Dublin Theatre Festival is governed by a voluntary board of Directors, see list of Directors above and Directors' biographies below. Dublin Theatre Festival is committed to good governance and has embarked upon the journey of compliance with the Governance Code. The organisation complies with all regulatory requirements and operates in accordance with its governing document, available here.

Financial Controls

Dublin Theatre Festival keeps detailed books and records of accounts and maintains strict financial controls. The organisation is transparent in its audited financial statements, with most recent statements (2019) available below. The company is a charity and financial statements comply both with the requirements of the Companies Act 2014, FRS102 and also the Statements of Recommended Practice (SORP) as issued by the charity commissioners for England and Wales in March 2005.

Legal Status

Dublin Theatre Festival Company Limited by Guarantee, trading as Dublin Theatre Festival, is a company registered in Ireland, which was incorporated under the Companies Act 1963 to 2013 in July 1959. The objects of the company are charitable in nature, it has established charitable status (CHY 6331) and is registered with the Charities Regulatory Authority (20011291).


Dublin Theatre Festival is open, honest and fully transparent in its fundraising activities, the proceeds of which all go towards the primary activity of organising and promoting an annual festival of theatre events. Dublin Theatre Festival is currently working to confirm compliance with the Statement of Guiding Principles of Good Fundraising developed by Irish Charities Tax Research Ltd (ICTR).

Gender Equality Policy

Supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, ten leading theatre organisations came together to initiate and formalise a position on Gender Equality Policy. Over two years the companies engaged in a series of discussions that resulted in each organisation formulating its own gender policy statement with reference to the common desire for reform and progress. Dublin Theatre Festival is proud to be a part of this joint promise to address and rebalance the gender equality deficiencies within Irish theatre. You can read our Gender Equality Policy here.

Child Safeguarding

In compliance with the Children First Act 2015 Dublin Theatre Festival Child Safeguarding Statement can be downloaded below.

Board of Directors

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Terence O'Rourke (appointed 2011, elected Chairperson 2016)

Terence was appointed Chairperson of Enterprise Ireland in August 2013 and was previously Managing Partner of KPMG Ireland. He is a director of Hibernia REIT plc and of Irish Times Ltd. Terence joined KPMG Ireland in 1975, became an audit partner in 1988 and was elected Managing Partner in 2006. He was a member of KPMG’s Global Board, Global Executive Team and EMA Board from 2007 to 2013. Terence is a Fellow, and was President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (2004/2005). He is currently Chairman of Enactus Ireland and of the Irish Management Institute. He also sits on the Governing Authority of Dublin City University and on the boards of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and the Institute of International and European Affairs. He chaired the 2014 Strategic Review Group for the Arts Council. Terence graduated from University College Dublin with a BA in Economics and History.
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Aisling Blake (appointed 2019)

Aisling Blake is a Sales Director in Facebook. From 2009 to 2018 she worked at Core; Ireland’s largest Marketing Communications Group, as Managing Director of Radical, Core’s digital agency before becoming Chief Digital Officer of Core in January 2018. A graduate of UCD, Aisling also holds an MSc in Marketing Practice from the UCD Michael Smurfit Business School and an Advanced Diploma in Management Practice from the University of Ulster. Aisling has more than 15 years’ experience in digital marketing and communications and has also served as Chair of the Online Marketing Group of the Irish Internet Association. She is also a Board member of the Irish Heart Foundation.
John Cronin

John Cronin (appointed 2019)

John is a solicitor and partner at McCann FitzGerald and was the firm's chairman/managing partner between 2008 and 2015. He is a non-executive director of Kingspan Group PLC and is the current President of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce.
Catriona Crowe

Catriona Crowe (appointed 2017)

Catriona Crowe is former Head of Special Projects at the National Archives of Ireland. She was Manager of the Census Online Project, which placed the Irish 1901 and 1911 censuses online free to access. She is Chairperson of the Irish Theatre Institute, which promotes and supports Irish theatre and has created an award-winning website of Irish theatre productions. She is currently a judge for the Irish Times Theatre Awards. She has worked with ANU Productions on many of its award-winning pieces. She contributes regularly to the broadcast and print media on cultural and historical matters. She presented the RTÉ documentary, Ireland before the Rising, which was shown in February 2016. She is a member of the Royal Irish Academy.
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Eithne Harley (appointed 2013)

Eithne is Director of Integrated Marketing UK and Ireland for Accenture, the global technology and consulting company. Before joining Accenture she held senior marketing positions at Mason Hayes & Curran and Willis. She holds an MBA from Smurfit Business School in UCD and a degree in Marketing from DIT. Eithne is passionate about how the Start-up and Innovation ecosystem fuels the digital economy. She was awarded Top Role Model 2014: Connector by Silicon Republic and was a judge in the 2015 An Post Smart Marketing Awards and the All Ireland Marketing Awards. Eithne is co-founder of Women on Walls a collaboration between Accenture and the Royal Irish Academy to make women leaders visible and inspire the next generation. Eithne loves theatre and enjoys playing traditional music. She chaired the2013 Allianz Business to Arts Judging Committee.
Pat Moylan

Pat Moylan (appointed 2016)

Pat Moylan is a Dublin-based Theatre Producer with a remarkable record of achievement over two decades nationally and internationally. Her work has received critical acclaim in Ireland and throughout the world including in London's West End and on Broadway. Awards for her productions include Oliver and two Tony nominations. She produced the multi-award winning short film The Breakfast and feature film Borstal Boy. As Artistic Director of Andrews Lane Theatre in Dublin for 18 years she created a vibrant arts venue; welcoming diverse audiences, successfully nurturing new writing and fostering the development of new talent in acting, directing and design. Pat was nominated for an Irish Times award for her contribution to theatre and was named Arts Person of the Year in her home county of Laois. She was appointed to the Arts Council in December 2008 where she served as Chair until December 2013.
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David Nolan (appointed 2015)

David was educated by the Jesuits at Gonzaga College, Dublin. In 1981 he completed a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from UCD and then attended TCD, where he completed a Diploma in Anglo Irish Literature. He has the near unique distinction of having been an active member of both Dramsoc and Players. He was called to The Bar in 1985 and took Silk in 2003. He was elected to The Bar Council in 2005 and has served as Chairman of many committees and was elected Vice Chairman in 2009 and Honorary Secretary in 2010. He was elected Chairman of The Bar Council of Ireland in 2012/2013. In November 2013 he was called to The Bar of England and Wales and in December 2013 was elected a Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Kings Inns. He is married, has three children and lives in Dublin.