Joanna Cunningham, the newly appointed director of the Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
The new director of the Watergate Theatre in the centre of Kilkenny city is keen to continue to foster the arts in Kilkenny and to widen the appeal of the theatre.
Kildare woman, Joanna Cunningham is very excited and is acutely aware of the place the city’s municipal theatre plays in the life of Kilkenny.
It means so much to so many people and I am very conscious of the public ownership of this beloved theatre,” she said.
Joanna is a hugely talented artist in her own right with a strong background in the performing arts having most recently been in charge of the music programme at the Garter Lane Arts Centre and theatre in Waterford city.
She is looking forward to her tenure and to working with the customers and groups who currently use the theatre.
“These are really exciting times and I want everyone to share in what the Watergate is all about - community,” she said.
Joanna has an honours music degree from University College Cork (UCC) and holds a masters degree in music from the University of Limerick (UL).
She plays the piano, guitar and cello and has a great love of drama and indeed, of all performing arts.
She is conscious of the great work carried out by her predecessor, Ger Cody and wants to continue that community spirit ever-present since the Watergate first opened its doors to the public in 1994.
“I want to keep the Watergate embedded in the community,” she enthused.
“I also want to develop an eclectic programme, encompassing all artistic disciplines, “ she said.
Most of all she is looking forward to engaging with the people to continue to foster the arts in the community.