John McArdle

John McArdle is a primary teacher, actor, former director of The Young Abbey, Hennessy award winner for short stories and winner of a European filmscript award. Among his works for young people are children’s stories, children’s radio, stage plays for Team Theatre in Education, The Ark, National Youth Theatre and The Peacock Theatre. Director of the performance module director on the Dramatherapy M.A in N.U.I. Maynooth, and Educational drama principal tutor of Queen’s University outreach M.A for Monaghan Education Centre, John is an acknowledged expert in educational drama and was the consultant to the primary schools drama curriculum and has written the pamphlet “Flying On Both Wings” for Abbey Outreach. Between 2005 and 2010 he was Artistic Director of Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney which ran an outreach youth programme.

December 15, 2014

The Artist’s Intention and the Purpose of Art Work

In this, his second blog, John continues to look at both the artist’s intention and the purpose of art-work through examples of art-forms other than pop-music: […]
December 12, 2014

In Art, Small Differences Can Have Large Effects

What can a new U2 album teach us about the purpose of Art? In this, our first blog responding to Eliiot Eisner’s “Lessons”, playwright and acknowledged […]
January 8, 2014

The development of my youth arts practice

In this her third blog artist Jen Hesnan reflects on her experience of working with Galway Autism Partnership discussing the development of her youth arts practice. […]
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