Alison McCrudden has been appointed as joint Head of Literature and Drama at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Alison is a passionate and long standing advocate for the arts, championing access to participatory arts, particularly for children and young people. In 2015 she founded Brassneck Youth, a youth theatre based in West Belfast, offering access to quality participatory arts training to children and young people from areas of high disadvantage.
Alison is presently a Mentor Director for The National Theatre, London, and has previously worked as a freelance artist, director, writer, actor, arts educator, facilitator and producer. She has worked with many local theatre companies in her career to date. She previously held the post of Director at the Lyric Theatre Drama Studio and was also Lecturer and Course Co-ordinator for Performing Arts at Belfast Met.