Alicia is a highly experienced film educator, who leads a small team at the Irish Film Institute is Ireland (IFI) in the delivery of an extensive schools film education programme, as well as other programme elements to meet the IFI Education remit. This includes programming for older audiences, families, young people and lifelong learning opportunities.
As a former teacher, she combines an understanding of education and film, with a commitment to access, to facilitate different audiences’ engagement with moving image and the IFI. She has coordinated the piloting and evaluation of several education projects, including film clubs in schools, media literacy and film studies modules.
Since acquiring deafness and a subsequent cochlear implant, she has a personal interest in and commitment to accessible arts programmes, in particular the IFI accessible cinema project which received the third annual Europa Cinemas Innovation Prize in 2020.
The Irish Film Institute is Ireland’s national cultural institution for film. It provides audiences throughout Ireland with access to the finest independent, Irish and international cinema; it preserves and promotes Ireland’s moving image heritage through the IFI Irish Film Archive, and provides opportunities for audiences of all ages and backgrounds to learn and critically engage with film.