Sile Penkert is a well-known native of Waterford and has spent all of her adult life working in the arts sector with a particular passion for community and participative projects.

Her early work saw her based in cork as a member of CCAL (Cork Community Arts Link)

Having worked as an Education Outreach Officer for the Arts Centre for a number of years, she spread her wings and branched out into directing many large sale “events” for Spraoi, and professionally producing theatre locally and further afield. Sile has also spent many years working in arts education broadly. Sile has a MA in Theatre and Performance from UCC and she took up the reigns of leading Carlow Youth Theatre for 3 years before going on to work as a Project Co-ordinator for County Carlow Arts Office delivering the Take A Part Carlow Project.

Sile has a long affinity with the Arts Centre recalling her first encounter there as being when she was 11yrs old, as a young girl attending a drama “workshop” (how exotic!) the year was 1985, and the centre was all of 1 year old.

Sile says: “Working in the arts can be and is, very different to “experiencing” the arts as a participant or an audience member, but it is regularly filled with the same drama, tension and potential for magic that occurs when great people come together to make the impossible a reality. Every day we deal with the “intangible” and we mould it into a happening that can be shared and enjoyed by all. I am delighted to be dealing with the challenges of programming and running the City’s Arts Centre, for me it is nothing short of an honour and a pleasure.” | +353 51 877153


The main role of the Box Office Manager is to oversee the overall day to day operations of the ticketing department.

While working hard to create a comfortable and creative space for our users, both performers and audience alike, our Box Office staff interact daily with our patrons and ensuring strong customer service is our number one priority.

On an administrative level my role involves new event set-up on our ticketing system, marketing our shows through print & social media and ensuring all customer queries are resolved to the best of our abilities.

I also work very closely with my colleagues on incoming events, making sure they are meticulously planned with event organisers, ensuring an enjoyable experience for all involved. | +353 51 855038


The Community Employment (CE) Supervisors role is to oversee the smooth running of all CE participants on the scheme.

In Garter Lane we have 17 team members on CE carrying out different roles across two buildings here in O’Connell St. They are the backbone of Garter Lane. We also have 5 placements in Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT).

Community Employment (CE) is a Department of Social Protection (DSP) funded scheme that is designed to bring people who are aged 21 years or over and in receipt of a DSP payment for a year or more back into the labour market. Garter Lane is a sponsor and active in promoting the Arts here in Waterford. The participant is paid an additional top up of their social protection entitlement. In addition, they can receive training as part of the contract.

If you are interested in a placement with us send in a copy of your CV to Derek . Keep an eye out for specific roles that are regularly posted on our website. | 0867705234


The Visual Arts Coordinator and Education role oversees the everyday workings of both the Garter Lane Gallery and Front of House space, while supporting and working alongside artists to create and exhibit quality exhibitions and events. The role is also responsible for liaising with client groups who use the centre and working with the local community.

Garter Lanes’ Education programme works with schools pupils and college students, local community groups and organisations, while engaging with new audiences.

Some of the groups we work alongside to delivering high-quality festivals and festival programming are the Garter Lane Studio Artists (seven artist), Makers Meet-Up, Waterford Young Arts Critics, WIT, Direct Provision, Bealtaine, Waterford Healing Arts Trust, WELL Festival, Imagine Arts Festival and SprÓg, to mention a few.

Sandra holds a BA in Visual Arts and a MA in Arts Management and Heritage from Waterford Institute of Technology and she is currently undertaking a course in International Curatorial Studies.

If you would like to know more please do not hesitate to contact Sandra Kelly directly on | 086 014 2034


The Technical Managers role at Garter Lane is to oversee the smooth and safe production of events at the Arts Centre.

Working with and supervising the technical team to provide expertise in all theatre platforms. The Technical Manager liaises with all incoming production teams and producers accessing the venue. The Technical Manager is responsible for communicating technical information including Tech Stock and Venue dimensions to touring artists and practitioners.

The Arts Centre is a busy vibrant home for Plays, Musicals, Dance, Film and Multi- Media events and having an intimate knowledge of the buildings facilities and quirks is a specialty of Michael Oates.

The Technical Manger also provides training in Theatre practice and Health and Safety to the technical team and Staff at the Arts Centre. | 0866077984


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