Mona Considine

Jen Coppinger

Jen works as Producer for a number of artists and companies including, Paul Curley, TheEmergencyRoom, HotForTheatre, Kellie Hughes, Shane O’Reilly, Seán Mac Erlaine, Raymond Scannell, Dylan Tighe and United Fall. She has toured work extensively in Ireland and internationally.

She has worked on partnerships, commissions and co-productions with Cusack Projects Limited, Dublin Dance Festival, Galway International Arts Festival, International Literature Festival Dublin, The Irish Traveller Movement and Poetry Ireland.

Currently Jen is Cultural Producer for Galway 2020, Project Manager for the Laureate for Irish Fiction (Anne Enright 2015-2018) for the Arts Council of Ireland. Jen also sits on the boards of RADE (Recovery through Art, Drama and Education) and NAYD (the National Association of Youth Drama).

She is the Independent Producer in Residence at Rough Magic and Manager of Rough Magic SEEDS. Recently Jen became an Artist Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London. 

Date of appointment: September 2016

John Crumlish

John Crumlish

Chief Executive Galway International Arts Festival 

John Crumlish received a BA in Psychology from NUI Galway and a Masters Degree from the University of Ulster. He became closely associated with both Galway International Arts Festival and Macnas in the late 1980s, playing a pivotal role in their development and growth during that time. He founded the highly successful Macteo in 1995, which he subsequently left in 2002 to take up his present position. John was a member of the Arts Council from 2006 until 2011.  John was a member of the Fáilte West Forum (2010-2013) and a member of the Project Board of The Gathering (2012-2013).

Date of appointment: March 2015

Peter Daly

Peter Daly (Chair)

Peter is an actor and director. 

Directing work includes Swing (which he co wrote with Steve Blount, Janet Moran and Gavin Kostick).

Acting work includes This Lime Tree Bower (Eoin Kilkenny), Acting work includes The Critic, Jezebel, Travesties, Peer Gynt, The Importance Of Being Earnest, Life Is A Dream, Don Carlos (Best Production, Irish Times Theatre Awards), Attempts On Her Life, The Taming Of The Shrew (Best Production, Irish Times Theatre Awards) (Rough Magic), Guaranteed, Tiny Plays for Ireland I & II (Fishamble), The Government Inspector, Arrah Na Pogue, The Comedy of Errors, The Shaughraun and The Cherry Orchard (Abbey Theatre), Death Of A Salesman (The Gate Theatre), The Dead School, Conversations On A Homecoming (Livin Dred), Hamlet (Second Age), The Wonderful World Of Dissocia (Calypso), Dr Ledbetter’s Experiment, Paka, The Butterfly Ranch, Candide, The Seven Deadly Sins (The Performance Corporation), Metamorphosis, Mr Kolpert, Platonov (The Rep Experiment), Moonlight Mickeys (Calipo), Galway Arts Festival’s production of a new version of King Ubu by Vincent Woods, The Green Fool (Upstate), Jack Fell Down, Black Ice (Team) and Kevin’s Story (Barnstorm).  Television credits include The Clinic, Fair City and Love Is The Drug (RTÉ).  Radio includes The Eamon Lowe Show (Today FM), Mayday and Cobwebs & Chandeliers (RTE).

Peter is also a chartered accountant.  

Date of appointment: September 2011

Eugene Downes

Eugene Downes took up post in October 2013 as Artistic & General Director of Kilkenny Arts Festival, which this year celebrates its 40th anniversary.  From 2007-12, he served as founding Chief Executive of Culture Ireland, the national body for the promotion and advancement of Irish arts worldwide, and led Imagine Ireland, a yearlong celebration of Irish arts in America, with more than 1,200 artists and 500 events across 43 US States.  From 2000-07, Eugene acted as a consultant to the Irish Government on international arts strategy, curating and producing events across Europe, Asia and South America. Previous experience included the Irish Foreign Service, a spell as Cultural Attaché in Russia and as a music and opera broadcaster on RTÉ Lyric fm.  Eugene is a Board member of Druid Theatre and the International Society for the Performing Arts, co-chairing its annual Congress in 2012, and has also served on the Boards of the Abbey Theatre, the Royal Irish Academy of Music, Irish Theatre Institute, the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris and Rough Magic Theatre.

