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Emma Jordan


A multi-year grant of up to £295,000 (Belfast)

Emma is a theatre director and Director of Prime Cut Productions in Belfast, one of Ireland’s leading independent theatre companies. Established since 1992, the company has premiered over 32 critically acclaimed plays from countries as diverse as France, Canada, Chile, South Africa and the USA as well as outstanding work from the UK and Ireland. In 2013, Emma collaborated with Bosnian theatre director Haris Pašoviè to create The Conquest of Happiness, a large-scale performance for the Derry/Londonderry Capital of Culture programme, which Prime Cut then presented in Belfast, Ljubljana, Sarajevo, and Mostar with Pašoviè’s East West Theatre Company.

Emma’s Breakthrough grant will allow Prime Cut to build further on its producing relationships and its invitations to perform outside Northern Ireland. It will support Emma both to initiate and explore new artistic collaborations and aspects to her own work as a director. In additional it will enable her to devise and lead a series of artist development opportunities for emerging theatre makers in Northern Ireland.

‘The Conquest of Happiness’ in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzogovina July 2013. (Image: Ciaran Bagnal)