Peter Daly (Chair)
Peter is an actor, writer and director.
Writing includes Money – a ThisIsPopBaby commission for WhereWeLive.
Directing work includes Swing (which he co wrote with Steve Blount, Janet Moran and Gavin Kostick).
Acting work includes King of The Castle (Druid), This Lime Tree Bower (Eoin Kilkenny), 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 Guarantee (TV3), The Clinic, Fair City and Love Is The Drug (RTÉ). Radio includes Emmet Kirwan’s Wild West (BBC NI), 100 Everyday Menaces (RTE) The Eamon Lowe Show (Today FM), Mayday and Cobwebs & Chandeliers (RTE).
Peter is also a Chartered Accountant.
Jen joined as Head of Producing (New Work Development) at the Abbey Theatre in January 2018. Previously she worked as Producer for HotForTheatre, TheEmergencyRoom and United Fall as well as with independent artists such as Kevin Barry, Paul Curley, Kellie Hughes, Seán MacErlaine, Jody O’Neill, Shane O’Reilly, Raymond Scannell and Dylan Tighe. She has toured work extensively in Ireland and internationally.
Recently she was Project Manager for the Laureate for Irish Fiction (Anne Enright 2015-2018) for the Arts Council of Ireland and was Manager of Rough Magic SEEDS and worked on the Programming Team for Galway 2020. She is Chairperson of Youth Theatre Ireland and United Fall and is a member of the board of Theatre Forum. Jen is an Artist Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London.
John graduated from NUI Galway with a BA in Psychology, has an MA in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of Ulster and an MBS in Business Practice from the Irish Management Institute/University College Cork.
John became closely associated with both Galway Arts Festival and Macnas in the 1990s, playing a pivotal role in their development and growth during that time.
He served as a member of the Arts Council from 2006 until 2011, a member of the Fáilte Ireland West Forum (2010-2013), a member of the Project Board of The Gathering (2012-2013) and served as chair of the successful Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 bid committee. He was appointed to the board of Galway 2020 in 2017.
He was named a Galway Person of the Year in 2013, was made a Fellow of the Institute by the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology in 2016 and received an Honorary Doctorate from NUI Galway in 2017.
Eugene is the Artistic Director and CEO of Kilkenny Arts Festival, Ireland’s oldest multidisciplinary festival which this year presents its 45th edition in Ireland’s intimate medieval city. From 2007-12, Eugene served as founding CEO of Culture Ireland, the national body for the advancement of Irish arts worldwide, and from 2000-07 as cultural adviser to the President of Ireland and to the Department of Foreign Affairs, curating and producing performances across Europe, Asia and South America, and authoring a blueprint for Ireland’s new international arts strategy.
Previous experience included the Irish Foreign Service, a spell as Cultural Attaché in Russia and as a music and opera broadcaster on Irish national radio. Eugene is Chair of the Irish Cultural Centre in Paris, a 16th century collegiate foundation in the heart of the Latin Quarter refounded as a 21st century contemporary arts centre. He has just completed two terms as a Board member of the International Society for the Performing Arts (co-chairing its New York Congress in 2012), and also serves on the Board of the Royal Hibernian Academy.
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.
Julie is Artistic Director of The Everyman, Cork, where she is responsible for the programme and artistic strategy. She has directed four productions for the theatre, Lovers by Brian Friel (July 2015) and The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart by David Greig (August 2015), The Factory Girls by Frank McGuinness (July 2016), Dancing At Lughnasa by Brian Friel (August 2017) which were warmly received by critics and audiences alike. She has co-produced projects such as Autumn Royal by Kevin Barry (2017), and Futureproof by Lynda Radley (2017) for the Everyman and is currently working on the Landmark/Everyman co-produced world premiere of Asking For It by Louise O’Neill.
She holds a BA in Drama and English, and an MA in Drama from UCC. She has worked as an actor, director & producer with numerous Irish arts organisations, companies & artists such as Painted Bird, Conflicted, BrokenCrow, Kinsale Arts Week, Cork Midsummer Festival, Hammergrin, Corcadorca, Meridian, Dublin Theatre Festival, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, The Performance Corporation, Gare St. Lazare, Once Off Productions, Landmark Productions, and Siren Productions.
Julie joined the board of Theatre Forum Ireland in September 2016 and joined the board of Graffiti Theatre Company in September 2017. She has been sitting on the steering committee of the Theatre Development Centre in Triskel Arts Centre since its inception in 2011.
As a theatre maker Louise makes site-specific and immersive art works within communities of space, place and interest. Since co-founding ANU in 2009,Louise has directed all of the company’s productions to date, including THE LOST O’CASEY (Abbey Theatre), THE SIN EATERS, HENTOWN, THESE ROOMS(Art:2016 and LIFT London 2018) in collaboration with CoisCeim, SUNDER, ON CORPORATION STREET (Home Manchester/ Culture Ireland), PALS (National Museum of Ireland), REFLECTING THE RISING (RTÉ), REBEL REBEL (National / International Tour), BEAUTIFUL DREAMERS (Limerick City of Culture), ANGEL MEADOW (Home Manchester), THIRTEEN, DUBLIN TENEMENT EXPERIENCE, VARDO, THE BOYS OF FOLEY STREET (Public Art Commission), LAUNDRY, WORLD’S END LANE, FINGAL RONAN (New York) MEMORY DELETED and BASIN. (Other directing credits include: Test Dummy (Theatre Upstairs), Deep (Cork Opera House), The End of the Road (Fishamble), Across the Lough (Performance Corporation), Secret City, Right Here Right Now, The Baths, Demeter Project: Cultural Olympiad Production (Prime Cut Productions), The Bell Room, Come Forward to Meet You and Evensong (Upstate). Louise teaches devising at the LIR Academy (Trinity College Dublin).She was awarded the Captain Cathal Ryan Scholarship Award and the International Artist Residency at the Robert Wilson Centre, New York. She has currently been awarded an Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence Award.
Anne 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.
Patricia 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.