Meet the Team

  • Anna Newell

    Anna Newell

    Artistic Director

    Anna has been making theatre adventures for people of all ages to watch and to take part in since 1989 and was Artistic Director of Replay from 2011 to 2016.

    You can see a full portfolio of her work here.

    She has made work in various different cities in the UK and Ireland and also in the US and Bosnia; in theatres of all sizes, in a disused police station, in a shopping centre, in a sonic lab and in a secret apartment.

    She made 11 shows for Replay Theatre Company, started Replay on the road to making shows for babies and took their babywork onto three continents! She also introduced work for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties into Replay’s repertoire.


  • Sam Porciello

    Sam Porciello

    Engagement Coordinator

    Sam specialises in project management, drama and storytelling, she has been developing creative community projects for 10 years in places as far away as Laos in South East Asia.

    Sam has now made a home in Belfast where she is thrilled to be on the journey of the world’s first ever BabyDay.

  • Jen has been managing theatre productions and events since graduating in 2001. She has toured the UK & Ireland, the US, China, Australia and Europe with several companies including the award winning Watermill Theatre and Propeller Shakespeare company.

    For the last seven years Jen has been a freelance Production Manager and Designer in Belfast, working with Replay, Prime Cut Productions, Kabosh and Ciaran Bagnall Design. Jen and her partner Ciaran celebrated their own babyday last year with the arrival of their first child!

  • Ryan Crown

    Ryan Crown

    Communications Manager

    Ryan is a freelance marketing consultant. He has recently finished a Masters at Queen’s University Belfast and is currently working at the Lyric Theatre.

    He is an avid theatre-goer, enjoys drinking copious amounts of coffee and is delighted to be managing the communications team for Belfast BabyDay.

  • Andrew has spent the last six years as a freelance writer in local journalism and even writing his own series of children’s books.

    In 2014 after a slight career change he took an internship with Culture Night Belfast and hasn’t looked back, working freelance in communications for the Cathedral Quarter Trust, the Northern Ireland Science Festival and very excited to be part of the very first Belfast BabyDay.