Adjudicator Imelda McDonagh


Imelda 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 (Speech and Drama) from The London College of Music.

Favourite roles include Lady Bracknell in Wilde’s The Importance of Being Ernest, Blanche in William’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Baglady in Frank Mc Guinness’ 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. She recently performed with The Dublin Shakespeare Society as part of the Shakespeare400 celebrations and as Maisie 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 for Gorey MS and was nominated as Best Director for the Irish Premiere of The Ha’penny Bridge. Her most recent production was Footloose for Oyster Lane Theatre Group, her seventeenth musical to date.

Imelda has enjoyed adjudicating throughout Ireland since 2001, including the finals for Macra and the ICA and the Confined All-Ireland Drama Finals in Tubbercurry in 2017. She is also secretary of The Association of Drama Adjudicators and has recently been awarded The Civic Merit Award for her services to the community by President, Michael D. Higgins.

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