GILBERT SECTION - TONY MCCLEAN-FAY
Tony obtained a post-graduate degree in Performance Studies from Middlesex University in 1996 and an MA in Drama & Theatre Studies from UCC in 2004. He has been directing stage productions for approx. thirty 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 ‘90’s.
He was Stage Production Officer with Aberdeen District Council in Scotland, covering all the Council’s venues and Assistant Director of St. Stephen’s Theatre in Cardiff, Artistic Director of Cork’s Granary Theatre and a Creative Associate on the Arts Council’s Creative Schools Programme. He is currently Artistic Director of Bare Cheek Theatre Company and County Wexford Youth Theatre and an Adjudicator for A.I.M.S and the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland. Tony is a member of the Association of Theatre Directors, a Board Member of the Association of Drama Adjudicators and Irish Actors Equity.
SULLIVAN SECTION - PETER KENNEDY
Peter Kennedy has worked as a Director and Choreographer, a Teacher of Drama and a Performer for nearly 40 years. He is widely known in Musical Theatre circles throughout Ireland. An experienced and award winning theatre director, Peter’s specialisations’ include new writing, adaptations of classics,
audition preparation, drama tuition, and large scale physical pieces, with a wide range of directing and management skills. He is committed to bringing to life the magic of theatre through innovative productions that engage and communicate directly with the audience, and to bringing both an intellectual rigour and visual flair to productions.
Through the Association of Irish Musical Societies (AIMS), the Northern Ireland Festival of Light Opera and the Waterford Festival, his work has been consistently acknowledged with awards for Direction, Choreography and Performance, including three special awards for his outstanding contribution to Musical Theatre in Ireland.
Peter is the Resident Script Writer (and Pantomime Dame) for Renmore Pantomime Society, Galway, and has had many commissions to write Pantomimes for other theatre companies.
GILBERT PROGRAMME ADJUDICATOR - JOHN GRAYDEN
Belfast-based, John’s 49-year involvement with musical theatre has spanned the amateur, semi-pro and professional worlds and for the greater part of that time ran in conjunction with a long career in journalism. It has seen him perform in, direct and produce shows and concerts as well as broadcast and write extensively on musical theatre and review hundreds of shows. For the Association, he has acted as an adjudicator as well as editing the AIMS Bulletin, the forerunner of Show Times and more recently co-edited the 50th anniversary brochure.
SULLIVAN PROGRAMME ADJUDICATOR - BRIAN GUNNING
Brian has been a member of Tullamore Musical Society for 41 years appearing in 33 productions and serving on various
committees in positions of Chairman, President. Hon. Treasurer and PRO. As PRO, he was editor of show programmes for which he won AIMS awards in 1991 and 1992 and received a nomination in 1993. In 2010 in recognition of his service honorary life membership was bestowed upon him by the society.
Brian has been a member of the board of directors of Tullamore Credit union for the last 30 years serving as president in 2007and 2008.
In his spare time he enjoys a round of golf and was greatly honoured to serve as captain of Tullamore Golf Club in 2018.