Madeleine McGirk

Madeleine McGirk, Managing Director of ITAC

Madeleine McGirk is the Managing Director of ITAC and is based in Scotland. She works alongside the Leadership Committee and everyone in our network to support, facilitate and coordinate all of our activities. This includes assisting in the delivery of the groundbreaking ITAC conferences held biennially (most recently in 2018 at Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center NYC). She coordinates international partnership projects, network development, attends/presents at international arts education conferences and organises regular development opportunities for the network.

Madeleine is the former Executive Director of the Scottish European Educational Trust (SEET), a national educational organisation based in Scotland which works to encourage international education and language learning through innovative practices. She initially joined SEET to lead their citizenship in film making initiative, which utilises arts based approaches to learning to facilitate self expression and multilingual storytelling.

With a background in Theatre and Film, Madeleine still performs as an Actor, primarily focusing on new writing and contemporary work. She is a graduate of the University of Glasgow with an MA (hons) in Theatre and Film, and during her studies spent a year training at the University of Illinois. She also holds an HSK2 in Mandarin Chinese. Madeleine is passionate about her work in the arts and education, and committed to furthering international connectivity in our field and beyond.

Leadership Committee

Yonglun Liu

Singapore, ITAC Chair

Joan Parr

Scotland, Interim Director, Arts and Engagement at Creative Scotland

Grace Gachocha Nakaka

Tanzania, Teaching Artist & Co- Director of Talanta Tano Organization

Eric Booth

USA, Teaching Artist Advocate and Author

María Claudia Parias

Colombia, Executive President of Fundación Nacional Batuta

Jean E. Taylor

USA, Teaching Artist for Lincoln Center Education

Ines Sanguinetti

Argentina, Fundación Crear Vela La Pena

Chrissie Ruckley

Scotland, Creative Learning Officer for Creative Scotland

Marit Ulvund

Norway, Director of Seanse ArtCenter

Chen Alon

Israel, Theatre Activist, Director and Scholar

Brad Haseman


Jahyun Kim

Korea, KACES

Daniel Mora-Brito

Venezuela/ Switzerland, International Development Practitioner

Clothilde Cardinal

Canada, Head of Programming at Place des Arts

Simon Sharkey

Scotland, Director


Madeleine McGirk

ITAC Managing Director

Aislinn Ryan

Project Manager ITAC IMPACT: Climate

Laurel Toyofuku

Communications Manager

Caryn Cooper

Leadership Development Specialist


Jessica Howarth

Art Jewelry/Crafting, UK (Scotland)

Clara Bloomfield

Theatre, UK (Scotland)

Mary Schwarz

Artworks Alliance, UK

Jeannette Brossart

Mosaic Artist, USA

Peter Atsu Adaletey

Theatre/Dance/Poetry, Ghana

Lynne Pace Green

Theatre, USA

Amanda Acevedo

Theatre, USA

Carol Ponder

Art for Healing, USA

Sangeeta Isvaran

Dance/Storytelling, India (Chennai)

Victoria Ryle

Creative Learning, Australia (Tasmania)

Zdenka Brungot Svitekova

Dance/Theatre, Slovakia/Czech Republic

Jill Massie

Dialect/Theatre, USA

Christiana Afrikaner

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