Kevin Murphy

Kevin is CEO of The Playhouse in Derry~Londonderry, a cultural leader who seeks to build things he believes in with others that help make positive change. His diverse career began as a professional musician in London, followed by roles on the island of Ireland with Music55-7 as an Artistic Director and Creative Lives Ireland as their Chief Officer. 

Significant achievements include instigating and supporting cultural links between the City of Derry and the City of London as part of the flagship City of Culture 2013 commission and community engagement project ‘At Sixes and Sevens’; the establishment of one of the UKs biggest social creative campaigns #loveto which highlight the everyday creative activities people engaged in – #lovetoDANCE, #lovetoBAKE, #lovetoCARVEPUMPKINS etc; and the co-writing and publishing of the influential books Making Common Cause and Recovering Hope.

At The Playhouse Kevin engages with the locality and people of the North West of the island of Ireland and important global narratives around art making, empowering people and making peaceful change. He works with a highly creative team to provide a space for people to make meaning together creatively, peacefully and with hope.

Kevin is also a Clore Fellow, Common Purpose Graduate and International Futures Forum Practice Advisor, and a core member of the Wellbeing Economy Ireland Hub.