Amy Huberman
Actress and Author
"I am thrilled to be back on board the judging panel for this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards. This is a fantastic competition which recognises all the hard work and effort that students, teachers and parents put into drama in schools around Ireland. It’s a one of a kind Awards and a great opportunity for aspiring actors, writers, set designers and anyone with an interest in the arts to participate in and show off their talent on a national platform. It’s something I would love to have taken part in when I was a student."

"This is my third year to be involved with the Awards and it is so exciting to see how much participation has grown since my first year as a judge. Whether your role is performing or working behind the scenes, all involvement in the dramatic arts is rewarded. As a judge, this year I’ll be looking for commitment, enthusiasm and standout talent across the categories and I am really looking forward to seeing all the amazing entries we receive."

Aoibhín Garrihy
Actress and Teacher
Actor and Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards judge, Aoibhín Garrihy has had a love for performing ever since she was a child. After attending school, Aoibhín went on to pursue her acting career, earning herself a BA in Acting Studies from Trinity College, Dublin and has since appeared successful TV and film productions such as Fair City and The Fall.

Nowadays, Aoibhín splits her time between Dublin and Ennis, Clare where she runs a Speech and Drama school ‘Actors and Reactors’ with her sister Doireann Garrihy. Aoibhin is currently learning some new dancing skills during her stint as a contender on RTÉ’s Dancing With The Stars.

Speaking about what she’ll be looking from entrants to this year’s Awards, Aoibhín said; As a judge, I’ll be looking for enthusiasm, innovation and commitment to the character whether that is through a powerful performance or captivating choreography. Above all else, I am really looking forward to seeing some of the standout talent from this year’s Awards.”

Dave Rudden
Author & Storyteller
Storyteller and Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards judge, Dave Rudden has had a passion for writing and performing from a young age. He has worked in the Dublin theatre, spoken word and storytelling scene since 2010, performing at events such as Electric Picnic, Culture Night and RTÉ’s The Works. Dave serves on the committees for both IrishPEN and the Irish branch of the International Board of Books for Young People. His first novel Knights of the Borrowed Dark was published in April 2016 to critical acclaim.
Sinéad Moriarty
Bestselling Novelist
Bestselling novelist and mum of three, Sinéad Moriarty grew up in Dublin surrounded by books. As a child, Sinéad was inspired by watching her mother writing at the kitchen table and her dream was to write her own novel. Today, Sinéad has written twelve successful novels. Her latest book, published in August 2015 is called ‘The Way We Were’. This year Sinead will judge the Best Short Scene Script and Best Dramatic Review categories at the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards.
Monica Frawley
Costume Designer
Theatre designer Monica Frawley comes on board to judge the Best Set and Best Costume categories at the year’s Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards. Monica has worked with celebrated Irish Dramatists such as Frank McGuiness, Marina Carr and Brian Friel, helping to bring their plays to life on stage and also has experience working as a designer with established theatres such as the Abbey Theatre and The National Theatre, London. Having tutored the Master of Fine Art in Stage Design at the Lir Academy, Monica brings a wealth of knowledge in design to this year’s Awards.
Stephen Faloon
Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
Stephen, a true Tyrone man, has been managing the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre since its opening in 2010. In just over 4 years the theatre has welcomed over 2 million people and as well as staging West End Musicals such as Dirty Dancing, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked and The Lion King it has also staged concerts from Bon Iver, Rufus Wainwright, Josh Ritter, Tori Amos and John Mellencamp. The theatre has also been proud to host Irish productions such as Anglo: the musical, Tristan and Isolde, Alone it Stands and Nixon in China.

Prior to joining Live Nation Stephen managed The Mill Theatre in Dundrum where he produced shows such as Love Letters with Jerry Hall and David Soul, The Odd Couple starring Anne Gildea and Sue Collins and Faithful with Don Wycherly and Carrie Crowley.

Tayna Townsend
Sponsorship Programme Manager
Tanya has been working with Bord Gáis Energy as Sponsorship Programme Manager since 2012. Her role involves managing the Theatre Sponsorship and the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards. Tanya also works closely with Live Nation to create and deliver memorable experiences for Bord Gáis Energy customers via the Bord Gáis Energy Rewards club.

Prior to joining Bord Gáis Energy Tanya worked at O2 as their Music & Digital Media Specialist for The O2. Tanya was responsible for live streaming gigs from The O2 and was the executive producer of O2blueroom tv. Tanya managed high profile campaigns with such acts as Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Florence and the Machine, Biffy Clyro, Ellie Goulding and Imelda May.

Ellen Mackessy
Ellen, Digital Communications Executive with Bord Gáis Energy, joins the judging panel for this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards. Ellen started working on the Awards last year. Passionate about the Awards but also with experience competing in Scór na Nog growing up in Cork; she is looking forward to seeing the talent this year’s Awards bring, while also experiencing performance art from the judge’s table for the first time.