Paul BrennanPaul Brennan

Paul has worked as a professional actor, director, playwright, adjudicator and acting teacher for over thirty years. He has directed with the Abbey, the Gate and other Dublin theatres, with Druid, with Island in Limerick and with Red Kettle in Waterford for whom he has directed two Bernard Farrell premieres and five other productions.

Recent productions include The Laramie Project for Aboutface, The Fairgreen Slaughterhouse for POC Productions and Look Back in Anger for Serendipity.

He teaches Chekhov Technique at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin and has launched a Chekhov-based initiative in Ireland in 2008 – Gentle Rain Theatre Company.

Co. Clare
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Pat Burke

Pat Burke has had over forty years’ involvement with amateur drama in all its facets, initially as actor, subsequently as nationally-known director and adjudicator. Famous roles played include Gar Private, Peter Abelard (Abelard and Heloise), Johnny (Juno and the Paycock), Reverend Hale (The Crucible), Casimir (Aristocrats), The Common Man (A Man for All Seasons), Owen Keegan (Autumn Fire). Best-known productions, mainly with Dublin Shakespeare, are : Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Friel’s Faith Healer, Translations, Dancing at Lughnasa, Living Quarters, Wonderful Tennessee, Murphy’s Conversations on a Homecoming, Bailegangaire, Pinter’s Mountain Language. Established Imp Productions with Imelda McDonagh and Martin French in 2002: acclaimed productions include McGuinness’s Baglady, Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and Friel’s Afterplay.

In wide demand since 1986, Pat has adjudicated all over Ireland, including Athlone (2000), Confined All-Ireland (1994), One-Act Finals [with Michael Twomey and Brid McBride, 2000], Dundalk Maytime Festival (1999).

74 Castle Heath
Co. Dublin
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Terence P. Byrne

Terry is a theatre professional who works as a director and as an actor. His directing work has included a number of major hits – Elysium Nevada by Barry McKinley, which was nominated as best new play in the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2010. The Arts Council supported an Irish tour, followed by a very successful run in Glasgow; I Keano the musical satire, which ran over a period of three years in major theatres in Ireland, breaking box-office records everywhere; The Chastitute by John B Keane, starring Mick Lally in the Gaiety in Dublin, followed by Summer tours for three consecutive years; Twelve Angry Men which opened in Andrews Lane, was critically acclaimed and transferred to the Gaiety Theatre and subsequently toured to major theatres in Ireland, including two runs in the Olympia, over a two year period; 84 Charing Cross Road in a highly regarded production which was the final show in Andrews Lane before the theatre sadly closed.

Other directing work for Lane Productions includes One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest , Over The River and Though The Woods, A Night in November, Out of Order Sweetie, Over and Out, Continental Call Girls, Women on the Verge of HRT. For Centreline Productions in London he directed Women on the Verge Get A Life by Marie Jones which had a number one UK tour and also played at the Opera House in Belfast and The Gaiety in Dublin. He wrote Matchmake Me Do, an adaptation of John B Keane’s book Letters of a Matchmaker, and directed a production which premiered in the Town Hall Theatre in Galway followed by a long Dublin run in the Tivoli. He has also written Holy Smoke, an adaptation of Tartuffe by Moliere which has yet to be produced.

He served for six years on the board of Red Kettle Theatre Co in Waterford,for whom he directed Deathtrap by Ira Levin starring the Hollywood actor Keir Dullea. He has directed four short films all based on Plato’s Socratic dialogues. Terry is also an actor and has appeared in most Irish theatres and in several films and television productions. Most recent roles were in Hitler on Trial for the BBC which will appear later this year; a major role in the Hallmark movie’Chasing Leprechauns’ and roles in Agnes Brown, Fair City and Ballykissangel. Terry has been adjudicating for many years and is a member of the executive committee of ADA.

79 The Stiles Road
ublin 3
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Tom Byrne 

A native of Celbridge, Co Kildare, Tom has over thirty years involvement with amateur drama. He is best known for his work with Bradan Players, Leixlip of which he was founder and artistic director.

Tom has won numerous awards as a director and successfully qualified productions to the RTE All Ireland finals in Athlone in 2009 and 2010. He has directed over a hundred different productions for Bradan Players, Dublin Youth Theatre, Dublin Shakespeare Society and Leixlip Theatre Group, among others.

Tom has the unique record of qualifying for six successive All Ireland one act finals and has directed All Ireland winning productions on three occassions (2005, 2009 and 2010). His radio play “Howzee” – surrounding his experience as a football referee – has been broadcast by RTE


John Carty 

John trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, Ecole de Mime Corporeal, London, Saratoga international Theatre Institute, New York and The Roy Hart International Voice Centre, France. He has worked in professional theatre since 1988. He worked as an actor with Co-Motion Theatre Company, Dublin, and Graffiti Theatre-in-Education Company, Cork, before returning to Sligo to become a founder member of Blue Raincoat Theatre Company in 1991. He has acted in most of the company productions to date including Alan Strang in Equus, Christy Mahon in Playboy of the Western World, Lysander in A Mid-Summer Nights Dream, Cheshire Cat in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Gath in A Brief Taste Of Lightning, Mr. Martin in The Bald Soprano and McCruiskeen in The Third Policeman. He has directed a number of plays for Blue Raincoat including Krapp’s Last tape, Rough for theatre II and Play by Samuel Beckett. He has also directed theatrical productions for County Sligo Youth Theatre, Bealtine Festival and Cairde Festival, Sligo.  John has facilitated numerous workshops for Blue Raincoat in the areas of Movement, Text analysis and Stagecraft with Drama students of Queen’s University, Belfast, NUIG, Drama League of  Ireland & El Submarino, Madrid.

