New Chief Executive for Lyric Theatre

Ciarán McAuley joins the team to build the theatre anew

Ciarán McAuley has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Lyric Theatre. The most senior position in the company, the chief executive has ultimate responsibility for ensuring that the Lyric thrives artistically and financially. 

McAuley is currently the commercial director at Belfast’s Grand Opera House, where he was closely involved in the development of its business operations, including the planning and delivery of the new extension. He will take up his post at the Lyric in April. 

Commenting on his new position, McAuley was full of praise for Belfast's only full-time producing theatre, which currently undergoing a complete rebuild after a long period of fundraising.

'It is a great privilege to be involved with the Lyric at such a momentous stage in its development. The Lyric has been an indispensable part of our cultural life for over fifty years. I look forward to helping to build on all the great achievements to date and to ensuring that the company realises its full potential in its new home on Ridgeway Street.'

The Lyric had to close its venue on Ridgeway Street in January 2008 and is operating a programme of touring productions and education activities whilst planning to build a new state-of-the-art theatre. It is anticipated that the Lyric’s new theatre will open late 2010.

McAuley will report directly to the Board and will manage the planning and delivery of all aspects of the Lyric’s programme and operations, working closely with artistic director, Richard Croxford.

Mark Carruthers, chairman of the Lyric’s Board, said: 'I am delighted that Ciarán is joining the Lyric at such an exciting and challenging time. His proven venue management expertise, combined with his energy, determination and passion for the arts, will be a great asset to us in the years ahead.' 

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