Backstage Theatre is committed to good governance and has embarked upon the journey of compliance with the Governance Code, www.governance.ie.
The organisation complies with all regulatory requirements and operates in accordance with its constitution, 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 2018 are available here
We are working with our auditor towards compliance in our 2017 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. 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.
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. He chaired 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. Denis was was appointed to the board of Backstage Theatre CLG in 2015, the year of incorporation of the newly structured Company Limited by Guarantee.
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 appointed to the board of Backstage Theatre CLG in 2015, the year of incorporation of the newly structured Company Limited by Guarantee.
Tom Donlon is a director of Brickfield Estate Management company. He 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 appointed to the board of Backstage Theatre CLG in 2015, the year of incorporation of the newly structured Company Limited by Guarantee.
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. Over the past 5 years BYT have 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 also a past member of the Aisling Children’s Arts Festival committee. He still assists them with their open day and workshops by involving BYT members as assistants. He was a founder member of Backstage Theatre and was appointed to the board of Backstage Theatre CLG in 2015, the year of incorporation of the newly structured Company Limited by Guarantee.
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. He has been involved in many of the group’s productions over the years.
In the past, Declan 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.
Declan was appointed to the board of Backstage Theatre CLG in 2015, the year of incorporation of the newly structured Company Limited by Guarantee.
Cllr. Mae Sexton
Mae Sexton is a former TD & served for over five years on the EU Committee of the Regions in Brussels with a passion for and dedication to the continual development of creative activity in the performing and visual arts. Presently an Independent member of Longford County Council and Chairperson of the Longford Municipal District Council. She is Chair of the Co Co Planning Development & Cultural SPC (Strategic Policy Committee) which formulates policy, actions and implementation plans on the Arts, Culture and Creative Ireland in collaboration with partners in the sector in the county. Chairperson of Comhairle na N-Og Steering Group she is a member of Longford Westmeath Education & Training Board and also its Youth Work Committee. She is a member of Longford Childcare Committee, Longford Community Resources and Urbact Ireland local Longford Committee. She is a member of the Longford Westmeath Rural Transport-Local Link & Chairs the Longford Traveller Consultative Committee. Mae is actively involved in community and voluntary groups throughout the county. She is a former member of Longford Chamber of Commerce and former chair of Longford Credit Union. Mae was appointed to the board of Backstage Theatre CLG in 2015, the year of incorporation of the newly structured Company Limited by Guarantee.
Mary Carlton Reynolds
Mary Carleton Reynolds DLIS,ALAI: Longford County Librarian since 2002. Previously she worked with Dublin Public Libraries and as a volunteer Librarian with the Irish Government Agency APSO in Swaziland Southern Africa. She is a founder member of the Library Association of Ireland Youth Library Group and has over many years been actively involved in the promotion of reading as a rich and vital source of learning and enjoyment for children. She has contributed at local and national level to a number of innovative projects promoting literacy and an appreciation of literature among children and young people. She has spearheaded the development of the public library service in County Longford as a key cultural and community resource and was Longford County Coordinator for the very successful Ireland 2016 Centenary programme. She is currently County Coordinator for the Creative Ireland programme a high-level, high-ambition all of government initiative to mainstream creativity in the life of the nation.
Mary was appointed Director of the Backstage Theatre CLG at the Annual General meeting on 28 June 2017.
Michael Nevin is head of Enterprise with Longford County Council. He runs the Local Enterprise Office which supports the needs of entrepreneurs and small business in County Longford and he plays a pivotal role in promoting County Longford as an attractive location for inward investment.
From Longford Town he is a strong community activist and sits on the board of several voluntary organisations including the Temperance Hall Committee, The Longford Town Suburbs Committee that looks after the Mall, Longford & District Schoolboy league and County Longford Tourism Committee.
Michael sat on an advisory board for the Fidget Feet Aerial Dance when they were based in Longford . He is a big supporter of Backstage Theatre, championing it as a key piece of the cultural and social fabric of Longford that helps sell the Town as a good place to live and work.
Michael was appointed Director of the Backstage Theatre CLG at the Annual General meeting on 28 June 2017.
Benny has been involved in theatre for as long as he can remember and has appeared on stage here in the theatre with St. Mel’s Musical Society, Backstage Theatre Group and Longford Variety Group. He was nominated to the Backstahe Theatre Board by the Board of Longford Slashers in 2017. Benny has been involved with a lot of community organisations down through the years and is still actively involved with Longford Slashers at both senior and underage level. He is also involved with The Longford Marathon and the Longford Rose of Tralee centre. Benny has enjoyed a varied working career which saw him work in the financial services industry for almost 30 years and he also was a regular behind the microphone with the Shannonside FM sports team since the station opened in 1989 up until recently. Benny now works as a support worker for adults with special needs and is based in Longford. Benny was appointed Director of the Backstage Theatre CLG at the Annual General meeting on 28 June 2017.
Register of Members
Mick Gilleran Flipeadori Longfoirt Teo appointed 28/06/2017
Hugh Brenan Longfoirt Teo appointed 28/06/2017
Pat Joe McLoughlin Backstage Theatre Group 28/06/2017
Phil Cox Backstage Theatre Group 28/06/2017
Padraig Loughrey Longford County Council 28/06/2017
Peggy Nolan Longford County Council 28/06/2017