Backstage Theatre is committed to good governance and has embarked upon the journey of compliance with the Governance Code,

The organisation complies with all regulatory requirements and operates in accordance with its memorandum and articles of association, available here.

Backstage Theatre keeps detailed books and records of accounts and maintains strict financial controls. Our Financial Statements and Director Report for the year ended 31 Dec 2014 are availablehere.

We are working with our auditor towards compliance in our 2015 financial statements with SORP, the Statement of Recommended Practice for charities and not-for profit entities as developed in the UK in 2005 (SORP) which is currently accepted as best practice in Ireland.

Backstage Theatre is open, honest and fully transparent in its fundraising activities and we are formally committed to comply with the Statement of Guiding Principles of Good Fundraising developed by Irish Charities Tax Research Ltd (ICTR).

Backstage Theatre is governed by a voluntary board of Directors. See below a list of our current Directors and their biographies.

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Board of Directors

Denis Glennon Chairperson

A former teacher of mathematics, computer studies and geography, Denis was principal of St. Mel’s College from 2002-08. He was seconded to the Federal Advanced Teacher Training College in Nigeria 1974-76 and also spent two years as training manager at the computer company Vision Consulting , Dublin from 1990 to 1992.

He was elected to Longford Town Council 1994-2004 and Longford County Council 1999-2014. Denis has been involved for many years locally with access and independent living issues for people with disabilities, chairing the first CES committee of Personal Assistant (PA) project and is a founding member of the Disabled People of Longford Voluntary Housing Agency and is the current chairperson of the board of management. He served on the Board of Longford Community resources 2009-2014 and he is also chairperson of the board of management of a local primary school.

Denis was involved in the formation of both Backstage Theatre Group and Backstage Theatre and was fully immersed in all aspects of establishing the new venue in 1995, serving as the first chairman of the board from 1995-2001. After a break of 7 years he was reappointed to the Board of Backstage Theatre in 2009.

Sr Angela Bracken

Angela Bracken’s background is in Education, Music, Drama & Theatre Studies and Dramatherapy. She has been actively involved in a wide range of arts, cultural and community activities throughout her lifetime, including:

  • creative drama facilitation
  • direction of both youth
  • adult performance theatre projects.

She developed the MA Dramatherapy programme at NUI Maynooth and was Course Director from 2002 – 2007. Her research interests have been primarily in the field of therapeutic story making and the potential of dramatheraeutic interventions in the field of autism. Sr Angela was re-elected to the board in 2008.

Hugh Brennan

Hugh Brennan is a retired Area Manager with A.C. Nielsen Ltd, the largest marketing research company in Ireland. He worked with the company for 47 years.

Hugh has been involved with Longford Slashers GAA Club for sixty years. He has worked in every capacity within the club and is at present a director of the club. He sang in St Mel’s Cathedral Choir for many years and was a member of the Cathedral Pastoral Council for seven years. Hugh is a founder member of Backstage Theatre. He was re-elected to the board the Annual General meeting on 9th June 2015 and currently serves on the finance committee of the board.

Tom Donlon

Tom Donlon is a director of Brickfield Estate Management company. Tom is a former Board chairman of the National Standards Authority of Ireland and former Board member of Bord Gais Eireann where he chaired the Audit Committee and was on the remuneration and Budget committees. Mr Donlon is retired from a Senior Sales and marketing position with Weetabix Ltd. Tom was re-elected to the board of Backstage at the Annual General Meeting on 17th June 2014.

Tony Flaherty

Tony Flaherty is a representative of Longford County Council and has served on the board for the last 6 years. Tony was a Town Councillor in Longford for 20 years from 1994-2014. He was the youngest ever to be elected to Longford Town Council at the age of 22 years.

Tony is currently chairman of the Co. Longford Drug and Alcohol Awareness Task Force and is also a member of Co Longford Youth Services Steering Committee. He is a past member of St Mel’s Musical Society.

Michael Gilleran

Michael Gilleran has had a lifelong involvement in community affairs in Longford and was a founder member of Longford Social Services Council and a Player/Official/Director of Longford Slashers GAA Sports and Leisure Complex, which is considered to be among the finest in the county. Michael is a retired HSE official. He was a founder member of Backstage Theatre and was Project Manager on the building of the theatre, which opened in 1995. He was chairman of the Board of Directors in the early years. He has had a lifetime interest in all disciplines of the arts and deems the excellent facilities at the Backstage to be of great cultural benefit to Longford, and indeed to the wider region. Michael was re-elected to the board of Backstage at the Annual General Meeting on 20th May 2013.

Paul Higgins

Paul Higgins runs a retail business in the town with his wife Geraldine and has been involved in amateur drama since the early 80’s. He is a member of Backstage Theatre Group (BTG) and served as chairperson from 2003 to 2005. He has directed, produced, stage-managed and acted in many BTG productions over the years. Paul has also been a leader with Backstage Youth Theatre (BYT) since it was formed in 1995. He is currently chairperson of BYT and has been since 2006 when it became affiliated to NAYD. BYT has in that period increased its membership to a capacity 60 young people and has over the past 5 years performed its own pantomimes and sold out the theatre for seven shows each time. He is responsible for the day to day running of BYT with a committee of voluntary leaders and directs and produces their pantomimes. Paul is a past member of the Aisling Children’s Arts Festival committee and still assists them with their open day and workshops by involving BYT members as assistants. Paul was a founder member of Backstage Theatre and was re-elected to the board of Backstage at the Annual General Meeting on 20th May 2013.

Jimmy Lennon

Jimmy Lennon was appointed to the Board of Backstage Theatre as a Backstage Theatre Group representative in 2012. Jimmy is currently Chairperson of Backstage Theatre Group and has appeared in a number of its productions over the years. Jimmy, a farmer and security officer, was very active in the G.A.A. in the past, having served as Chairperson of Longford Minor Board and Chairperson and Secretary St. Patrick GFC Ardagh.

Cllr. Padraig Loughrey

Padraig Loughrey from Killoe, Co. Longford is a pharmacist based in Longford town. He is the proprietor of three pharmacies located at various locations around county Longford. He is a member of Longford County Council and was first appointed to the board of Backstage Theatre in 2009 bringing his business and theatrical acumen to the board.he was re-elected to the board at the Annual General Meeting on 9th June 2015. 

Declan Neville

Declan Neville has been involved in amateur drama in Longford for over 30 years and has been a member of Backstage Theatre Group (BTG) since its formation and was nominated by BTG to the board of Backstage Theatre in June 2013. He has been involved in many of the group’s productions over the years.

In the past has a been a member of the boards of Longford Money Advice and Budgeting Service, Longford County Childcare Committee and Longford Community Resources Ltd. He is also currently a member of the committee of Longford & District Schoolboy League. He is a civil servant working and living in Longford town.

Cllr. Peggy Nolan

Peggy lives in Longford. She is a member of Longford Town County Council.

She has been a supporter of Backstage Theatre since its inception and was first nominated to the board by Longford County Council in 2007.

Cllr. Mae Sexton

Details to follow

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