Aoife O'Connor announced as Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Fellow for In Good Company

University of Derby graduate secures Assistant Producer role 

Back in November 2020, Derby Theatre and In Good Company were one of 50 arts organisations to announce that they would be offering a Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Fellow.

The fellowship was to appoint an Assistant Producer for In Good Company, the Theatre’s artist development programme, and we are now delighted to announce that Aoife O’ Connor will take up the role from mid-February.

About The Bursary

The Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries Fellow is part of a UK-wide programme to get more people from low socio-economic backgrounds into cultural careers, and as part of the fellowship, 50 exciting opportunities have been offered to individuals across the country to develop a career in the arts.

About Aoife

Aoife O'Connor (she/her) is a poet, producer and performer based in Derby and has a BA honours degree in Creative and Professional Writing from the University of Derby.

Aoife performs regularly around the UK, focusing on writing to make a change and raise awareness of social and political issues. Coming from a background in Slam Poetry, Aoife has been a finalist in several notable slams, including Axis and Word War, as well as a coach and a member of the University of Derby UniSlam team.

As a workshop practitioner and mentor, Aoife has worked with multiple organisations and events, including Artcore and International Women's Day in Derby. She is also the co-founder of She Speaks, an intersectional multi-arts night/organisation in Derby that produces accessible events and workshops, with the most recent collaboration involving Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, Beam Arts and She Grrrowls.

Aoife said:

"I am extremely excited to be joining In Good Company and becoming a member of the team at Derby Theatre. Being Derby-based and a University of Derby Alum, I understand the importance of theatre within the city’s cultural landscape, and I am delighted to be a part of that. I am extremely passionate about producing events and supporting new artists, and I can't wait to bring my experience and learn in the new role. I appreciate the opportunity provided by Derby Theatre, In Good Company and Weston Jerwood" 

Ben Anderson (Creative Producer, In Good Company) said:

“I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Aoife to the team and to go on Aoife’s Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary Fellow journey with her. I can’t wait to see what more this expanded team can achieve over the next few decisive years.”

Sarah Brigham (Artistic Director and CEO, Derby Theatre) said:

“I'm delighted to welcome Aoife to the team. Jerwood allowed us to really expand our recruitment in this area and I'm pleased that we have found a candidate with not only great skills but fresh and exciting ideas as to how we might take talent development forward in the region.”

Aoife’s role will involve: working closely with the Creative Producer to deliver and review In Good Company’s commissioning and call-out processes, liaising and working with regional artists, programming festivals, tours and performance platforms; plus planning events, workshops and rehearsal residencies for local theatre makers.

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