Eoghan is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Youth Theatre Ireland. He previously served as a board member from 2007 to 2011 and as Acting Director from 2018 to 2019. In his role as Assistant County Arts Officer in Kildare County Council (2007-2020), he spearheaded a range of supports for youth theatres in the county including annual funding and professional development supports, the establishment of the award-winning Kildare Young Filmmakers, and writing County Kildare's first youth arts strategy. Eoghan trained as an actor in DIT’s Conservatory of Music and Drama before undertaking Artstrain, Youth Theatre Ireland’s Drama Facilitation Programme. He was Artistic Director of Clondalkin Youth Theatre and was Irish Animateur at the European Children’s Theatre Encounter in 2005.
Alan King—Deputy Director
Alan brings 30 years of arts and youth theatre experience to this role. He supports the strategic development of Youth Theatre Ireland and leads on youth theatre research and development.
Alan held the position of Youth Theatre Officer at Youth Theatre Ireland from 2010- 21. In this role, he supported the sustained artistic development of youth theatres through the development of resources, training, support, and advice for established and developing youth theatres in Ireland. Notable successes included the development and innovation of the Young Critics Programme, building and curating the Playshare collection, and producing the National Youth Theatre from 2015 to 2020.
He also has worked in various capacities on multiple aspects of Youth Theatre Ireland’s work including festivals, exchanges, leader training, and writer’s commissions. He is a former member of Dublin Youth Theatre.
Dave Kelly—National Training Co-ordinator
Dave develops, coordinates, and facilitates Youth Theatre Ireland’s national training programme. He is the author of 'Laying The Foundations: A Guide to Youth Drama Facilitation'. Dave regularly facilitates workshops from the book with groups across the country. He is also a Co-ordinator and tutor on Youth Theatre Ireland's part-time QQI-accredited Level 6 programme in Drama Facilitation. He programmes and co-produces Leading On, our annual residential Leader Training Programme. He also coordinates the artistic team at the National Festival of Youth Theatres. Dave is a former member of Dublin Youth Theatre (DYT), he was DYT’s Artistic Director from 2014 to 2021.
Rebecca Feely—National Programme Co-ordinator
Rebecca is responsible for designing, delivering and supporting the artistIc programme of Youth Theatre Ireland and our members.
She leads the Young Critics Programme, is the assistant director & company manager for the National Youth Theatre. She develops and curates the Playshare resource and provides ongoing artistic advice and resources to our members. She also leads the continued development of the new ‘Pathways to Professionalism’ programme for senior youth theatre members and with the National Training Co-Ordinator, she develops and project manages the Leading On... training programme for youth theatre leaders. Rebecca completed her honours bachelor’s degree in Drama and Theatre Studies at Trinity College Dublin in 2015 and her master’s degree in Shakespeare and Creativity from The Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham in 2021. She is a former member of Activate Youth Theatre.
Barry Morgan—Special Projects Officer
As part of Creative Ireland’s "Creative Youth Strategy", Barry supports the development of new youth theatres in Westmeath, Offaly and Dublin. His work includes guiding and training youth theatre management and providing accredited training for drama facilitators. Barry is one half of Tailtiu Theatre, Co-Artistic Director of Mosney Youth Theatre, and is a former member of Droichead Youth Theatre.
Cathal Thornton—Child Protection and Wellbeing Officer
Cathal is responsible for managing all Child Protection and Wellbeing aspects of our work. He acts as the information point for our members on all welfare matters and as Liaison Person for the Youth Theatre Ireland Garda Vetting Consortium. Cathal is a former member of Droichead Youth Theatre.
Joanne Heffernan is an experienced administrator having worked in varied fields including film & TV, financial services, customer service and creative agencies. With an MA in Creative Production and Screen Finance, Joanne has a passion for the arts and performs as a stand up comedian in her spare time. Joanne previously trained as a dancer and musician and undertook speech and drama lessons: all of which had a positive impact on her confidence growing up, leading to her desire to work in youth development.
Tracey Ferguson—Communications and PR
Tracey provides PR, Social Media and communications support to Youth Theatre Ireland. She has extensive experience in arts communications managing national, regional and local campaigns for organisations, festivals and events. Her clients include Galway International Arts Festival, Cork International Film Festival, Creative Ireland Galway County events, Galway County Arts Office, Culture Night Galway and Galway Science and Technology Festival. Tracey is also a business mentor in communications with Local Enterprise Office in Galway.
