Jacqueline Nolan

Dutch School of Thought, October 7, no comments

Owner Ballydam Communications

Jacqueline Nolan is a writer and trainer with a background in broadcast journalism and theatre. In the Netherlands, she has worked at the world service radio (de Wereldomroep) as a presenter and journalist. Since its closure in 2013, she has joined case writing teams at Fontys and Erasmus Universities.

As a trainer and role-playing actor, she has been involved in leadership programmes since 2000, and regularly supports HR managers in designing course materials. She also coaches executives in writing and delivering presentations – how to perform without putting on an act.

In 2015, she launched Ballydam Theatre to give an artistic voice to contemporary issues, and performed her debut play, Since Maggie Went Away, based on a piece she wrote in NRC Handelsblad.

Recognising that a story can never merely be the sum of its facts, Jacqueline is interested in narrative journalism, which acknowledges the ‘I’ in any discourse. By adding characterisation and colour to conceptual content, she tries to unlock that same emotional truth in teaching cases, enabling students to live with a protagonist on his decision-making journey.

“It’s possible for me to make a bad movie out of a good script, but I can’t make a good movie from a bad script,” a Hollywood actor-director once said. 

Okay; it was George Clooney.

Jacqueline sums up in three words what she aspires to in her work: Truth Well Told.


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