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Emma Jordan


A multi-year grant totalling £295,000

Emma is a theatre director and Artistic Director of Prime Cut Productions in Belfast, one of Ireland’s leading independent theatre companies.

Her Breakthrough grant has principally enabled Emma to devise an ambitious programme for emerging artists seeking to build their creativity and careers in Northern Ireland. She conceived the Reveal programme, selecting artists across theatre-making and dance disciplines, and offering bespoke workshop, mentoring, commissioning and producing support. The Breakthrough Fund phase of the Reveal programme concluded in early 2019 with Reveal-Ed, a symposium and show case of the Reveal artists’ work in Belfast.

The grant also allowed Prime Cut to set about extending its producing profile and relationships, establishing it within an international network. Emma has embraced the work of this rising generation within Prime Cut’s own produced work, producing Reveal artists such as Fionnula Kennedy and Oona Doherty throughout the island of Ireland, Europe and more widely internationally too, and for the first time commissioning works from Northern Irish playwrights such as Clare Dwyer Hogg. Emma’s Breakthrough grant concluded in spring 2019.

Reveal: 4 years of collaborating, investing, supporting and creating new work with independent artists from Northern Ireland. (Images: Luca Trufarelli (top left) and Ciaran Bagnall)