Prior to his professional career, John was actively involved in amateur drama in Sligo. He was introduced to Sligo Drama Circle through his drama teacher, Walter McDonagh in 1980 and participated in many productions with them, including the works of J.M.Synge, W.B.Yeats, T.C. Murray, Brendan Behan, and Hugh Leonard & J.B. Keane.  He has also worked with Coolera Dramatic Society & Everyman Theatre. He has been a member of GIDA since 2010.

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Donal Courtney

Donal graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting in 1991 and has worked in theatre and television since.

As an actor he has played in venues all over Ireland and abroad. Highlights include: The Man from Clare (Gaiety), The Chastitute (Gaiety), The Importance of being Earnest (Siamsa Tire), Sive (Nationwide tour) and Antigone which toured to ancient arenas in Greece and Austria. Television roles include The Tudors (BBC) and Maru (TG4).

Donal has directed the works of Friel, Wilde, Bolger, Sophocles and, most recently, Bondi Beach Boy Blue which toured Ireland extensively over a two-year period. Has written four plays “Closing Time“, “Rumpletstiltskin“, “Election Night” (published by Stinging Fly Press, 2008) and “Gethsemane” which was short-listed for the Eamonn Keane Full Length Play Award at 2009 Listowel Writers Week – also writes for Fair City (RTE).

Teaches Acting at the Gaiety School of Acting since 2000 & busy on Drama Festival Circuit since joining GIDA in 2010.


Eilin O’Dea

Eilin trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art attending a diploma in acting and later did her professional training at the Samuel Becket Centre, Trinity College, Dublin. She made her theatrical debut at the age of 13 playing Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz in a local production and performed subsequently in numerous local productions in her hometown Kanturk and then with Father Mathew Players in Cork City where she has very fond memories of competing at festival level. Eilin worked at an Taibhdheairc Theatre in Galway as an actress / director and drama facilitator where she gained great experience behind the scenes,  which she believes will stand her in good stead as a drama adjudicator.

In more recent years Eilin has performed profesionally in numerous theatrical productions both here and abroad. Most recently Eilin has had the honor of performing her own one-woman show, “Molly Bloom” as part of “Bloomsday on Broadway”,  2011. Eilin also performed Edna O’Brien’s “Madame Cassandra” as part of award-winning selected shorts, co-starring Cynthia Nixon and Colum McCann.


Paula Dempsey

Paula has been involved in theatre since her school days in England. Her first ‘big’ acting role was as Doc in ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ where she had one line “oh no she’s dead”!!!

Since then she has donned many caps being a teacher to both young and old. She is a director of Laois Youth Theatre, formerly an actor and director on the Amateur circuit and currently a professional actress on both the stage and national radio. Paula has adjudicated at several festivals from children’s festivals to full length festivals and at the Macra na Feirme one-act finals. She has been strongly involved in Ireland’s first theatre based learning company as a facilitator, actor and course designer. Paula is a founder member of the Michael Chekhov Studio Dublin. Paula holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts and an Honours Masters Degree in Modern Theatre from UCD.

70 Riverside
Co Offaly
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Tom DohertyTom Doherty

One of Ireland’s best-known Drama Tutors and Adjudicators Tom has gained wide-ranging experience of the festival circuit over the last 35 years. He has adjudicated the Dundalk International Festival; the Scottish, Northern Ireland and All-Ireland One-Act Finals; the British Finals; and the All Ireland Confined Final. He is scheduled to adjudicate the All-Ireland Finals in Athlone in 2010.

He has led workshops and training sessions for Drama Groups and teachers all over Ireland and is by some distance the longest serving tutor at the Gormanston Summer School having been a regular there for the last 23 years.

6 Curryfree Road
Derry BT47 3UH
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Antoinette Duffy

Antoinette Duffy has worked as a theatre director for over twenty-five years. In addition to taking many courses in areas such as Movement, Commedia, Laban Community Dance, Viewpoints, Voice, Improvisation, Directing and Devising, she also holds an MA and a post -graduate diploma in Modern Theatre Studies.

Antoinette works as an Acting Tutor in the Gaiety School of Acting and on the NUIM/GSA MA in Theatre Production /Making Theatre. She is also a lecturer in drama education for the DIT School of Social Sciences and Law, and works as a freelance director and workshop facilitator – her directing credits include Greek, Shakespeare, Restoration, Commedia D’el Arte and many 20th Century and Irish works.

