Tony has a post-graduate degree in Performance Studies from Middlesex University and an MA in Drama & Theatre Studies from UCC. He has been directing stage productions for approx. twenty-five years both in Ireland and the U.K. He was Technical Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Director of the Barnet Drama Centre and Manager of the Man in The Moon Theatre, all in London during the 1980's and 1990's.
He is currently Artistic Director of the Granary Theatre in Cork, Bare Cheek Theatre Company and County Wexford Youth Theatre in Wexford and is a member of the Association of Theatre Directors, Ireland. He was a Board Member of the National Association for Youth Drama for six years, is an adjudicator on the Amateur Drama circuit and works with the Arts Council as a peer panelist and as a Creative Associate on the Creative Schools initiative, which aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people's lives.
Recent directing credits include; "Punk Rock" by Simon Stephens (2018), "Revolt" for Cork Midsummer Festival 2017 and Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin (2017), "Hamlet" for Granary (2016), "A Midsummer Night's Dream" for Cork Midsummer Festival, "The Ballad of Charlie and Cate" & "The Liontamer" by Ed Malone (2015), "Love and Information" by Caryl Churchill, "The Elephant In The Room" - devised (Wexford Opera House 2014), "Attempts On Her Life" by Martin Crimp (2014), "Desolate Heaven" by Ailis NiRiain (Everyman Theatre, Irish Premiere, 2014), "The Real Inspector Hound" / "Cahoots MacBeth" by Tom Stoppard (2013), "Hamletmachine" by Heiner Muller, UCC Drama & Theatre Studies 2nd Year production (2013).
Tony has also directed some musicals; "The Sound Of Music", "Cabaret", "Rent", and "Spring Awakening", plays guitar, piano and the triangle.
Billy has recently retired from the position of Vice-Principal of a primary school in Bangor Co Down.
He started acting in a local pantomime. He then joined Bangor Drama Club taking part in many plays from comedies to period dramas. He played Emcee in their production of Cabaret (N Ireland premiere). He has performed in drama festivals throughout Ireland, including Dundalk, Athlone and Enniskillen. He has played leading roles in "Observe the Sons Of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme", "Bedroom Farce" and "Philadelphia Here I Come" (Gar Private), which qualified for the Irish and UK Drama Finals. He has won many acting certificates along the way.
His involvement with musical theatre began in 1980's with Music Man staged in the much-missed Little Theatre in Bangor. He has played a wide range of characters on stage with Bangor Operatic including: Bud Frump "How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying", Oscar "Sweet Charity", Mack "Mack and Mabel", Tevye "Fiddler On The Roof", Madame Lucy "Irene" and Sir Evelyn Oakleigh "Anything Goes" (AIMS Best Comedian Award, Runner Up Best Overall Performance).
He established and ran Bangor Operatic's Youth Society and directed "The Boyfriend" with the group. He was a founder member of First Act Musical Company and appeared as: Sylvester Smut "Ham", Nathan "God Bless Archie Dean", Orin "Little Shop of Horrors", Nathan Detroit "Guys and Dolls", playing in The Arts Theatre Belfast and at Waterford International Festival of Light Opera. He has performed in Grand Opera House with Belfast Operatic Company: Murdoch "Titanic The Musical", Tevye "Fiddler On the Roof". More recently he has played: Daddy Warbucks "Annie" and Colonel Pickering "My Fair Lady" for Lisnagarvey Operatic and Dramatic Society.
He has directed "Pirates of Penzace Jr", "Annie Jr", "Honk Jr", "Guys and Dolls Jr", "Fiddler On The Roof Jr", "Oklahoma Jr", "Music Man Jr" and "Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat".
He has also directed shows for Bangor Operatic Society, including "The Sound Of Music" and "My Fair Lady". Billy looks forward to the challenge of being the Adjudicator for Gilbert Section and to ‘enjoying some wonderful musicals.’
A member of Thurles Musical Society, Noel Dundon is the AIMS Programme Adjudicator again this year, having been the programme editor with Thurles for more than a decade and a half now.
A journalist by profession, he has been on stage with Thurles for many years and played a number of roles in various shows, including Show Boat, Parade, Ragtime, H.M.S. Pinafore, Titanic and Crazy For You. Noel also acts as PRO for Thurles Musical Society and was Runner-Up in the Best Programme category of the AIMS Awards in 2003 for the Camelot programme. He recently penned Thurles Musical Society's history book entitled "Stage to Page - A History of Thurles Musical Society" - a 360 page full colour publication which marked the 60th anniversary of the Society.
Noel really enjoys the experience of being Programme Adjudicator and is lavish in his praise for all those who work so hard to ensure that the programmes are of a high standard, informative and attractive for patrons. He is also involved in programme production in Semple Stadium, Thurles through his role as GAA correspondent - he is heavily involved in GAA at club and county level.
Noel is married to Brid and has two daughters, Cathy and Eve, and one son Peter, all of whom are regular attendees, and participants in the musicals.