Sarah Bragg-Bolger, chairperson—Dublin Youth Theatre
(appointed June 2019)
Sarah serves as General Manager of Dublin Youth Theatre.
Barry MacSkeane, Secretary – Flocking Arts Youth Theatre
( Appointed June 2021 )
Barry is the Artistic Director of Flocking Arts Youth Theatre and Development Officer with BelongTo.
Julie O’Leary – Graffiti Theatre Company
( Appointed June 2021 )
Julie is responsible for Creative Learning with Graffiti Theatre Company and the Activate Youth Theatre Director
(appointed August 2020)
Conor Ryan, an FCA Chartered Accountant with almost 20 years’ experience in practice, is a Director of Ryan and Crowley Chartered Accountants. During this time, he has led audit teams and oversaw compliance in the practice. He has given hands-on support to a wide range of clients including many charities and, as Treasurer of Youth Theatre Ireland, brings with him a wealth of financial and governance acumen. Conor also serves as Treasurer of Templeogue Basketball Club.
Fionn Woodhouse—Lightbulb Youth Theatre
(appointed November 2014)
Fionn Woodhouse is a director, producer and facilitator of drama/theatre with particular interest in youth participation and learning through practice. Fionn is an active educational drama practitioner, having trained and worked with Graffiti Educational Theatre Company for over 14 years. During this time, he has co-designed and facilitated various programmes including anti-racism/bullying, UCC Plus+ Drama Workshops, CIT Access Workshops, etc. He currently works in UCC's Drama and Theatre Studies Department. With a strong interest in youth theatre, Fionn is the Artistic Director of Lightbulb Youth Theatre and Footlights Youth Theatre, and a founder member of With an ‘F’ Productions theatre company that has toured shows both nationally and internationally. He was a former member of Cork’s Activate Youth Theatre.
(appointed April 2016)
Máire O'Higgins is an Assistant Principal, Chaplain and Partnerships Coordinator at Larkin Community College Dublin. She has worked in the inner-city for 26 years. For six years Máire established and ran a unique three-year specialist arts education Junior Cycle programme. It was the first dedicated learning through arts schools programme in the State. Máire worked as a Theatre Director with Passion Machine Theatre Company and is a founding member of Pigsback Theatre Company.
Máire holds a BA in Italian and English, an MA in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, a PostGrad in Entrepreneurial Education and a PostGrad in Educational Leadership. She is also a trained mindfulness in schools teacher. Máire is currently on the Boards of Localise Youth and Community, Encountering The Arts Ireland – ETAI - and Youth Theatre Ireland. Máire is passionate about reform of the second level Irish education system and creative engagement.
Emile Daly - Independent
Emile Daly is a barrister based in Donegal.
Kate Brady - Gonzo Youth Theatre
Kate Brady holds a Bsc Degree in Business Studies with a Marketing Specialism from Dublin City University. She is an actor and arts marketer with experience in theatre and arts communications for both regional and national campaigns as well as corporate communications having worked on the communications team for EY Ireland. She is currently Marketing Co-Ordinator at The Ark, Dublin, having previously worked with Dublin Theatre Festival. Kate is also an alumni of Gonzo Youth Theatre (Cavan) and continues to work as their Social Media Manager. Kate is a founding member of Dead Cute Theatre.
Calvin Magee - M.A.D. Youth Theatre
Calvin Magee is a freelance drama facilitator, specialised youth worker and youth theatre leader based in Dundalk Co.Louth. He has been involved with M.A.D Youth Theatre for the last 10 years, fulfilling the roles of Member, Youth Committee Chairperson, Junior Leader, Youth Theatre Leader, and has recently taken up the role of Community Liaison Officer, spearheading youth art projects in Dundalk. He is a graduate of Youth Theatre Ireland’s QQI Level 6 Drama Facilitation Training Course and is currently study English Literature and History in Trinity College Dublin. Calvin is particularly interested in using theatre as a form of peace-building and reconciliation, as well as creating pathways for underrepresented groups to get involved in theatre and the arts.
Senator Annie Hoey - Droichead Youth Theatre
Annie Hoey is an Irish Labour Party politician.