Antoinette is particularly interested in devised theatre, theatrical montage, and stage adaptations of liteary texts. Recent productions include: the Film Noir inspired devised, City of Mirrors, an adaptation of The Happy Prince by Oscar Wild, Much Ado About a Midsummer Day at Night (a Shakespearian montage), an Oscar Wilde Montage,Mandragola by Machiavelli and Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertholt Brecht. Favourites from her repertoire include: The Three Birds by Joanna Laurens, Urfaust by Geothe, a Brechtian version by Dan Farrelly, Loves Labours Lost by William Shapespeare,Bloomin and Brazen, a comic collection from Ulysses by James Joyce, The Tempest by William Shakespeare and The Loose Confusion of a General Plunder,  a montage based on women characters in the plays of Sean O’Casey.


Walker EwartWalker Ewart

He has been involved with the amateur drama circuit for over thirty-five years as a director and actor, as well as an administrator. He has appeared as an actor in several Ulster and All-Ireland finals with Bangor and Hollywood Drama Clubs. He has adjudicated throughout Ireland, including the All-Ireland Finals in Athlone in 2008, the All-Ireland One-Act Finals in Ennis in 2003, the All-Ireland Confined Finals in Tralee in 2005 and the N. Ireland One-Act Finals in 2006. In 2009 he adjudicated the British Final Festival of One Act Plays in Enniskillen.

18 Manse Road
Co Down BT20 3DA
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Christopher Fitz-simon

Christopher Fitz-Simon was born in Belfast, brought up in Monaghan and went to school in Dublin. At Trinity College, Dublin, he was Chair of the DU Players. His doctorate was awarded by the University of Ulster in 2003. He joined RTE as a drama director in 1960 and later held posts as Artistic Director of the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, the Irish Theatre Company, and the National Theatre Society (Abbey and Peacock Theatres, Dublin) where he was also Literary Manager for two terms.

He is the author of many broadcast plays; he is currently (2010) writing the 48th instalment of the popular Radio 4 comedy series ‘Ballylenon’. Among his books are The Boys, a biography of Micheál macLíammóir and Hilton Edwards, and The Abbey Theatre: the first hundred years; and a memoir of childhood Eleven Houses (Penguin Books). He has lectured on theatrical and literary topics in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Italy, Monaco, the Netherlands, Romania, the United Kingdom and the United States. He has adjudicated both the Ulster and All-Ireland Amateur Drama Festivals.

8 Richmond Hill
Co Dublin
Home: 01 280 8809

Ailbhe Garvey-Hughes

Ailbhe Garvey-Hughes has been involved in theatre for most of her life. She holds a Fellowship from the London College of Music and a Licentiate from Trinity College.

Her experience began as an actor in amateur drama, where she won the ‘best actress’ award playing Jill Tanner in “Butterflies are Free” at the All Ireland Finals in Athlone: Later playing in many productions in An Taibhdearc (The Irish Language Theatre) in Galway. She played with the internationally renowned “Druid” Theatre Company in many successful productions including those in the Dublin and Edinburgh Theatre Festivals. Her roles include “A Galway Girl”, “Pursuit of Pleasure”, “The Importance of Being Earnest”, Sam Sheppard’s “Action”, Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”, Bernard Farrell’s “I Do Not like Thee Dr Fell”, Eugene O’Neill’s “Touch of The Poet”, Brian Friel’s “Philadelphia Here I Come”, Lorca’s “House of Bernarda Alba” Neil Simons “Come Blow Your Horn” and many other roles.

Ailbhe has worked as a professional actor, director, adjudicator and teacher for over thirty years and has been a member of the Association of Drama Adjudicators since its inception.

Co Galway
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Paul FowlerPaul Flower

In over 40 years involvement with the drama festivals movement, Paul Fowler has been an actor, director and stage manager, company committee member, chairman and festival organiser. A former journalist, broadcaster and public relations consultant, Paul who lives in Kettering, Northants, has worked for newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations all over the world, specialising in his other great passion – motorsport – and in particular, motorcycle racing.

He has been a well-known commentator on top level motorcycle racing, PR spokesman for the motorcycle industry and a tutor at television and radio presentation courses in Westminster aimed at helping politicians, public service employees and top level businessmen deal with the electronic media. In 2001 Paul took a break from his career and three years later graduated from the University of Essex with an Honours degree in Drama and Literature.

As an actor Paul has appeared in the British All Winners Finals on two occasions including a role the winning production of The Royal Hunt of the Sun in 1985. As a director his production of Owen McCafferty’s Days of Wine and Roses was the winner of the British All Winners Finals in 2014. Paul now works as an Independent Celebrant, and conducts non-religious weddings and funeral services in and around his home town of Kettering, Northamptonshire. Since becoming a member of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators in 2001, Paul has adjudicated in both the North and South of Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England and the Isle of Man.

In 2007 he adjudicated the Welsh One Act finals, in 2010 presided at the AETF English Finals held in Burton on Trent, he was adjudicator for the 2011 and 2015 British All Winners Finals,  and in 2012 presided over the Ulster One Act Finals. Last year Paul was the adjudicator for the British Finals held at the Wilde Theatre, Bracknell and next year will be the adjudicator at the Ulster Finals.

Paul is currently in the middle of a three year term as Chairman of the Guild of Drama Adjudicators, and is also a member of Scottish Association of Speech and Drama Adjudicators.

