Our Team

Willie White

Willie White

Artistic Director and Chief Executive

Willie White was appointed Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Dublin Theatre Festival in 2011. Previously, he worked at RTÉ, Ireland’s public service broadcaster, from 1998-2002 and was Artistic Director of Project Arts Centre, Dublin from 2002 to 2011.

Willie has been a member of the Culture, Recreation and Amenity SPC of Dublin City Council since 2010 and a Council member of Dublin Chamber of Commerce since 2015. He was a board member of IETM, an international performing arts network based in Brussels, for 7 years and its President from 2013-2017. In 2008 Willie was awarded the Jerome Hynes Clore Leadership Fellowship.

Originally from Abbeyleix, Co. Laois, Willie now lives in Phibsboro with his family. He is an enthusiast for cycling, yoga and sea swimming. Is breá leis Gaeilge. Il parle français assez bien.

Maria Fleming

Maria Fleming

General Manager

Maria joined Dublin Theatre Festival in 2018 as General Manager. As Theatre Programmer at The Ark Maria curated the Family Season at Dublin Theatre Festival from 2012 to 2017. She was Special Events Co-ordinator in 2010 and 2011 where she particularly enjoyed hosting post show discussions. Maria has over 20 years' experience working as a general manager, producer, programmer and arts consultant with Ireland’s leading companies and theatre artists, including Barabbas, Druid Theatre Company, Hot For Theatre, Donal O’Kelly Productions and Irish Modern Dance Theatre. Maria is passionate about social justice and in 2017 travelled twice to the island of Chios in Greece to volunteer with refugee support group CESRT (Chios Eastern Shore Response Team).

Stephen McManus

Stephen McManus

Director of Programme and Production

Stephen spent the early part of his career as a freelance Lighting Designer working in Ireland and the UK. In 1998, he joined Riverdance’s Liffey Company, and as Stage Director and Company Manager, toured throughout Europe, Asia and Australasia. He has worked as a freelance Company Manager and Consultant Producer. He has been Director of Programme and Production at Dublin Theatre Festival since 2007. As Stage Director of the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games, Stephen gave the cue to light the Olympic Flame.

Dearbhail O'Sullivan

Dearbhail O'Sullivan

Assistant General Manager

Dearbhail is a performing arts professional with a speciality in marketing, finance and administration. In just over a decade she has worked with a variety of large scale public festivals including dlr Festival of World Cultures, Street Performance World Championship (now Laya Healthcare City Spectacular) and St. Patricks Festival and prior to that with Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire and Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray. Dearbhail first held the seasonal role of Marketing Assistant in 2012, returning to the festival team as Administrator in 2013 and promoted to Assistant General Manager in 2015. Dearbhail is a graduate of the inaugural year of IADT’s BA (Hons.) Business Studies with Arts Management.

Fiona Garvan

Fiona Garvan

Development Executive

Fiona joined the Dublin Theatre Festival team as Development Assistant in 2015. In addition to her current role of Development Executive, Fiona is part of the Business to Arts Fundraising Fellowship programme in partnership with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Prior to DTF, Fiona’s professional experience includes film festivals, private event and party planning. She has held a number of production roles in film festivals, including the Media That Matters Film Festival, New York, Dingle International Film Festival, Kerry, and Darklight, Dublin. Fiona loves film, yoga, clean cooking and being by the sea as much as possible.

Vlatka Jeh

Vlatka Jeh

Audience Engagement and Sales Manager

After joining Dublin Theatre Festival in 2018 as Box office Manager, Vlatka now works as Audience Engagement and Sales Manager. Before moving to Ireland in 2016, she worked in marketing and project management for over 15 years, specializing in theatre and film festival marketing and production. As an associate for some of the most visited cultural events in Croatia like Zagreb Film Festival, Mediteran Cinema, ZagrebDox and Ulysses Theatre, her experience spans across different fields – production and programme, marketing, volunteer and artist liaison management. She is passionate about research, strategic planning and sustainable audience development and has a soft spot for low budget/high maintenance site-specific theatre.

Marisa Conroy

Marisa Conroy

Marketing Assistant

Marisa joined the Dublin Theatre Festival team as the Marketing Assistant in May of 2018. Prior to this, she worked at the Gaiety School of Acting. Since obtaining her BA in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, she has immersed herself in the performing arts world. She was the company manager for the Curran Theatre and a sales and account manager for Goldstar Events in her hometown of San Francisco. She was an ensemble member of the San Francisco Neo-Futurists from 2016-2017. She is an independent creative producer as well as a founder and associate artist with The Morrígu Productions. She has a great affinity for senior dogs and enjoys doting upon her 11 year old spaniel, Manny.