Arts-Based Community Development Convening
Transforming Post-Industrial Cities through Art and Innovation
April 12 through 14, 2012 - St. Louis

Mick Daly

Dublin, Irleand


Blue Drum

Mick Daly is a founding Director and former Chair of the Board. He works as a Family Support Worker for the Health Services Executive and with young people for the Probation Service. He is also a facilitator of community theatre and the methods of Theatre of the Oppressed. He is happiest fishing or directing an amateur drama group production.

Blue Drum is a specialist support agency working with Family Resource Centres (FRCs) in Ireland.  The Agency was established in 2001 in response to the growing involvement of the community development sector in utilising community arts and addressing issues facing families. In 2011 Blue Drum established a pilot exchange programme called Project Bud – an exchange with St Peter and Pauls for artists and community workers. Three artists (Robert Longyear, Alicia LeChance and Eleanor Phillips) and one community worker (Jean Bates) spend three weeks in the exchange programme.


Theater of the Oppressed: A Solution for Fractured Communities

Day 2 / Apr, 13 @ 1:30 pm
Lower Level : Room B

Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed is a mode of community arts practice that began in Brazil, and has spread around the world. Theater of the Oppressed smashes the “fourth wall” between actor and audience and invites everyone in the room to use theater as a way to participate in dialogue that helps communities make meaning out of complex social issues. Mark McCollum and Mick Daly from Ireland’s Blue Drum and St. Louis-based theater artist Emily Kohring will share examples and offer interactive demonstrations of their work using Theater of the Oppressed with communities that include the aging, families in crisis, and elementary and middle school youth.