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Fintan has an extensive background in the tech industry including working globally as a Design Engineer in R&D, Program Management and Senior Management in the design and implementation of innovative processes, as part of these roles he travelled and lived throughout the world. In 2018 he made a career change to work in the arts, now freelance mainly with theatre and festivals in Sound & Light Design, Production Management (on retainer with No Ropes Theatre), currently working on creating and producing his own work.
Originally from Mayo, She has lived in Galway for over 30 years. With a background in not-for-profit, since 2015 she has worked freelance in change management & facilitation. She supports a range of agencies to ensure their organisation is fit for purpose in terms of Mission, Governance, Strategic Planning and HR. She is delighted to be a part of the creative side of Galway City, through Galway Theatre Festival
Marianne Kennedy is a lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at The National University of Ireland, Galway and Head of Production and Curation of The O' Donoghue Centre of Drama, Theatre and Performance. She is also a theatre-maker with 20 years professional experience as a producer and director in the performing, irish language and traditional Arts. Kennedy spent six years as the CEO of Siamsa Tíre, The National Folk Theatre and Arts Centre in Tralee, Co. Kerry as well as six years as Head of the Performing Arts for Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, NUI Galway.
Gavin is a solicitor in the Corporate and Commercial Department with Ronan Daly Jermyn Solicitors. A Galway native and NUIG graduate, Gavin now splits his time between Galway and Dublin. He is a complete novice when it comes to theatre but enjoys attending whenever he can. As well as being a board member he is getting a first-class education on the wonderful world of the Arts from the other GTF board members and the GTF executive team! When he’s not working, you’re most likely to find him anywhere there is decent live music to be heard, the louder the better!
Originally from Limerick, Jennifer Ahern moved to Galway in 2005 and quickly fell in love with its bustling arts scene. Since 2012, Jennifer has worked with Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Ireland’s flagship international arts festival devoted exclusively to children and families. In her role as Producer she is responsible for festival planning and production, managing the company’s operations and resources, and financial administration. Jennifer is a committee member of TYAI (Theatre for Young Audiences Ireland) and a board member of Galway Dance Project. She is passionate about access to the arts for young people and increasing the provision of professional development opportunities for artists.
Carly Zimmerman was appointed to the Board in 2020. She is Volunteer Manager and Resource Development Assistant for Galway International Arts Festival, where she has grown the Volunteer Department over 250% to a team of over 1,000 volunteers and interns from 55 countries. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Louisiana State University and a Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans, both in the United States. Carly is also an independent musician with a passion for reading and traveling.