Principal – Ailbhe Garvey-Hughes F.L.C.M. (TD), L.T.C.L., A.D.A., M.S.T.S.D.

Ailbhe Garvey-Hughes has been involved in theatre for most of her life. She received a Fellowship in Speech and Drama from the London College of Music and a Licentiate from Trinity College.

A member of the Association of Drama Adjudicators since its inception; she is also an adjudicator and member of The British and International Federation of Festivals. She is a member of The Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama (M.S.T.S.D.) and an examiner for The Royal Irish Academy

While acting she won the ‘best actress’ award at the All Ireland Finals in Athlone and collected many other ‘best actress’ at other Drama Festivals. She played in many productions in An Taibhdearc (Galway’s Irish Language Theatre). For many years she acted with the internationally renowned “Druid” Theatre Company, where she played in many successful productions including those in the Dublin and Edinburgh Theatre Festivals.

She has been teaching drama to primary, secondary and third level students for many years. Her school’s many successes include winning the All Ireland Youth Theatre Festival.

From her extensive experience in national and international adjudicating in the English speaking world she believes in offering educational feedback to competitors and teachers and encouraging participation in the festival movement.