The Team

Blackwater Valley Opera Festival Core Staff

Gemma Tipton – Festival Director
Gemma is an experienced Festival Director and Producer, having been Director of the Kinsale Arts Festival (2011, 2012), Curator / Producer of The Irish Times Downstairs Dublin (2014, 2015) and Producer of the Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards (2015, 2016). She also created and produced The Poetry Project for Ireland’s EU Presidency in 2013, in partnership with Poetry Ireland, the RHA and Culture Ireland. As a writer, she is published by The Irish Times, Artforum, Frieze and numerous other Irish and international publications. Gemma also appears on arts and cultural programmes on radio and television, and has published books on art and architecture. Gemma joined the BVOF in 2017.

Bryan Murphy – General Manager
Graduating from UCC with a business degree Bryan’s early career was in Supply Chain Management in Business Development roles. Joining Munster Rugby in 2004 his role as Operations Manager coincided with a hugely successful period for the province including 2 European Cups. Since his departure in 2014 Bryan has concentrated on Event Management including the staging of the Pendulum Summit – Ireland’s premier business forum. Bryan joined the team of BVOF in 2018 focusing on Sales and Marketing and continues into 2019 with broader commercial and operational responsibilities. As well as his UCC Business degree Bryan holds both a Master of Business (MBS) & Project Management qualifications (PMI).

Other Team Members

Albert Wassenaar – Website
Breda O’Brien – Accounting
Emma Penruddock – Box Office
Fiona Howard – Friends &Education Programme
Lucy Ryan – Producer


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