27th March: available here from 2.00pm
With Margaret Henry and Emily DeDakis.
The arts sector is facing a number of unprecedented challenges across a range of dimensions with massive changes in how people consume art to how we create it, from how artists make a living to the current threats arising from COVID-19.
In this discussion, we are joined by Margaret Henry and Emily DeDakis in conversation with Imagine! Festival Director, Peter O’Neill. Margaret leads the overall strategic planning and direction of Thrive – an audience development agency which champions the greater use of insight and data in cultural organisations. She is responsible for developing partnerships across the cultural sector and delivering good governance and sustainability. She has extensive strategic marketing and leadership experience and was previously Head of Marketing for BBC Sport and Radio 5live.
Emily DeDakis grew up in the southeast U.S. She earned a B.A. in literature & history at Tulane University in New Orleans, and in 2005 moved to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Holding M.A. & Ph.D degrees in creative writing from Queen’s University Belfast, Emily has taught writing extensively – to undergraduates, ex-prisoners, school-kids, playwrights and community groups. Currently, she works with Accidental (an artist-led workspace & fringe theatre) and Fighting Words Belfast (a creative writing centre for young people). As dramaturg and producer, she has developed dozens of performances including immersive, multimedia, verbatim and dance theatre. Emily is a member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and often works with foolsFURY and Golden Thread (San Francisco). Her writing has appeared in Dead Housekeeping, Vacuum, Ulster Tatler, Yellow Nib, Of Mouth, Choice Words, and on BBC radio and television.