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Friday, October 20, 2006

New Appointments at the Lyric Theatre

THE Lyric Theatre in Belfast has announced two new appointments in key roles.

Marcus Cooper has taken on the role of fundraising director. With over ten years’ fundraising experience, including the post of senior fundraiser at the Children’s Hospice, Marcus was responsible for delivering the £5 Million capital appeal to build Northern Ireland’s only Children’s Hospice. He is experienced in working with a range of donors and supporters including statutory agencies, charitable foundations, individuals and community organisations.

The Lyric plans to build a spectacular new theatre on the banks of the River Lagan. Comments Marcus:
“I’m looking forward to raising the funds required to provide another landmark building for Northern Ireland, one which will contribute so much culturally, socially and economically to the community”.

Taking up the reins in the marketing team as manager is Susan Phelan. Susan has seven years’ experience in marketing having worked in various travel and entertainment ticketing companies. She has been involved with marketing a diverse range of productions in the West End and abroad.

“I’m delighted to be here as part of the Lyric team during one of the most exciting and challenging periods of change in its 55 year history. We have a rich and diverse season ahead of us, for example Irish drama with Bernard Shaw’s ‘Arms and the Man’ which is running at the moment, the quality children’s theatre production of ‘Pinocchio’ and our new Christmas comedy with ‘Santa Claus – what the Reindeer saw’. I’m looking forward to helping bring that experience to as wide an audience as possible,” said Susan.

Mark Carruthers, chairman of the Lyric commented:
“These new appointments enhance and strengthen our management team. With the new building project and quality programming the Lyric is looking towards a bright future.”
For donations and booking enquiries, please contact the theatre on 028 9038 1081.


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