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Belfast MAC appoints Simon Magill as first creative director

Simon Magill. Photo: Paul McCambridge

Belfast arts venue the MAC has appointed its first ever creative director, in a bid to make the organisation a “landmark of cultural excellence”.

Simon Magill will take on the new role, working alongside chief executive Anne McReynolds.

Magill co-founded theatre company Prime Cut Productions – which is company-in-residence at the MAC – as well as having been artistic director of Belfast-based company Tinderbox. He is currently programme manager at the Belfast Waterfront.

Magill said he was “thrilled and flattered” to be taking on the role.

He added: “I hope to expand upon the creative development approach, introducing new initiatives that cultivate the passion and endeavour of local artists whilst also bringing the best of the world to our stages and galleries.”

He will take up the post immediately.

Announcing the appointment, McReynolds said: “We had a very strong field of applicants for the role, but in our discussions throughout the recruitment process Simon’s passion for the MAC and vision for its future made him stand out as the perfect candidate to build on our success and write the next chapter of the MAC’s creative story.”