David is currently Programme Director and Executive Producer of Carlow Arts Festival. In addition to this he is also the Co-Artistic Director and Executive Producer of Carlow Live & Local Music Festival and is a Board Member of Theatre Forum Ireland.
He is the former Theatre Programme Manager at VISUAL Carlow (2018-22). In his position as Programme Manager, David commissioned and presented work by some of Irelands leading artists and companies. He was instrumental in developing and structuring the organisations artist support and development programme. Working alongside a wide variety of artists and community collaborators David also produced ambitious community engagement and participatory programmes that sought to embed artists practice at a local level, to promote the development of new audiences for both the institution and the artist. He also led on VISUAL’s participation in the Arts & Humanities Entrepreneurship Hub Project.
David’s book ‘Our Thriving Tribe; Exploring Entrepreneurship in the Arts’ launched in 2021 and features contributions from a variety of emerging and established Irish artists, practitioners and arts works from across the sector.
David is the former Chairperson of the Strollers Network (2019 -2022), Ireland’s largest consortium of Art Centres. He is a former lecturer of Drama and Performance Studies at Carlow College and has also guest lectured at other international educational institutions such as University of Wales, Universida de Alcalá and South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences.
He holds a BA in Drama & Performance form TU Dublin, an MFA in Art in the Contemporary World from the National College of Art & Design and a Prof Dip in Creativity, Innovation & Leadership from UCD.