United Kingdom

Alan Haslett

Alan has been involved in theatre (musicals, opera, operetta and plays) for more than forty years. As an actor/singer he has played more than sixty leading roles and directed more than thirty productions. He has been artistic director for Two Bridges Theatre Group since 1997. In 2005, after thirty years, he took early retirement from his work with the Western Education & Library Board in N. Ireland (advisory teacher in Music & Drama). He now continues as a freelance drama consultant and director.

Co. Donegal.
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alan_howleyAlan Howley

Alan began acting with Dublin Youth Theatre, subsequently studying Performance at Dartington College of Arts in Devon. He has worked in professional theatre since 1989, including Artisit-in-residence at The Junction Arts Centre, Cambridge and The Space Programme (with Performance Corporation) in Castletown House, Kildare.

Theatre work includes performances with Second Age Theatre, Ouroboros Theatre, Guna Nua Theatre, The Performance Corporation, Brokentalkers, Desperate Optimists, The Abbey Theatre, Bewleys Café Theatre, Carpet Theatre, Project Arts Centre, Yew Tree Theatre, Corcadorca Theatre and Graffiti Theatre. He has performed both nationally and internationally including shows in Dublin Theatre Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, as well as theatre festivals in France, Germany, Denmark and Finland. He won a Cork Arts Theatre Award for his performance in Steven Berkoff’s Greek with Corcadorca Theatre Co.

Film and television work include: The Commitments, Hush-A-Bye-Baby, Alarm, Stardust, Mattie, The Clinic. He plays Eoghan O’Brien in RTE’s long running soap Fair City and is a regular performer with RTE radio drama. Alan’s solo performance works Box, Bruise, Show Off and Looking have been shown in the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London and the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow as well as at the Expo festival of Live Art in Nottingham. His play Victim was seen in Samuel Beckett Centre as part of  Painted Filly Theatre’s 100 Minutes season. His performance works with sound artist Jack Cawley Manifesto and Captive have been shown at Project Arts Centre. Alan has written on Arts and Culture for Temple Bar Magazine. He teaches with both The Irish Film Academy and the Gaiety School of Acting on the “Young Gaiety” programme as well the “Shakespeare for Schools” programme.

Mobile: 0863858792

John P Kelly

John has adjudicated on the circuits in Ireland, Scotland and Canada for over thirty years, officiating at all levels, twice at the All-Ireland Finals in Athlone and once at the finals in Scotland and also of late in Canada. Indeed, it was at Athlone as far back as 1978 (yes, he is that old!) that he directed the winning production which springboarded him into the professional field on an Arts Council bursary to the Abbey Theatre.

He joined RTE as a Radio Drama Producer and rose over the years to the position of Managing Editor of Features and Arts. In the 90s, he spent four years living in Switzerland where he worked as Head of Specialised Progamming with the European Broadcasting Union. Through all this time, he kept his connections with amateur and professional theatre in Ireland and he can count on the fingers of one hand the festivals which he has not yet adjudicated. He lives in hope of completing the full set!

He now has his own professional theatre company in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada with which he has produced and directed nearly twenty plays since his arrival, besides working for other companies in the city. For four consecutive years he was nominated by the Critics as Best Professional Director and won the award outright on two of those occasions. He is a friendly animal and answers to the name of John!

John P Kelly,
181 Wilbert Cox Drive,
Ontario K0A 1L0,

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Marie Kelly

Marie Kelly has been in theatre since 1993 and was casting director at the Abey Theatre, Dubllin between 2001 and 2006. She has an MA in Modern Drama and Performance from University College Dublin and has just finished her doctoral studies on Theatre and Consciousness at the same university.

She is currently a freelance theatre professional: specialising in casting, producing, dramaturgy, guest lecturing and theatre research.

Her book, The Theatre of Tom Mac Intyre: Strays from the ether, was co-edited with fellow practitioner and lecturer Dr. Bernadette Sweeney and published by Carysfort Press 2010.


Garry LombardGarry Lombard

Garry Lombard has had a lifetime involvement in the theatre as both amateur and professional. He is best known for his work with Gorey Little Theatre of which he is a Founder and Director. He has directed or appeared in over 100 of their shows winning numerous awards including All Ireland Best Actor and All Ireland Best Director. He has adjudicated at drama festivals all over Ireland over the last 20 years and is an Associate of the Leinster School of Music and Drama.

The Avenue
Co Wexford
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Larry McCluskey

One of Ireland’s most experienced adjudicators, Larry has directed, designed, lit and acted in plays since studying under Frank Dermody & Thomas MacAnna of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

Director, Aisteoiri Drumlin, All Ireland One Act Winners 1978 / 79.  Drumlin Players were Athlone finalists, 1970’s, 80’s & 90’s – winning best actor, director, set & lighting awards there; since then, presenting plays at home and abroad, 1978 – 2011 including “King Of The Castle“, “Kevin’s Bed“, “Faith Healer“, “The Gigli Concert“, “The Field” at Garage Theatre, Monaghan and Ramor Theatre, Virginia. At EdFringe 08, Dumlin’s “Krapp’s Last Tape” & “Piece of Monologue” (part of culture Ireland’s Beckett Centenary”) won four stars from “British Theatre Guide” and “Plays International“. Similar review for “Lonesome West” at EdFringe 03. Played Willy Loman, 2009, Directed “Philadelphia, here I Come” at Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen, Nov 2010.

