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 12 industry professionals.

Chairperson:  Liam Fitzgearld

“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.”

Secretary: Marie Tierney

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

Treasurer:  Mike O’Halloran

“Mike previously worked as a 35mm and digital projectionist, he joined Galway Youth Theatre in 2006 and has never looked back. Working mostly as a designer and technician until 2013 Mike now focuses on Production Management and teaching. Mike lectures in Stage Craft and Theatre Technology at the O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance at the National University of Ireland, Galway.”

Board Member:  Eilish Murphy (Training Officer)

“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:  Jay Kavanagh

“Jay 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.”

Board Member: Mark Galione

“Mark 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.”

Board Member: Chris Gaughan

Board Member: Dieter Hartfiel

Board Member: Conor Biddle

Board Member: Dan Egan

Board Member: Susan Collins

Board Member: Danny Erskine

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