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.

Pádraig Heneghan

Pádraig is a freelance General Manager and Producer.  He is currently working with Landmark Productions on various projects and with Riverdream Productions (international touring of “Heartbeat of Home”). 

He has worked with Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre (Stravinsky Double Bill,  international touring of “Rian”) and was Deputy Director of the Gate Theatre.  He was in charge of all touring projects for the Gate since 2003, working with some of the major worldwide festivals (Lincoln Center Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Sydney Festival, B.A.M. Next Wave Festival, Barbican).  

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and is a Board member of The Corn Exchange.

Date of appointment: February 2012

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

Niamh O’Donnell

Emma Martin

Emma is artistic director of United Fall (formerly Emma Martin Dance). She is the dance artist in residence at VISUAL, Carlow since 2012, became Dance Ireland's inaugural Associate Artist in 2011 and a Modul Dance artist in 2012. She holds a BA in Drama & Theatre Studies and Russian from Trinity College Dublin and a state diploma from the John Cranko Staatlichen Ballettakademie in Stuttgart, Germany. Her work has been commissioned by Dublin Dance Festival and co-produced by Dublin Theatre Festival. Recent and previous productions include Dancehall (Dublin Theatre 2015), Tundra ( Dublin Dance Festival 2014), Dogs (Dublin Fringe Festival 2012), Listowel Syndrome (Dublin Fringe Festival 2010). Dogs received Best Production and Best Design Awards in the 2012 Dublin Fringe awards. She has also choreographed for theatre, most recently Romeo & Juliet (Gate Theatre 2015), Luck Just Kissed You Hello (Hot for Theatre 2015/ Galway International Arts Festival), The Internet is a Serious Business (Royal Court 2014) 

Her work is supported by The Arts Council, Carlow County Council, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art/ George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Dance Ireland and Modul Dance. 

Date of appointment: January 2016


Niamh O’Donnell

Niamh Ní Chonchubhair

Niamh Ní Chonchubhair is Programme Manager at axis: Ballymun, a producing and receiving venue and an arts development organisation. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies and Modern Irish from Trinity College Dublin. Over the past ten years she has worked as a freelancer, programmer and producer. Recent production credits include When Jolie met Christie by Seán Mac Carthy (national tour), The Parting Glass (national tour, New York, Paris), Teachests and Dreams and The Consequences of Lightning by Dermot Bolger and Our National Games by Gerard Humphrey’s, in addition to revivals and tours of The Mental by Little John Nee, Walking the Road (Ireland, Belgium and UK) and The Townlands of Brazil (Ireland and Poland) - both by Dermot Bolger. 

Niamh has worked as co-ordinator on Out of the Silence - an Arts & Mental Health Festival and Borradh Buan - an Annual Irish Cultural Festival and as a producer on Hip-Nós - a fusion of traditional and contemporary art forms that has toured in Ireland and to New York and Cape Town.

Prior to her work with axis she worked as a freelance facilitator and project co-ordinator for primary schools and for the HSE. In autumn 2011 Niamh was selected for the U.S. State Department’s International Leadership Visitor’s Program on their Cultural Envoy Program exploring social change through the arts, and participated in the Intercultural Cities programme with the Council of Europe. She is a board member of TEAM Educational Theatre Co and a member of Meitheal na mBeag. She coordinates the ‘Imeall’ network and is on the New Stream arts management programme with the DeVos Institute, Washington and BusinessToArts. She also works with organisations such as Arts and Disability Ireland, The British Council and the U.S. Embassy.

Date of appointment: September 2012