Participated International Festivals – USA, Canada, S. Korea, Japan (twice), India (2010). Member of Irish Arts Council, 1989-93. Founder Member, Garage Theatre, Monaghan; Board Member, Tyrone Guthrie Centre, 10+ years. Recently retired from distinguished career in education (Africa, Ireland, CEO of VEC’s in Wicklow and Monaghan, 1979 – 2007), more time now for drama / theatre, writing and occasional broadcast on RTE’s “Sunday Miscellany“.

6 Bellamont View
Co. Cavan
Mobile: (087) 817 8888

Aodh McCay

Aodh has been a teacher and senior examiner of drama, and involved in amateur and professional theatre for over thirty years. He directed his first production in 1976 (missing his first opening night as his wife gave birth to his daughter) and has gone on to direct a wide variety of productions from dramas, comedies and farces to musicals, pantomimes and opera – some fifty in total.

Aodh is well known on the drama circuit throughout Ireland as a director and as an actor specialising in comedy roles achieving numerous awards for acting, stage lighting and directing in many festivals. He now operates as a freelance professional director with amateur and professional groups and as an invited director with school productions. He has written a number of short plays for young people and also pantomime scripts for community groups. Aodh’s qualifications include an Honours Degree in Drama in Education and a Masters Degree in Drama.

10 Ingleside Drive
Co Tyrone
BT82 8QU
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Imelda McDonagh

Imelda McDonagh holds an M.A. in Theatre Studies, is a qualified Make-Up artist and holds a Licentiate (Speech and Drama) from the London College of Music. She has had extensive involvement in theatre as both actress and director. She has been particularly successful on the Drama Festival scene, winning numerous “Best Actress” awards, culminating in an All-Ireland Award for Best Performance.

Also at home in the world of musical theatre, Imelda has won the coveted AIMS award for Best Director 2003 for her production of “Kiss Me Kate” and was nominated as Best Director for “The Ha’penny Bridge” in 2006.

Imelda is a founder member of IMP Productions, an independent company whose productions include Friel, Ibsen, Jennifer Johnston, McGuinness for international literary conferences and the Dublin and Dundalk Fringe, in which Imelda has performed to critical acclaim.

Sea Bank
Co Wicklow
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Padraic McIntyre

Padraic is a native of Bailieboro, Co. Cavan and trained as an actor at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. He has worked as an actor throughout the UK and Ireland. Padraic has an MA in Theatre studies from DCU.

Padraic is Artistic Director of Livin’ Dred Theatre Company based in The Ramor Theatre in Virginia, Co. Cavan. For Livin’ Dred, he has directed The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Belfry, The Tale of the Blue Eyed Cat, The Snow Child and The Little Dance Girl, The Tinkers Curse, Conversations on a Homecoming for Livin’ Dred/NOMAD The Children of Lir, Shoot the Crow, A Christmas Carol and The Good Father. Most recently he directed Livin Dred/NOMAD’s production of The Dead School by Pat McCabe and was nominated for three Irish Times Theatre Awards including Best Production. He has recently finished as assistant director at The Abbey Theatre working on The Last Days of a Reluctant Tyrant by Tom Murphy.

Co Cavan
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Martin Maguire

Apart from adjudicating Martin is also a writer, actor and director. Acting work includes “The Rivals” at The Abbey, “Bondi Beach Boy Blue”, “Don Juan In Hell” for Limerick Theatre Hub, “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” and “Pygmalion” at The Gate and shows with The Project, Passion Machine, Island and Team. TV work includes Ros Na Rún, The Tudors, The Clinic, Fair City, Ballykissangel and others.

His most recent play, The Faustian Flag, was performed in Smock Alley, Dublin and in Carbondale, Illinois in 2012. Others include “Poor Tom” which was performed in Dublin and in Milwaukee in 2007/8. “The Long March” was performed in Dublin, Texas and The Greenwich Theatre, New York in 2006. RTE Radio broadcast his radio play “Spring and Autumn” in 2004 and he also wrote for Morbegs on RTE Television.

Directing includes “Paddy and Clogs” for Lemon Tree Theatre, Aberdeen, Costa Lads by Paul Walker, Max Hafler’s “Melting Doves” and a series of plays for Emerald Isle Theatre Company which tours schools in France and Belgium. A former member of Club, Strand and The Dublin Shakespeare Society, he has worked with the Gaiety School of Acting since 1995.

Martin is a former board member and chair of SPIL, which is building Ireland’s first Eco-village in Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary and he’s also a member and former chair of Castaway Actors’ Agency and is a member of The Guild of Irish Adjudicators.


