Julie Kelleher (Chair)
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.
Sara is a Dublin based producer. She has also been Associate Producer with Landmark Productions since 2011.
Recent productions include Thirst (and other bits of Flann) at The Peacock, nominated for Best Ensemble, Irish Theatre Awards 2018, and To Hell in a Handbag for Jonathan White & Helen Norton at Bewleys, Edinburgh Fringe and Irish/UK tour. Recent credits with Landmark include Asking For It (Everyman), The Approach (Project) and Ross O’Carroll Kelly’s Postcards from the Ledge (Gaiety).
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.
Marketa has over 20 years of arts management experience in film, dance, theatre and venue management. Currently she is Programme Manager in Belltable, Limerick. As well as programming, she set up and runs the theatre development programme Belltable:Connect. As theatre producer, Marketa has toured extensively in Ireland and internationally to Europe, USA, Australia and New Zealand. She was General Manager and Producer for The Performance Corporation and Fishamble: The New Play Company, for which she produced Silent by Pat Kinevane, winner of the Olivier Award 2016.
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.
Co-founder and now the Artistic Director of Livin’ Dred Theatre Company, Aaron is a director as well as a multi-awarding winning actor with numerous theatre, film and TV appearances. He trained at The Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College Dublin. His recent work includes Stones In His Pockets at Macarter Theater, Princeton. Aaron has worked extensively with the Abbey Theatre in King Lear (2013), 16 Possible Glimpses (2011), Christ Deliver Us! (2010), Arrah na Pogue (2010), Tales of Ballycumber (2009), She Stoops to Conquer (2003); and with Druid Theatre Company, of which he is an ensemble member and with which he has toured internationally in Richard III (2018), Waiting For Godot (2016-18), Shelter (2018), The Beauty Queen of Leenane (2016), DruidShakespeare (2015), DruidMurphy (2013), Penelope (2011), The Silver Tassie (2009), The Walworth Farce (2006), Empress of India (2006), DruidSynge (2005) and The Playboy of the Western World (2005). He has also worked with companies such as Fishamble, Bedrock, Yew Tree and Livin’ Dred, which he co-founded in 2004. His film and TV work includes Assassin’s Creed, The Foreigner, Maze, Float Like a Butterfly, Love/Hate, Vikings, The Tudors, Inspector Jury, Hideaways, The Other Side of Sleep and Clean Break, amongst others. Aaron is a recipient of a Lucille Lortel Award, Manchester Evening News Award, an Irish Times Irish Theatre Award and an OBIE Award for Outstanding Performance.
Elizabeth is the Executive Director of Wexford Arts Centre and has over 20 years experience working in theatre in a variety of roles including producer, company manager, actor, director and stage manager. Elizabeth has produced productions which have toured nationally and internationally including London, Paris and New York. Elizabeth worked prior as company manager with Rough Magic Theatre Company and as actor with Irish Repertory Theatre, New York and Irish Arts Center New York as well as Súgan Theatre Boston and Raven Theatre Dublin and founded wrote and directed for Theatre Nua, New York. Elizabeth also serves on the committee of the Wexford Literary Festival. She studied arts and literature at Harvard Extension, MA and film at School of Visual Arts, New York and holds an MBA in Professional Arts Management from IT Carlow.