Aideen Howard is Director of The Ark Children’s Cultural Centre in Dublin. She has worked in theatre and the arts for over two decades as an artistic director, producer and commissioner of new work. Prior to The Ark, Aideen was Literary Director of the Abbey Theatre and Director of Mermaid Arts Centre. She is a former member of the National Campaign for the Arts and the Advisory Council for Children. Aideen is currently a PhD candidate at Queen’s University, Belfast and a member of the Board of RTE.