Myra Maguire

Myra has had over 20 years involvement with amateur drama in all its facets, initially as actress, subsequently as director. She has directed plays for Andrews Lane Theatre, Draiocht, Helen Hayes Theatre in New York and with Estuary Players on the Fesival Circuit. Myra has won Best Director and Best Play in the One Act competition twice – in 1998 with “Chamber Music” by Arthur Kopit and in 2001 with “Five Kinds of Silence” by Sheelagh Stephanson. In 2005 she won the Premier Award in the Dundalk Maytime Festival with “Proof” by David Auburn. In 2008 she won Best Director and Best Play for the Three Act finals in Athlone with “The Price ” by Arthur Miller and subsequently in 2009 with “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” by Stephen Adly Guergis.

Estuary Players have travelled extensively and with many plays to the USA, Canada and Frankfurt. In an earlier life Myra was also involved in Musical theatre winning the Waterford International Festival of Light Opera with “The Hired Man” in 2001.

As adjudicator, Myra wishes to continue to nurture the creativity, talents and dedication of groups associated with the amateur drama movement, both at home and abroad.


Scott Marshall

Derryman Scott Marshall is an actor, director, tutor and playwright. His unprecedented adjudication engagements, from Ballyshannon to Guernsey, from the Orkneys to Rossmore, speak for themselves:

3 Athlone All Ireland Finals
7 British All Winners Finals since 1985 (the British equivalent of Athlone)
6 Irish One Act Finals
4 British One Act Finals
3 English One Act Finals
2 Scottish One Act Finals
2 Welsh One Act Finals
2 Northern Irish One Act Finals.

International adjudications have taken him to Brussels, Gibraltar, Luxembourg, Geneva, The Hague and to Muscat in Oman. In 2001 he was one of two (the other, a Canadian) invited to adjudicate the prestigious World Festival of Amateur Theatre held every four years in Monte Carlo, where 24 countries from 5 continents presented the crËme of international theatre. Recently turning to playwriting, his first play Home Boy, Home (set in Derry) was produced professionally in 2009 and toured Northern Ireland. In 2010 it appeared in Derry’s Millenium Forum. His second play, a comedy, The Threefold Cord was published by Samuel French in August 2010.

223 Ballybogy Road
Co Antrim BT56 8NF
Home: 048 70 822011

Anne Moloney-O’Driscoll

Former Artistic Director of “An Damer” Anne is a member of Irish Actors’ Equity and works as a bi-lingual (Irish/English) free-lance Director, Actor, Adjudicator, and Tutor. She is a seasoned Adjudicator, a member of the Association of Drama Adudicators (ADA) and has adjudicated at Festivals throughout the country for the past 20 years. She is a Licentiate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama London (LGSMD) Associate of the Royal Academy of Music and Drama (ARIAMD) and trained in the Stanislavisky Method at the Stanislavsky Studio in Dublin and New York. She also has a B.A. and M.Litt from Trinity College Dublin. Her productions of Ring Round the Moon by Anouilh and The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Brecht both won the All Ireland Esso Trophy.

157 Wainsfort Road
Dublin 6
Home: 01 490 3018

Brendan Murray

Brendan is a graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting and UCD, holding an honours MA in Modern Drama Studies. He has worked as an actor/director for 20 years in Dublin and Galway, where he now lives. He was a director of Punchbag Theatre in Galway in the 1990’s and is currently a contract director with the multi-award winning Fíbín Puppet & Performance Co. He has worked in most of the major theatres and whilst he does not do much acting on stage (the terror is too much!), he is regularly seen on TG4 (Aifric, Seacht, Síol), having been an original cast member of Ros na Rún. He has also worked with the BBC, RTE, Disney and Canadian TV. Brendan is a member of the A.D.A. for 6 years.

Curra Road
Co Galway
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Cuisle Arts & Cultural Centre
St. Louis High School
Charleville Road
Dublin 6
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Peter O’Driscoll

Peter was head of drama at St Patrick’s College of Education in Drumcondra, Dublin, for many years. He was responsible for equipping the stage and maintaining its very fine facilities and training students to be technically proficient in all aspects of stage management, design and lighting. He directed many large and small scale productions and worked with student directors on their plays. Throughout the country, he directs many adult groups and is a professional lighting designer. In college, he contributes to the postgraduate masters’ programme in Theatre Studies, specialising in workshops on improvisation, drama in education, directing and acting.

Peter has considerable experience as a musician; he is a choral conductor and organist and has produced a very wide range of musicals and some operas. He frequently has been musical director for shows. For several years he was an adjudicator with the Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS), a privilege which enabled him to see and comment on shows throughout the 32 counties.

11 Portersgate Grove
Dublin 15
Mobile: 086 8672293

Geoffrey O'KeefeGeoffrey O’Keeffe

Theatre: James in Dinner for One, for Offaly Drama Project, Birr Theatre and Arts Centre; Mikey in The Highest House on the Mountain for Tavistock Arts Theatre Company at Smock Alley Theatre; Ms. Kitty in Billy Redden for IYT at The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, 2010, where he received the Michael Mc Liammoir Award for Best Male Actor; Michael in SPARC Productions’ A Whistle in the Dark; Richard Greatham in Hayfever for Shift Theatre Company. Geoff’s credits as a director include Lost Weekend by Gillian Grattan at Axis Theatre, Ballymun. He worked as Assistant Director and Set Designer on Tarry Flynnfor Mill Productions. He most recently directed A Christmas Carol and Saveus Maveus and the Santa Claus Rescue at the Mill Theatre.
Radio: Hooked!  and Beyond the Forest, both by Gillian Grattan for KCLR.
TV: Blackmarkets Ireland; TV3; Idir Mná, TG4; The Only Viking in the Village, RTE.
Film: the title role in Franky’s Revolution for Try Hard Productions; Ug Murhy/Chuck Jackson in the web series Director HectorThe Making of Action Traction; Immigration Officer in The Waitress for Vico Films; The Oracle in A Fistful of Diamonds for It’s not the Ritz productions.

