Our Team


Regina Bushell Festival Director
Regina Bushell has been a committee member for over 35 years and was involved in the hospitality area for much of that time, including festival merchandising. In her role as Events Manager, Regina looked after some key events associated with the festival.
Honorary Secretary
Doreen Holloway comes from a family steeped in drama and has been actively involved from an early age. She has a passion for the arts in general but particularly in involving the younger generation. She is looking forward to the challenges ahead in her new role as Honorary Secretary.
Honorary Treasurer
Alan Shaw has over 15 years in theatre and as been a member of RTÉ All Ireland Drama Festival since 2002, Alan has worked as Deputy PRO and became PRO in 2012. He became Treasurer in 2017.
billy_nott_small  Billy Nott has been a member of committee since 1976. He was originally appointed Festival Chairman in 1992, a role he held until 2002. He later took up the office of Chairman Amateur Drama Council of Ireland 2001 – 2005. In 2002 he became Festival Director and continued in that role until 2012.
Majella O’Dea has been a fan of drama since attending the annual Kiltullagh One-Act Festival as a child. She has a keen interest in the performing arts both professional and non-professional. She joined the committee in 2016 as part of the social network management team. In 2017 she was elected Festival PRO, a role which she embraces with enthusiasm.
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Brian Toolan is a former London Merchant Banker. Brian has had an interest in competitive Irish Drama from age 12 when his father, an Esso employee, used to take him on the circuit. Now an academic business lecturer, resident in Athlone, he is responsible for the extensive and varied festival fringe programme.
Sponsorship Officer
Shay Ellis has been a member of the committee for over fourteen years. He has been a stalwart member of the committee working mainly in the area of Publicity. He has worked closely with RTÉ over the years as well as assisting in many other aspects of the Festival’s organisation. He has also acted as Public Relations Officer with the Amateur Drama Council of Ireland until 2012.
Bookings Officer
Olive Martin joined the drama festival committee over 30 years ago in 1984. In her roles she is sure footed and passionate. In Olive’s role as the festival Groups Reception Officer and her role as the Festival Club Manager her commitment has been exemplary. Over the last number of years Olive has taken on the role of Bookings Officer and again in this role her passion shines through.
Theatre Liaison Officer
Aidan Flanagan joined the festival committee in 2000 and during that time served in the publicity area as well as front-of-house duties. Since 2012 he has co-ordinated theatrical logistics during the Festival.
  Festival Club Manager
John McGee

Committee Members
Emmet Arrigan, Mary Berry, Ronan Bushell, Ray Collins, Aideen Egan, Margaret Egan, Eileen Jennings, Eunan Keys, Anthony Merrigan, Mary Merrigan, Doreen O’Shea

Honorary Life Members
Liam Kelleher