Each year Tiger Dublin Fringe selects fifteen experts from the performing arts, media, community fields, and other aspects of Irish cultural life and invites them to be our Fringe Award Judges. Their job? Select the nominees and recipients of the prestigious Fringe Awards. These Awards celebrate the stand-outs of each festival and celebrate all that’s Fringe. Some of them are tied to cash or further opportunities for support or presentation with other organisations, and some of them are worth the laurels themselves. Take a look at this year’s stellar panellists lending Fringe their brains, energy and heart!
Julie Kelleher (Chair)
Julie is Artistic Director of the Everyman in Cork, where she occasionally directs shows and mostly programmes the venue.
Caroline Flood is an active member of Dublin Youth Theatre, Thornbud Theatre Company and is a student of English and Drama at Trinity College Dublin.
Conor O'Toole is the host of the Firehouse Film Contest and has been doing stand-up in Dublin and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the best part of a decade.
Dave Tynan is a writer/director from Dublin. His short films include Just Saying, Rockmount and The Cherishing.
Gavin McEntee is a director and theatre maker, Co-artistic Director and founding member of Conflicted Theatre and also a member of BrokenCrow Theatre Co.
Kate has worked in Irish theatre for over 10 years, with organisations and artists such as Dublin Fringe Festival, Abbey Theatre, Junk Ensemble, Fearghus Ó Conchúir and Making Strange. She currently works in Communications and Development at Project Arts Centre.
Kerrie O' Brien is an award winning writer and literary editor.
Kevin Coquelard is an acclaimed French dancer and premiered The Big Message with John Scott. Since, Kevin has performed and toured for John Scott in Magnetic, Actions, Hyperactive, Feather and in the World Premiere of Lear in Kilkenny Arts Festival. He also performed in Tardigrade in the Dublin Fringe Festival for Philip Connaugton, Mind your steps for Catherine Young and most recently Amber Bastard and Time over Distance over Time for Liz Roche.
Actress, theatre maker and facilitator, Lisa Walsh is a story developer and teller. Founding member of award winning theatre company Talking Shop Ensemble (Best Ensemble 2014, Best New Writing 2013, Lir Revival Award 2013).
Louise White is a theatre and performance maker originally from Co. Laois. She works site specially, with installation and in theatres. Louise has presented in the festival on five separate occasions and can't wait to see what delights await this year.
Mark Ball is a twenty year old theatre-maker/student, and a member of Dublin Youth Theatre.
Orlaith Ross is an events manager working in the arts, culture and tourism industry both in Ireland and the UK.
Born in Argentina, photographer and visual artist, lives in Dublin.
Philip is a writer and director based in Cavan, where he is a founder/ creative director of Townhall Cavan Arts Space.
Robyn McQuaid-O'Dwyer is a performance- and theatre-maker, writer, and dramaturg based in Dublin and Berlin.