Credits as a Writer: Saveus Maveus and the Santa Claus Rescue.

Geoff enjoyed considerable success on the amateur circuit for many years. Favourite roles include, Falstaff (The Merry Wives of Windsor); Carthage Kilbride (By the Bog of Cats) and Tom Fool (At the Black Pig’s Dyke). He won the Adjudicator’s Award for his portrayal of William in Melody at the All Ireland One Finals, Carrickmore, 2006. Highlights of his work as a director at that time include, the Irish amateur production of La Corbiere (All Ireland Finalist); On Baile’s Strand at The Abbey Theatre, as part of its centenary celebrations; Riders to The Sea, (All Ireland One Act Winner, 2007) and The Great Hunger (Athlone Finalist). Geoff holds an MA in Theatre Studies from DCU and in 2010 completed further training at The Focus Theatre Actor’s Studio.

Co. Louth
Mobile: 087 993 6307

Chrissie Poulter

Drama Department
Samuel Beckett Centre
Trinity College
Dublin 2
Work: 01 896 2295
Mobile: 087 2414 650

Michael Poynor

Michael Poynor, MBA, Dip Mgmt., GODA, ADA and SASDA, is a professional Director, Designer, Lighting Designer and Fight Director. He trained for theatre at LAMDA and has been, variously, Artistic Director of the Lyric Theatre (Belfast), Harrogate Theatre (Yorkshire), Overground Theatre (Kingston), Stage 80 Theatre Co. (Belfast), Ulster Youth Theatre and National Youth Theatre of Wales.Ý From 1999 to 2002 he was Chief Executive of the Millennium Forum (Derry) and from 2003 to 2007 General Manager of the Belfast Festival at Queen’s and Head of Culture and Arts at Queen’s University Belfast. He has been Artistic Director of the Ulster Theatre Company since 1994. He has adjudicated the New Zealand One Act Finals; Confined Finals in Ireland and many regional Festivals.

17 Duncrun Road
Co Derry BT49 0JD
Northern Ireland
Home: 02877 750240
Mobile: 07777 683908

Myles Purcell

Myles Purcell’s experience in theatre covers many years, indeed it has been a lifetime preoccupation. His experience began in Amatuer Drama both as an actor and a director. He won many awards at Drama Festivals around the country and he has the unique distinction of directing two different groups to qualification at the Athlone All Ireland Final in the same year. In the past twenty years Myles has maintained his direct involement with Amateur Drama through regular Festival Adjudication while pursueing his other career on Stage, Film and TV. He takes a deep interest in the work of ADA in its efforts to raise the standard and consistency of Festival Adjudication.

Rue du Bac
Mill Grove
Co Wicklow
Home: 01 287 4280 / 287 2205
Fax: 01 287 1373
Mobile: 086 062 2945

Michael Twomey

Michael has been involved in all aspects of theatre from Shakespeare to pantomime for over half a century and has won manyawards for acting and directing. He is perhaps best known nationally as “Miah” in the comedy duo “Cha and Miah”, appearing on Frank Hall’s TV show for 14 years and winners of a Jacobs Award. He has been adjudicating all types of theatrical competitions for almost 30 years, including both the All-Ireland Open and Confined Finals for ADCI, the John Player Tops of the Town Finals and the Macra Finals. He is a founder member and an office holder with the Association of Drama adjudicators.

14 Beaumont Crescent
Home: 021 429 2191

Anna Walker

Anna Walker, A.R.I.A.M., A.L.C.M., L.R.I.A.M., M.A. (Hons) in Modern Drama Studies, is a full time drama teacher, adjudicator and drama examiner with the Royal Irish Academy. She is also an experienced actress, having tread many a board on the Amateur Drama circuit with Olivian Players. She has also enjoyed acting in a professional capacity on stage, screen and television. Her favourite roles were Hedda in ‘Hedda Gabler’, Martha Livingstone in ‘Agnes of God’, and all the female roles in ‘Two’, by Jim Cartright. She has directed for the ‘Down to Earth’ Theatre Company, and has worked as a drama facilitator and director with the female inmates of Mountjoy. She is currently co-writing a play entitled ‘Rince’, for the theatre company Feastday.

11 The Green
Dublin 24
Home: 01 451 8962
Mobile: 086 844 0866

Biddy White Lennon

A regular adjudicator on drama festival circuits (north and south) for twenty-five years including both confined finals and Ulster one-act finals. Her professional acting career began aged four in the Peacock Theatre and throughout childhood she appeared on radio, television and film in Ireland and the UK as well as in a wide variety of plays in almost every theatre in Ireland. Her theatre work continued through a fifteen-year run in a leading role in The Riordans for RTE. Her work as a scriptwriter (with her husband Denis Latimer) began during it’s six-year run on radio and they wrote for the RTE series Glenroe for many years. Her interest in all aspects of theatre, professional and amateur, is ongoing. An active freelance journalist, broadcaster and specialist food-writer Biddy has written nine books translated into several European languages.

