Strategic Plan 2015-2018


This strategic plan sets out the direction for TheatreNI over the next three years
2015 – 2018.

TheatreNI is the representative body to support and develop theatre and the
performing arts for all in Northern Ireland including in its widest terms the areas of
drama, physical theatre, dance, circus, street theatre, musical theatre and opera.
Members include venues, production companies, festivals, youth drama groups and
performing arts practitioners, including facilitators, performers, directors,
technicians, producers, designers, playwrights, etc

TheatreNI was established following a merger between the Ulster Association of
Youth Drama (UAYD) and Northern Ireland Theatre Association (NITA) in Spring
2015. Both organisations recognised the alignment between their respective
services and programmes to individuals and organisations working within the
professional theatre and youth drama sectors. Both UAYD and NITA had
established strong relationships with their respective members, and gained sound
reputations for delivering accessible and high quality development opportunities and
providing effective representation to policy makers and funders. (For more
information on NITA and UAYD see Appendix 2 of the plan)

TheatreNI aims to create a vibrant, healthy theatre and performing arts sector by
supporting its members and the wider sector to encourage participation in theatre
and the performing arts. A key priority is ensuring the accessibility of theatre
throughout the human lifecycle: from promoting access to theatre from the very
start, through education and opportunities for young people, to training opportunities
for those considering a career in theatre, ongoing professional development for
those working in the sector, or just enjoying theatre as an audience member.

In 2014, as part of the merger and strategic planning process a thorough review
was undertaken of both organisations, reflecting on past performances, current
internal and external opportunities and challenges and future vision to formulate a
set of challenging strategic goals to guide the organisation’s way

To download a copy, click here: TheatreNI Strategic Plan FINAL 2018