Who we are:

The AIST is a voluntary organisation, open to and run by people who work in the entertainment industry on the island of Ireland. Our aim is to improve safety at work and promote technical excellence through training courses and information. The success of the AIST can only be secured by the activity and commitment of its members. The AIST is powered by its membership and is run by a Voluntary board of 11 industry professionals.

Chairperson:  Ronan Fingleton

“Ronan is currently the Technical Manager of the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire and been worked there since 2012. Prior to his time at Pavilion he has worked as the Technical Manager for the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan and as a production manager, sound engineer and as a re-lighter for touring productions.”

Treasurer:  Mark Galione

“Mark Galione is originally from London where he trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama.  In London Mark began as a stagemanager and lighting designer in small scale theatre and then become a venue technical manager including five years working at Sadler’s Wells.  He then toured extensively with dance companies as a technical manager and LD.

Mark moved to Dublin in 1995. He has been a construction manager and stagemanager but has been predominantly a self employed lighting designer and occasional production manager in Ireland.  He also has been a Warehouse manager for a lighting hire company and a project manager and LD in the TV and events industries. He now splits his time between Lighting Design and CAD virtualisation for High Res Lighting Ltd, Lighting Design for theatre and training.

Mark is a founder member of the AIST and has been the Treasurer for all but two years of it’s existence.  He regularly designs and delivers teaching courses in Lighting and co-wrote and delivers Stagepass. The Irish Theatre Industries safety awareness course.”

Secretary:  Sarah Morelli Carroll

“Sarah has over 17 years’ experience in the lighting industry.  
After completing the Technical Theatre course in Inchicore College she worked in the Olympia Theatre; she worked there for almost 4 years gaining valuable experience from various event types such as Theatre, Rock & Roll, TV and Musicals. 
When Sarah left the Olympia she started working with Riverdance. She was Re-lighter for a number of tours across Ireland, the UK, Europe and Asia.
Throughout her time in the Olympia and with Riverdance she also regularly free-lanced in Dublin and across the Country on a variety of different show types.
In 2010 Sarah went back to college to study Business. After completing the course she worked with EventServ for almost two years before moving to QLX Lighting where she is currently General Manager. Sarah receives no financial reward from the AIST.”

Board Member:  Liam Fitzgerald

“Liam has been working in the entertainment industry, mostly in lighting and venue technical management for over 20 years. Holding permanent posts in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, draiocht and the Stage Lighting Centre; with many short term lighting and production management contracts in Theatre, Music, Broadcast, Special FX and Corporate entertainment.
Liam has been a Board member of AIST for 7 years and has been the Secretary for the last 6 Years. Liam draws no financial reward from the AIST for his services. Liam currently does not act as a trainer on any AIST courses, and draws no trainer fees as a result.”

Board Member:  Oisín Herraghty

“Oisin Herraghty is Tecchnical Manager in The Linenhall Arts Centre, Castlebar, County Mayo. Oisin has been working in theatre full time for the last ten years. Having worked down through the years in different aspects of theratre, Oisin also has worked with An Comhlachas Náisiúnta Drámaíochta around the country. Oisin has been a board member with the AIST for just over two years.”

Board Member:  Conleth White

Conleth has lit many productions ranging from the Walled City Tattoo to the Moving Bodies Butoh Festival. He often projects imagery and has designed the odd set. He has taught lighting in the Edinburgh School of Lighting & Sound, Firkin Crane & Inchicore College of Further Education. He also used to work as production manager for companies such as Dublin Theatre Festival, Dance Theatre of Ireland & DubbelJoint.

Board Member:  Marie Tierney

If you don’t know Marie you probably don’t actually work in theatre

Board Member:  Eilish Murphy

“Eilish has worked in the theatre and events industry for the past 10 years. After completing the Technical Theatre course at Inchicore College, she went on to complete her degree in Theatre and Performance Technology at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. After graduating she went on to work for Celebrity Cruises in their entertainment department as a Lighting Technician, Audio Visual Manager and Production Manager for 3 and a half years. After returning from ships and moving on to work abroad in the UK, Middle East & Europe, Eilish is now based full time in Dublin working as a free-lance lighting technician and stage manager. As well as working full time Eilish is also studying part time for an MSc in Event Management at DIT.”

Board Member:  Éanna Whelan

“Éanna is a production manager and sound engineer based in Dublin. He studied a Bachelor of Science in music technology and production, staging and lighting at Limerick Institute of Technology and then went on to the Lir Academy where he received a Professional Diploma in Stage Management and Technical Theatre. Since graduating he has gone on to work for Sydney Festival, Wexford Opera Festival, Melbourne Jazz Festival and Dublin Fringe Festival. Most recently he worked as a Production Coordinator at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and will return to Edinburgh Fringe this coming season to work at the Gilded Balloon as the Head of Sound. This is his first year serving on the board.”

Board Member:  Chris Gaughan

Board Member:  Jay Kavanagh

“Jay Kavanagh is a Limerick based theatre technician and designer. He is currently the Technical Manager for The Lime Tree Theatre and Belltable. He has worked in the industry in some shape of form for the last 17 years as a lighting / set designer, rigger and Technical Manager. So far its been a hoot! This is his first time on the board of AIST.”


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