The 2019 festival adjudicator is Imelda McDonagh.

Imelda McDonagh is an award-winning director and actress with a first-class honours M.A. in Theatre Studies. She is a qualified Make-Up artist and holds a Licentiate in Speech and Drama from the London College of Music.

Her favourite roles include Lady Bracknell in Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Ernest”, Blanche in William’s “A Streetcar named Desire”, Baglady in Frank McGuinness’ play of the same name, Stephanie in Kempinski’s “Duet for One”, Gertrude in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” and Kate in Miller’s “All My Sons”. Recently, she performed with the Dublin Shakespeare Society as part of the Shakespeare 400 celebrations and as Masie Madigan in O’Casey’s “Juno and the Paycock”.

Also at home in the world of musical theatre, Imelda has won the coveted Association of Irish Musical Societies’ award for Best Director for her production of “Kiss Me Kate” and was nominated as Best Director for “The Ha’penny Bridge”.

Imelda has recently been awarded The Civic Merit Award for her services to the community by President Michael D. Higgins.