Fianna Fáil Senator, Marc MacSharry, has welcomed the formal launch of the Yeats Design Residency, which will be a partnership between the Abbey Theatre and IT Sligo.
Senator Marc MacSharry who called for such a formal link in the Autumn commented: “I welcome the enhancement and formalisation of links between Sligo Institute of Technology and The National Theatre of Ireland, The Abbey. In the first instance it is a fitting tribute to the quality of the course as well as the teaching and vision of Frank Conway, Rhona Trench and their colleagues at IT Sligo, not least the excellent output of the students.
“Having met with the Theatre Director, Senator Fiach MacConghail and Technical Director, Gavin Harding back in September, both had high praise for the quality of teaching and graduate from the BA honours in performing Arts Programme at IT Sligo. While there were informal links between both institutions and the National Theatre previously, a formal relationship was one that I, among others, actively sought and greatly welcome.
“With the work of the Factory, Blue Rain Coat professional groups and the many amateur theatre companies throughout our region, as well as extraordinary achievements of Dervish, Westlife, Conor & Maria McDermott Roe and others, we have always known Sligo to be rich in the fruits of artistic brilliance. Through Frank Conway and IT Sligo’s delivery of this partnership with The National Theatre the north west has an excellent vehicle to further underpin the regions prowess in culture and the arts.”