Boley Lower
Co Wexford
Home: 053 93 83864
Mobile: 086 609 8161

Jim Wolsencroft

Jim’s lifelong interest and involvement with theatre began under the expert tutelage of the late and legendary Mary O’Malley, founder of the Belfast Lyric Theatre. All actors and directors associated with this iconic theatre, particularly in its earliest Derryvolgie Avenue location, were schooled in the inspirational disciplines of classical and modern theatre serving their much appreciated and artistically defining apprenticeships in Shakespeare, 0’Casey, Synge, Chekhov, Ibsen, Dostoevsky and, of course, the canon of Yeats plays for which Mary O’Malley had an abiding love.This extensive repertoire, with its purposeful mixture of dramatic styles, injected a passion for theatre into the artistic bloodstreams of all those fortunate enough to have enjoyed the experience.

That passion has informed Jim’s continued involvement in theatre throughout his university days and into his professional working life. A first Honours historian and alumni of the U.S. Federal Executive Institute and the Salzburg Seminar, Jim had a long career in the UK Senior Civil Service, working mainly in London, and in Washington, Brussels and Belfast on a range of political, legislative, and economic issues. This enabled him to see both the best of professional theatre in London, and to pursue an active involvement with a number of amateur drama groups including Holywood Players, Bangor Drama Group, Theatre 3, and, more recently, with the Web Theatre in Newtownards.

On stage Jim has won the Best Actor award at the Dundalk International Festival (C.S. Lewis in Williamson’s Shadowlands; and twice won the A.U.D.F. Best Actor at the Lyric (Lopakhin in Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard; and Thomas More in Bolt’s Man For All Seasons). In addition Jim has won many Festival awards for a wide range and variety of roles including works by Friel (Boyle in Philadelphia Here I Come; Jack in Give Me Your Answer Do); Arthur Miller (Danforth in The Crucible; Henry in The Last Yankee); Schaeffer (Venticellil in Amadeus); Harold Pinter (Gus in The Dumb Waiter); Jennifer Johnson (Max in Andante un Pocco Mosso; Tony in The Invisible Man) – the latter winning the overall U.K. One Act Award for Holywood Players.

Jim has also directed and devised a number of plays for various drama groups, which has enabled him to pursue a personal interest in the First World War period. In addition to playing Old Pyper in the iconic Frank McGuinness play Observe The Sons Of Ulster Marching To The Somme, an overall A.U.D.F. award winner for Bangor Drama Group, he has directed R.C.Sherrifs Journeys End for the Web Theatre and both devised and directed And In The Morning a requiem of remembrance honouring the war time sacrifices of Irish and British soldiers through song, music, poetry and drama. Both these productions had casts drawn from a number of drama clubs and performance groups reflecting Jim’s conviction that there is much to be gained from artistic collaboration and complementarity between different groups and disciplines.

Following qualification as a G.O.D.A. adjudicator Jim was invited to serve an appropriate time on the G.O.D.A. Council which is responsible for maintaining the highest standards of adjudication throughout the U.K. In this role Jim found that his active involvement in the administration of amateur a drama groups – an often undervalued priority in the amateur movement – was of considerable benefit. For a number of years Jim has been adjudicating widely in the U.K. and Ireland on both the A.D.C.I. and A.U.D.F. circuits, covering both Full Length and One Act, including festivals such as Scarrif, Rossmore, Glenamaddy, Ballyduff, Ballyshannon, Claregalway, Cavan, Strabane, Newtownstewart, Newtownabbey, Ballymoney and Bangor, and always finds the experience invigorating. In particular he enjoys the continuing theatrical education which comes from contact with many immensely talented groups, well informed and knowledgeable audiences, and extremely hard working and dedicated committees. lt is often forgotten that an adjudicator has to address, simultaneously, a number of distinct client interests – none of them homogeneous in their dramatic preferences – including performers, audiences and festival committees, and it is this rewarding challenge which gives the work its excitement and fulfilment.

2, Farmhill Lane,
Farmhill Road,
Co Down BT18 0HY
Home: 02890 424327
Mobile: 0797 6423987

Marion WyattMarion Wyatt 

Marion Wyatt has both a breadth of experience and depth of knowledge in theatre having directed over 100 productions from Shakespeare and musicals to new writing. Recent productions include: The Good Sisters, The Sunbeam Girls, Man of La Mancha (Cork Opera House), 12 Angry Men, (Everyman Palace), Singin’ In The Rain, (Olympia). Awards include: the LCM Fellowship, LAMDA Licentiate and Associate Diplomas, and a Masters Degree (DTS) UCC. Marion is course director for the full-time training in Theatre Performance, Col·iste Stiof·in Naofa, College of Further Education, Cork. Marion is a member of Equity and the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild.

South Douglas Road
Home: 021 489 7570
Mobile: 087 319 3166