketing for the Grand Opera House, Big Telly Theatre Company and many other organisations.Currently she works as the Marketing and Business Development Manager for Accidental Theatre. She also writes an award winning arts and entertainment blog emerdblog.com. She loves being on the C21 board helping to grow and develop the company and is immensely proud of what the company has achieved so far.


Carrie-Anne McAlonan McCrudden


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. She has also worked in the private sector, working within the communication and educational sectors and with several management consultancies. She is the General Manager of Aisling Ghéar – the Irish language theatre company in Northern Ireland

Dearbhla Holohan c21 Theatre Company

Board Member

Dearbhla Holohan


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. Dearbhla is keen to see c21 Theatre Company engage with as wide an audience as possible, especially children and young people and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and believes that the arts should be easily accessible to all.

Trudy Harkness c21 Theatre Company

Board Member

Trudy Harkness


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, including Probation Services NI, Health and Social Care Board and Business Services Organisation. She is excited to be working with c21 and allowing people from all walks of life to enjoy and be part of the arts.

Principal Funders

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