Date of appointment: May 2014

Paul Hayes

Paul has a BA in Drama from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and an MA in Drama and Theatre Studies from the NUI Galway.

Currently, Paul is the Managing Director of An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk.

Paul is Artistic Director of Catastrophe Theatre Company in Galway for whom he has directed sixteen plays, six of which were produced at the Galway Arts Festival.  He has been a member of the Drogheda Arts Festival programming committee for the past seven years. He produced The Race of the Ark Tattoo for the Abbey Theatre island tour and is the company producer for Chrysalis Dance.

Paul was Head of Drama at Monaghan Institute for three years before moving on to become Community Arts Officer with Meath County Council.

He worked as General Manager for Upstate Theatre Project in Drogheda for three years and was both producer and dramaturg on At Peace and Submarine Man. He has directed five shows for Upstate including The Ones Who Kill Shooting Stars and Ship St. Revisited.

Paul is also the founder of The Sunni Mae Trust, the children's cancer charity behind the Tiny Dancer campaign which to date has raised €550,000.

Date of appointment September 2015.

Julie Kelleher

Julie is Artistic Director of The Everyman, Cork, where she is responsible for the programme and artistic strategy and directs plays. Most recently she directed The Factory Girls by Frank McGuinness, David Greig’s The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart and Lovers by Brian Friel. Recent readings: DORM by Lynda Radley; Marrying Dad by Gina Moxley; The Death of Fionavar by Eva Gore-Booth.

She has worked as an actor, director & freelance theatre producer with numerous Irish arts organisations, companies &artists such as Kinsale Arts Week, UCC Drama & Theatre Studies, the Everyman, Cork Midsummer Festival, Hammergrin, Corcadorca, Meridian Theatre Company, Dublin Theatre Festival, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, The Performance Corporation, Gare St. Lazare, Once Off Productions, Landmark Productions, and Siren Productions.

Julie is a member of the steering committee for the Theatre Development Centre at Triskel. She holds a BA in Drama and English, and an MA in Drama from UCC. In 2012, she made her directorial debut for BrokenCrow with Ronan FitzGibbon’s Mantle. Shortly afterward she produced 18-35 for Conflicted and subsequently joined the company. In 2013 she co-created and co-produced the company's hit Cork Midsummer Festival show The Scarlet Letter. In 2014, she produced the award-winning Between Trees and Water for Painted Bird Productions. As a performer she has worked with Corcadorca, Meridian, Playgroup and undertook the lead role of Esther Ryan in Conflicted's The Scarlet Letter.

Date of appointment: September 2016

Anne Maher

Dublin-born Anne Maher is one of Ireland’s most respected voices in ballet and dance, with an international career spanning over 35 years. Anne was awarded a scholarship by the late Princess Grace of Monaco, to study at L’Acadamie de Danse Classique in Monte Carlo under Marika Besobrasova. Following her training in Monaco, Anne danced for British Ballet Theatre in London and as Principal Ballerina touring all over Europe with Wiener Ballett Theater for 15 years. Her roles include Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Sugar Plum Fairy (Nutcracker), Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Queen of the Willis (Giselle), and a range of various modern works. She returned to Ireland in 1998 to found Ballet Ireland which she continues to develop as a successful and vibrant national touring company. Anne continues to be one of this country’s biggest advocates for ballet and dance and is a former chairperson of Dance Ireland. 

Date of appointment: September 2017

Patricia McBride

Patricia McBride is Director of An Grianán Theatre, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.  She is a theatre producer and venue manager with over 25 years experience. She holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Performing Arts from De Montford University and a Masters in Cultural Management from University of Ulster. In the UK she worked in various roles in organisations such as The Royal Academy of Arts, the Haymarket Theatre, and Proteus Theatre Company. Returning to Ireland she was Manager of Charabanc Theatre Company and General Manager of the Lyric Theatre in Belfast.  Since moving to Donegal she has been an active member of the arts and cultural sector serving on the management committees of Earagail Arts Festival and the Donegal County Cultural Forum.   She also sits on the boards of the Lyric Theatre, Belfast and Highland Radio, Letterkenny.

Date of appointment: November 2017