The Ark welcomes two new board members

The Ark is delighted to welcome two new members to our board, children's author Shane Hegarty and DCU Professor in Drama Education, Annie Ó Breacháin.



Shane Hegarty is the author of the bestselling children's series 'Boot' and 'Darkmouth'. Previously a journalist and editor with The Irish Times, he is now a full-time writer, translated into 20 languages. His work has seen him perform events to young audiences at major festivals across Ireland and Britain.



Annie Ó Breacháin is an Assistant Professor in Drama Education in the School of Arts Education and Movement at the Institute of Education, Dublin City University (DCU). She teaches and researches in the area of Drama Education. Before she began working in Initial Teacher Education, Annie worked as a primary school teacher and in teacher in-service, with the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST), offering support in the areas of Drama and Gaeilge. She has a particular interest in student-teacher relationships, phenomenological inquiry, children’s participation rights, and Social Justice Education. She is also interested in the practice of teaching, the art of storytelling, curricular integration using Mantle of the Expert, performative pedagogy and visual and embodied research data. Annie was chairperson of the Association for Drama in Education in Ireland (ADEI) from 2017 to 2021.

We're delighted to welcome Shane and Annie to the board of The Ark and look forward to working closely with them both alongside all our board members to advance The Ark's work into the future.