Veronica Coburn is Programme Director of TENDERFOOT - an apprentice theatre programme in The Civic Theatre in Tallaght for transition year students. Each year 40 students from 8 different schools come together to write, perform, design and stage manage original plays for a peer audience. Following an apprenticeship model, Tenderfoot students work under the guidance of working theatre professionals who are experts in their field. 2014/2015 will be Tenderfoot's eighth year and will see the publication of a volume of plays by and for young people. Veronica served on the board of Dublin Youth Theatre for 14 years. She was a founder member of Barabbas Theatre Company and she has written a book with Sue Morrison entitled "Clown Through Mask - The Pioneering Work of Richard Pochinko as Practised by Sue Morrison."
Andrea Ainsworth is one of the foremost voice specialists in Ireland. She has been the Voice Director of the Abbey Theatre since 1995 working closely with both Irish and international directors on all productions in the Abbey and Peacock theatres including premiers of plays by: Seamus Heaney, Tom Murphy, Frank McGuiness, Marina Carr, Conor McPherson and Tom Kilroy. She was a lecturer in Voice and Text in the School of Drama, Trinity College Dublin from 1995 until 2008 and has worked with most of the independent theatre companies in Ireland as a voice and dialect coach. At the Abbey she offers Shakespeare workshops for professional actors as well as voice and text workshops and classes for a variety of groups including: teachers, business clients, writers, lecturers and local drama groups. In 2010 she facilitated a series of Shakespeare workshops for English teachers with Dr Kevin McDermott in Education Centres in Limerick, Athlone and Cork and at the INOTE conference.
Anna Galligan has over twenty years’ experience in arts facilitation. She created, designed and delivered a number of ground-breaking programmes for the National Association of Youth Drama (NAYD) including Young Critics, ArtsTrain (FETAC accredited drama facilitation course) and Leading On... a training programme for youth theatre leaders. Anna is currently Outreach Officer with Barnstorm Theatre Company and in this capacity she works in collaboration with the Butler Gallery on the Red Square Young Critics and Culture Club, an adult critics programme.
Alan King has worked as an actor and director and is a former member of Dublin Youth Theatre. As the current Youth Theatre Officer with the National Association for Youth Drama (NAYD), he supports the sustained artistic development of youth theatres through the development of resources, training, support and advice. He also provides guidance and support to emerging youth theatres. Alan co-ordinates the Young Critics Programme and the New Stage Programme for NAYD.
Alicia McGivern is Head of Education at the Irish Film Institute (IFI). IFI Education has the national remit for film education in Ireland. With a bi-annual programme of film screenings, workshops, resources, teacher training and related events, the IFI engages with over 15,000 children and young people around the country throughout the school year.