Rough Magic Board

Anne Byrne

Anne is one of the founding members of Rough Magic. As an actor Anne has performed at The Abbey, Peacock, Gate, Project and the Gaiety, and has toured to theatres around Ireland as well as abroad, in the Donmar Warehouse and Bush Theatres in London, York Theatre Sydney, and the Playhouse Theatre, Adelaide, and Stonybrook Theatre in New York. Anne has also worked extensively in radio and TV for RTE and BBC, performing in radio and TV dramas and narrating documentaries.

Appointed 2019.

Alison Cowzer - Chairperson

Alison is co-founder of East Coast Bakehouse – a large scale food manufacturing business based in Drogheda Co Louth, and spends some of her time on marketing, branding and strategy projects with a number of NGO’s.

Alison is a board member of Women for Election, a non-partisan organisation that provides training, mentoring and support to women interested in getting involved in political life and a member of the Advisory Board of GOAL, an international humanitarian organisation working to improve the lives of beneficiaries around the world.

Appointed 2019.

Tanya Dean

Dr Tanya Dean completed her Doctor of Fine Arts with Yale School of Drama in 2016, where she also received her Master of Fine Arts in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism in 2011. Tanya has lectured at Yale School of Drama, Yale University, and NUI Galway. She is the former General Manager for Irish Theatre Magazine, and also served as co-Managing Editor for Theater magazine. Tanya received the New Scholars’ Prize from the Irish Society for Theatre Research in 2013, and the New Scholars’ prize from the Society for Theatre Research in 2017. Her writing has appeared in Irish Theatre Magazine, Theatre History Studies, and numerous edited collections. Tanya is Associate Dramaturg of Then This Theatre Company in Dublin, and previously served as Artistic Director for the 2012 season of Yale Summer Cabaret, ‘50 Nights: A Festival of Stories,’ where she also directed The K of D by Laura Schellhardt. She was worked extensively as a freelance dramaturg across Ireland, the UK, and the USA. Tanya has also worked with Stewart Parker Trust, and sits on the literary panels for the Abbey Theatre and Druid Theatre company. From 2015-2017, Tanya served as a committee member for #WakingTheFeminists, and was a Research Associate on the report, Gender Counts: An analysis of gender in Irish theatre 2006-15.

Appointed 2017.

Michelene Huggard

Michelene is an Irish painter with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Paint, National College of Art and Design.

Appointed 2020.

Robert Power

Robert Power graduated with a law degree from Trinity College Dublin before going on to earn a Masters of Economics from the London School of Economics.  
 
Over a career spanning almost three decades, Robert held a number of key senior positions (including that of Deputy Managing Director) at Cornmarket Group Financial Services – Ireland’s largest provider of financial services to members of affinity groups. 
 
Robert is:
• Managing Director of Emeritus Consulting
• Chairman of IMAGE Publications which publishes IMAGE, Ireland’s leading women’s magazine, Image Interiors and Living, Garden      Heaven and Cara, the Aer Lingus inflight magazine
• Chairman of Global Schoolroom Ltd, an NGO operating in India and Africa which is dedicated to helping teachers share their educational expertise with their counterparts worldwide
• Director of KBC Bank Ireland plc.
• On the management board of Hotel Playa Mazatlan, a major resort in one of Mexico’s premier vacation destinations
 
Appointed 2020.

Eileen Punch

Eileen is an Associate Director of Fundraising and Development in Trinity College, Dublin.

Appointed 2016.

Bruce Stanley

A Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and an AITI Chartered Tax Advisor, CTA, at HLB Sheehan Quinn, Bruce has over 15 years’ experience in practice. Bruce has experience across all taxheads, specialising in corporate structuring and personal tax planning for entrepreneurs and owner managed businesses.

Bruce has presented on a variety of taxation matters both in Ireland and at European conferences on topics such as EU VAT case law, the Irish Holding Company regime, personal tax planning and tax efficient business investment.

Bruce has experience of advising across a broad range of sectors including Hotels and Catering, Property Investment, Arts & Entertainment, Professional Services, Medical and Retail. With a keen interest in the arts and entertainment sector, Bruce also serves as a board member of Graphic Studio Dublin, Ireland’s oldest fine art print studio.

Appointed 2018.

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